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Engineering & Technology

Issue 3 • Date 14-28 February 14 2009

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  • Engineering & Technology - cover

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents - page plan

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 1
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  • Editorial

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 2
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  • News [briefing]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 3 - 10
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  • Chipmakers given a glimmer of hope [analysis]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 11
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  • Briefing - latest

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 12 - 13
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  • Letters [feedback]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 14 - 15
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  • If you ask me

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 16
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  • Play for tomorrow

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 18 - 21
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    Lego, the company (often capitalised as LEGO to set it apart from the product, Lego), insists it is not childish: they just want to encourage the child in all of us. The word Lego, as its many fans know, is a contraction of Leg Godt, or play well. The motive behind bringing out the inner child is a serious one: look how many great inventions were conceived in the spirit of play. The company encourages a culture of playfulness - 'off-beatness' - within its own walls. View full abstract»

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  • Lego for life

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 22 - 23
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    This paper presents Bee Thakore, an engineer who wants to change the world with a little plastic brick. And that's not all: she wants to change outer space too. Now Thakore, shortlisted for the IET's Young Woman Engineer of the Year award, wants to hook in a range of beneficiaries: from astronauts to Indian villagers. Lego, she feels, should be regarded not as a toy but as an important tool that can save lives, and her ambition to harness tens of millions of people around the world via Internet will help them to help themselves. View full abstract»

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  • Falling for technology

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 24 - 25
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  • Hacking goes pro

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 26 - 29
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    These days, millions of people are participating in a globalised hacker culture that has evolved from a narrow subculture of alpha-nerds into a highly collaborative 'industry', increasingly populated by seasoned professionals, many of whom are not even technologists. This industry is enormous. Cybersecurity professionals and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation estimate that the global hacker criminal economy is currently worth at least $10bn annually, causes perhaps $100bn in annual damage, and sports an up to 30 per cent growth rate. With these kinds of profits at stake, hackers are increasingly disciplined and profit- motivated. View full abstract»

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  • Gadget speak - separated at birth competing 3D TV technologies

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 30 - 31
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  • The ascent of smartphone

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 32 - 33
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    Smartphones are evolving rapidly in sophistication. What will they be capable of in a year or two or even five years' time? How do you define a smartphone? Devices like Apple's iPhone, RIM's Blackberry and, say, a Nokia E61, are clearly the physical manifestation. But what identifies them as smarter than ordinary mobile phones? Is it just down to functionality? Smartphones now carry email client, Web browser, GPS functionality, desktop synchronisation tools, as well as organiser-type functions such as diary, contacts, notepad and voice recorder. View full abstract»

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  • Diy society

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 34 - 37
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    Could technology one day be so simple that consumers will build their own gadgets? The author went to the Consumer Electronics Show and met the companies inspired by Lego. View full abstract»

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  • Head to head

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 38 - 41
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    This paper presents the head to head of the two market leaders in FPGA industry, Xilinx and Altera. View full abstract»

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  • Child's play

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 42 - 45
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    The author discovers how educational charity FIRST is using Lego to inspire the next generation to follow a career path into science and technology. How do you get children interested in science and technology? By making it fun and interesting. There can be no doubt that learning to build robots can be educational and fun, and one company has cornered the market. View full abstract»

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  • Forklifts under fire

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 46
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    MIT's entry for the Grand Challenge race is leading to a forklift for handling vital supplies in some of the most deadly places in the world View full abstract»

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  • City of the future

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 48 - 51
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    The article presents a Malmo suburb in Sweden as the city of the future. It highlights on the struggles of the city for sustainable living to become a model for the city of tomorrow. View full abstract»

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  • Putting the wind up

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 52 - 55
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    As the UK increases its use of wind power, the power grid will come under growing pressure to balance the load. Today, the UK is committed to European Union targets to deliver 35 percent of electricity from renewables by 2020. View full abstract»

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  • Inner space still expanding

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 56 - 58
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    A crunch in data storage, unlike credit, has been long predicted but never seems to quite materialize. This is partly because ongoing improvements in disk density and cost per bit have matched the inflationary growth of storage itself until recently. Of one prediction we can be certain, that this felicitous situation cannot continue. There are already signs that the increase in disk drive densities and costs per bit are decelerating. The paper reports on the emerging advanced storage technologies that are ready to help mop up the flood. View full abstract»

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  • Switching sees the light

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 59 - 61
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    This paper presents the use of photonic interconnects that will accelerate data transmission by enormous magnitudes at botdevice and component levels. View full abstract»

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  • The real era of virtualisation

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 62
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    Virtualising the data centre seems to be a win-win situation, and could play a major part in protecting IT revenues against the recession. View full abstract»

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  • Building on a dynasty

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 64 - 67
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    Anyone who has enjoyed the experience of building with Lego bricks can confirm that one of the primary joys is their ability to stay attached, yet be disassembled with ease. And such precision is a much valued manufacturing strength of the Denmark-based organisation. Lego manufacture their bricks in three countries - Denmark, Hungary and Mexico - although the plant in Billund, Denmark produces over 80 per cent of the mouldings. "If you break that down into the manufacturing skills, there are only two distinct capabilities that we have," Niels Duedahl, Lego vice president of manufacturing, explains. "The first thing is the tolerance on moulding. View full abstract»

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  • Plants that are green

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 68 - 69
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    It is not on the road that automotive manufacturers are striving to be ecologically friendly. Japanese car maker Toyota is generally regarded as setting benchmark standards in lean' manufacturing, in other words production processes in which waste and inefficiency are continuously driven towards minimal levels. View full abstract»

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Engineering & Technology is the IET's flagship magazine featuring analysis, news, innovation announcements, job advertisements and careers advice.

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Dickon Ross
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