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Issue 5 • May 2006

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  • The Olin experiment [engineering education experiment]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):30 - 36
    Cited by:  Papers (5)
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    This paper describes the engineering education experiment conducted at the Franklin W. Olin College in Needham, MA, aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of the engineering workforce in the US. Instead of the usual theory-heavy lectures, segregated disciplines, and individual efforts, the experiment emphasizes design exercises, interdisciplinary studies and teamwork. Olin's radically new wa... View full abstract»

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  • Brain power - borrowing from biology makes for low power computing [bionic ear]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):24 - 29
    Cited by:  Papers (25)  |  Patents (5)
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    This paper describes the recent advances in the field of neuromorphic engineering, more generally, biologically inspired electronics. This paper focuses on the work being done to develop bionic ears. A key area of interest is understanding the scheme that allows low-power analog processing in the ear followed by digitization. Researchers at MIT have developed a bionic ear processor that does the j... View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 8
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  • Africa calling [African wireless connection]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):56 - 60
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    It might come as a surprise that sub-Saharan Africa is now the world's fastest growing wireless market. The rate of growth for the entire continent has been more than 58% per year, compared with the almost 22% annual growth rate in America. This development is primarily attributed to the fact that Africa's landline networks and institutions are inadequate and that growing political stability has b... View full abstract»

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  • Shot in the dark [nuclear weapon testing]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):12 - 14
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    This paper discusses the future of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) located in Livermore, CA, amid criticisms about whether it can achieve its stated scientific goals and whether such a money-draining project was really necessary in the first place. Envisioned as an ideal site for nuclear weapons testing, the NIF could produce fusion in controlled conditions that would allow weapons specialist... View full abstract»

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  • Tools & Toys: Getting Vexed

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):68 - 69
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  • THE BIG PICTURE: Live From New York!

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):22 - 23
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  • Bogus: electronic manufacturing and consumers confront a rising tide of counterfeit electronics

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):37 - 46
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    This paper discusses the growing concern over the counterfeiting of electronics components and systems. Three key factors are identified as the root cause of this problem: the shift of manufacturing to China where intellectual property laws are not strictly enforced and supply chains are convoluted; the growing sophistication of technology that enables cheaper and more convincing fakes; and the ri... View full abstract»

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  • The Back Story: Back to School

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 7
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  • Spectral Lines: Counterfeiting and You

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 10
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  • One-click content, no guarantees [online encyclopedia reliability]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):64 - 65
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    As the first-ever major reference work with a democratic premise, the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has generated shared scholarly efforts to rival those of any literary or philosophical movement in history. As such, Wikipedia is vulnerable to user-generated articles that are inaccurate or irrelevant. While a carefully executed and multilayered review process is performed by a team of volun... View full abstract»

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  • A French regulatory edge [Internet regulations]

    Publication Year: 2006
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    The US telecommunications equipment maker, Lucent Technologies Inc., has merged with the French company, Alcatel SA, with the latter playing the more dominant role due in part to the French government's emphasis on advanced Internet technologies. The merger compels Alcatel to open its system to competing providers of broadband services, resulting to lower television, telephony and Internet access ... View full abstract»

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  • Poky plastic perks up [polymer semiconductor]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):20 - 21
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    Material scientists in Britain and California have invented the first polymer semiconductor to perform almost as well as the type of silicon used to drive flat-panel displays. The new polymer was found to beat previous polymers by a factor of about six in terms of charge carrier mobility. Key to the team's success is the fact that its polymer is also a liquid crystal, which means charge can travel... View full abstract»

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  • A broadband utopia [fast broadband connectivity]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):48 - 54
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    The Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (Utopia) promises to deliver to each of its 3,000 subscribers high-speed Internet access, telephony and television programming through a fiber-optic cable at data rates that reach 30 megabits per second. Encompassing 14 cities in the northeastern Utah, the optical-fiber broadband network is expected to soon reach speeds of 50 and even 100 Mb/s.... View full abstract»

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  • GaAsing up cellphones

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):15 - 16
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    A group of researchers from the Texas-based company, Freescale Semiconductor Inc., has fabricated metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFET) using gallium arsenide and a novel gate dielectric. If the group can overcome some significant manufacturing challenges, this innovation could lead to a cellphone-on-a-chip and instant analog-to-digital conversion. It may even enable chip mak... View full abstract»

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  • Parallel processor [community service]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):61 - 64
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    This paper relates how IBM senior technical staff member, Sandra Johnson, was able to parlay her expertise into two successful careers: one as an architect of computing systems and the other as an energetic volunteer who introduces women, minorities and youngsters to technology. While heading a small business technology group and contributing to a company-wide technical leadership team, Johnson se... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum - May 2006

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 01
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  • Table of contents - Vol 43, No 5

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):1 - 5
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  • Bubble Fusion Research Under Scrutiny

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):16 - 21
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  • Video Games 101/Save a Saturn: Buy This Book [Resources]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):66 - 67
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  • Digital photographs [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 84
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