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Issue 12 • Date 11 July-24 July 2009

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  • Engineering & Technology

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  • Table of Contents

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

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 2
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    "Are we ready?" our management editor Nick Smith asked. "Yes, we have lift off," replied his interviewee, Buzz Aldrin. Nick tells me that's how his interview with the second man on the Moon began. It would be a rather grandiose opener from almost anyone else, but a cool and casual remark from Aldrin that's bound to raise a smile of recognition. But then Aldrin also signs his emails 'Buzz Aldrin, R... View full abstract»

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  • Briefing [Latest]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):4 - 10
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  • Fighting the fakes [analysis]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 13
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    Summary form only given. The paper mentions that counterfeit components are a continuing headache for the electronics industry. The UK Electronics Alliance intends to launch a website to let engineers share information on fake components in an attempt to stem the flow of damaging counterfeits from the Far East. View full abstract»

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  • Rise of the sky robots?

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):14 - 15
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    One hundred years after French aviation pioneers Bleriot, Breguet and Esnault-Pelterie organised the first international 'Airborne Locomotion Exhibition', visitors to the 48th Paris Air Show witnessed a somewhat under-stated 'first flight' event: the first airborne demonstration of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Air shows are historically the aircraft-makers' shop window for the latest developm... View full abstract»

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  • Letters

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • If you ask me

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 18
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    Being able to explain the fundamental importance of engineering to society is an essential skill that many of us in the profession enjoy. But it has its frustrations. Whereas every new mobile phone or computer has many times the capacity of its predecessor, much of the basic physical infrastructure that sustains our lives is constrained by the laws of physics and essentially works very much as it ... View full abstract»

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  • The great uncertainty of apollo

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):20 - 23
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    Even as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the most amazing voyage in history, the suspicion lingers that something doesn't feel right. Whenever people talk about Apollo 11 's mission to land men on the Moon during July 1969, we hear mock-ironic accusations of faked photos, and TV transmissions beamed from secret studios on Earth. The conspiracy theories reflect unease about Apollo's place in hi... View full abstract»

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  • It was all a fake, right?

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):24 - 25
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    One in four of the British people don't believe in the Apollo 11 Moon landing, according to a new survey for E&T. Conspiracy theorists say the pictures were faked in a studio. Here's their 'evidence', and the rebuttals to them, provided by E&T. View full abstract»

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  • People's astronomy

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):26 - 28
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    We live in a world where cutting-edge technical research can be done at home. Now, with nothing but a computer with an Internet connection, any user can participate in over 50 'citizen-science' projects around the world. They are for amateur astronomers, ordinary people, groups of volunteers, or even anonymous users. Today, anyone can donate spare processing capabilities to contribute to large-sca... View full abstract»

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  • Apollo on steroids

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):30 - 33
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    There are similarities between the spacecraft being designed for the Constellation programme and the Apollo hardware of the 1960's. Although some were disappointed that these 21st century spaceships owed less to the technology portrayed in 'Thunderbirds' and 'Star Trek' than to an era when desktop computers, mobile phones and satellite TV were themselves science-fiction, there are good engineering... View full abstract»

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  • Body hammered

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):34 - 35
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    'Everything has to be connected' appears to be the dictum of consumer technology companies.However, where this connectivity would be very beneficial is on one's person. But as people are a moving target, a wireless network will be problematic. Therefore, for a body area network (BAN) to truly work, it will have to be able to create a robust multi-device capable network technology that will be both... View full abstract»

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  • Gadgets

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):36 - 37
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    This month, we have a number of high-tech goodies to drool over View full abstract»

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  • The second wave

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):38 - 40
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    The MEMS industry is going through a rebirth as consumer products start to adopt micromachined devices. This article covers consumer MEMS and the multiple applications of MEMS devices. The issues in MEMS design, integration, packaging and testing are also discussed. View full abstract»

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  • Back to EDA

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):41 - 43
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    Joe Costello left Cadence Design Systems and the EDA business more than ten years ago, but now he's back with Orb Networks. E&T finds out what he has to say to today's design industry. View full abstract»

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  • Walking with dinosaurs

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):44 - 47
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    Everyone will have seen footage from the TV fact/fantasy documentary 'Walking With Dinosaurs', and marvelled at the computer-generated imagery (CGI) of dinosaurs apparently alive and well and roaming the planet. This paper presents the author's experience during a visit to the creators of "Walking With Dinosaurs". View full abstract»

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  • Exploring the final frontier

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):48 - 49
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    Science-fiction has ensured that robots are firmly established as part of space exploration, and from the moment the robot arm on Voyager unfurled itself on the surface of Mars in 1976, robots have been a practical reality in orbit.This paper discusses Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and dispels any notions of robots being glamorous. View full abstract»

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  • How small do you like your reactors?

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):50 - 53
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    In practice, we make do with results as independent as possible from the method of measurement. Nevertheless, the importance of striving to minimise the effect of experimental design on our measurements cannot be overstated. Basically, we subdivide sample particles as finely as is practicable and we try to assess the behaviour of sample particles - as much as possible - in isolation from one anoth... View full abstract»

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  • The global state of carbon

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):54 - 55
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    The world's newest energy industry, carbon capture and storage (CCS) from coal and gas-fired power stations, is on the cusp of extreme growth. This paper shows how carbon rupture and storage can deliver the benefits that its supporters claim. View full abstract»

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  • Tune in, power off

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):56 - 57
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    The International Energy Agency recently issued a stark warning. The Paris-based body claimed worldwide growth in IT and gadgets would see energy demands from those devices treble by 2030 unless something was done. Even with best practice, the number of devices expected to be in use within 20 years would cause energy consumption to grow 1 per cent a year, calling for a 20 GW increase in generating... View full abstract»

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  • Smart apollo

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):59 - 61
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    We often hear that the on-board Apollo guidance computer (AGC) had less power than a modern digital watch; but it all depends on what we mean by 'power'. In its way, it was one of the most capable computers ever invented. It absorbed data from a complex gyroscopic inertial navigation system, allied to an optical star telescope and two radar range finders. It also mediated between the astronauts an... View full abstract»

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  • Building the moon rocket

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):62 - 65
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    The APOLLO programme was a triumph of management in meeting the enormously difficult systems engineering and technological integration requirements. This paper reports how the US Moon programme yielded huge leaps forward in some vital but often overlooked technologies, in particular rocket engines and fuel cells. View full abstract»

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  • Airport of the future

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):66 - 69
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    This paper discusses how future airports may use a passenger-sensing, self-organising unified network to track the location of every passenger and bag in the terminal. View full abstract»

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  • Houston, we have a...hello? hello?

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):70 - 73
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    Of the many engineering disciplines that mankind had to master before Neil Armstrong could take his famous "one small step" on to the Moon 40 years ago, few were as critical as radio communications. Radio communication between Apollo astronauts and Earth was easy. It's in future missions to the Moon and Mars when things will get complicated, as Juan Pablo Conti discovers. View full abstract»

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