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Issue 11 • Date Nov. 2004

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  • The view from the top [technology forecasting]

    Page(s): 36 - 38
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    This article presents interviews with the leading thinkers from science and engineering world to gather their opinions about technologies that evolved vastly and will have the biggest impact in the coming decades. This article specifically talks about the continuous growth of integrated circuits. View full abstract»

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  • Spectrum R-D 100 [R&D spending]

    Page(s): 61 - 65
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    All companies listed on the US stock markets may have to begin figuring stock outlays into their R&D expenses following the enactment of a new rule proposed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which establishes US accounting standards. The looming prospect of this new corporate accounting practice is already buffeting R&D in a way that few other developments have over the past half century. Disruptive as it is, the stock-accounting trend is just one of several poised to have long-term effects on R&D. Also seen to impact R&D are the increasing concentration of R&D resources on software development, systems engineering, and consulting, and the shift of basic research from private corporations to government-funded university projects as well as the globalization of the industrial research enterprise. View full abstract»

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  • Patents lite - Aussies pioneer a cheap and easy way to protect inventions

    Page(s): 94 - 95
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    This article discusses a cheap way to protect inventions known as the petty patent. It provides some patent-like protection, but the scope and duration of that protection is less than that for inventions that qualify for a standard patent. Although they are cheap and easy, it has its flaws depending on different countries. In a move to offer inventors more support, Australia revamped the petty patent. An Australian "innovation patent" as it is called, lasts for eight years and is not as restricted in terms of subject matter; anything that may be covered by a standard patent is likewise fair game under the innovation system. Innovation patents answer the need for quick protection in rapidly evolving industries. View full abstract»

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  • Electrical engineering's identity crisis - when does a vast and vital profession become unrecognizably diffuse?

    Page(s): 66 - 73
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    More than a century ago, electrical engineering was so much simpler. As electrical engineering begins to blend with various subject areas such as biology, quantum physics and materials science to establish entirely new disciplines and branches of electronics, there are concerns that the EE profession may become "diffused". This paper provides a perspective on the essence of what it means to be an electrical engineer in today's rapidly evolving world. View full abstract»

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  • Danish wind turbines take unfortunate turn

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    The paper presents a wind turbine that was installed on a wind farm at Horns Rev. Now all these turbines at Denmark's Horns Rev - the biggest offshore wind farm built to date - would be moved to shore for repair and replacement of defective transformers and generators. Vestas Wind System A/S in Ringkobing, the world's leading wind technology supplier, blamed harsh sea conditions for the substandard performance of equipment supplied by ABB Ltd. The generator and transformer problems made it necessary to retrofit all 81 of the 2-megawatt turbines, at considerable expense. View full abstract»

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  • 10 tech companies for the next 10 years

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    The paper presents a list of the 10 most daring tech start-ups. The field was narrowed down by considering technological innovations in conjunction with the people who have bet on them: people, unlike new ideas, have track records that can be vetted. The 10 companies are as follows: (1) Microvision Inc.; (2) Cybernetix; (3) Lumileds Lighting LLC; (4) MeshNetworks Inc.; (5) Magiq Technologies Inc.; (6) Nantero Inc.; (7) Picsel Technologies Ltd.; (8) Crossbow Technology Inc.; (9) Microchips Inc.; and (10) Semikron International. View full abstract»

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  • Careers - from Dilbert to Da Vinci

    Page(s): 96 - 98
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    This paper discusses how companies find new ways to harness their engineer's creativity. There are several ways on improving their creativity and originality in their field of work. One way is companies can get around this issue is to rotate engineers through different jobs, which exposes them to a broader range of ideas and perspectives. Companies are also finding that giving engineers more autonomy and percolation time stimulates their creativeness. Incentives should also support the work's importance. View full abstract»

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  • Canon and Toshiba go their own way in flat panels

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    The article presents the alliance between the Canon Inc. and Toshiba Corp., both in Tokyo. The alliance was formed to meet the soaring demand of the consumers on large flat-panel screens. They intend to produce and market large flat-panel screens for TVs based on surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) technology. This technology is newcomer to the big-screen wars, which have been dominated by liquid-crystal displays (LCD), follower by plasma displays, and projection TVs using cathode ray tube (CRT). This article also presents the advantages of SED technology over LCDs, CRTs and plasma displays. View full abstract»

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  • Write and wrong [technological breakthroughs]

    Page(s): 74 - 80
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    This paper describes some of the technological breakthroughs that were predicted by IEEE Spectrum over its 40 year existence. These include the cryogenic chips, electric cars, breeder nuclear reactors, the Internet, random-access read write memories, geniponics, compact discs, high definition television, space stations, home robots, broadband networks, World Wide Web, and interactive television. View full abstract»

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  • Eyeglasses on the cheap [tabletop lens molding]

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    A graduate student inventor in MIT, Saul Griffith, sets his sights on correcting the world's vision problems with tabletop lens molding. He developed a system that can provide a vision-impaired person with low-cost lenses in a matter of minutes. This articles presents the advantages of this system and how the machine makes glasses and diagnose eye problems for a lesser price. View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Page(s): 12
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  • Life scientist takes helm at MIT

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    This article announces the appointment of Susan Hockfield as the first woman to lead MIT and the first biologist to head the school. As a researcher, she primarily studied the development of the mammalian brain and anomalies in that process. She pioneered the use in brain research of monoclonal antibodies, exceptionally pure antibodies produced from cultured cells that have come to be widely used in diagnostics, immunization and research. Hockfield expressed a special interest in designing early education programs to stimulate children's enthusiasm for science and math, and she's committed to providing opportunities and building communities for women, minorities, and international students and scholars. Hockfield's approach was to promote improvements in the quality of campus life and the remuneration for graduate students. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Nov. 2004 - Vol 41, No 11 - Table of contents

    Page(s): 5 - 7
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  • The Back Story: Electrical Engineering's Identity Crisis

    Page(s): 9
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  • Does Google Like Me? [Reflections]

    Page(s): 136
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