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Issue 5 • Date May 2013

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • High anxiety [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 6
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  • Fisker automotive: fraught with failure [Spectral Lines]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 8
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  • Rise of the eye phones [News]

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  • A solar mirage in the Middle East? [News]

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  • A wiring diagram of the brain [News]

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  • Ring around the nanowire [News]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • Star search [The Big Picture]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):18 - 19
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  • Duo Gamer [Resources_Tools]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):21 - 22
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  • Ride by wire [Resources_Hand On]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):22 - 24
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  • Q&A: Trevor Pinch [Resources_Geek Life]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 26
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  • Limor Fried: channel your inner maker [Resources_Profile]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 28
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  • Sensuous electronics [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 30
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  • When spectrum auctions fail

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):32 - 60
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    For some microwave links, cooperation beats competition as a way to share the air. Most people think that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 ended U.S. involvement in the Pacific theater of World War II. In fact, the state of war with Japan persisted, in a technical sense, until September 1951, when the formal peace treaty was signed. "Making peace is like repairing the many str... View full abstract»

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  • Germany jump-starts the supergrid

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):36 - 41
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    New developments in high-voltage DC electronics could herald an epic shift in energy delivery. Stuttgart is one of the last places you'd expect to find in a power pinch. This south German city's massive automotive plants run 24-7 without a hiccup, efficiency measures have held industrial power consumption flat, and solar panels flash from atop its major buildings. But now all that is at risk. The ... View full abstract»

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  • The smartest, greenest grid

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):42 - 47
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    What a little Danish island is showing the world about the future of energy. On Christmas night, Maja Bendtsen and her husband were curled up on the couch watching TV in their cozy house on the Danish island of Bornholm. Suddenly the house lost power. "The lights flickered briefly and then everything went black," Bendtsen recalls. Peeking out the window, they saw that the whole neighborhood was da... View full abstract»

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  • The troubled life of Patent No. 6,456,841

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):48 - 50
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    Tracing the tortured legal trail of a simple smartphone patent. Takeshi Tomimori, an engineer at Mitsubishi Electric Corp., in Tokyo, had an idea. What if you could alert a cellphone user of incoming messages by displaying an icon on the screen? He worked out the details for what Mitsubishi's lawyers called, in their 1999 filing, a "Mobile Communication Apparatus Notifying User of Reproduction Wai... View full abstract»

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  • Captain cellular

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):52 - 55
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    It was September 1989, and the cellphone industry was booming. Companies were building new towers as fast as they could, using the prevailing analog technology, but they were encountering problems with capacity and quality of service. Earlier that year, the industry had decided to move to digital transmission using time-division multiple access. TDMA shared the airwaves by slicing up each availabl... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Candidates in 2013 Election

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 61
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  • It's a mobile, mobile world [Data Flow]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 68
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