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Issue 12 • Dec. 2005

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  • The new standard-bearer

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):48 - 52
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    As China begins to increase its participation in international commerce, its introduction of several initiatives are threatening existing standards. These initiatives include alternative standards for communications network, called TD-SCDMA, and for tracking goods using radiofrequency ID tags. Critics have denounced these initiatives as a covert form of protectionism for China's high-tech sector. ... View full abstract»

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  • The Back Story: He Delivers

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 7
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  • Getting a grip on the grid

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):42 - 47
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    When accidents occur in the systems that comprise an interconnected electric power grid, these accidents must be regarded as the symptom of inadequate grid design and management. As such, there is an urgent need for cross-regional reforms so that the best available technology is promptly put to use, without lengthy delays arising from the legislative or regulatory process. The reform process needs... View full abstract»

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  • Earthquake [earthquake warning systems]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):22 - 27
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    Accurate earthquake warnings are, at last, within reach. Instead of coming from the mechanical phenomena that have been the focus of decades of study, however, they will come from electromagnetic phenomena. And, remarkably, these predictions will come from signals gathered not only at the earth's surface but also in the ionosphere. It has been observed that electromagnetic disturbances happen duri... View full abstract»

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  • R&D 100 [IEEE Spectrum's fourth annual survey]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):36 - 41
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    This paper presents the results of the IEEE Spectrum's fourth annual survey of the world's top 100 R&D spenders. While the top three spots were captured by the automobiles and components sector, the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sector ranked as the second most research-intensive industry, just behind the software and services sector. Meanwhile, the trend in the technology hardware and equipme... View full abstract»

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  • Patent reform cacophony

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):58 - 59
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    This paper discusses the concerns raised against a proposed amendment to the Patent Reform Act of 2005. In an effort to redress the perceived imbalance between promoting innovation and protecting the rights of patent holders, the post-grant review system was proposed, which gives the public an opportunity to provide input prior to issuance of a patent. Critics, however, feel that the proposal mere... View full abstract»

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  • Digital TV trial brews in China

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):20 - 21
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    With the Beijing Olympics coming up in 2008, Beijing has made it a priority for digital TV to be available nationwide by then. One of the first areas in China to launch digital TV is the seaside town of Qingdao. Resistance among Qingdao residents was minimal since they were given free digital set-top boxes which substantially lowered the cost. With Qingdao going completely digital in some areas, t... View full abstract»

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  • Watch what you want [pornographic image sensor]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):15 - 16
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    This paper reports a new software that can find pornographic digital pictures no matter how they enter the office PC. Developed by the Irish firm, PixAlert, the software analyzes images for features that the company says are characteristics of pornography. It distinguishes foregrounds from backgrounds, discerns the edges of individual shapes, picks out faces and bodies and measures luminosity and ... View full abstract»

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  • Hard drive - robotic cars impress in rough road race

    Publication Year: 2005
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    A team from Stanford University won the Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle race organized by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Using a Volkswagen Touareg SUV they called Stanley, the Stanford team was able to finish the 211 km racecourse stretching through Nevada's Mojave Desert in six hours and 53 minutes, winning the $2 million purse. With three other vehicles finishing the ... View full abstract»

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  • Media: Inside Hollywood

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):53 - 56
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  • Into deep ice [ice monitoring]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):28 - 35
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    A team of researchers has embarked on a project called Glacsweb, which aims to determine how the Earth's ice masses will respond to the continued warming of the globe. By installing a wireless monitoring network of probes on the Briksdalsbreen, a large mass of frozen water in the town of Olden in southwestern Norway, the team hopes to record temperature, pressure and other variables for several mo... View full abstract»

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  • Sci/Tech Museums

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):60 - 61
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  • The Atomic Energy Agency's Peace Prize

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):16 - 19
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  • Could Belgian diode lead to printable RFIDs?

    Publication Year: 2005
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    As an alternative to the more expensive RFID tags that rely on silicon chips, a team of Belgian researchers have developed a type of organic diode that can rectify ac at 50 megahertz, within the range allowed by the international conventions for RFID applications. The team was able to sandwich a thin, 160-nanometer layer of the organic semiconductor pentacene between layers of aluminum and gold. T... View full abstract»

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  • Recovering from mistakes

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):56 - 57
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    This paper provides some useful advise on how you can quickly and most effectively recover from your mistakes. Although everyone makes mistakes, it is important to learn how to recover quickly and fix your mistakes to show that you are a responsible and dependable professional. View full abstract»

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  • Spectral Lines: Nuclear Testing Goes Virtual

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 10
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  • Could simple mixed materials make flat lenses cheap?

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper reports on a novel method of making a new class of materials for making high-quality flat lenses that focus light and can be made in sheets and cut to size. The method blends ordinary, easily available materials in a way that produces negative permittivity and permeability, making it possible to bend visible light in the opposite direction from conventional materials. View full abstract»

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  • Hurricane watchers hit their mark [hurricane forecasting]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):14 - 15
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    This paper reports how near-term hurricane forecasting has improved enormously over the last few years. Hurricane Katrina provided a vivid example of today's more skillful hurricane predicting. It was because of the weather service's accurate forecasts that the decision was made to evacuate New Orleans and adjacent areas. Without the forecasts, the human toll from the storm would have been far gre... View full abstract»

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  • Space mountain [submillimeter radio telescopes]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):12 - 14
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    September 2005 marked the inauguration of the largest submillimeter radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. Known as the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX), the new telescope is located in the Chilean Andes. The telescope is designed to peer through interstellar clouds and consists of 264 polished aluminum panels, forming a near perfect parabolic dish. The telescope will eventually be run re... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum - December 2005

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 01
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  • IEEE Spectrum - December 2005 - Vol 42 Num. 12 - Contents

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):1 - 5
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 8
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  • Technically Speaking: Watchwords

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 88
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