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Issue 6 • June 2007

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  • [Front cover - IEEE Spectrum]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents - Vol 44 No 6

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • The Back Story: Island of Mystery

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 5
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 6
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  • Spectral Lines: Just Re-Imagine

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 8
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    Examines the role of technology in re-imagining our cities' future. View full abstract»

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  • Delhi's Defense Spending Spree

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):10 - 12
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    With a five-year defense modernization budget in excess of US $30 billion, India is being courted by arms exporters persistently. This paper shows the relationship of U.S.-India in defense sales View full abstract»

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  • Made-to-Measure Mass Transit

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):14 - 16
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    This paper disccusses the ULTra project (ultra light transport) which is designed by Advanced Transport Systems. UTRA is one example of a mode of quasi-public transportation known as personal rapid transit, or PRT. According to PRT purists-including the board of the Advanced Transit Association, which advocates the use of technology to solve transportation problems-this label can be applied to tra... View full abstract»

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  • Carbon Caps for European Cars

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):16 - 18
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    Nowadays, European automobiles generate about one-fifth of the European economy's total carbon dioxide emissions, compared with almost a third in the United States. This paper discusses how European car manufacturers intend to change that. To achieve this, the country has been told to reduce its annual carbon-emission level to 453 metric tons from the 482 proposed by politicians. And, in particula... View full abstract»

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  • LEDs Could Borrow From Beetles

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):18 - 20
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    This paper discusses the on how to improve LED's whiteness and effectivity in industrial applications. The concept is based on a shell of the Cyphochilus beetle. To achieve is, they have made a synthetic version of the beetle shell. One factor is that the beetle's whiteness may have the important industrial implications: the relatively large amount of empty space within the cuticle structure. It's... View full abstract»

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  • Syn City

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):20 - 21
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    It is said that China is one of the fastest-growing electricity economies. Thanks to the local high-sulfur coal fueling its growth, it also has some of the country's dirtiest air. However, high-sulfur coal is choking Shandong's residents and stunting crops, it has also inspired a creative application of coal gasification technology that could help clean up China's air and quench its thirst for ele... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering the megacity

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):22 - 23
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    This report focuses on how to solve some of the big engineering challenges we face as the world's cities multiply, grow, and mature, particularly as they are being played out in the largest and most complicated urban habitats human beings have ever lived in: megacities. Not all of the challenges of urban life have a technological solution, of course. But we found five cities $Shanghai, Sao Paulo, ... View full abstract»

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  • Megacities by the Numbers

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):24 - 25
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    This paper discusses the biggest, smallest, richest, poorest, most polluted, and best megacities in the world. View full abstract»

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  • How to Build A Green City

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):26 - 29
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    This paper discusses Shanghai's plan in building the world's first sustainable city. However, pollution is a major concern in this city, so China has embarked on a bold, expensive experiment to see whether pollution and waste of all forms, not just the kind that taints the air can be drastically reduced or even eliminated. It broke ground on what it calls the world's first eco-city. View full abstract»

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  • How to Measure a City's Metabolism

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):30 - 31
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    Very little of what feeds and builds London comes from the city itself, and even less of the waste stays there. Instead, in order to feed, clothe, power, and build today's major metropolises you need the product of thousands of square kilometers outside the city limits. And you need thousands of square kilometers more to absorb the discards. So far, the largest urban area to have its footprint mea... View full abstract»

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  • How to Keep 18 Million People Moving

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):32 - 35
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    This paper discusses Sao Paulo's operation of the most complex bus system. And in an experiment to reduce pollutant emissions, Sao Paulo will test a small number of hydrogen-fuel-cell buses on one of the city's busiest busways. The concept of a modern, high capacity bus system is often called bus rapid transit. BRT differs from conventional bus operations in that the coaches often newer, more comf... View full abstract»

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  • How to See the Unseen City

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):36 - 37
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    This paper presents different methods and equipments used on how to inspect underground infrastructures, networks, sewers, and pipes in some cities around the world. In New York, underground pipes are inspected using an electronic listening equipment as its first line of defense. Maintenance workers dangle a microphone down a manhole and attach it to a water main to assess whether flow has been di... View full abstract»

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  • How to Blackout-Proof A City

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):38 - 41
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    Mumbai has enjoyed plentiful and reliable power for a century. But this year Mumbai's economic miracle threatens to overwhelm the power grid. This paper presents on how to get through the tropical summer without significant load shedding or blackouts. The power companies in Mumbai gave a public-awareness campaign for citizens to conserve 20 percent of energy usage View full abstract»

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  • Life in the Megacity

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):42 - 47
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    Presents photographs of megacities throughout the world, with accompanying captions. View full abstract»

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  • How to Master A Seismic Disaster

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):48 - 51
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    When the next big earthquake hit Tokyo, an early-warning systems could help save lives and properties. Japanese government has spent the last five years constructing an automated earthquake early-warning network. It's the first national system of its kind and by far the most sophisticated. The network is designed to detect the first tremors of an earthquake, calculate the likely source and magnitu... View full abstract»

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  • How to Build a Mile-High Skyscraper

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):52 - 53
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    Behemoth buildings are becoming practical thanks to new technologies and innovations in construction materials. This paper presents the use of different innovative technologies in the construction of mile-high skyscrapers View full abstract»

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  • How to Fight Crime in Real Time

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):54 - 57
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    This paper presents an integrated databases and central control centre that enable New York City's police to cut reaction times and speed investigations. The same system can also be used to counter any immediate terrorist threat, though the city's counterterrorism operation emphasizes intelligent deployment of personnel and resources, not technology as such View full abstract»

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  • How Not to Make A Megacity

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 58
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    Despite Nigeria's enormous oil wealth, tens of billions of dollars have gone missing over the years in this country - one of the world's most corrupt - and few investments have been made in infrastructure. This paper presents environmental, health, political and energy problems the Lagos city of Nigeria is currently experiencing. View full abstract»

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  • How to Design a Perfect City

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 59
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    This paper presents one of Paolo Soleri's latest concepts, the Lean Linear City. Designed for the burgeoning urban populations of China, it stretches for hundreds of kilometers along the spine of a high-speed rail corridor to form a continuous structure in which people live, work and play. Photovoltaic cells and windmills help power the city View full abstract»

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  • Workaholism

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):71 - 72
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    Workaholism is a vice that hides in the grab of virtue. This paper presents and explains on how to avoid workaholism View full abstract»

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  • Semcad X Jungfrau Marks the Spot (The Hot Spot)

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):74 - 75
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    Presents a review of Semcad X Jungfrau, a program for simulating electromagnetic fields around the sources of radio-frequency (RF) energy. View full abstract»

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