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Issue 12 • Date Dec. 2002

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  • Synthetic skin

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):28 - 33
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    Biomedical science has made a lot of progress in understanding how cells grow into functioning tissue and what chemical and other cues they need to do it right. Tissue engineering is the application of that knowledge to the building or repairing of organs, including skin, the largest organ in the body. Generally, engineered tissue is a combination of living cells and a support structure called a s... View full abstract»

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  • When bad things happen to good technologies

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 9
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  • FCC nixes U.S. satellite TV merger

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 16
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  • Microsoft's anticlimactic victory

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):17 - 18
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  • American superconductor wins key patent

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • How close is Iraq to getting the bomb?

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):21 - 23
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    How close is Iraq to developing a nuclear weapon? Evidence of an imminent threat is underwhelming but still unsettling. US President George W, Bush, supported by some independent strategic experts, says it could be a matter of months. Others say international arms inspectors effectively destroyed Saddam Hussein's nuclear program in the aftermath of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and that it would take ... View full abstract»

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  • Life lessons

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 46
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  • Hacking humanity

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):47 - 48
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  • When work is fun and games

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 50
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  • Tall poppy syndrome dot-com

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 68
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  • North Korea's nuclear revelation puts spotlight on China

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):22 - 23
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    When North Korea admitted in mid-October that it had been actively developing nuclear weapons, in violation of international agreements, it put several big diplomatic players in awkward positions: the United States, because it wanted to keep the focus on Iraq; Japan, which was eager to keep improving relations with the Koreas; but most of all China, nominally an ally of North Korea, but with plent... View full abstract»

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  • Techno cops [police robotic and electronic technology]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):34 - 39
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    The LA. sherriff's deputy Sid Heal is creating a world-renowned test bed for police technology to combat criminals. This paper describes Heal's technology project which was started in 1997 with the emphasis on nonlethal weapons such as the taser. In 2001 the technology development project was opened up beyond nonlethal weapons to include anything useful to the bureau. He assigned a SWAT team to be... View full abstract»

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  • Paving the last mile with glass

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):13 - 14
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    Each year, the local phone companies (more properly known as ILECs, for incumbent local exchange carriers) replace 3-4 percent of their copper twisted-pair subscriber lines because of physical deterioration. They also add 1.5 million lines annually to newly built homes. But by largely ignoring the opportunity to use fiber for these installations, they are putting their very survival at risk. The f... View full abstract»

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  • State-of-the-art recycling plant

    Publication Year: 2002
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    Consumer electronics giant Matsushita has opened up the METEC (Matsushita Eco Technology Center Company) recycling plant in Japan. The center, the largest of its kind in Japan, opened in 2001 in response to Japan's new law for recycling specific kinds of home appliances. The Hyogo plant recycles all four appliances specified in the law: television sets, refrigerators, air conditioners, and washing... View full abstract»

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  • Mind games [computer game AI]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):40 - 44
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    An increasing number of other games are taking advantage of changes in computer architecture and the growth in processing power to become smarter than ever before. Although most of these games use relatively unsubtle AI techniques, a few pioneers are even showing the academic AI community a trick or two. While AI originated in the laboratory, it has now been coopted by designers of video games, an... View full abstract»

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  • The ethical organization

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):56 - 58
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    From the front-page scandals at WorldCom and Tyco to quieter issues like the theft of office equipment, there was usually a point when an employee knew what was happening and could have told someone to prevent further wrongdoing. At a growing number of companies, the question of whom to tell has a simple answer-the ethics officer. It's the ethics officer's role to help promote the company's values... View full abstract»

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  • Took a licking, kept on ticking [Internet security]

    Publication Year: 2002
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    A mysterious assault on its root server system left the Internet unscathed, but chastened. At almost exactly 9 p.m. GMT on 21 October, the Internets 13 root servers started to receive about 10 times their normal traffic. Unknown digital assailants had taken control of other machines on the Internet, making them send a flood of packets that threatened to overwhelm the root servers. Had the attack s... View full abstract»

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