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Issue 7 • May 8-May 28 2010

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  • Engineering & Technology - cover

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): c1
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  • Page plan

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 3
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  • Editorial: bond to bomb detection: 50 years of the laser

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 4
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    THIS ISSUE'S cover, celebrating 50 years of the laser, is all thanks to Bystronic, which used one of its laser cutting systems to cut our logo from steel sheet at its facility in Switzerland. We emailed a simple image file and you can see how Bystronic did the rest in the special picture story on our website (http://kn.theiet.org/magazine/ issues/1007/laser-cover.cfm) View full abstract»

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  • News

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):5 - 10
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  • Asia news

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 12
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    The Chinese government has given the nod for construction of a maglev line between shanghai and hangzhou, but has insisted that there is no timetable for the project, following media reports that construction would start this year. View full abstract»

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  • Newsdesk

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): c2
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  • Special report: brunel bridge to get new lease of life

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):14 - 15
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    In this paper, Brunei's Royal Albert Bridge is the only rail link between Cornwall and the rest of Britain. Refurbishing it is a complex engineering project. Dubbed 'Brunei's masterpiece', the 151-year-old Royal Albert Bridge spans the River Tamar between Plymouth and Saltash, carrying around 30 trains a day. Now, under the most complex refurbishment plan in its history, the structure will be stre... View full abstract»

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  • Letters

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • Jack of all trades

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):18 - 19
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    This paper presents ten significant usages of coherent light in different areas. Laser can be used for milking cows, hacking, antiaging technique, lightning rod, and for making medals. View full abstract»

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  • Sensor sweep

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):20 - 22
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    The safety of the military and other security services is paramount - could the laser be on its way to realising the tricorder? It's so easy for the crew of the USS Enterprise. If they want to know what something is made of, all they have to do is aim a tricorder at it and all is revealed. Back in the real world, working out whether you are faced with a bomb or a bag of cement is a lot harder and ... View full abstract»

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  • Laptops on loan

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):25 - 27
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    The recent International London Book Fair focused heavily on the new technologies of e-publishing and digitisation. We asked technology historian and bibliophile Nick Spurrier to introduce E&T readers to the little-known world of library engineering. View full abstract»

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  • Buyer beware

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):28 - 31
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    Counterfeiters have targeted branded goods for many years, but increasingly the fraudsters are infiltrating the supply chain with the result that sub-standard components end up in consumer devices. View full abstract»

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  • Golden age of lasers

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):32 - 35
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    As for applications, Tom Baer, executive director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center, says that "well over 50,000" laser patents have been issued since its invention, "placing it in good company with other innovations such as the computer, the LCD, and fibre optics". Asked which applications of the laser he considered the most important or interesting, Townes says: "I'm most pleased with th... View full abstract»

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  • Extreme measures

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):36 - 37
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    In 1988, chipmaking could have made a big leap that promised to secure its future all the way down to process technologies not due to appear until 2020. This paper shows how extreme ultraviolet lithography has struggled to become a tool for chipmaking, despite the increasingly arcane workarounds for conventional tools. View full abstract»

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  • Taming the laser

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 38
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    The paper presents hybrid-laser welding combines the advantages of laser welding and gas metal arc welding to create an alternative welding process. View full abstract»

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  • Deep impressions

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):40 - 43
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    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) market is estimated to be worth $2.3b in over the next decade and it is forecast that around 1,400 new AUVs will be built. There have been at least 630 vehicles built of all shapes and sizes depending on their application with uses in the military, scientific and oil and gas sectors already well established. The main driving forces for these new vehicles inc... View full abstract»

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  • Hydrogen: hype or hope?

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):44 - 48
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    Hydrogen is the most abundant element on our planet and has been heralded as the clean fuel of the future. However, in order to obtain hydrogen in a form that can be used as a fuel, we need to use up energy. Lots of it. We need to use electricity to make hydrogen; we then need to store and transport that hydrogen; and then, using a fuel cell, turn it back into electricity to run a car. This paper ... View full abstract»

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  • Grid looks to smart solutions

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):49 - 51
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    There has been an awful lot of rhetoric about smart grid, but depending on who you listen to it can seem to be a disparate concept. A great deal of attention has been lavished on the growth of renewable power but it is shown that without the implementation of a smart grid it will not deliver. View full abstract»

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  • Focusing on finance

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):52 - 55
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    Financial software is the black hole of enterprise IT always expanding, sucking-in functionality from the applications that are around it, extending its influence to customers, suppliers, and partners through the Internet and business-to-business infrastructures. Now this expansion is about to accelerate, propelled by a number off fundamental changes in the nature of business most notably its incr... View full abstract»

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  • Flexing the network

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):56 - 59
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    Packet-based networks, enabled by lasers, are still surprisingly inflexible. This paper looks at the photonic technologies that are helping them loosen up and keep our data flowing. With regards to this, the reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer was presented that could save operating costs by eliminating the need to send an engineer to a network node to install or configure the optical equi... View full abstract»

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  • Family fortunes

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):60 - 63
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    This paper shows how Mexico's thriving communications industry has made Carlos Slim the world's richest man. Basically, he came up with a clever threestep plan: first, write a user-friendly operating system and compatible office toolkit; second, get a critical mass of computer users hooked on it; and third, release a new version every couple of years. View full abstract»

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  • Words from the water world

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):64 - 67
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    Marine science and water management aspects are reported. Aquarium management is also dealt with in this paper. View full abstract»

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  • How green was my company?

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):68 - 69
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    Management books tend towards the macho. Business, to a certain mindset, is conflict by other means the man sitting next to me on the tube the other day was reading Clausewitz's 'On War', and, with his pinstripes and BlackBerry, didn't look like he was heading for a battlefield. But there's an inevitable attraction in stressing the 'extreme risk' of the office-bound life, and the metaphors of mana... View full abstract»

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  • Events

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 71
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  • Reviews

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):76 - 77
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    Is there anybody out there? We talk to the author of a book about technology behind the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. View full abstract»

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Dickon Ross
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