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Issue 6 • Date June 2005

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  • The Back Story: The Talented Mr Li

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 5
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  • The panda connection: a new wireless network helps panda researchers and school kids, too

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper presents the Intel's installation of a state-of-the-art wireless network in Wolong Nature Reserve to monitor panda behavior. The new IEEE 802.11b Wi-Fi network connects all the panda facilities in Wolong to one another and to the Internet. The network has benefited not only the pandas but also hundreds of children living nearby. Working with a children's educational nonprofit organization called GLOBIO, Intel donated a computer lab and paid to hire two teachers. The children logged on their new laptops and connected to the outside world. View full abstract»

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  • Spectral Lines: All the Tech in China

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 8
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  • Bugged balls for tough calls [ball tracking systems]

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 14 - 15
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    This paper presents a soccer ball containing a transmitter that reveals the exact location of the ball on the pitch. It is a coin-size radio transmitter that broadcasts a pulsed signal in the 2.4 gigahertz band to a dozen receivers mounted on floodlight masts and near the sidelines. The receivers relay the pulses to a central computer, which then calculates the ball's exact location. The main goal of this transmitter is to help referees with tough calls, such as when a goalkeeper intercepts a ball on the fly after it has crossed the goal line. In such a case, the system would send a vibratory alert to a special wristwatch worn by the referee, signaling that the ball went over the goal. View full abstract»

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  • Silicon gold rush: Taiwan's chip makers can't resist the lure of China, the world's largest consumer of semiconductors

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 62 - 66
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    This paper discusses the emergence of China as the fastest-growing semiconductor industry in the world owing mainly to the assistance of Taiwanese technologists. Besides being home to Chinese foundries that are at least partially staffed with Taiwanese workers, China also boasts new fab facilities built and operated by Taiwan-based companies such as the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). It has been estimated that in the second half of 2001 alone, more than 3000 engineers left Taiwan to work in China's semiconductor industry. View full abstract»

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  • Recycling behind bars: prison practices blacken a green endeavor

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 10 - 13
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    This paper discusses the health issues concerning the computer recycling operation at the federal penitentiary in Atwater, CA. Concerned individuals including an environmental advocacy group, called the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, have expressed concern that the use of prison labor for recycling might be exploitation. They believe that the hammers used by the prison inmates for disassembly are not suitable and that they are unprotected against the dangers of shattered glass and plastic. While OSHA has made its first on-site inspection, they are lobbying for an independent review of the recycling operation at Atwater. View full abstract»

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  • Bluetooth cavities

    Publication Year: 2005
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    Bluetooth is a wireless networking standard that uses radio frequencies to set up a communications link between devices. Bluetooth unites the world of portable, wireless devices under a single standard. But the promises of a Bluetooth-united world have become stuck in the mud of unfounded hyperbole, diminished expectations, and security loopholes. This paper discusses the security loopholes in Bluetooth technology and the vocabulary of new words and phrases to name and describe them. View full abstract»

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  • Management American style: a US university teaches western business ways to Chinese students

    Publication Year: 2005
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    As part of its effort to expand its academic system, the Chinese government invited the Stevens Institute of Technology to conduct an 18-month program towards a master's degree in telecommunications management at the Beijing Institute of Technology. Using a curriculum similar to the one offered at Steven's Hoboken, NJ, campus, the program involves on-campus classes as well as Web-based tutorials. In return, Stevens is provided with the opportunity to tap into a fast-growing, technology-hungry market. View full abstract»

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  • The watchman: as commander of Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, Duane Deal guards the skies

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 69 - 70
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    This paper provides a brief profile of Duane Deal, a brigadier general in the US Air Force and commander of the famous Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. Deal leads North America's first line of defense against threats that range from long-range missiles and hijacked airliners to rogue asteroids and falling space debris. An aerospace engineer by training and an avid pilot, he's taken part in more than a dozen investigations of rocket and aviation accidents, including the inquiry into the Columbia space shuttle disaster. View full abstract»

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  • Running against the wind [sports prosthetics]

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 13 - 14
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    This paper discusses the implications of recent technological advances in sports prosthetics on the existing rules for various sporting events. The paper points to the record-breaking performance of the double-leg amputee from South Africa, Oscar Pistorius, at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. Fitted with high-tech carbon-fiber artificial running legs, Pistorius became the first leg amputee to run the 200-meter dash in less than 22 seconds. Because it seems likely that Pistorius will one day qualify for able-bodied competitions, current rules may need to be reviewed. View full abstract»

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  • Digital TV's 100-meter dash: China's huge TV industry faces a 2008 deadline

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 46 - 51
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    This paper discusses the efforts of the Chinese government to establish a state-of-the-art digital TV infrastructure in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. There is pressure, especially in the local television industry, to show that not only is China ready for the high-tech world but also for a piece of the local market for television receivers, already the world's largest, with some 40 million new TV sets sold to Chinese consumers annually. View full abstract»

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  • China at a glance [technology revolution]

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 26 - 27
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    This paper presents a brief profile of the economic and industrial situation in the various parts of China. View full abstract»

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  • More on China [technological revolution]

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper provides a list of references relating to the technological advances in China in the fields of Internet and censorship, consumer electronics, intellectual property, transportation, environment and conservation, and semiconductors. View full abstract»

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  • China's tech revolution: how technology is driving the country's economic boom and what that means for the World

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 28 - 35
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    This paper discusses China's emergence as an industrial powerhouse following its decision to open its economy to market forces. It focuses on the key factors that contribute to the nation's unfolding tech revolution and describes the sources of friction within China as well as between China and its trading partners. View full abstract»

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  • A new phase in nonvolatile memory?

    Publication Year: 2005
    Cited by:  Patents (6)
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    This paper describes recent advances in techniques to develop phase-change memories. These include a new way to facilitate low-voltage phase changes with the use of a tiny strip of amorphous semiconductor compound of germanium, antimony, and tellurium on a layer of silicon dioxide, which is connected to lateral contacts connected to current sources. This configuration allows better control of heat dissipation and use of smaller voltages to change phase. Another development is a device made with a phase-change material based on antimony-tellurium material doped with one or more of the elements of germanium, indium, silver or gallium. This doped material changes phase significantly faster than the germanium-antimony-tellurium compounds in other experiments. Efforts are also underway to create arrays containing memory cells. View full abstract»

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  • Software: Higher Math

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 74
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  • The net effect: as China's Internet gets a much-needed makeover, will the new network promote freedom or curtail it?

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 38 - 44
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    This paper discusses the effect of the US $100 million ChinaNet Next Carrying Network (CN2) project undertaken by China Telecom Corp. on the government's effort to censor its Internet. The project involves the installation of network routers in 200 cities throughout China's 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. While there have been technological constraints on the amount of censorship possible at the router level, these are expected to be eliminate making censorship more a matter of politics than of technology. View full abstract»

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  • Wiring small-town China: the fiber-optic tentacles of China's Internet extend deep into the heartland

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper describes how Internet connectivity has transformed the lives of citizens in the various small cities in China. The assumption that China's exploding population of Internet users are concentrated in and around Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and other metropolises is just plain wrong. A 2003 study showed that cities and towns all over China were using sophisticated information technology to promote e-government, find new markets, rationalize work flows in businesses and municipal governments, and even enjoy real-time combat and conversation. A more recent study revealed that change is continuing apace and the once prevalent dial-up links have given way almost entirely to high-speed broadband connections. View full abstract»

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  • Special Report: China's Tech Revolution

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 19
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  • Steal this software and this DVD, and this book, and this handbag, and this car... [intellectual property]

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 52 - 53
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    This paper discusses the problem of piracy and intellectual property theft in China. The Internet has become the most common vehicle for software piracy in China. But it's not just software that is being pirated. In virtually every manufacturing sector - pharmaceuticals, fashion, tobacco, consumer electronics, car parts, even baby food - counterfeiting and copying in China are rampant. Despite an ongoing national campaign to stamp them out, they're on the rise, according to many foreign and Chinese business people forced to cope with the consequences. View full abstract»

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  • A market for clean air: China adopts emissions trading to curb pollution

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper describes China's sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions trading program, a market-based approach to reducing air pollution modeled on a successful US program launched in 1995. The US "cap and trade program" sets a limit on how much SO2 a factory or power plant can emit. A facility that produces fewer emissions than the maximum allowed gets the difference as a credit, which it can sell to companies that cannot meet the cap. China's cap and trade program aims to reduce SO2 emissions nationally by 10 percent from its 2000 levels and by 20 percent in certain heavily polluted areas. View full abstract»

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  • Portraits of China

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 20 - 25
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  • China's cyclists take charge: electric bicycles are selling by the millions despite efforts to ban them

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 54 - 59
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    Electric bikes continue to grow in popularity in China despite being banned in some key cities. These bikes provide an attractive option for commuters, service people and couriers who have a need for motorized personal transportation. A major obstacle for the widespread use of electric bikes, however, is the lack of enough bike lanes. While road widening projects are being implemented, these are primarily aimed to accommodate the increasing number of automobiles in the city streets. Nevertheless, experts are optimistic that the electric bikes will ultimately prevail because of the adverse environmental and health effects of automobiles and the rising cost of petroleum products. View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 6
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  • Telephone TV [TV broadcasting]

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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    This paper discusses television broadcasting to mobile phones by using services that stream content to their handset over high-speed, packet-based cellular networks. Millions more could soon join the fray with the launch of an alternative television-broadcast technology. The streamed service is great for watching new, sports, and quickly digestible entertainment programs, while in transit. But watching an hour-long TV program of a movie on a small screen is hard on the eyes, not to mention the wallet if you're buying the video stream from your mobile service provider. Now, mobile TV services begin to spread and cellphone companies are doing further development and deployment of the technology to be commercially available. View full abstract»

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