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Issue 3 • Date March 2005

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  • The price is wrong [consumer electronics]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):50 - 51
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    This paper relates the story of Apex Digital Inc., a California upstart maker of ultracheap DVD players, televisions and other consumer electronics, from being a rising star in the field to its downfall for having a total of $467 million in unpaid debt. The paper also describes the findings of Chipworks Inc., a technology research company in Ottawa, after reverse engineering an Apex DVD player in ... View full abstract»

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  • Star-crossed [space-based weapons]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):40 - 49
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    This paper discusses the arguments for and against the development of space-based weapons in the US. It has been suggested that the military advantages that might be gained from space-based weapons are outweighed by the political and economic price that the US would have to pay. Deploying such weapons would also create new, asymmetric vulnerabilities to the US armed forces and would be a significa... View full abstract»

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  • The race to the bottom [consumer nanodevice]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):32 - 39
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    This paper discusses how Gerd Binning, a Nobel laureate in physics and a star in IBM Corp.'s metamorphosing research apparatus, and Tom Rust, a self-taught engineer who founded Nanochip Inc., are competing to develop nanotechnology's first truly big commercial breakthrough, called probe storage. Probe storage is a memory system that could keep data storage on a par with the pitiless pace of advanc... View full abstract»

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  • Top 10 tech cars [hybrid electric vehicles]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):22 - 30
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    A number of new hybrid electric vehicle owners have expressed their disappointment with their purchase because of poor mileage. Official ratings for fuel use, based on the outdated driving patterns of US government test, turned out to be a poor predictor for what typical buyers could expect. Still, though hybrids are hot, no single vehicle is likely to make as much of a splash this year as the rev... View full abstract»

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  • PHOTO ESSAY: The Tangled Web Electrons Weave

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • Transparent transistors: a new class of semiconductors makes for fast, flexible, and invisible electronics

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):18 - 19
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    Two groups, in Japan and the United States, have reported making see-through circuits out of a new class of semiconductors. Besides holding out the possibility of building displays into the windows of cars and trains, the materials' low cost and low-temperature fabrication may suit them to future applications that don't need transparency, notably roll-up electronic displays. Standard silicon-based... View full abstract»

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  • Waiting and waiting for the next killer wave [tsunami early warning system]

    Publication Year: 2005
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    The United Nations working group on disaster reduction advocated building a tsunami early-warning system in the Indian Ocean, but nothing happened. Now the United Nations wants to put one together in a year. A tsunami alarm for the Indian Ocean may be worth the cost, but can it retain public support over the long haul? It took many scares over the course of half a century to coax the nations of th... View full abstract»

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  • Books: Writing Nasa's Marching Orders

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 63
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  • Cheaper hydrogen beckons [hydrogen energy]

    Publication Year: 2005
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    Energy systems using hydrogen could free us from dependence on oil and from the threats of smog and greenhouse gases. Yet three problems make hydrogen prohibitively expensive: generating it from a clean source, storing it, and moving it to wherever it's needed. To keep the dream of hydrogen alive, the INEEL researchers talk of using it to refine low-grade petroleum and make synthetic fuels. But if... View full abstract»

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  • Seven myths about voice over IP

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):52 - 57
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    Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is one of the fastest growing and most misunderstood technologies in the world at the moment. Confusion, outdated beliefs and urban mythology reign over such simple issues as how it works, the quality of the calls, and, of course, how much it costs. This paper examines seven existing myths about VoIP. These myths are that: (1) VoIP is free; (2) the only differen... View full abstract»

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  • Tools & Toys: Akimbo In Limbo

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):65 - 66
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  • The artful- and mobile-dodger [location-based social networking]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):59 - 60
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    A new cellphone-based social networking tool aims to make urbanites evenings a lot less hit-or-miss. Thanks to Dodgeball.com, location-based social networking may be the next cellphone craze. This paper discusses a mobile social networking tool, called Dodgeball, that allows young urbanities to link up and meet face to face when they're out on the town. Joining Dodgeball means filling out a profil... View full abstract»

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  • From peace to war [office conflict]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):60 - 62
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    This paper provides some useful tips on how to resolve work-related disputes effectively. Dealing effectively with conflict means you can get on with the important things you need to do. View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 6
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  • Spectral Lines: Bell Tolls for AT&T

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 8
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  • London broil? The UK's capital prepares for rising tides and temperatures

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):10 - 12
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    London already has a barrier in place to seal the River Thames from the sea in time of need, and it is now launching a multibillion-pound project to augment the barrier against the higher tides that the UK government believes warmer weather will hurl against the city. In the 1970s, London commissioned the Thames Barrier, an underwater gate that stretches 520 meters across the River Thames, in east... View full abstract»

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  • Cyber Insecurity?

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):15 - 16
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  • The Back Story: Dodgeball: Just the Right Look

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 5
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  • Inventions: Patent Watch

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 64
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    Describes various recent inventions and technologies that are novel, new or noteworthy. View full abstract»

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  • Robert's Rules [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 80
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