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Issue 8 • Date Aug. 2004

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  • PHOTO ESSAY: Greetings Earthlings!

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 20 - 21
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  • A giant leap for commercial space travel

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 10 - 12
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    The 21st of June 2004 marked the launch of SpaceShipOne, a privately funded space plane designed for commercial space travel, at the Mojave Airport in California. SpaceShipOne was designed by Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites LLC and was funded by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corp. This marked the 14th piloted flight of the plane's test program, the highest and at more than 4,000... View full abstract»

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  • Software:Visualize This!

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 52 - 54
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  • Tools & Toys : IPOD a Go-Go

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 49 - 51
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  • Supertubes [carbon nanotubes]

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 40 - 45
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    This paper discusses the different characteristics of carbon nanotubes which make them ideal for a number of potential applications ranging from ultrathin, breathable, waterproof fabrics to bright, rugged flat-panel displays for televisions and computer monitors. Carbon nanotubes can be far stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum and more conductive than copper. The electrical properties of car... View full abstract»

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  • Spectral Lines: The Unruly Grid, One Year Later

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 8
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  • Computing the cosmos

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 28 - 34
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    This article describes an ambitious project which aims to simulate on a supercomputer the evolution of the entire universe from just after the Big Bang until the present. An international group of scientists, dubbed the Virgo Consortium, is creating the largest and most detailed computer model of the universe ever made. While other groups have simulated chunks of the cosmos, the Virgo simulation i... View full abstract»

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  • A Chinese town's get-rich scheme: e-trash to cash

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 13 - 16
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    The electronic trash that most Americans deposit at center for recycling toxic materials often ends up polluting towns in developing countries. China has become the favored destination for the world's discarded computers and peripherals and the main source of used computer parts. In 2002, China banned the import of many used electronic items due to the electronic waste and hazardous waste it's cau... View full abstract»

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  • Books: What the Writers are Reading

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 54 - 55
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  • The unruly power grid

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 22 - 27
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    Most experts agree that the major blackout that affected a large part of the North American upper Midwest and Northeast last August 14, 2003, was no anomaly and will definitely happen again. Records show that between 1984 and 2000, utilities logged 11 outages affecting more than 4000 megawatts, making the probability of any one outage 325 times greater than mathematicians would have expected. Math... View full abstract»

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  • Progress: Open vs. Closed

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 50
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  • Downloading the sky [virtual observatory]

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 35 - 39
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    An international collaboration of astronomers and computer scientists is piecing together the means to connect all stored data collected over the last several decades by hundreds of ground-based and orbiting observatories in thousands of archives. Their efforts will create the world's biggest and best telescope, known as the Virtual Observatory. VO will allow astronomers, as well as students and t... View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 6
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  • The creative engineer: what can you do to spark new ideas?

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 47 - 49
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    This article is all about improving the creativity of engineers. It discusses some steps on how to become more creative to develop fresh ideas for improving the products being designed and built. One of the reasons why engineers are not considered creative is because they often don't start with a blank sheet of paper each time they do something. Every engineer's core mission is to try to improve t... View full abstract»

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  • Coming out soon: trillion-color TV

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 17 - 18
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    While film used in cinema contains pigments that can create an infinitely large number of color variations, TV sets combine discrete amounts of red, green, and blue light to create a much more limited color range. To produce more colors, TV sets would have to combine purer, or more saturated, red, green, and blue by using narrowband light filters that select colors more precisely but diminish brig... View full abstract»

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  • Paper transistors

    Publication Year: 2004
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    The German firm, Infineon Technologies, has fabricated organic transistors and circuits on commercially available cotton-fiber paper. Infineon worked around the combustion problem by relying on the semiconducting organic material, pentacene, which is workable at relatively low temperatures. The problem of sponginess was addressed by coating the paper with a polymer film less than a micrometer thic... View full abstract»

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  • Finding work the eBay way

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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    When software engineer, Gus Grubba, and his team of Silicon Valley programmers lost their jobs to Canadian outsourcing at the digital media company, Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc. in San Rafael, CA, they decided to put themselves up for auction on eBay. Using the handle "Team offshored," they let online bidders outdo each other to purchase exclusive rights to negotiate a contract with them.... View full abstract»

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  • Technically Speaking: The (Pre) Fix Is In

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 64
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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 0_1
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  • IEEE Spectrum - Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 1 - 3
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 5
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