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Issue 7 • Date July 2005

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  • Sci/Tech Museums

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 62
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 6
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  • Software: Tiger Trials

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):59 - 60
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  • Progress: Solving A Knotty Problem

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 58
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  • The nanotech patent trap

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper discusses the problems faced by nanotechnology start-ups concerning the use of their patents. It focuses on several hot spots centering on five principal platforms, namely, carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, fullerenes, nanowires, and dendrimers. View full abstract»

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  • Software patents don't compute: no clear boundary between math and software exists

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):56 - 58
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    This paper discusses the current debate on how software patents should be granted. While US laws state that scientific principles and mathematical algorithms may not be patented, mathematics has become increasingly reliant on machines. Because of the machine-intensiveness of modern mathematics and the math-intensiveness of modern machines, the line between mathematical algorithms and machinery has... View full abstract»

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  • Perils of plutonium [spent nuclear fuel storage]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):16 - 17
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    This paper focuses on the security of the ponds at reactor sites where radioactive spent fuel are being stored. A recent report by a panel of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, said that attacks by knowledgeable terrorists with access to appropriate technical means are possible. Such an attack could partly or completely drain a pool, so that the fuel would ignite, resulting in the... View full abstract»

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  • Read my lips [lip-syncing]

    Publication Year: 2005
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    Engineers at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea, have come up with a way of embedding an easy-to-read test signal that can be run during normal broadcasts. They embedded the test signal in the part of the video signal that is not normally displayed on televisions and, similarly, embedded an audio marker in the part of the digital audio signal used for transmitting in multiple lang... View full abstract»

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  • Take this car and plug it [plug-in hybrid vehicles]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):10 - 13
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    This paper presents hybrid cars with a bigger battery packs that can recharge from wall outlets. The resulting machines, referred to as plug-in hybrids, can be propelled exclusively by their electric motors for, in some cases, more than 30 kilometers without their gasoline engines even turning on. The advantages and disadvantages of these cars are discussed in this paper. View full abstract»

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  • A match made in packets - coming soon: cellular handsets that can use a Wi-Fi network

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):14 - 16
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    This paper describes recent efforts to develop a cellphone unit that unites Wi-Fi and wireless capabilities. The unit would minimize expensive cellular minutes, replacing them with free or cheap Wi-fi time. Often, too, it would yield a higher-quality call, because cellular coverage is usually weakest where Wi-Fi excels. Several companies are working on two different ways to unite the worlds of mob... View full abstract»

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  • Resources: wages in the United States grow only slightly, while China and India see double-digit increases

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):53 - 54
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    This paper discusses the current state of wages earned by engineers in the US. In general, US engineers are seeing modest salary gains, and wage freezes are pretty much a thing of the past. Though the US economy is said to be picking up, that hasn't necessarily translated into robust hiring or salary increases. While US engineers still make more compared to their European counterparts, engineers i... View full abstract»

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  • Spectral Lines: Building Better Lie Detectors With Neuroscience?

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 8
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  • Photo Essay: Sand Biscuit

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • High-Tech Faberge

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 11
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  • Eternal bits [digital files preservation]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):22 - 27
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    The MIT Libraries is addressing the problem of maintaining and sharing digital content over the long haul with a project called DSpace. For this digital repository, a simple, open-source software application was built that not only accepts digital materials and makes them available on the Web but also puts them into a data management regime that helps to preserve them for generations to come. Othe... View full abstract»

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  • The Back Story: Movies, Monoliths, and Mission Control

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 5
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  • The greening of GE [alternative energy]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):28 - 33
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    General Electric (GE) Co., is now focused on alternative energy resources as it has begun manufacturing wind turbines and photovoltaics, invested in hydrogen fuel cells, and become a leader in the development of gasification equipment that could double the efficiency of coal-fired power plants and even capture their greenhouse gases. The company launched the ecomagination initiative, described as ... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering EverQuest: online gaming demands heavyweight data centers

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):34 - 39
    Cited by:  Papers (11)  |  Patents (14)
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    This paper describes how engineers keep a half million people from all over the world playing EverQuest, a best-selling computer game played over the Internet. Developed by Sony Online Entertainment, EverQuest has not only become a dominant force in the entertainment business but has also become a social phenomenon. It takes 13 data centers and more than 1500 servers located around the world to ru... View full abstract»

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  • Genius on the block: the foundations of the computing age go up for auction

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):40 - 45
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    In February 2005, the biggest private collection of some of the most important documents in the history of computing and telecommunications went up for sale at Christie's auction house in New York City. These documents include an unpublished 1809 manuscript on the influential Jacquard loom written by Joseph Marie Jacquard himself, a signed first edition of Karel Capek's RUR: Rossum's Universal Rob... View full abstract»

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  • The end of AT&T: Ma Bell may be gone, but its innovations are everywhere

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):46 - 51
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    This paper looks back at AT&T's unparalleled history of research and innovation in the field of telecommunications following its acquisition by SBC Communications Inc. During the company's heyday, from 1925 to the mid-1980s, AT&T through Bell Labs brought us innovations and discoveries that changed the way we live and broadened our understanding of the universe. The list of innovations features ma... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum - July 2005

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 01
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  • Table of contents - Vol 42, No 7

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • The dream [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 76
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