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Issue 12 • Date December 2011

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • Flying the robotic skies [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Remembering John McCarthy [Spectral Lines]

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  • Cracking Down on Conflict Minerals

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  • Brazil starts a chip industry

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  • A new angle on imaging

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  • Geothermal energy's promise and problems

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  • Center stage [The Big Picture]

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  • A droid for all seasons [Hands On]

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  • Fix that old clock radio! [Books]

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  • Mathematica 8 and Maple 15 [Tools & Toys]

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  • Sing a song of code [Geek Life]

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  • The data gold rush [Technically Speaking]

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  • A cloud you can trust

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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 visitors to log in to any of its 25 million customers' accounts using any password-or none at all. As a company blogger drily noted: "This should never have happened." And yet it did, and it does, with astonishing regularity. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has logged 175 data breaches this year in the United States alone, involving more than 13 million records. View full abstract»

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  • The strange birth and long life of Unix

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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 system, now considered one of the most inspiring and influential pieces of software ever written. View full abstract»

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  • When will software have the right stuff?

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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 elevator was installed by Otis Elevator Co. in 1924; the things became common in the 1950s. View full abstract»

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  • NanoDYNAMITE

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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]

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