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Engineering & Technology

Issue 18 • Date October 25 2008

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  • Engineering & Technology - front cover

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • Textiles and tech-styles - [editorial]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 2
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    Discusses the applications of clothes-based electronics that feature in this issue. View full abstract»

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  • News - [briefing latest]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):3 - 8
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    Machines taking part in a `Turing Test?? have come closer than ever to demonstrating interactive skills that fool humans into believing that they are dealing with other humans. In a contest at the University of Reading, all of the competing `artificial conversational entities?? (ACEs) fooled at least one of their human interrogators, with one achieving a duperate of 25 per cent. View full abstract»

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  • Asia News - [briefing latest]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 10
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    Tokyo-based Yokogawa Electric Corp is developing next generation panels to be used in the integration of avionics systems in the flight decks of future aircraft. View full abstract»

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  • Sharing the limelight - [briefing latest]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):12 - 15
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  • Letters - [opinion feedback]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • If you ask me

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 18
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    Clearly, mathematics is an essential tool used by engineers every day, and the ability to apply mathematics to engineering problems is a skill that every aspiring member of the profession needs to develop. View full abstract»

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  • Haute-tech couture - [engineering fashion]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):20 - 26
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    Wearable technology, however, has grown ambitious. Advances in materials, wireless, computing, sensors and electronics mean engineers are now able to integrate electronics directly into clothing. Systems can now interact with each other, enabling the most innovative applications for sport, fashion, medical and work wear. This requires engineers more at home solving technical issues in industrial d... View full abstract»

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  • Catwalk goes techno - [engineering fashion]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):28 - 30
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    This paper discusses the developments and applications of wearable technologies. People in the very near future will have a whole range of small devices incorporated into their clothing or stuck to their bodies as clever sticking plasters. Much of the research into wearable electronics is focused on medical applications. An obvious extension of this idea is to use such devices to monitor performan... View full abstract»

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  • Better than fiction - [engineering teleportation]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):31 - 33
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    Teleportation is not a realm of science fiction but a way of harnessing the peculiarities of quantum mechanics in new types of secure cryptographic systems. The excitement about teleportation is that it lets us transport delicate quantum states robustly using the quantum property of entanglement. View full abstract»

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  • Moving pictures - [electronics displays]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):34 - 36
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    Paper posters look set to be replaced by LCD and plasma screens. Advertising-hoarding companies have begun to deploy active billboards on the high street, often enlisting the help of specialists. Because of the cost of replacing the thousands of sites operated by advertising- space suppliers but also because of size limitations on the electronic displays themselves. The biggest issue with a standa... View full abstract»

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  • Seeing the shrink - [electronics foundry]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):38 - 40
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    Intel aims to skip down to the next chipmaking process so that it can either cut the cost of making its microprocessors or put more of them onto one chip. TSMC is working on two forms of the 28 nm process, one using high-k dielectric and metal gates (HKMG) as well as a more conventional silicon oxynitride-gate process. The move to HKMG will allow the company to compete as a foundry with IBM for mi... View full abstract»

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  • A new breed of robot - [control robotics]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):42 - 46
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    Designers of artificial cognitive systems (ACS) have, until recently, tended to adopt one of two approaches to thinking robots: classical rule-based artificial intelligence or artificial neural networks. However, a new breed of cognitive, learning robot developed through the European Union-funded project COSPAL (cognitive systems using perception-action learning) combines the best of both worlds. ... View full abstract»

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  • Power is money - [power south africa]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):48 - 50
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    The government is obviously keen to keep prices down because they see that as being attractive to foreign investment, but commodity prices are at an all-time high resulting from the huge energy demand of China, India and the like. Mining companies in South Africa see the power shortage as a short-term issue, but while the power is not there, you are not going to send people underground and risk li... View full abstract»

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  • The bigger - [power solar]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):52 - 53
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    The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) predicts that utilities will quickly become the largest and one of the most important customers for the solar industry, expanding solar markets beyond analysts' expectations. Access to the federal tax credit will expedite the timeframe and scale to which this happens. View full abstract»

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  • Hydrogen set to clean up - [power fuel cells]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):54 - 55
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    This article deals with the hydrogen-powered cars that are being hailed as green transport for the not-so-distant future, but it could be a few years before we see them available commercially. However, it hasn't stopped fuel cell technology proving its worth in many other applications. Hydrogen fuel cells generate a current by passing hydrogen and oxygen over either side of a special membrane. Thi... View full abstract»

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  • Cramming in core values - [IT enterprise multicore]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):56 - 59
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    The general-purpose CPU is undergoing its first revolution by embracing multicores operating in parallel. Such cores resemble the GPUs (graphics processing units) that provide visual processing for PCs and game consoles, with a highly parallel structure making them more efficient for a range of algorithms manipulating vectors or rows of symbols than general purpose CPUs. The even greater challenge... View full abstract»

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  • Viewpoint - [IT opinion]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 60
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    Three events led me in the direction of storage recently: a trip to school to collect an Asus Eee PC; finding that our entire photograph and record collections fit on an iPod; and archiving customer files. The common theme: estimating how much data storage you need. Seems that no home, hard-drive, or data centre is ever `big enough??, and the more you have, the more it costs you ?? in time, in spa... View full abstract»

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  • 60-second interview

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    The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has deployed LogMeIn Rescue as part of its IT helpdesk services for its more than 11,000 staff and students. E&T spoke to Adam Gale, IT Services senior support officer at LSE about the project and his work. View full abstract»

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  • Mustering for clustering - analysis - [IT data storage]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 61
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    Data storage isn't just all about capacity: leading storage system vendors are finding ways to optimise system performance with clustered configurations. View full abstract»

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  • Nanotech tonic - [manufacturing nanotech]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):62 - 65
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    The author asks if nanotechnology can really bring a shape-shifting, solar charged superphone to life. The Finnish handset maker's vision of how nanotechnology could transform today's mobile phone into a self-cleaning, wearable device that changes shape, detects environmental toxins, runs off small, longer- lasting batteries and uses solar energy to charge. View full abstract»

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  • Sustainable growth - [manufacturing turbines]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):66 - 67
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    Wind energy production is now a large global industry, one which last year installed more than 20,000MW of electricity- generating capacity using around 10,000 wind turbines. All the blades which power the world's growing number of wind turbines are made of composite materials. In this article, the use of carbon-friendly Chinese bamboo to make eco-friendly blades for generating wind energy is repo... View full abstract»

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  • Cuba calling - [comms country profile]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):68 - 72
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    This paper discusses the changes in telecom sectors in Cuba during recent years. A country where buying TV, computers, DVD player, microwave ovens and mobile phones were illegal. It has been legalized but still through these reforms one can't just imagine to access internet as the average wage of the country is less than 20$ a month. View full abstract»

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  • What we'll wear - [comms futures]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 74
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    We're all going to end up wearing more technology, but how will it be organised. In previous columns I have written about the design of consumer electronics devices and gadgets. However, while I am a research scientist, I am also a futurologist, so I want to look a bit further into the future of devices this time, with a particular emphasis on the wearable possibilities. How might we embrace more ... View full abstract»

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Dickon Ross
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