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Issue 10 • Date Oct. 2004

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  • Carbon pillars power microbatteries

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):20 - 22
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    Pillars of Power- Microscopic pillars of carbon form the electrodes in a University of California, Irvine, microbattery. Groups of pillars can be connected to the battery circuit individually so the amount of current generated can be precisely controlled. View full abstract»

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  • Websights: eBuyer, Beware

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 60
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  • Spacecraft converge on Mars

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):22 - 23
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    The mystery of whether there is or has been life on Mars may be clarified or even resolved soon, with four new spacecraft-two from the European Space Agency and two from NASA-arriving at the planet. They join two NASA probes already in orbit, though one of them-Odyssey-had a radiation sensor knocked out by the unusually intense solar storms in October. View full abstract»

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  • Chip shots

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):48 - 53
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    Electrical engineers are teaming up with gene jockeys and drug developers to invent new drug-delivery systems that marry electronics and semiconductors to biotechnology. Experts agree that new drugs need a degree of intelligence to get where they must go and to arrive on time, and that's where semiconductors come in. View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 8
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  • Titan Calling

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):28 - 33
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    Last june, scientists were thrilled when NASA's Cassini probe successfully began orbiting Saturn after a 3.5-billion kilometer, seven-year journey across the solar system. The 6-ton spacecraft immediately started returning spectacular pictures of the planet, its rings, and its 30-plus moons. It was just the beginning of Cassini's four-year tour of Saturn's neighborhood, and while scientists expect... View full abstract»

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  • Tools & Toys: Pardon Me, Got the Time?

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):62 - 63
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  • Photo Essay: Trade Rallies

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):26 - 27
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  • CERN turns 50

    Publication Year: 2004
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    On the 29th September, the particle physics laboratory in Geneva known as CERN-the European Organization for Nuclear Research-celebrated its 50th birthday. In the past half century, CERN has emerged as the world's preeminent laboratory for the study of elementary particles, and it serves today as a focal point of European pride. View full abstract»

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  • East Asia rising

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):42 - 47
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    If the 19th century belonged to Britain and the loth century to the United States, the 21st century will surely be East Asia's. Already, South Korea, Taiwan, the eastern industrial areas of China, and Japan form an increasingly integrated economic bloc that rivals both Western Europe and the United States. Within decades, the region will become the world's dominant economic force. View full abstract»

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  • Why so few women, still?

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):57 - 58
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    "Why are there so few women in engineering?" queried the e-mail from a male engineering student. As I listed the reasons put forth by various experts, the thought occurred to me: We've been working on this issue for 50 years now. If we really knew the answer, we would have solved it already. I've read lots of research on this topic and conducted many recruitment and outreach programs over the year... View full abstract»

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  • Spectral Lines: Et Tu, E-Voting?

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 10
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  • eBuyer, beware

    Publication Year: 2004
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    There are some great bargains on eBay. As well there ought to be-after all, there's also great risk. When you're buying at a virtual yard sale where you can't see the merchandise or from a distant retailer you've never heard of, there's a fear that the goods won't be shipped or that even if they are, that they'll be defective in some way. If only you could get the bargain without the worry! Perhap... View full abstract»

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  • The perils of polling

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):34 - 40
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    It's unusual and more than a bit surprising that in the short term, technologists want to slow down the move to electronic systems while many election officials are ready to speed ahead. If the officials started down the electronic voting path by underestimating the problems of deploying the technology, computer scientists may have underestimated the long-standing difficulties of conducting tradit... View full abstract»

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  • Electrical fuse lets chips heal themselves

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):16 - 20
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    The electronic system of the future will monitor itself, change the functions it performs, and repair its damaged circuits-all without external intervention. Such is the dream of autonomic computing. Although the dream is not yet reality, engineers and scientists at IBM Corp. have taken a big step with the development of an on-chip fuse that is electrically blown-or programmed, as the company pref... View full abstract»

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  • Technically Speaking: The Hidden Plaque

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 88
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  • The Back Story

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 7
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  • Books: Half-Speed Ahead

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):55 - 57
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  • Energy tangle in china

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):12 - 14
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    China, now the world's second largest consumer of electricity, behind the United States power grids are seriously straining, and black outs are becoming more common. Two dozen of China's 31 administrative units had rolling blackouts this year. The problem is worst in the summer, when temperatures of 40 °C are common in some areas. On the hottest days, Chinese officials predict total power dema... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum Magazine October 2004 Vol: 41 Num. 10

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 01
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  • IEEE Spectrum - Oct 2004 - Contents

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 3
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  • IEEE Spectrum - Oct. 2004 - Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 5
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