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Issue 1 • Date Jan. 2005

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  • The Back Story: Winners & Losers 2005

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 5
    Cited by:  Papers (5)
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  • Photo Essay: Star Cruiser

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):22 - 23
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  • Spectral Lines: Winning and Losing In High-Stakes Technology

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 8
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 6
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  • Intel Tries, Tries Again

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • Tools & Toys : Stargazing Made Easy

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 68
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  • Broader Broadband

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):17 - 20
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  • Hidden gems [science and technology museums]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):70 - 71
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    This paper announces the publication of the results of the survey conducted by IEEE Spectrum on several science and technology museums around the globe. Because of the Internet, IEEE members worldwide have been able to review 26 museums so far. The full text of their comments can be viewed at http://www.spectrum.ieee.org. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 01
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • German universities seek to reclaim lost glory

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):10 - 12
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    German universities were originally designed to train members of an ultra-elite cadre to become teaching researchers. Despite a professional style that was somewhat authoritarian and pompous, the system was generally collegial, informal, and open. This would have been all well and good if the university system had changed to meet new needs. In this paper, the author proposes a reform that promotes... View full abstract»

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  • How PC is your PC? [personal computer lifespan]

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper discusses the report by Eric Williams on the fact that the personal computer is not energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The analysis was based on a PC with a Pentium III processor and a 17-inch cathode ray tube screen. Detailed assessment was made to calculate the total energy and materials that go into manufacturing a PC and have shown that it is actually a highly energy-int... View full abstract»

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  • Putin acts, Taiwan reacts [Taiwan's greenhouse reduction plans]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):20 - 21
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    Russia's ratification of the Kyoto protocol on climate change has sent ripples around the world, with effects being felt especially in places where emissions trading systems are being established. Russia's accession to the agreement means that the protocol takes effect this year, requiring signatory states to reduce their greenhouse gases back to below 1990 levels by 2012. The effect of Russia's a... View full abstract»

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  • The battle for broadband [Internet protocol television]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):24 - 29
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    This paper discusses the role of Swiss telephone carriers and cable providers in the highly competitive telecommunications market. A key technological development is the software platform called Internet Protocol television (IPTV). At the forefront is the Bern-based Swiss phone company, Swisscom AG. Swisscom has conducted tests to determine its ability to deliver video and win customers from cable... View full abstract»

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  • A foggy notion [solar photovoltaic power system]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):30 - 31
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    When completed, the Bavarian Solarpark will count as one of the largest photovoltaic power plants in the world. With 57,600 solar panels covering a total of 25 hectares of farmland, the 10-megawatt peak station actually consists of three collector installations located within a 50 km radius. While the plant is expected to partially replace Germany's nuclear and fossil fuel power plants with homegr... View full abstract»

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  • Super charged [ultracapacitors]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):32 - 37
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    The South Korean company, NessCap Co., is one of the about 10 makers of ultracapacitor, devices that can store so much charge that they are beginning to blur the functional distinction between the capacitor and the battery. They offer a unit rated at an impressive 5000 farads at 27 volts in a package a little bigger than a half-liter soda bottle and performs better in terms of energy and power den... View full abstract»

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  • DVD copy protection: take 2

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):38 - 39
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    This paper describes the advanced access content systems (AACS), the copy protection scheme designed to keep future generations safe from pirated DVDs. The ACCS group was founded by IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Disney, and Warner Bros. Studios. The AACS specification allow customers to move the data on an optical disc to various devices they own, including video servers and por... View full abstract»

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  • Flat, cheap, and under control [electrochemical mechanical planarization]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):40 - 45
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    This paper describes Applied Material's wafer polishing technology, called electrochemical mechanical planarization (ECMP). ECMP is the answer to the problems of electropolishing and chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) of the chip-making process: manufacturing faster, more powerful chips without obliterating their vanishing fine and increasingly fragile features. It is designed to remove exces... View full abstract»

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  • Digital dullard [electronic science tutor]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):46 - 47
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    This work presents Paul Allen's latest project to build an electronic tutor called Digital Aristotle. This project begun in 2003 as a contest, dubbed Project Halo, where three sets of high-powered researchers competed to create software that could do well on a high school advanced-placement exam in chemistry, and they all succeeded. In the second phase, the three teams will build knowledge-acquisi... View full abstract»

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  • Viva mesh Vegas [mesh wireless network]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):48 - 53
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    In this paper, the mesh wireless network established by Cheetah Wireless Technologies Inc. is discussed. Cheetah's mobile wireless network is one of the first municipal installations to use mesh wireless technology, which allows users to access the Internet anywhere within the coverage area even if they're driving at 100 kph. Mesh networks have several key advantages over traditional wireless solu... View full abstract»

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  • Passport to nowhere [electronic passport with biometric information]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):54 - 55
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    Undue haste led the US government and the 27 countries in its visa-waiver pool to start a program to embed radio-tagged ICs in passports. These chips encode the physical characteristics of the bearer starting with the face. Its goal is to provide foolproof passport identification using a combination of biometrics and secure radio tagged ICs. The US initiative, included in the Enhanced Border Secur... View full abstract»

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  • Sun's big splash [Niagara microprocessor chip]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):56 - 60
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    A new microprocessor chip was developed by Sun Microsystems Inc. that is intended for volume servers that are at the heart of data centers running the information and Web processing for businesses, universities, hospitals, factories, and the like. The new chip, called Niagara for the torrent of data and instructions that flow between the chip and its memory, was designed from the ground up to do a... View full abstract»

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  • Resources EE job market brightens

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):63 - 64
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    Some experts observe that the engineering job market is coming back from the depths of technical wreck, particularly in certain areas. But they also observe that even though hiring may be up, the climb starts from a low point. The experts also forecast an increase in employment. But even as employers add staff, they are being extra cautious, thoroughly vetting job applicants before making an offer... View full abstract»

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  • Invention: Patent Watch

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):70 - 71
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    Describes various recent inventions and technologies that are novel, new or noteworthy. View full abstract»

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  • Terror goes online [cyberterrorism]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):72 - 73
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    According to the book entitled "Terror on the Internet: The New Arena, the New Challenges" by Gabriel Weimann, the threat of cyberterrorism may be overstated. Weimann says the odds of a terrorist using the virtual world to attack key physical infrastructure are remote and critical networks are inaccessible from the Internet. Terrorists, however, are using the Internet to search for information abo... View full abstract»

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