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Issue 12 • Date Dec. 2009

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

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

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  • Finland's long good-bye

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    "Finland is covered with forests," a Finnish tourism Web site explains helpfully. "Finns harvest the trees to make paper. And then they use the paper to write sad songs about the life they left behind in the forest." View full abstract»

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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 6
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  • Every move you make

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 7
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    In the United Kingdom, your home may be your castle, but the government will soon be able to get a rather good idea of what is happening inside it. View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 10
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  • The Nobel Prize and its discontents

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):11 - 12
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    The Nobel Prize is the peak honor in physics. Yet this year it celebrated not science, but technology: "the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit-the CCD sensor." The winners were two IEEE Fellows from Bell Telephone Laboratories, Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith. Two other IEEE Fellows and former Bell Labs colleagues, Michael F. Tompsett and Eugene I. Gordon, say the Nobel committee h... View full abstract»

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  • Room for rent, stellar view

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 13
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    Next-generation Iridium communications satellites will rent out space for scientific payloads. View full abstract»

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  • Breaking GSM

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 13
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    The encryption technology used to prevent eavesdropping in GSM (Global System for Mobile communications), the world's most widely used mobile phone system, is a Swiss cheese of security holes, according to an expert who plans to poke a big hole of his own. View full abstract»

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  • Texas Instruments vs. the calculator hackers

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 14
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    Hobbyist cracks key to operating system and TI says: Cease and desist! View full abstract»

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  • Grid on a chip

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 15
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    There's renewed interest in upgrading power grids to make regions more energy efficient. The same may be needed for the grids that distribute power on modern microprocessors. View full abstract»

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  • Kyoto 2.0

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    What to expect from the Copenhagen climate confab View full abstract»

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  • The big picture

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    Presents a photograph of the new LED screens at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. View full abstract»

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  • Barbot, the automated bartender

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):20 - 21
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    At NYC Resistor, a communal hacker space in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., we do two things really well¿hack and party. An automated bartender seemed like a natural, but as we searched the U.S. patent database for ideas, it became clear we'd have to hack one up ourselves. And so we have. An ongoing series of them, in fact. View full abstract»

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  • Housewives of superconductivity [review of Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction (Blundell, S.; 2009)]

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  • Math quiz: why do men predominate

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    No woman has yet won one of the three top mathematics awards- the Fields, the Abel, or the Wolf. It's part of what's often called the math gender gap, which in the United States starts early-at least twice as many boys as girls score in the 99th percentile on state level math assessment tests. View full abstract»

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  • The office-free lifestlye

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    Discusses the terminology that has evolved around telecommuting. View full abstract»

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  • Mechanical radio

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):30 - 35
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    Micromechanical resonators are often fabricated from silicon, using techniques similar to those employed in making microelectronic circuits. Perhaps the simplest resonator that can be made this way is a beam fixed at both ends and excited using an electrode placed under the freely suspended middle portion. Oscillatory signals applied to this electrode induce vibrations in the beam. View full abstract»

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  • Finland's nuclear waste solution

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):25 - 49
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    This article speaks about the nuclear waste solution in Finland. Posiva, the Finnish company building an underground repository here, says it knows how to imprison nuclear waste for 100 000 years. These multimillennial thinkers are confident that copper canisters of Scandinavian design, tucked into that bedrock, will isolate the waste in an underground cavern impervious to whatever the future brin... View full abstract»

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  • Powerless in Gaza

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):36 - 41
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    In November of 2008, the backup batteries unexpectedly failed at a power plant in the Gaza Strip. Almost anywhere else, the incident would have been a blip, forgotten a week later. But this is Gaza-blockaded by Israel and Egypt and cut off from the Palestinian National Authority in the West Bank. It's a place where more than a million and a half people inhabit a strip of land not even one-third th... View full abstract»

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  • Go big or go home

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):42 - 46
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    When Prithviraj Banerjee arrived at HP Laboratories, in Palo Alto, Calif., as the organization's new director in August 2007, he was intent on pushing the researchers to swing big. HP Labs, a sprawling enterprise with some 500 researchers spread over seven locations worldwide, is the company's advanced research arm, spending about US $150 million annually. The first commercially available LED, the... View full abstract»

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  • The data

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 68
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    n 1874, the University of Berlin refused to grant a doctorate to the Russian mathematical genius Sofya Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya, who turned around and got one at the rival University of Göttingen; even so, she had to emigrate to Sweden to find a teaching job. Eight years later in the United States, Johns Hopkins University refused to grant Christine Ladd-Franklin a Ph.D., although she'd done her d... View full abstract»

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