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Issue 20 • Date November-December 2008

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  • Engineering & Technology

    Publication Year: 2008
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  • Page plan

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 1
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  • Time to peer past the green screen [Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 2
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    NO, YOU??RE not going mad; what you should see on our cover this month is dots between the corners of the squares, blinking and flashing as your eye moves over the page. Sometimes I find it works well, sometimes not so well. Here in the editorial office everyone describes what they see differently. I would say there are grey dots overlaying the white ones, but each disappears when I focus on it. O... View full abstract»

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  • News

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):3 - 11
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    Adding a little bit of blue to standard white-light fluorescent tubes can help workers stay more alert during the day, and sleep better at night, according to researchers who carried out a study at the offices of electronics distributor RS Components. View full abstract»

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  • Green Bubble? [Analysis]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):12 - 13
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    US President-elect Barack Obama wants to encourage clean energy. The article looks at the green investment market. View full abstract»

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  • Letters

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):14 - 15
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  • If you ask me

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 16
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    Carbon trading can have a big influence on the bottom line and is here to stay. Its future, however, is uncertain, driven by emerging legislation for the period after 2012. View full abstract»

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  • Can you calculate the carbon cost of your shopping?

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):18 - 21
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    Many consumers want the products they buy to be 'greener', and research carried out with shoppers in recent years shows they welcome some kind of 'environmental friendliness' label on goods. Labels giving the carbon footprint of a product suggest the company is actively trying to be more sustainable and are generally trusted by consumers, who regard them as a green badge for both the brand on the ... View full abstract»

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  • Greening the american dream

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):22 - 24
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    How does the 'green' imperative fit with the American Dream and what role does technology play? If the American Dream is, as postulated, founded on freedom, opportunity and prosperity, it has much to commend it. Unfortunately, cynics would translate this as the freedom to pollute and degrade the environment as long as the opportunity exists to enhance prosperity. E&T visits Florida to find it out. View full abstract»

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  • Barack to the future

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 25
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    Barack Obama's election bid harnessed technology as never before. E&T evaluates the world's first 'open source' campaign. If you want to understand the scale of Barack Obama's historic election victory, just look at the numbers. I'm not just talking about the 52.5 per cent of the popular vote and the 364 electoral votes he won on 4 November, but the 2,818,410 supporters he has on Facebook, the 870... View full abstract»

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  • Push and pull

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):26 - 29
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    Waves represent a vast but largely untapped energy resource. The paper presents a novel wave machine, the Searaser, designed to tap wave energy for electricity generation. View full abstract»

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  • Gadget speak

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):30 - 31
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    ARE WE ALL agreed what a `green?? device is? No? Perhaps it is any device that doesn??t need to be plugged in? Certainly this is the definition that many consumer electronics manufacturers appear to assume is the case. View full abstract»

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  • Throwing it all away [Electronics]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):32 - 34
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    The consumer electronics business is now a huge industry and it has a big environmental bill to go with it. If you were to take a look around your home, which bits of electrical equipment do you think would be responsible for keeping the meter under the stairs spinning around like a fruit machine, but never paying out? The kettle. The cooker. The fridge and the freezer. And don't forget the washin... View full abstract»

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  • Micro makeover [Electronics]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):36 - 38
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    Microcontrollers are getting more attention as ARM tries to use its weight in mobile devices to break into the business. View full abstract»

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  • Hydraulic hybrids [Control]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):40 - 43
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    Emerging technology can reduce fuel consumption and unwanted emissions, at the same time as upping the quality and capabilities of commercial and off-highway vehicles. View full abstract»

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  • It's green for go [Control]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):44 - 47
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    In late 2007, governing body of the Formula one mtor, F1A announced it was freezing the specification of F1 engines to encourage car makers to develop environmentally friendly technologies such as KERS - a form of regenerative braking making them the only means for the present by which teams can gain a power advantage. KERS technology takes a moving vehicle's kinetic energy, which isotherwise wast... View full abstract»

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  • War on waste [Power]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):48 - 51
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    New European laws mean there is a pressing need for the UK to review its waste management and consult with the community about how changes could be made. The incineration of waste to generate power is set to become more commonplace in the UK as local authorities struggle to meet commitments of the Landfill Directive to divert waste from landfill disposal, thereby avoiding hefty fines. The incentiv... View full abstract»

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  • Green grumbles [Power]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):52 - 53
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    To combat global warming and the other problems associated with fossil fuels, there is a global drive to adopt renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, wave, tidal and biomass. But it is not all plain sailing for these renewable technologies, because, as with conventional energy production, there are environmental issues to be considered.The drive is on to hit ambitious renewable energy targe... View full abstract»

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  • Biofuel baby booster [Power]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):54 - 55
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    In a bid to raise awareness of alternative energy and biofuels, Seth Warren and Tyler Bradt of the Oil+Water Project drove their converted Japanese fire truck, Baby, from Alaska to Argentina using only alternative fuel. When Baby, the converted fire truck, arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina it marked the end of a successful alternative-fuelled overland educational journey by two tenacious members of th... View full abstract»

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  • Where the code takes the load [IT]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):56 - 58
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    Integrated development environments have been around since the early days of microcomputing, but they continue to move with the times. In this article, the author explains how these software tools have evolved to meet 21st century programmers' needs. Eclipse evolved into a platform for building many tools, a tool for almost every real-time operating system on the planet. It is very useful to be ab... View full abstract»

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  • Viewpoint [IT]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 59
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    This coming 4 December will see the 7th Annual SFIA conference in London, and at long last a number of SFIA-related initiatives that have been in the background for the past few months will come into focus. View full abstract»

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  • Cred - or croak? [IT]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):60 - 61
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    The 'greening' of data centres has been a descant to the corporate utterances from most of the operators and equipment vendors selling into that industry. Many data centres took the green pledge not only because they affirmed its principles and didn't want to damned by default, but also as they realised that IT in general was receiving more than its fair share of criticism. Not only were data cent... View full abstract»

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  • Trail of hot air [Manufacturing]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):63 - 65
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    It used to be easy to spot what environmentalists call 'greenwash' - unsupportable claims for the ecological friendliness of a product or service. But, as the accusations and counter-accusations fly, it's becoming increasingly difficult to separate green wheat from marketing chaff. Greenwash was rife in the 1980s and 1990s. During this period, growing concerns about climate change and environmenta... View full abstract»

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  • System failure [Manufacturing]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):66 - 67
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    Going 'green' has become a legal obligation rather than a choice for electricals manufacturers in the wake of tough new European legislation. The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive was introduced early in 2007, but a lack of enforcement of the rules is allowing some companies off the hook. The directive has also raised concern that some organisations within the recycling ch... View full abstract»

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  • Fragile web [Comms]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):68 - 71
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    As society becomes reliant on the Internet, the need to secure it has grown urgent. But the vulnerability of cyberspace may be intrinsic. View full abstract»

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