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Issue 7 • Date July 1981

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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s): 1
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    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):2 - 5
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):6 - 13
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):14 - 15
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  • The engineer at large

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s): 16
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  • Best bits: Applications of microprocessors: Smart small-craft radar

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s): 17
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    Until now commercial srna tl-boat radar systems have disolayed targets as blips of light on a rotating-beam, monochromatic cathode-ray-tube screen, with the blips fading until the electron beam refreshed them on the next revolution. A new microprocessor-based X-band radar system developed by Western Marine Electronics Co. of Seattie, Wash., eliminate the fading problem; displays the targets and ra... View full abstract»

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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s): 18
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):18 - 19
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s): 20
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):20 - 22
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  • Spectral lines: Science, technology, and the Government

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s): 23
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    The role of U.S. scientists and engineers in administrations prior to President Reagan's has surely been vicissitudinous. For example, Richard M. Nixon abolished the separate post of science advisor to the White House, a post that was established by Dwight D. Eisenhower, in its place, Mr. Nixon asked the director of the National Science Foundation to double as Presidential advisor. That was hardly... View full abstract»

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  • Solid state: Fast electron-beam lithography: High blanking speeds may make this new system a serious challenger in producing submicrometer ICs

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):24 - 28
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    Electron-beam lithography may become competitive with optical methods for making integrated circuits. The step that could make this possible is an electron-beam lithography system developed at Hewlett-Packard that is potentially many times faster than previous machines for making ICs through direct writing on wafers or generating high-precision masks. The Hewlett-Packard system has a beam spot-cor... View full abstract»

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  • Automotive electronics: Detroit bets on electronics to stymie Japan: Programmable controllers, robots, lasers, and microwave detectors maintain quality on U.S. auto makers' production and assembly fines

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):29 - 32
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    Programmable controllers, robots, lasers, and microwave detectors maintain quality on US auto makers' production and assembly lines. In addition to controlling robots, programmable controllers are managing such functions as automatic in-process gauging, automatic tool compensation, torque monitoring, automatic grinding, and automatic balancing. View full abstract»

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  • Medical electronics: Nuclear medical imaging: Enhanced system designs provide sharper diagnostic images and better biochemical-activity analysis

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):33 - 37
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    New systems that blend nuclear detection and computer reconstruction techniques may spare many patients the ordeal of exploratory surgery. The systems employ electronic detectors that can pinpoint atomic particles injected into the body. From information about the site of these particles, numerical computer programs can reconstruct and display three-dimensional representations on a cathode-ray-tub... View full abstract»

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  • Power/energy: Reflector satellites for solar power: Solar-cell arrays in arid zones plus microwave transmission to space and back can send power where needed

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):38 - 43
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    Solar-cell arrays in arid zones plus microwave transmission to space and back can send power where needed. A three-stage development project is suggested which could be carried out within 20 years. View full abstract»

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  • Aerospace: Neutralizing charged-up spacecraft: Electrical charge gathered from space plasma can cause malfunctions or failure, but techniques for minimizing its effects are available

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):44 - 47
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    Electrical charge gathered from space plasma can cause malfunctions or failure, but techniques for minimizing its effects are available. This article concentrates on the effects of spacecraft charging on unmanned operations. View full abstract»

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  • Sociotechnology: Nuclear weapons monitoring: The international community is desperately trying to devise schemes and systems to discourage proliferation. It could be an unending struggle

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):48 - 51
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    Discusses whether a peaceful nuclear power development-and, in particular, the nuclear fuel cycle associated with it-might encourage proliferation of nuclear weapons, and if so, how this danger could be minimized. An experimental system of sensors communicating with a central computer for worldwide monitoring of nuclear facilities is described. View full abstract»

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  • Watchdog for nuclear development: Technology can help monitor civilian uses of nuclear energy while discouraging military applications

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):51 - 55
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    At a time when nuclear proliferation seems a growing threat to world peace, many countries are supporting technical efforts to monitor the constructive uses of nuclear, energy to help ensure that nuclear materials and technology are not diverted to weapons use. Recover (for REmote Continual VERification) is an experimental system designed to transmit data automatically from sensors at nuclear site... View full abstract»

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  • A step toward `perfect' resolution [high-definition TV]

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):56 - 60
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    High-definition television, with a much sharper picture than is currently available, is expected to be in retail stores before the decade is out. A number of converging developments are expected to yield a TV picture with over 1100 scanning lines, or roughly twice the number now specified by the three major color television standards. The developments include digital broadcast equipment, wideband ... View full abstract»

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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):60 - 63
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  • IEEE tables of contents for current and future publications

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):64 - 67
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  • Meeting previews

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):68 - 69
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):70 - 79
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  • News from Industry

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):79 - 80
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