IEEE Spectrum

Issue 11 • Nov. 2018

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  • [Front cover]

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  • Contents

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  • No fish in space - [Back Story]

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  • Sexual harassment is a threat to engineering: A national academies report finds that it's not just individuals who suffer when gender-based abuse goes unaddressed - [Spectral Lines]

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  • Contributors

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  • Hospitals fight sepsis with AI: By predicting cases, sepsis watch could save lives - [News]

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  • Europe's new X-ray laser delivers results: Scientists used the EuXFEL to reveal the structures of the tiniest proteins - [News]

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  • Sexual harassment prevention: What really works: Some U.S. engineering schools are training people to intervene when they see abuse - [News]

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  • 3 Directions for Moore's Law: The last few months have sent mixed signals about where chips are headed

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  • Cordless lift: The big picture - [News]

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  • Diypro audio: Get great stereo sound with 3E audio's board - [Resources]

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  • Foldscope: A paper microscope you can attach to your smartphone - [Resources_Tools and Toys]

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  • Amazon's robot rush: Brad porter leads the company's charge - [Resources_Q&A]

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  • Building a time machine for radio: Enthusiasts want to archive entire broadcast bands - [Resources_Geek Life]

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  • New eyes for the IoT - [Opinion]

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    THE RISE OF COMPUTER VISION has given us robot chefs and cameras that detect gas flares in fuel production. It's also led to an increase in connected cameras that are trying to run at the edge of the network. · "Running at the edge" means these cameras are not only communicating wirelessly with the cloud but also communicating with local gateways and working with built-in logic boards to complete ... View full abstract»

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  • November 1918: The first world war ends - [Opinion]

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    FEW 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARIES resonate so loudly as November's marking of the end of the world's first truly global armed conflict. The war's unspeakable carnage scarred the memory of a generation, but its most tragic legacy was the resulting Communist rule in Russia (1917), Fascist rule in Italy (1922), and Nazi rule in Germany (1933). Those developments led to the Second World War, which killed eve... View full abstract»

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  • Are engineers "educated"? - [Opinion]

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    EVERY NOW AND THEN, I've wondered how people view a person graduating with an engineering degree. Do they generally think that he or she is truly "educated," or is this instead someone who has undergone vocational training aimed at a specific job? • I was thinking about this recently when I read an article about why a liberal arts education is more important than ever. This led me to read a number... View full abstract»

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  • The rise of comput

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    In the summer of 2017, a group of young political activists in the United Kingdom figured out how to use the popular dating app Tinder to attract new supporters. They understood how Tinder's social networking platform worked, how its users tended to use the app, and how its algorithms distributed content, and so they built a bot to automate flirty exchanges with real people. Over time, those flirt... View full abstract»

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  • How NASA will use robots to create rocket fuel on Mars: The year is 2038

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    After 18 months living and working on the surface of Mars, a crew of six explorers boards a deep-space transport rocket and leaves for Earth. No humans are staying behind, but work goes on without them: Autonomous robots will keep running a mining and chemical-synthesis plant they'd started years before this first crewed mission ever set foot on the planet. The plant produces water, oxygen, and ro... View full abstract»

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  • Solving the antenna paradox: Adding more antennas to your smartphone creates more noise, but 3D manufacturing will fix the problem

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    The problem has bedeviled designers for decades: How do you squeeze more and more antennas into smaller and smaller mobile devices? □ It's tempting to think that the answer is simply to use smaller antennas or to pack them closer together, but there are fundamental constraints on antenna size and placement. Antennas emit energy in the form of electromagnetic waves, and they do so in many direction... View full abstract»

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  • A few key questions can help you distinguish winners from losers

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    BUILDING ELECTRIC CARS and reusable rockets is fairly easy. Building a nuclear fusion reactor, flying cars, self-driving cars, or a Hyperloop system is very hard. What makes the difference? The answer, in a word, is experience. The difference between the possible and the practical can only be discovered by trying things out. Therefore, even though the physics suggests that a thing will work, if it... View full abstract»

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  • The mighty magnetron - [Past Forward_by Allison Marsh]

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