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Issue 6 • June 2003

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  • This is your brain on IEEE Spectrum

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 9
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  • Microchip [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):40 - 41
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  • The wellstone [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 40
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  • Behind deep blue [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 40
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  • In the blink of an eye [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 41
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  • Apollo EECOM [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 41
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  • The problem with provisionals [patents]

    Publication Year: 2003
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    A patent based on a poorly written provisional application may prove worthless. First allowed in the United States in 1995, provisionals have been touted as convenient vehicles for achieving patent-pending status. With a provisional filed, the invention can be disclosed or sold without fear of losing patent rights so long as a full utility patent application is filed within a year of the provision... View full abstract»

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  • How not to get squeezed [patent battle]

    Publication Year: 2003
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    This article briefly discusses five lessons to be learned from the ongoing patent battle over the BlackBerry wireless e-mail system between RIM and NTP. Unless RIM, based in Waterloo, Ont., Canada, negotiates a settlement with NTP regarding the infringement of five NTP patents, RIM could be barred from operating its network in the United States. View full abstract»

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  • Bioethics & the brain

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):34 - 39
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    Microelectronics and medical imaging are bringing us closer to a world where mind reading is possible and blindness banished - but we may not want to live there. New ways of imaging the human brain and new developments in microelectronics are providing unprecedented capabilities for monitoring the brain in real time and even for controlling brain function. The technologies are novel, but some of t... View full abstract»

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  • Mighty mites [fuel cell power supplies]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):30 - 33
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    In this article, the author examines how the fuel cell's first big market success may be alcohol-fed units small enough to power cellphones, laptops, and PDAs. View full abstract»

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  • Red hot [light emitting diodes]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):26 - 29
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    Light-emitting diodes are ubiquitous in today's high-tech world. But no matter what their application or color, their origin can be traced to the red LED created in 1962 by Nick Holonyak Jr., the winner of this year's IEEE Medal of Honor. The article describes Holonyak's career and the work which produced the first LED, and shows how his influence permeates the industry today. View full abstract»

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  • Broadband a go-go

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):20 - 25
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    In city after city, high-speed wireless access may be the next Internet revolution. The author discusses the use of a Dell laptop outfitted with a prototype card that communicates with a test network set up by broadband wireless start-up MeshNetworks Inc. for exploiting wireless Internet technology. Even at speed-limit speeds, the Mesh network held up, with download data rates of at least 500 kb/s... View full abstract»

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  • The blog of war [Web journalism]

    Publication Year: 2003
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    The paper considers how Webloggers are changing the way news journalism works. It discusses the emergence of war-oriented weblogs-so called warblogs-developed by journalists and by at times obsessive civilians. View full abstract»

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  • The age of high (tech) anxiety

    Publication Year: 2003
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    We live in times that some are calling The Age of Anxiety. A big chunk of our stress portfolios is taken up by modern technologies. As proof, there are many new words that people and professionals are using to describe this modern state of mind. This article briefly describes the new words and phrases and their meanings including:techno-stress, technology-related anxiety, computer rage, informatio... View full abstract»

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  • HDTV - ready for the long drive?

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):13 - 15
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    HDTV seems poised at last to penetrate the US mass market. Its advent has been predicted so many times in the past, often with breathless enthusiasm, that any claims made for it now are bound to meet with healthy skepticism. It has so far failed to meet every milestone set for its introduction, and the 2006 deadline for a complete switchover to HDTV threatens to be no exception. However, a large n... View full abstract»

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  • Collaboration nation [group software]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):49 - 51
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    As group software assumes a major role in the workplace, will engineers stop talking to each other? Communication is the essence of collaboration, and increasingly communication about semiconductor design is happening over the Internet not only through e-mail and threaded discussion boards, but also through specially designed Web collaboration software that lets engineers work on parts of the same... View full abstract»

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  • Linux's challenge to Unix

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):15 - 16
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    Open-source software, widely seen as threatening to the most popular proprietary systems, may not be so threatening after all. The server market appears to be locked in a three-way battle of operating systems, with Microsoft Windows, proprietary Unix variants, and fast-growing Linux fighting it out. For Linux, most of that growth has come not from cutting into Microsoft territory, but from canniba... View full abstract»

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  • Sorry, wrong number - How to separate fact from fiction in the information age

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):11 - 12
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    Don't take figures for facts just because you see them in print. The author cites common misconceptions about the growth of Internet data and energy use associated with information technologies. He concludes that the misleading statistics mentioned here are just a few of many. Your best defense against being fooled by them is to think for yourself and do your homework. Never make important decisio... View full abstract»

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  • Soyuz mishap sounds alarms

    Publication Year: 2003
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    An unsettling event during a Soyuz spacecraft's descent from the International Space Station (ISS) on 3 May was an unwelcome reminder of the outpost's complete dependence on the Russian vehicle for trips back and forth to Earth-until the US shuttle fleet is back in action. It also was a reminder that reliable software can be almost as critical as reliable hardware in space, especially when working... View full abstract»

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  • Counting on a cool Tokyo summer

    Publication Year: 2003
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    Tokyo faces a danger more commonly associated with Third World countries: summertime electricity blackouts. The situation is so precarious that the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. (Tepco) has launched a high-profile ad campaign exhorting its customers to conserve energy. Japan's leading utility is urging its customers to conserve. Tokyo's power crisis originated in a big safety and oversight scandal... View full abstract»

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  • Information was key to efficient US-Anglo victory in Iraq

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):18 - 19
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    Remote sensing, communications, and command gave the coalition forces a commanding advantage in the war in Iraq. Satellites were the most effective tool. The United States owns the ultimate in military high ground. Nearly 100 orbiting platforms provided secure communication links, navigational information, and detailed ground and atmospheric observation. Commanders on the ground received real-time... View full abstract»

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