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Issue 5 • May 2005

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  • Engineering a career switch

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):58 - 61
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    This paper provides some tips to help guide you in making a midcareer jump: 1) take initiative - tackle any available projects at your company related to the areas you're interested in moving, 2) know thyself - know what kind of personality do you have, and 3) have a plan B - develop a backup plan so that if you don't like your career move, you can make another transition. The idea is to have a go... View full abstract»

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  • Bubble power [other sources of nuclear energy]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):38 - 43
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    Research teams from various organizations have joined forces to create the Acoustic Fusion Technology Energy Consortium (AFTEC) to promote the development of sonofusion and its related science and technology. Technically known as acoustic inertial confinement fusion, sonofusion was derived from a related phenomenon, sonoluminescence. Sonofusion involves the application of sound waves to a deuteriu... View full abstract»

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  • Homemade [fabrication technology]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):24 - 31
    Cited by:  Papers (9)  |  Patents (3)
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    This paper describes the efforts of several universities to investigate technologies and materials that could lead to general-use, compact fabbers machines that rapidly create useful items on demand from computer-generated design specifications. Compact and yet capable fabbers point the way toward a future where the term "online shopping" takes on a whole new meaning. Although many technical hurdl... View full abstract»

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  • Back from the brink: a made-for-TV technology is finally ready for prime time

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper discusses the renewed interest in developing a hybrid technology, known as liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS), specifically for wide screen high-definition televisions. LCoS is one of three so-called microdisplay approaches for rear projection television. One of the main advantages of rear projection is that, unlike the case with LCDs or plasma displays, you don't have to pay disproportio... View full abstract»

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  • The width of the Atlantic [differences in tech policies]

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper discusses the differences in the tech policies between the US and some European nations in the field of aerospace, software, biotechnology, engineering education, and the environment. View full abstract»

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  • Down and out in Ham lake

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):55 - 57
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    This paper presents a cautionary tale to all inventors who surrender their patents in return for funding. The paper relates the experience of Corliss Orville Burandt, who claims to have invented a method called variable valve timing. Burandt discovered that Honda's intelligent VTEC engine used a technique that he believes is identical to his patent. He also claims that four other major auto compan... View full abstract»

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  • How to hook worms [computer network security]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):32 - 36
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    This paper discusses the use of intrusion detection systems to protect against the various threats faced by computer systems by way of worms, viruses and other forms of attacks. Intrusion detection systems attempt to detect things that are wrong in a computer network or system. The main problems of these systems, however, are the many false alarms they produce, their lack of resistance to both mal... View full abstract»

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  • Sultan of sound [speech technology]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):44 - 48
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    This paper describes the pioneering research in the field of speech technology by James L. Flanagan, 2005 IEEE Medal of Honor awardee. Flanagan's work with speech coding heralded a series of advances over the years, including a currently favored technique, linear predictive coding. After graduating from Mississippi State as an electrical engineering major, Flanagan accepted a graduate assistantshi... View full abstract»

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  • Books: Sorry, Wrong Numbers

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):60 - 63
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  • Photo Essay: Neon in Nagoya

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):22 - 23
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  • Zone of silence [cellphone jammer]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):17 - 18
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    This paper presents a gadget that jams a cellphone's radiofrequency bands with a junk signal of a few milliwatts. Called the Wave Bubble, it creates a cellphone-free bubble of silence four meters in diameter. The Wave Bubble works by generating a range of voltages in a circuit that tunes an oscillator. This voltage-controlled oscillator's amplified output, in turn, spews out signals between 800 me... View full abstract»

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  • The Back Story: Finding Noyce's Notebook

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 7
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  • Spectral Lines: Fighting indigestion at the Internet buffet.

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 10
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  • Zapping away the blues: a pacemaker-like device to treat depression takes a giant step forward

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):16 - 17
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    This paper presents the first implanted device that can treat a psychiatric illness. The implant, when used in combination with standard therapies, can alleviate the symptoms of chronic or recurrent depression in the 20 percent of patients who do not benefit from Prozac, Paxil and other drugs. About the size of a pocket watch, the nerve simulator looks and acts much like a cardiac pacemaker, and i... View full abstract»

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  • Robert Noyce and the tunnel diode

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):49 - 53
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    This paper claims that Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Intel Corp., was the inventor of the tunnel diode even as Leo Esaki received the 1973 Nobel Prize in physics for the achievement. When Esaki, then a 49-year old semiconductor research scientist at IBM Corp., won his Nobel Prize, neither he nor the Nobel committee had any idea about Noyce's work. Esaki had made a tunnel diode and measured its cu... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 7
    Cited by:  Papers (3)
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  • Move over, quartz: the atomic clock gets smaller and cheaper

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):20 - 21
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    While the standard quartz watch maybe less expensive, engineers still prefer to use atomic clocks because of the many advantages they offer. A good example is the new atomic clock that operates using a radio signal linked to the atomic standard. Its core is the size of a grain of rice, i.e. chip-scale, because it is made with standard microelectronic manufacturing techniques. The chip-scale clock ... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 1
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  • IEEE Spectrum - May 2005 - Vol 42, No 5 - Contents

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):2 - 5
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 8
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  • Life bits [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 76
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