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Issue 5 • May 2012

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • Lots of lucky [Back Story]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 4
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 6
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  • In celebration of the IRE [Spectral Lines]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 8
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  • The high stakes of low power

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):11 - 12
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  • Soft robots for hard problems

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 13
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  • Computing's power limit demonstrated

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • A new twist on radio waves

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):16 - 18
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  • Snails in a race for biological energy harvesting

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 19
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  • A big turn off [The Big Picture]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • Not all pixels are created equal [Tools & Toys]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):22 - 24
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  • This is your brain on fMRI [Geek Life]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):25 - 26
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  • Sultans of solder [Hands On]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):26 - 27
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  • John L. Hennessy risk taker

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):28 - 32
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    In the 1980s, John L. Hennessy, then a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, shook up the computer industry by taking the concepts of reduced instruction set computing (RISC) to the masses. Hennessy wrote papers, gave talks, designed chips, started companies, and even, literally, wrote the book (a textbook that's still used today). The RISC architecture, which focused on simp... View full abstract»

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  • Consider the kilogram

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):34 - 39
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    Once a year, three officials bearing three separate keys meet at the bottom of a stairwell at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, in Sevres, France. There they unlock a vault to check that a plum-size cylinder of platinum iridium alloy is exactly where it should be. Then they close the vault and leave the cylinder to sit alone, under three concentric bell jars, as it has for most of ... View full abstract»

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  • The Dawn of Haiku - How a volunteer crew brought a crack OS back

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):40 - 54
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    It was the summer of 2001, and computer programmer Michael Phipps had a problem: His favorite operating system, BeOS, was about to go extinct. Having an emotional attachment to a piece of software may strike you as odd, but to Phipps and many others (including me), BeOS deserved it. It ran amazingly fast on the hardware of its day; it had a clean, intuitive user interface; and it offered a rich, f... View full abstract»

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  • Focusing on everything

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):44 - 50
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    Lytro, a Silicon Valley start-up, has just launched the world's first consumer light-field camera, which shoots pictures that can be focused long after they're captured, either on the camera itself or online. Lytro promises no more blurry subjects, and no shutter lag waiting for the camera's lens to focus. A software update to the camera, coming soon, will even let you produce 3-D images. View full abstract»

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  • E-mail isn't killing the post office [The Data]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 64
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