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Issue 7 • July 2006

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  • Sci-tech: the movie - fifteen films that try to cross-pollinate art and science

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):57 - 58
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    The Sloan Foundation and the Museum of the Moving Image have teamed up to showcase the work of several moviemakers who have intelligently incorporated science and technology into their productions. With the goal of reaching a far wider audience, they maintain a Web site that focuses on science in film. Called Sloan Cinematheque, it is intended for users who have broadband Internet connections, hos... View full abstract»

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  • A touch of money [biometric authentication systems]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):22 - 27
    Cited by:  Papers (14)  |  Patents (1)
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    This paper suggests the use of a new authentication system for credit cards based on biometric sensors that could dramatically curtail identity theft. The proposed system uses fingerprint sensors, though other biometric technologies, either alone or in combination, could be incorporated. It could be economical, protect privacy, and guarantee the validity of all kinds of credit card transactions, i... View full abstract»

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  • Wu-Fi nodes to talk amongst themselves [mesh technology standard that lowers cost of wireless networks]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):55 - 56
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    Addressing the need for a new standard for mesh technologies, the IEEE recently approved the new mesh capability known formally as 802.11s. Once products conform to 802.11s, mesh networks can be built up using equipment from any of the Wi-Fi and wireless equipment makers, lowering costs and improving reliability. For the meantime, manufacturers will have to find ways to test their equipment for co... View full abstract»

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  • Traveling light - micro fuel cells could give soldiers less weight to carry

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):20 - 21
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    Millennium Cell Inc. is working with Protonex Technology Corp. to develop micro fuel cells for the US military. The micro fuel cells would weigh half as much as the current batteries used by the military but can be recharged. Micro fuel cells run on hydrogen and the hydrogen sources being considered for them, chemical hydrides and methanol, have at least 30 times as much energy density as non-rech... View full abstract»

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  • Tools & Toys: Tech TV

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):54 - 55
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  • Microsoft and Google vie for virtual world domination

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):16 - 18
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    Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. have both recently made acquisitions that would help them in their quest to dominate what is called in the jargon of the trade "local search" - electronic versions of the kind of information found in local telephone directories. Microsoft's Virtual Earth and Google's Google Earth already give computer users the ability to enter the name of a city or a street address... View full abstract»

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  • Stalked by satellite - an alarming rise in GPS-enabled harassment

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):15 - 16
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    This paper reports on the growing number of incidents when GPS devices have been used to track and torment former loved ones. Originally developed by the US Department of Defense, GPS technology has been widely adapted for civilian uses. While there are laws against stalking or harassment in many US states, few specifically address GPS tracking, mobile phones, Internet spyware, and other recent de... View full abstract»

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  • Ring of steel II - New York City gets set to replicate London's high-security zone

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):12 - 13
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    Using London's ring of steel as a model, New York City has announced its plan to install more than 500 cameras around the city and pushing for its own sophisticated security system to protect lower Manhattan. Originally designed to monitor traffic entering the city and stop suspicious vehicles, the ring of steel has become a major deterrent for certain types of crime, especially with advances in p... View full abstract»

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  • The Back Story: Catching a Really Big Wave

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 7
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  • Old world, new grid [grid computing]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):28 - 33
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    The European Union has launched the EGEE (enabling grids for e-science) initiative which aims to build a massive global grid infrastructure that serves as a tool capable of solving a great variety of problems in science, engineering and industry. The EGEE grid combines the processing power of more than 20,000 CPUs, a storage capacity of about 5 million GB and a global network connecting some 200 s... View full abstract»

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  • Who pays for E-waste? [electronic waste recycling]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):14 - 15
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    The state of Washington has enacted a bill that would require manufacturers to pay for the costs of recycling old electronics equipment. The bill covers the collection, transportation, and recycling of computers, monitors, and TVs from consumers, small businesses, schools, small government entities, and charities. While environmentalists and consumer advocates are happy with the bill's enactment, ... View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 8
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  • Metcalfe's law is wrong - communications networks increase in value as they add members-but by how much?

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):34 - 39
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    This paper argues that Metcalfe's law, which states that the value of a communications network is proportional to the square of the number of its users, is incorrect. By seeming to assure that the value of a network would increase quadratically - proportionately to the square of the number of its participants - while costs would, at most, grow linearly, Metcalfe's law gave an air of credibility to... View full abstract»

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  • Spectral Lines: Robots Can Ape Us, But Will They Ever Get Real?

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 10
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  • Waiting for gravity [gravitational wave detection]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):40 - 46
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    Astronomers believe that if we could detect gravitational waves in space, they would illuminate much about the universe that is now obscured. Detecting gravitational waves would also give physicists a definitive new test of gravitational relativity. For this purpose, two of the world's largest gravitational wave detectors began their first full-scale run of observations. They are the twin L-shaped... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum - July 2006

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 01
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  • Table of contents - Vol 43, No 7

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):2 - 5
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  • Heart of a new machine [robot that can express different moods]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):48 - 51
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    Graduate students at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center has designed a robot that features five different "moods." Called Quasi, the 76-centimeter tall robot is a captivating character that goes beyond the standard animatronic amusement park figures. Quasi can express happiness, sadness, anger, confusion, and embarassment. These moods are conveyed most obviously by the color of its ... View full abstract»

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  • Resources: EE salaries up all over [Careers]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):52 - 54
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  • Famous people [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 68
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