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Engineering & Technology

Issue 5 • Date March-April 14 2009

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  • Engineering & Technology

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  • Table of contents - page plan

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  • Gripped by synthetic biology - [editorial]

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  • News - [briefing latest]

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  • Analysis - [briefing in depth]

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  • Letters - [opinion feedback]

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  • If you ask me - [opinion first person]

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  • Highway to nobel - [engineering biotech]

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    DNA amplification and sequencing is reported. HapMap project to map out blocks of human genome haplotypes, or segments of associated sequences, in order to quickly assess each individual's unique genetic variation without having to sequence their entire genome is discussed. View full abstract»

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  • The end of ageing? - [engineering gerontology]

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  • Exciting new-seums - [engineering hidden]

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  • Gadget speak - [consumer tech]

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  • It's just not rock-n-roll - [consumer technology DRM]

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  • Evolution's war on design [Electronics biotech]

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    The way that DNA stores information intrigues Professor Ron Weiss of Princeton University. A computer scientist by training, he told scientists at a Royal Society of Chemistry seminar on synthetic biology last autumn: "Twelve years ago, I became fascinated by the notion that we might be able to program cells with the ease with which we program computers." View full abstract»

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  • Radio waves of progress - [electronics RF]

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    As CMOS becomes more capable engineers are using it for RF work, but development has not stopped on the III-V processes that used to be essential. View full abstract»

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  • Good medicine - [control medical]

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    Developing a new medical device can be a minefield. You've completed the fundamental science and research, and enjoyed the first round of press attention. Now there are patients who need your new therapy or treatment and the competition is breathing down your neck so you need to get something to market fast. At the same time, quality is a key requirement because a failure could have catastrophic consequences. Your company also has to make a profit, so cost of goods sold (COGS) and other economics need to be considered. To manage the quality concerns, regulatory agencies such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in the UK and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been established to help guide and enforce best practices for the development of safe and reliable devices. The rest is up to you, the engineer, to work within those constraints and meet all of the requirements in the most timely and cost-effective manner. One of the first key engineering milestones is deciding how to implement the system's primary controller. This decision can make or break the product because it serves as the foundation on which many other decisions are made. Not only do you need to consider processor architectures, operating system capabilities and other components, but you also must decide whether to produce a custom design or to buy off the shelf. View full abstract»

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  • Process and cost control - [control event preview]

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  • Milking the microbes- [power biofuels]

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    This paper presents the use of synthetic biology techniques in opening new doors in the production of renewable biofuels. But this work is still at an early stage of development. Two of the leading exponents of the synthetic biology approach to producing fuels are California-based Amyris and Synthetic Genomics. There are two sub-categories to advanced biofuels. There are advanced feedstocks; so new feedstocks that we previously couldn't use to make fuel - this is cellulostics. View full abstract»

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  • Power shift - [power asia]

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    This paper present the power supply development on Central Asia. View full abstract»

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  • A web of research - [IT bioscience]

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    This paper discusses how text mining and Web 2.0 techniques could provide a system for sifting mountains of biological data, providing new possibilities for collaboration. View full abstract»

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  • Keeping IP in trim - [IT network speed]

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    IP management is no longer just a lubricant for the machinery of enterprise networks. It has become a core part of the platform for delivering applications and enabling new business models to emerge: consider the huge impact that unified communications is starting to make, bringing key components such as presence along with IP-based voice and video into sharp focus. At the same time the growth of virtualisation and cloud computing will need more sophisticated IP management to maintain the separation between applications and the underlying infrastructure. These developments all rely on the ability to manage both IP traffic and end devices including IP addresses on the basis of application and user level information. Unified communications (UC) depends on identifying users and locating devices to select the correct message type and destination, which ultimately determine how the underlying IP traffic should be routed and what quality of service (QOS) be allocated to it. View full abstract»

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  • For whom the road tolls - [IT in-vehicle]

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  • Little things that count - [manufacturing synthetic]

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    The use of chemical makeup found in single cell organisms to transform raw materials into environmentally friendly products is a novel approach to manufacturing but it is not as far-fetched as it appears. Imagine bacteria acting as a mini-manufacturing facility, creating products such as medicine, plastics and fuels. It may all sound like something from a Michael Crichton novel, but far from it. This science fiction is well on its way to becoming a reality, driven by work around the globe at research establishments. One of the leading hot-beds of this technology - dubbed synthetic biomanufacturing - is a group of Utah State University researchers in the colleges of science and engineering who have joined together to create the Synthetic Biomanufacturing Centre. View full abstract»

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  • Unnatural plastics - [manufacturing materials]

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    The economics of oil and concerns about the disposal of traditional plastic make it increasingly profitable to look at alternatives. Bioplastics are the result. Scientist have been looking to nature for inspiration for new generation of plastics. The paper reports that the catalysts for their development has been the advances in synthetic biology techniques. View full abstract»

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  • Into the darkness - [comms fibre networks]

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    In the first of two articles on the history and future of the fibre market, David Sandham looks back to the first fibre-optic network boom and bust, and asks what lessons can be drawn. View full abstract»

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  • Back to the future - [comms power]

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    Cellular operators are turning green. They are demanding that basestation and core network equipment consume less power. This is not just to satisfy a fashionable sustainability agenda but to deal with the waves of data they are now pushing out to the latest generations of smartphones. In some cases, they have been going back through the annals of RF circuit design to the 1930s to come up with new (old) ways to eke out their power budgets. View full abstract»

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Dickon Ross
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