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Issue 4 • Date April 2013

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • A day at the races [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • When innovating, go slow [Spectral Lines]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 8
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  • Protecting the power grid from solar storms [News]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 11 - 12
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  • Residential solar power heads toward grid parity [News]

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  • Seeing on the fly [News]

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  • Path found to combined MRI and CT Scanner [News]

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  • Saving photo slides [Resources_Tools]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 19 - 20
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  • Time for gadgeteer [Resources_Hand On]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 20 - 21
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  • Motor sport MacGyver [Resources_Careers]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 22
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  • Tactus technology [Resources Start-Ups]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 23
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  • Hashtag, you're it [Technically Speaking]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 24
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  • Star power

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 26 - 58
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    When the world's most powerful laser zaps a target, it's eerily silent. If you're close enough to know the exact moment the system fires, chances are you're standing in a darkened control room, watching a silent countdown. The only hint that something has occurred is a timer that hits zero and immediately starts counting up again. But hidden from view is an experiment of staggering proportions and precision: 192 laser beams streaming through halls that span the length of football fields, steadily gaining in strength before they finally converge within millimeters of one another, triggering the implosion of a peppercorn-size capsule. View full abstract»

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  • Top 10 tech cars: slenderized

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 34 - 41
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    IT'S OFFICIAL: GUZZLING GAS IS OUT OF STYLE. IN AUGUST, the Obama administration finalized U.S. standards that will nearly double the average fuel mileage of cars and trucks by 2025. The rule slices auto greenhouse emissions in half, virtually matching the European Union's proposed 2020 target of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven. · But how are we going to get there? Electric cars and plug-in hybrids have so far fizzled with rank-and-file consumers, due to a familiar trio of obstacles: high cost, short pure-electric driving ranges, and long recharging times. And yet among this year's Top 10 Tech Cars, one model did stake a bold new claim for the viability of electric cars: the groundbreaking Tesla Model S. · Even so, IEEE Spectrum's 10-car convoy proves that there are other ways to wring more miles from a liter of fuel. A trend of "lightweighting" has begun sweeping the global industry, as automakers seek to reverse decades of bloat caused by modern crash protections and deluxe amenities. The brainpower of cars is also rapidly expanding, with a Japanese sport sedan taking a small but important step toward automated cars: It has a full "drive-by-wire" steering system that backs up the driver. Turning the stereotypes on their heads, there's a whopper of a British SUV and a bite-size Chevrolet. What they have in common is a high ratio of driving pleasure to fuel burned. View full abstract»

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  • Peaceful coexistence

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 42 - 56
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    ONE DAY IN 2003, JOSEPH SCHULMAN FACED A half-dozen or so military officers in a cheerless high-rise office outside the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. He was 68 then, with piercing blue eyes and a full head of hair dyed chestnut. People who knew him called him a "visionary" and a "mad, brilliant scientist." For nearly 20 years, he had been president of the Alfred Mann Foundation, a medical research center in Santa Clarita, Calif., known for developing cutting-edge electronic aids, including pacemakers and cochlear implants. Normally a self-assured guy, Schulman suddenly felt, he says, "a little frightened." · He had come to what was then the Defense Spectrum Office to present his case for allowing a new medical technology to use some of the radio frequencies assigned to the U.S. military. He began by pulling from his pocket several small ceramic cylinders, which he passed around. View full abstract»

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  • Charging up the road

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 48 - 54
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    PICTURE AN ALL-ELECTRIC VEHICLE cruising down the highway, emitting little noise and no noxious fumes. It's such an improvement that you have to wonder why only a handful of all-electric vehicles are now available on the mass market. · Here's a big reason: Picture the driver of that same car getting a call from a relative living far away who needs immediate help. Suddenly, the driver's eyes become riveted on the most important indicator on the dashboard: the estimated number of kilometers that the car can go on the remaining battery charge. Will he make it to his relative's house? Even if he does, will he find a charging station so he can get back home? View full abstract»

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  • Innovation Europe [Data Flow]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 64
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