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Issue 12 • Date December 2011

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • Flying the robotic skies [Back Story]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 4
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  • Contributors

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  • Remembering John McCarthy [Spectral Lines]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 10
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  • Cracking Down on Conflict Minerals

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):11 - 12
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  • Brazil starts a chip industry

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):13 - 14
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  • A new angle on imaging

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 15
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  • Geothermal energy's promise and problems

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  • Center stage [The Big Picture]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):18 - 19
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  • A droid for all seasons [Hands On]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):20 - 22
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  • Fix that old clock radio! [Books]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 22
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  • Mathematica 8 and Maple 15 [Tools & Toys]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 23
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  • Sing a song of code [Geek Life]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 24
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  • The data gold rush [Technically Speaking]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 26
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  • A cloud you can trust

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):28 - 51
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    This past April, Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud service crashed during a system upgrade, knocking customers' websites off-line for anywhere from several hours to several days. That same month, hackers broke into the Sony PlayStation Network, exposing the personal information of 77 million people around the world. And in June a software glitch at cloud-storage provider Dropbox temporarily allowed v... View full abstract»

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  • The strange birth and long life of Unix

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):34 - 55
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    The classic operating system turns 40, and its progeny abound - They say that when one door closes on you, another opens. People generally offer this bit of wisdom just to lend some solace after a misfortune. But sometimes it's actually true. It certainly was for Ken Thompson and the late Dennis Ritchie, two of the greats of 20th-century information technology, when they created the Unix operating... View full abstract»

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  • When will software have the right stuff?

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):38 - 43
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    Unmanned planes dominate the battlefield, yet airliners still have - and copilots - Time was when a uniformed man would close a metal gate, throw a switch, and intone, "Second floor-men's clothing, linens, power tools..." and the carload of people would glide upward. Now each passenger handles the job with a punch of a button and not a hint of white-knuckled hesitation. The first automatic elevato... View full abstract»

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  • NanoDYNAMITE

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):44 - 49
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    Fuel-coated nanotubes could provide bursts of power to the smallest systems. One of the greatest challenges in all of technology right now is improving energy storage. And while we know how to make batteries bigger-add more cells-we are up against fundamental limits as we try to scale down rechargeable energy sources into the micro realm and beyond. View full abstract»

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  • Tech is invented globally but adopted one country at a time [The Data]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 76
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