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Issue 4 • Date April 2008

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  • [Front cover - IEEE Spectrum]

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  • Table of contents

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  • Back story: A Gearhead's Motorhead

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 4
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  • Contributors

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  • Spectral lines: An Almost All-Electric Car?

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 9
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 10
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  • Update: New Water Technology Headed for Parched Places

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):11 - 12
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  • Update: What Are The Chances?

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 12
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  • Update: Magnetic Field Sensors Could Help Halt Runway Crashes

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 13
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  • Update: Carbon-Nanotube Wiring Gets Real

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 14
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  • Update: GPS Signals Spot Signs of Typhoons

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 15
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  • News brief: Doomsday Vault

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 15
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  • Update: Standardizing the Brain-Machine Interface

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 16
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  • The big picture: Gone To Pieces

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):18 - 19
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    Presents a photograph illustrating the work of a computer program called EyeCon that produces special visual effects. View full abstract»

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  • Technically Speaking: Of Geeks, Modders, And Overclockers

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 20
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  • Careers: So You Want To Be An Expert Witness

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):22 - 23
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  • Careers: An Engineer Walks Into A Comedy Club...

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 23
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  • Tools & toys: Pleo, the Poop-Free Pet

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 24
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  • Tools & toys: Hacking the Nokia N800

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  • Mini-Profile: Mike Daisey: One-Man Show

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 25
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  • Top 10 Tech Cars It's The Environment, Stupid

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):26 - 35
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    This paper has described the carbon emission from vehicles and its impact on environmental factors in Europe. The author has considered that Europe is debating not whether to cut carbon emissions from vehicles but simply when to do it and by how much. The average new car on Europe's roads now emits roughly 160 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer; the European Commission proposed last year to low... View full abstract»

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  • Solar-Cell Squabble

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):36 - 40
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    This article deals with the organic photovoltaics that could be dirt cheap, but their efficiency is in dispute. Spurring all this interest was the promise of a much cheaper and more versatile source of solar power. Unlike traditional semiconductors such as silicon, this newer class of PV employs carbon-based plastics, dyes, and nanostructures and can be manufactured via a printing processthat woul... View full abstract»

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  • Trapped on Technology's Edge

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    This paper talks about on aging systems, electronics obsolescence and life cycle engineering. View full abstract»

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  • Engineering the Harvard Engineer

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):46 - 52
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    This paper presents progress in transforming Harvard University as one of the elite in engineering education. View full abstract»

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  • Why CPU Frequency Stalled

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 72
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    In this paper, the cycle rate of the PC's central processing unit has been described. CPU clock rates peaked a few years ago and they aren't a very useful key to chip performance anyway. The clock keeps a processor's parts working in unison. The clocks are not worth the cost in terms of power consumed and heat dissipated. Intel calls the speed/power tradeoff a "fundamental theorem of multicore pro... View full abstract»

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