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Issue 10 • Date Oct. 2009

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  • IEEE Spectrum

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): c1
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • Overlord of Overload

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 4
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 6
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  • We Come to Bury IE6

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 10
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    Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 should be retired by companies sooner rather than later. View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 12
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  • The Brain-Machine Interface, Unplugged

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):13 - 14
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    In experiments and even limited human clinical trials, electrode arrays implanted on the brain's surface have given monkeys and humans the ability to move objects with their thoughts. The experiments are proof that brain-computer interfaces could improve the lives of severely paralyzed people. But these systems rely on wires snaking out from the skull, which would affect a person's mobility WWW.SP... View full abstract»

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  • The Spaser Nanolaser

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):14 - 16
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    The article presents an overview of a surface plasmon resonance laser. Surface plasmon resonance nanolasers, or spasers, are the smallest lasers yet made, and the device could pave the way toward ultrafast optical computing. View full abstract»

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  • Ingres and VectorWise Claim Database Speedup

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 18
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    To hear those in the know tell it, database management systems leave a lot to be desired: They require too much hardware, and they make poor use of it. Some advocate a shift in the type of hardware used¿away from the CPU toward graphics-processing units [see "Data Monster," September 2009]. But opensource database firm Ingres, of Redwood City, Calif., and start-up VectorWise, of Amsterdam, see th... View full abstract»

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  • On the March

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 18
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  • DIY Street-View Camera

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):20 - 21
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    Create Google Street View-like panoramas with cheap webcams and open-source software. View full abstract»

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  • The Well-connected Traveler

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 22
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    More and more airports and airplanes offer Wi-Fi and power. View full abstract»

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  • A New Patent Perspective

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 22
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  • Hacking DNA

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 23
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    Discusses the terminology of synthetic biology and biomedical engineering. View full abstract»

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  • A Real Cloud Computer

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):24 - 29
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    Attempts to calculate the weather numerically have a long history. The first effort along these lines took place not in some cutting-edge university or government lab but on what the lone man doing it described as "a heap of hay in a cold rest billet." Lewis Fry Richardson, serving as an ambulance driver during World War I and working with little more than a table of logarithms, made a heroic effo... View full abstract»

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  • Infoglut

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):30 - 55
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    Information overload isn't just about having too much e-mail, voice mail, and text messages. It's a much more complex problem, and its effects take a toll on companies' bottom lines and on their employees' well-being. The time that information workers invest in coping with this overload is significant; at Intel, where I was until recently a principal engineer, we assessed the loss due to unnecessa... View full abstract»

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  • Chill Out

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):34 - 39
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    Heat is one of the worst enemies of electronics. Sit on the sofa with your laptop and you quickly feel the heat on your lap. Often though, overheating can be hard to diagnose. You may notice random errors occurring no matter what program you're running. This is especially true if you use your computer to play advanced video games, which can really tax the microprocessor and the graphics card. If y... View full abstract»

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  • The Recession's Silver Lining

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):46 - 51
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    Countless research institutions contributed to the digital, wireless, and mobile technologies that underpin our modern world. But none contributed more than Bell Telephone Laboratories, which logged an astonishing share of the key advances of the 20th century, including the transistor, the cellphone, the digital signal processor, the laser, the Unix operating system, and motionpicture sound. We no... View full abstract»

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  • May The Force of Light Be With You

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):46 - 51
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    Light can exert enough force to flip switches on a silicon chip. We can imagine using optical force to reroute light on the fly, allowing a photonic circuit to perform at a blindingly fast speed, far beyond anything that electronic controls can manage. This capability would go a long way toward realizing the dream of an all-optical computer, able to exploit the immense bandwidth of light to its fu... View full abstract»

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  • Forecast for Cloud Computing: Up, Up, and Away

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 68
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    The forecast for cloud computing is sky-high. View full abstract»

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