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Issue 7 • Date July 1987

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c1
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  • [Front inside cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c2
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  • [Advertisements]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • News log

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):3 - 4
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 5
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  • [Advertisements]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):6 - 7
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  • Reflections

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):8 - 9
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):10 - 11
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):12 - 13
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  • Technically speaking

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):14 - 15
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    Symbols of our time. Recognize the elements of the illustration on the right? Telephone, modems, facsimile, and personal computer — together, the components of one variation of the integrated-services digital network. [For more on the ISDN, see “The universal data connection,” p. 31] View full abstract»

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  • Whatever happened to direct-broadcast satellites?

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):16 - 16L
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    Television broadcasting directly from satellites to homes would not only improve picture quality, it would bring programs with stereo sound to many millions in remote areas, and provide more program diversity, at lower cost, to viewers already served by terrestrial transmitters and cable. A few years ago, experts believed that direct satellite broadcasting was imminent and that viewers around the ... View full abstract»

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  • Spin-offs

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 17
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    An electronic tracking system may make the incarceration of nonviolent offenders unnecessary — something that would please taxpayers, as well as prison officials faced with increasingly crowded facilities. View full abstract»

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  • Managing technology

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):18 - 20
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    If you find a lion that won't eat you, by all means get in the cage with him, is the advice Frank Hull offers small entrepreneurial companies contemplating strategic partnerships with large corporations. View full abstract»

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  • Spectral lines

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 21
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    In the competition between Japan and the United States, I turnabout may be not only “fair play,” but also a necessity I that proves to be good for both countries. View full abstract»

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  • Evacuation planning for Lilco's Shoreham plant: Lack of an approved emergency evacuation strategy may prevent full operation of a $5 billion nuclear power plant on long Island's north shore

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):22 - 24
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    Until 1979, there was no such thing as a formal, standard plan for moving nearby residents in the event of a catastrophic accident at a nuclear power plant. A radiation leak bad enough to force the relocation of residents near the plant seemed just too improbable to merit elaborate contingency plans. View full abstract»

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  • Math chips: How they work: Augmenting microprocessors, they speed up math operations while giving systems designers a variety of performance, cost, and integration options

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):25 - 30
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    In a matter of minutes, an engineer at a workstation simulates a crash test on an automobile body design that only a few years ago would have taken several hours. What makes the difference? The workstation contains a mathematical processor, capable of performing large numbers of math computations in a short time. View full abstract»

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  • The universal data connection: The integratedservices digital network will have a common communications outlet for plugging in telephones, computers, and such almost like household appliances

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):31 - 37
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    A unified, global digital telecommunications network is branching toward reality. A panel of international experts working under the sponsorship of the United Nations has recommended key technical standards; meanwhile, national telephone agencies in several countries have fielded trials with experimental equipment over the last few years [Fig. 1]. The day may not be far off when a design engineer ... View full abstract»

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  • Computer benchmarking: Paths and pitfalls: The most popular way of rating computer performance can confuse as well as inform; avoid misunderstanding by asking just what the benchmark is measuring

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):38 - 43
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    Computing power is now crucial in many areas of research and engineering, from theoretical mathematics to circuit design to bioengineering. View full abstract»

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  • Famous first jobs: Seven leading engineers tell about their first professional jobs, their reasons for choosing them, and how those choices affected their careers

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):44 - 51
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    It's a long journey from college graduation to being head of a major corporation or dean of an engineering school. But that long journey begins with just one step — the engineer's first job. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE awards: 1987 major medalists

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):52 - 53
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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):54 - 55
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    Owners of IBM-compatible personal computers now have access to two renowned reference works on a single compact disk: the McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and the third edition of the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. View full abstract»

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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):56 - 58
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  • Papers are invited

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 59
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):60 - 61
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  • IEEE tables of contents for current and future publications

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):62 - 69
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