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Issue 11 • Date Nov. 2009

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): c1 - c2
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 1 - 3
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  • A high-pressure assignment

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

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 6
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  • It's the stupidity, stupid

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 10
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    Last month, the storied classical music radio station WQXR, in New York City, ceased operation as a powerful commercial station and become a public radio station with a considerably weaker signal. Fatuousness is on the march, and this is an important milestone. View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 12
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  • Plastic solar cells roll into unlit villages

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 13 - 14
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    By day, the electronic devices that Frederik Krebs rolls off his printing presses could be mistaken for old plastic overhead-projector transparencies. Nightfall reveals their ingenious purpose: Snap the metal fasteners at the corners together and the sheets glow with reading-quality light. Krebs¿s sheets may prove to be much more than a curiosity, for the senior scientist at Denmark¿s Riso Natio... View full abstract»

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  • Phase change

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 14
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    Samsung says it has started the first commercial production of phase-change memory chips. Known as PRAM, this nonvolatile memory technology holds bits according to the conductive phase of a special material, which melts to change phase. View full abstract»

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  • New director for U.S. Energy Department's mad science wing

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 15
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    On 18 September, President Barack Obama chose Arunava Majumdar as the director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency¿Energy (ARPA-E), the U.S. Department of Energy¿s new research incubator. Majumdar is currently director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory¿s Environmental Energy Technologies Division and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His appointment provides clu... View full abstract»

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  • Nobel prizes for three IEEE fellows

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 15
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    Digital cameras generate much of the data on our optical-fiber telecommunications networks. The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes both inventions. The prize went to Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith for the invention of the CCD imager and also to the grandfather of optical-fiber telecommunications, Charles K. Kao. View full abstract»

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  • Chip design thwarts sneak attack on data

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 16
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    Data encrypted on your computer should be safe, as long as you're the only one with the key to the encryption. But one variant of newer¿ and sneakier¿attacks can deduce the key by striking a vulnerable spot: the CPU¿s on-chip memory, called the cache. Software-based attempts to bolster cache security have bad side effects, however, which can severely degrade the computer¿s performance. Now res... View full abstract»

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  • The hundred-grand grand

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 18
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    There are home pianos and there are concert grand pianos, and unless you've resided in Graceland or Neverland, the two have always been quite diff erent things. First, there¿s the size¿a concert grand piano is at least 2.5 meters (8 feet) long. Then there¿s the cost¿US $120,000 and up. But surely in today¿s digital world, we should be able to simulate the concert experience in our own living ... View full abstract»

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  • A new spin on an old toy

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 18 - 19
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    Present's this year's holiday buying guide. View full abstract»

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  • Robogolf

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 19
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    If you think there's still too much walking around in golf, even with a golf cart, you need the RoboCup and Caddy Cord, a ballreturn robot and a missedputt return guide. View full abstract»

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  • If you build it, santa will come

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 20 - 21
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  • Dam it!

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 21
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  • Aerospace job forecast: skies are clearing

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 22
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    Long-term contracts buffer the aerospace-engineering job market. View full abstract»

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  • Engineering achievements: the two lists [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 23
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  • Zink

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 24 - 56
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    Major innovations in printing don't come around very often. The last one was the inkjet printer, in 1976. And now there's Zink, a full-color printing technology that does away with a messy, expensive annoyance that consumers have learned to hate: ink. View full abstract»

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  • Driving on air

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 30 - 35
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    A new celebrity with a lusciously curved body is turning heads on France's Cote d'Azur. No, not that kind of body. This one belongs to the AirPod, a 220-kilogram car with a sculpted composite shell and a back-to-the-future energy supply: 80 kg of air compressed to 350 times sea-level atmospheric pressure, roughly 350 bars. The engine of this tiny three-seater converts that air into mechanical ener... View full abstract»

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  • Medicine by micromachine

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 36 - 41
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    A tiny, programmable electronic system that delivers the proper drug dose at exactly the right time would clearly benefit patients and caregivers and would also ease the burden of patient monitoring on medical personnel and hospitals. Indeed, this work could revolutionize medical care. This drug-delivery system consists of a programmable micropump powered by a small battery and controlled by an el... View full abstract»

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  • Computer reborn

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 42 - 47
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    The paper is all about the restoration of vintage IBM 1401 computer for the computer history museum, in Mountain View, Calif. The 1401 processed numbers in decimal rather than binary form and accepted numbers of varying digit spans. Companies leased it for US $6500 a month, equivalent to $45 000 today, a bargain for an all-transistor design with stored programs. Such features had been offered only... View full abstract»

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  • Organic (but not green)

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 48 - 53
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    Sustainable, green, renewable, organic- the words come up so often in energy and climate debates that they tend to sound as if they mean the same thing. But of course they don't. Nuclear reactors emit no carbon and are therefore in a sense green, but uranium is nonrenewable; hydropower is green and renewable but may not always be sustainable, because the ecological consequences can be bad and rese... View full abstract»

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  • Long live analog TV - on cellphones

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 84
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    Just as countries around the world are replacing analog television with the digital kind, along come new technologies to receive the old-style signals on mobile phones. View full abstract»

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