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Issue 8 • Date Aug. 1979

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    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 1
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    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):2 - 5
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):6 - 7
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 8
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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 9
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):10 - 13
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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 14
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 15
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):15 - 16
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  • Spectral lines: Nuclear power: The Swedish experience

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 17
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    Events at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania have drastically altered the activities and viewpoint of all parties with an interest in nuclear power: the utilities, regulatory bodies, the news media, and the general public. The ramifications of the nuclear accident will be explored in a future issue of Spectrum. Meanwhile it is interesting to note the impact of the event on one cou... View full abstract»

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  • Computers: The computer speaks: Rapid speech synthesis from printed text input could accommodate an unlimited vocabulary

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):18 - 25
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    Reviews the techniques for producing synthetic speech from a computer. The author expects such methods to be available to the business world before too long including rapid speech synthesis from printed test inputs able to accommodate an unlimited vocabulary. Topics include: analogue recording; human speech; compressed digital speech; speech synthesis from text; software; conversion to sound; synt... View full abstract»

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  • Communications: Ten billion bits on a disk: High-power laser diodes and pregrooved disks enable low-cost digital data recording and retrieval

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):26 - 33
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    Describes a compact optical disc system being developed by Philips as an offshoot of optical video-disc technology which uses high-power AlGaAs laser diodes. The recorder resembles strongly in concept consumer optical video-disc and audio-disc players. It gives random-access times, both in recording and in reading, similar to those obtained with present magnetic discs. Information capacities of ov... View full abstract»

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  • Aerospace: Microwave sensing from orbit: Enhanced devices penetrate cloud cover to provide data for weather prediction and terrain analysis

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):34 - 41
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    Discusses the advantages of microwave sensors as a sensitive and reliable tool for monitoring the Earth from satellites. Applications include: weather forecasting; terrestrial material bulk properties measurement; geological surveys; ice location; oil spill detection; upper atmosphere studies; military weapon all weather guidance. View full abstract»

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  • Power/energy: Thermal energy conversion: Tapping the sea depths: Floating energy plants could convert heat stored at different ocean levels to electric power

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):42 - 48
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    Discusses ocean thermal energy conversion [OTEC] in the light of the United States $38 million expenditure on that technology in 1979. The authors consider electricity to shore schemes in this article suggesting that the potential for electric energy in ocean thermal gradients off the United States and its islands is of the order of 200 CrW. Costs are such that a 250 MW scheme off Puerto Rica coul... View full abstract»

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  • Sociotechnology: Science, technology, and the human condition: The impact of science and engineering on citizens is great, despite their questionable impact on social institutions

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):49 - 52
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    While technology has been clearly beneficial to many people, it has been of dubious value in improving man's social condition. Government, personal, and family relations are not better ¿ and may even have deteriorated ¿ since the advent of sophisticated technologies. What follows is a broad overview of science and technology-directed change in the human condition in the United States. The intent... View full abstract»

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  • Education: The challenge of keeping current: How best to keep a step ahead of one's job is debatable; the choices include several outlined herewith

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):53 - 59
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    Discusses up-dating training courses for engineers in the United States. Lists some short courses on subjects of interest to IEEE members available in late 1979. View full abstract»

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  • Awards: IEEE field, service, and prize paper award winners

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):60 - 63
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):64 - 65
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  • IEEE tables of contents or current and future publications

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):66 - 71
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):72 - 73
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  • Meetings

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):74 - 79
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  • New product applications

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  • News from industry

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 83
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  • News from region 5

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