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Issue 2 • Date Feb. 2004

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  • Venkataraman Balaji: fighting drought with technology

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 36 - 37
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    His efforts span Asia and Africa, as he deploys information and communication technology on behalf of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. View full abstract»

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  • John Gage: he is the network

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 32 - 33
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    Traveling the world for Sun Microsystems, Gage is the Johnny Appleseed of the Information Age. View full abstract»

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  • Dave Fruehling: His job rocks!

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 40 - 41
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    Dave Fruehling is a short-haired electrical engineer, a mild-mannered systems architect at Line 6, the electric guitar and amplifier company. Like most of the other engineers at Line 6, Freuhling is also a guitar player, and uses both his talents on the job. View full abstract»

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  • Lau Kofoed Kierstein: playtime in the land of Lego

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 30 - 31
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    A career change from acoustics to toy making delighted Kierstein-and children all over the world. View full abstract»

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  • Yoshihiro Kuroki: dancing with robots

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 34 - 35
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    Yoshihiro Kuroki is fulfilling his lifelong vision to build a personal humanoid robot at Sony's Entertainment Robot Co. View full abstract»

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  • The Web within the Web

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 42 - 46
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    Only a small percentage of all commercial transactions is done online now, but new technology, in the form of Web services, is changing that. View full abstract»

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  • Karl Stakkope: engineer in paradise

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 33 - 34
    Cited by:  Patents (4)
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    From bringing wind farms on line to sending broadband data over power lines, he is changing the way Hawaiian Electric runs its business. View full abstract»

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  • Spectral Lines: Making a Difference

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 7
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  • Surf Africa [telecommunications and Internet infrastructure]

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 48 - 54
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    Africa lit a shiny new fiber-optic undersea cable almost two years ago - so why are so few Africans using it? This article describes the telecommunications infrastructure in Africa, both cable and satellite, and the financial and bureaurocratic problems which prevent widespread Internet access. View full abstract»

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  • Digital Television Wins Holiday Sweepstakes

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 11
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  • Jim Newman: call of the sea

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 35 - 36
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    His lifelong fascination with the ocean became his career: designing robotic vehicles for deep-sea research. View full abstract»

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  • Psyching out computer chess players

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 14 - 15
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    The more deeply a computer chess program is allowed to calculate, the better it plays, and with the inexorable march of Moore's Law, the programs have gotten much better over the years. Why, then, do the very best grandmasters still hold their own against the silicon beasts? This article discusses the strengths and weaknesses of both human and computer players, detailing 'anti-computer' type strat... View full abstract»

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  • A world divided by a common Internet [national ranking calculations]

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 56 - 57
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    We hear a lot about the digital divide - the gulf between rich and poor ut it is a hard thing to quantify, especially when it comes to the Internet. The International Telecommunication Union calculated a ranking for each of the 178 nations in the world, which it called the digital access index (DAI), determined by such factors as education, the affordability of Internet access, and the proportion ... View full abstract»

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  • Julie Payette: geek in space [astronaut engineer profile]

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 38 - 39
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    This article profiles the background and career of astronaut Julie Payette. She is a mission specialist with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency. It describes her activities aboard the International Space Station in 1999, and her current duties and continued training. View full abstract»

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  • Dennis Shelden: turning dreams into reality

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 39 - 40
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    The structures designed by Gehry Partners seem impossible to build-and they might be, were it not for technologists like Shelden. View full abstract»

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  • Energy Answer - Blowing in the Wind

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 10 - 12
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  • Sight for sore ears [visual aids for the blind]

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 13 - 14
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    This article describes the vOICe system, which allows a visually impaired person to "see" by using his ears for visual input. Software that can be run by a laptop computer, carried in a backpack, translates images captured by a video camera into sounds that the brain uses to create crude mental renderings of what the camera is aimed at. View full abstract»

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  • Hacking unplugged [review of hacking activities and terminology]

    Publication Year: 2004
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    This article gives a brief review of hacking modes of operation along with their terminology. It details the origins of these slang terms and presents some actual examples of the activities in use. View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 8
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  • Steve Sullivan: shaping the future of the movies [special effects]

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 29 - 30
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    This article profiles Steve Sullivan, who carries out research in digital movie production and special effects for Industrial Light and Magic. Steve works with artists, directors, and celebrities; pushing the state of the art in moviemaking at a company with the clout to influence the future of the industry; and sees the results of his work on the big screen. It outlines his educational and profes... View full abstract»

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  • Let us entertain you [entertainment engineering and technology]

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 58 - 60
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    This article outlines a new engineering program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which teaches students how to design theme parks, theatrical productions, and other sophisticated amusements. From pyrotechnics to virtual reality, the biggest shows in Las Vegas rely on engineers. UNLV's entertainment engineering and technology program is teaching engineering students how to apply their imagin... View full abstract»

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  • A static RAM says goodbye to data errors [radiation induced soft errors]

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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    The sensitivity of memory cells to soft errors is directly related to the cell's capacitance: the smaller the capacitance, the greater the sensitivity. In concept, the approach taken by STMicroelectronics is a simple one. It is to add two extra capacitors to each memory cell. With capacitors, one on each side of the cell, which have a value of about 35 fF, much larger than that of the cell, it is ... View full abstract»

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  • Dream Jobs 2004

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 28
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  • Photo Essay: Wish You Were Here

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 26 - 27
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  • The attractions of technology [engineering/technology survey -professionals and students]

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 22 - 25
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    This article presents the results of a survey carried out on a few thousand IEEE members - both working "engineer/technology professionals" as we refer to them, and student members. The questions focused on the motivation and inspiration which prompted the respondents to enter this field. The survey also enquired about salaries, prestige, skills requirements, and potential educational subjects. View full abstract»

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