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Issue 10 • Date October 2013

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  • IEEE Spectrum [front cover]

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  • Table of contents

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  • Fore! [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Spectral Lines

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  • News

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  • Secret Software [News]

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  • Colorado river hydropower faces a dry future [News]

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  • Kepler's continuing mission [News]

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  • Resources [Tools]

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  • Point-and-shoot weather data [Resources Hands on]

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  • Gon??alo Abecasis [Resources Careers]

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  • Google glass [Resources Tools]

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  • Meet the datasexual [Technically Speaking]

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  • Robocopters to the rescue

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    One experimental unmanned helicopter nearly landed on a boulder and had to be saved by the backup pilot. Another recently crashed during the landing phase. To avoid such embarrassments, the K-Max dangles cargo from a rope as a “sling load” so that the helicopter doesn't have to land when making a delivery. Such work-arounds throw away much of the helicopter's inherent advantage. If we want these machines to save lives, we must give them eyes, ears, and a modicum of judgment. In other words, an autonomous system needs perception, planning, and control. It must sense its surroundings and interpret them in a useful way. Next, it must decide which actions to perform in order to achieve its objectives safely. Finally, it must control itself so as to implement those decisions. View full abstract»

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  • The Tunneling Transistor

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    Our always-on world of PCs, tablets, and smartphones has come about because of one remarkable trend: the relentless miniaturization of the metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor, or MOSFET. View full abstract»

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  • Chop shop electronics

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    On 17 August 2011, Boeing warned the U.S. Navy that an ice-detection module in the P-8A Poseidon, a new reconnaissance aircraft, contained a "reworked part that should not have been put on the airplane originally and should be replaced immediately." In a message marked "Priority: Critical," the company blamed the part, a Xilinx field-programmable gate array (FPGA), for the failure of the ice-detection module during a test flight. The finding is that clever counterfeiters are selling old components as new, threatening both military and commercial systems. The article concludes that now that electronic products are everywhere, the threat of recycled electronics parts is everywhere as well. Although we will never be able to eliminate the threat of recycled components completely, we can and should reduce the risks they pose. View full abstract»

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  • Electronic treasures of the sarnoff collection

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    The history of the Radio Corporation of America is in many ways the history of 20th-century American innovation. From the company's founding in 1919 to its sale in 1986, the RCA name was synonymous with products that shaped how Americans lived and worked. Long before the rise of Silicon Valley, RCA Laboratories, in Princeton, N.J., was at the center of the nation's consumer electronics industry, harnessing the creative impulses of thousands of scientists, engineers, and technicians to systematize the invention of new technologies. View full abstract»

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  • Good-enough computing

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    That's just one of the many ways of saying that perfectionism is not always a virtue. Yet computers today are relentless perfectionists, because even rare flaws in their output can be expensive, if not disastrous. View full abstract»

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  • More viewing, less attention [Data flow]

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