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Issue 2 • Date Feb. 2007

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  • [Front cover - IEEE Spectrum - Feb. 2007]

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  • Table of contents - Vol 44, No 2

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  • The Back Story: Chasing the Dream

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  • Forum

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  • Spectral Lines: Morse Code Is Dead. Long Live Morse Code

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  • E-Newspapers: Digital Deliverance?

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  • New Tech, Old Fuel

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  • Early Warning For Earthquakes

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  • Cold Fission

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  • Carlyle Group's Taiwan Gambit

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  • The Big Picture: Breakthrough

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  • DreamJobs 2007

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    This paper describes the occupation of 10 technologists that many consider to be dream jobs. The 10 jobs considered cover a wide range of scientific and engineering disciplines including forensic engineering, paleontology, artificial intelligence, and electric vehicle design View full abstract»

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  • Nuclear Waste Land

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    The nuclear power industry needs a coherent plan for dealing with its reactors' radioactive and toxic leftovers. Burying the waste is a slow, politically painful process that leaves much to be desired. Lately, nuclear advocates, particularly in the United States, say they've found a better solution, or at least a path to one. It's based on the recycling and reuse of spent nuclear fuel, known as fuel reprocessing in the industry's jargon. Reprocessing breaks down fuel chemically, recovering fissionable material for use in new fuels. Thus, there is less highly radioactive material that needs to be sealed in caskets, buried deep underground, or otherwise permanently isolated from humankind. An ideal test case to evaluate fuel reprocessing is France, which never backed away from nuclear energy and which has long relied on reprocessing as the linchpin of its power reactor fuel system. The French experience clearly does show that reprocessing need not be the dangerous mess that other countries, including the United States View full abstract»

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  • Radios Get Smart

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    If radios could somehow use a portion of the broadcast TV spectrum without causing interference, cellular telephony and other important services would be able to exploit those bands. With more room to operate, cellphone calls would be a lot cheaper, as would mobile Internet access, which would get faster as well. Your handset would be able to pull in audio and visual entertainment from all over the globe, and videophoning would finally be a reality. To manage such feats, cellphone handsets would have to be able to shift their frequency of operation on demand and without packing in lots of extra hardware. Telecommunications engineers have a name for that goal software-defined radio. And the more visionary among them see it as a stepping-stone to an even more distant ideal. Their goal is a wireless device that is smart enough to analyze the radio environment and decide for itself the best spectral band and protocol to reach whatever base station it needs to communicate with, at the lowest level of power consumption. The name for such remarkable systems is "cognitive radios," and some are already emerging from the laboratory to be field-tested by the US military, which has long sponsored research in the area View full abstract»

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  • Careers: Where the Jobs Are

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  • Books: Station Watching

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  • Tools & Toys: Exploring the Third Dimension

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  • Technically Speaking: Game On

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