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Issue 7 • Date July 2012

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  • IEEE Spectrum

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  • Contents

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  • The Magic Word [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Solar for all? Not in my lifetime [Spectral Lines]

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  • The on-demand Olympics

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  • Good timing

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  • Fixing wind power's bat problem

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  • The quest for 2-D silicon

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  • The big picture

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  • Teleconferencing on the cheap [Hands On]

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  • Smart TV [Tools & Toys]

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  • Youtube's your film festival [Geek Life]

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  • Curiosity [Reflections]

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  • Smart conservation for the lazy consumer [Tech Life]

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  • When every atom counts

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    Today's chips are marvels of mass production. Tens of thousands of silicon wafers can move through a single fab in a month, each one carted from tool to tool, blasted by heat, bombarded by ions, immersed in vapor, coated with chemicals, hit with radiation, and exposed to acid. It can take months and hundreds of steps to transform a plain piece of silicon into an array of chips. But at the end of this elaborate assembly line, chipmakers finally get a pile of identical devices that perform just as their designers intended. View full abstract»

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  • Apes with apps

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    Have you ever watched a toddler play with an iPhone? Most likely, the child was completely captivated and surprisingly adept at manipulating the tiny icons. Two-year-old Teco is no different. Sitting with his Motorola Xoom tablet, he??s rapt, his dark eyes fixed on the images, fingers pecking away at the touch screen. He can??t speak, but with the aid of the tablet app I created for him, he's building a vocabulary that will likely total several thousand words. What??s more, he'll be able to string those words together into simple sentences and ask questions, tell jokes, and carry on conversations. View full abstract»

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  • A skeptic looks at alternative energy

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    In June 2004 the editor of an energy journal called to ask me to comment on a just-announced plan to build the world's largest photovoltaic electric generating plant. Where would it be, I asked-Arizona? Spain? North Africa? No, it was to be spread among three locations in rural Bavaria, southeast of Nuremberg. I said there must be some mistake. I grew up not far from that place, just across the border with the Czech Republic, and I will never forget those seemingly endless days of summer spent inside while it rained incessantly. Bavaria is like Seattle in the United States or Sichuan province in China. You don't want to put a solar plant in Bavaria, but that is exactly where the Germans put it. The plant, with a peak output of 10 megawatts, went into operation in June 2005. View full abstract»

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  • Will unicode soon be the universal code? [The Data]

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