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Issue 1 • Date Jan. 2003

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  • Are we safe yet? [nuclear and biological terrorism threats]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):63 - 64
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    Political machinations notwithstanding, nuclear and biological terrorism still pose very real threats. This article is an abridged version of an interview with Richard L. Garwin. A longtime advisor to the US government on national security, and a respected public critic of technology policy, including, most recently, efforts to contain biological and nuclear terrorism. He outlines three types of n... View full abstract»

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  • Since you asked [technology forecast survey]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):11 - 16
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  • BP solar ditches thin-film photovoltaics

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):18 - 19
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  • German team creates new type of transistor-like device

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • A passage of engineering talent back to India

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):22 - 25
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  • Hacker cracker: A journey from the mean streets of Brooklyn to the frontiers of cyberspace [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):83 - 85
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  • Shocking price power

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 89
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  • Flames from the net [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 104
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  • Three takes on telecom's troubles

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):35 - 36
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    Spectrum asked three IEEE members from the telecommunications sector to comment on the industry's current woes and prospects. Roch Guerin discusses bandwidth as a commodity and how to deal with it. The impact of technological change on telecommunications is enormous and calls for a shift in business models. Technology is making bandwidth a commodity and it should not matter who supplies it. Compet... View full abstract»

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  • What's right with telecom

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):30 - 34
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    Higher-speed wireless services are in the offing: both faster IEEE 802.11 standards and the much-maligned third-generation (3G) cellular systems, which, despite uninspiring debuts in cellphone-friendly Japan, are poised for a much better reception in coming months there and in places like China and the USA. And coming not much later will be true broadband wireless networks - pure Internet-protocol... View full abstract»

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  • Running off the rails

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):66 - 69
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    High-speed rail works well in Europe and Japan, so why can't the United States get it right? The outlines the problems faced by railways in the US, highlighting the case of Amtrak's Acela Express fleet which were taken out of service after only twenty months due to a major fault; 200 comparatlively minor defects were also identified. One of the main reasons for the problems with railways in the US... View full abstract»

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  • The end of the middle [telephone industry]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):37 - 38
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    Pushing network intelligence out to its edges is causing the phone industry to fail - and that is okay. Technological changes affecting telephony are so profound that the end of the large incumbent telephone companies is at hand. They will fail or become unrecognizable, as telephone services are embedded in a more general-purpose network - the Internet. The US Telecommunications Act of 1996 was de... View full abstract»

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  • Can't we all just get along?

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):47 - 50
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    Now the push is on to move beyond simply exchanging data and to allow software applications to employ other applications in the same way that a person might use multiple programs to achieve a task. For example, a person has no problem using a Web browser to download an image, another program to sharpen the image, and finally an e-mail program to send the image to someone else. This effort to expos... View full abstract»

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  • Who ya gonna call? [technical support]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):94 - 96
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    Under the modest rubric of customer service, tech supporters sit on the other end of the phone, guiding panicky computer users-including their companies' own employees-through the inevitable pitfalls of their wares. Without them, all the revolutionary technology being deployed every day would soon grind to a halt. Despite the recent economic downturn, technical support workers are in hot demand. View full abstract»

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  • Hybrids to the rescue [hybrid electric vehicles]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):70 - 71
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    Whilst pure electric vehicles have floundered, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) have been making major gains and could soon make their mark. This article discusses the failings of pure electric vehicles and how HEVs get round the problems. The development and introduction of HEVs is briefly mentioned. The tax incentives for buying HEVs in Japan are discussed and the situation in the USA outlined. View full abstract»

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  • Hardware hangover

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):40 - 43
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    For corporations the world over, the tech bubble of the late 1990s was an orgy of excess, which, like all parties that go on too long and involve far too much consumption, ended in a brutal hangover. Information technology (IT) departments simply bought too many servers, storage devices, and PCs in preparation for Y2K, the introduction of the euro, and an e-commerce bonanza that, like an absinthe-... View full abstract»

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  • What's wrong with telecom

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):26 - 29
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    Combine greed, corporate crime, misguided regulation and explosive new technology, and the result is a telecommunications industry that is in serious trouble. View full abstract»

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  • Opening up energy trading

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):54 - 58
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    In October 2001, Enron Corporation was doing well in the stock market. The future looked bright for Enron and its rivals in the intensely competitive business of selling electricity, natural gas, and financial products based on energy prices. A year later Enron had become a dirty word, embodying the corporate malfeasance that allowed executives to walk off with millions, while investors and employ... View full abstract»

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  • Emission permission

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):59 - 62
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    A decade from now, one of the world's most vibrant and unusual markets will be dealing in our most notorious overabundant commodity-namely, the greenhouse gases (GHGs) believed to cause global warming. The stock in trade will be permits allowing companies to emit specific quantities of carbon dioxide, methane, and other kinds of GHGs. No such world market has been officially sanctioned as yet, but... View full abstract»

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  • The perfect handheld: dream on

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):44 - 46
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    Future handheld devices incorporating cellular telephone, handheld PC, or wireless PDA can become a reality if the issues of power consumption, connectivity, and user friendliness are addressed using recent technological advances and research into consumers' needs. The signs are that manufacturers are learning from past mistakes and will get it right within the next two years. View full abstract»

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  • Where the jobs are

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):91 - 94
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    The economic doldrums that officially began in 2001 may well linger into 2003. Although the jobless rate for US electrical and electronics engineers is down from an all time peak of 4.8%, it's still far from the mere 1.3% it was two years ago. The telecom and computer industries-home to many electrical engineers-were first and second respectively, in job cuts in 2002. Still, there are bright spots... View full abstract»

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  • A sea change for semiconductors

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):76 - 82
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    Skies were blue and trade winds were steady as the SS Semiconductor set sail in early 2001. The previous year's haul had set records, and forecasters were heralding yet another banner year. But powerful forces were to shake even this vessel's sturdy timbers. A low-pressure center caused by the bursting dot-com bubble and warm moist Y2K air from around the globe stirred up a storm so violent that i... View full abstract»

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  • Fame, but no riches, for cybersecurity

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):51 - 52
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    The road to a secure computer infrastructure still has lots of potholes. Perhaps the deepest and widest is the attitude of senior management in government and industry toward cybersecurity. Often they say the right words as they scale back the research support and manpower needed to study the issues involved and start to fix it. Financial institutions, which are among our most vulnerable, lay off ... View full abstract»

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  • The ticket chase

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):72 - 73
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    At a time when turbulence applies as much to an airline's financial status as to its flight status, cost is everything. Airlines recognize that the key to survival is cutting costs, and they are looking to technology to do just that. In particular, the airlines aim to slash a US $2.2 billion item-a large part of the surprisingly expensive process of selling tickets, or distribution. To do so, they... View full abstract»

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  • Reversal of fortune [engineer career prospects]

    Publication Year: 2003
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    Once in high demand, engineers now struggle to find work. This article gives an abridged version of an interview with Stephen R. Barley, a professor of management science and engineering and codirector of the Center for Work, Technology and Organization at Stanford University (California), to get his thoughts on what's going on in the engineering workplace. View full abstract»

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