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  • IEEE Spectrum - November 2006, Vol. 43, No. 11

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • The Back Story: Pulse Prediction

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 7
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 8
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  • Spectral Lines Metcalfe's Law: Right? Wrong?

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 10
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  • U.S. Climate Technology Plan

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):12 - 14
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    This paper presents the Climate Change Technology Strategic Program Plan, released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It evaluates all relevant greenhouse gas mitigation technologies and identifies the various sources of government support for development of the technologies. It is also the first time that federal spending on greenhouse mitigation technology has been detailed and combined int... View full abstract»

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  • Electric Cars For Enlightened Stars

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):14 - 16
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    This paper presents the Tesla roadster, created by a start-up, Tesla Motors. It is powered by lithium-ion batteries. It is a zero-carbon vehicle a new fashion accessory for actors like George Clooney View full abstract»

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  • Blood Test

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):16 - 18
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    This paper describes how vascular patterns can provide a new means of identification and authentication. The new type of biometric identification device takes advantage of the fact that the network of vessels in each person's hand forms a pattern that can be distinguished from anyone else's. Unlike fingerprint scanners, vascular recognition systems do not require users to touch the sensors and rem... View full abstract»

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  • Laser on Silicon

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 18
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    Silicon is not a natural for producing and manipulating light. Nevertheless, Intel and Luxtera each have been able to produce silicon versions of optoelectronic components by binding a light emitter made from indium phosphide to a silicon laser cavity. The key was in making a kind of glass glue, a thin layer of oxidized material, on both the indium-phosphide light emitter and the silicon laser and... View full abstract»

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  • Spin Doctoring

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 20
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    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, introduce a concept for replacing copper connections on chips. The concept relies on atomic spin, a quantum-mechanical property related to magnetism, and on waves generated when that spin is disturbed. Atomic spin arises from the magnetic fields generated by an atom's spinning electrons. Both atomic and electron spin can be thought of metap... View full abstract»

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  • The Case of Earth's Incredible Shrinking Field

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 22
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    This paper describes how the Earth's magnetic field has been monitored by the use of hidden data in ship logbooks that navigated the planet's ocean during the 16th, 17th and 18th century. The results allowed building a remarkable picture of the earth's magnetic field behavior in the centuries before detailed measurements were possible. It turns out that measurements of the direction of the field r... View full abstract»

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  • German Maglev Tragedy

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 22
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  • The Big Picture: Serpent Mother

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):24 - 25
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  • The Firefox Kid

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):26 - 31
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    Blake Ross, one of the developers of Firefox which is one of the biggest open-source success stories is developing again a new project named Parakey. It is a Web operating system that can do everything an OS can do. It makes it really easy to store your stuff and share it with the world. There are differences between the two projects, however. Although Ross plans to incorporate the talents and pas... View full abstract»

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  • The New Search for E.T.

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):32 - 37
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    A new telescope has been especially designed and constructed at the Oak Ridge Observatory to detect pulses of visible light that a far-off civilization could be sending toward Earth. Unlike a regular imaging telescope, the new telescope has no lens, nor is it designed to pluck pristine images of celestial bodies orbiting overhead. It uses a 1.8 m diameter mirror and a 0.9 m secondary mirror to sco... View full abstract»

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  • Goodbye, CRT

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):38 - 43
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    With many developed countries going fully digital in the near future, the entire television landscape is expected to change dramatically in the next few years. Plasma and LCDs as well as several new technologies including the surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) are vying to replace the 100-year old CRT. After examining the advantages and disadvantages each of these new options, the p... View full abstract»

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  • Patent Power

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):44 - 47
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    This paper presents the results of IEEE Spectrum's first annual patent survey involving 1,027 organizations with the most influential patent portfolios. The survey found that Micron Technology's patent portfolio beat out not only IBM's but also those of such perennial patent powerhouses as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Microsoft. The survey also rated patent companies in such categories as aerospace... View full abstract»

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  • Tools & Toys: Holiday Gifts

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):49 - 58
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  • IEEE Group Insurance Program [advertisement]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 51
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  • Careers: Certification Uncertainty

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):58 - 61
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  • Impossible tradeoffs [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 84
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