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Issue 6 • June 2018

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • The farm on the second floor [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • I was a Russian Facebook troll named Martha [Spectral Lines]

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  • Fishing for space junk [News]

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  • Rooftop solar takes hold in IRAQ [News]

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  • Tech giants race to build orbital internet [News]

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  • Re-creating the first flip-flop - A fundamental component of computers turns 100 [Resources_Hands On]

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  • The poet and the machine - Some of the best poets in the world were creating poetry algorithms in the 1960s [Resources_Geek Life]

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  • Quantum-computing startups emerge - Does every tech company need a "quantum person"? [Resources_Startups]

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  • The internet of trash [Internet of Everything]

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    IN 2016, MASAYOSHI SON, the CEO of SoftBank Group Corp., predicted that in the next 20 years there will be a trillion connected devices in the world and orbiting the planet. This spurred his investment in Arm Holdings, the chip-design company, which is profiting from increased demand for battery-sipping chips meant for low-compute jobs. Arm's microcontrollers are now inside rings, watches, and sen... View full abstract»

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  • Blueprints for a miracle [Special Report]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):18 - 19
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    DO YOU BELIEVE that climate change is a vast left-wing conspiracy that does little more than create jobs for scientists while crippling businesses with pointless regulation? Or, quite the contrary, are you convinced that climate change is the biggest crisis confronting the planet, uniquely capable of wreaking havoc on a scale not seen in recorded history? Many of you are probably in one camp or th... View full abstract»

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  • Watts [Blueprints for a Miracle Part I]

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    FEW ACHIEVEMENTS can rival the electrification of modern society. The world now consumes some 25,000 trillion watt-hours of electricity a year, four times as much as in 1973. It's hard to imagine life without the countless conveniences and essential services that all those watts provide. Now, though, the environmental bill is coming due. Despite the recent dramatic rise in wind and solar power, we... View full abstract»

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  • The carbon-eating fuel cell [Blueprints for a Miracle]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):22 - 76
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    AT THE 2.7 - GIGAWAT James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant, in Bucks, Ala., an experiment is under way that could one day usher in a new era of nearly emissionsfree fossil-fuel-powered electricity. This year, technicians and engineers will begin installing a pair of boxy white containers in the shadow of the main power plant. The containers house a novel type of fuel cell, designed not only to ... View full abstract»

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  • This power plant runs on CO2 [Blueprints for a Miracle]

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    A FIRE BREAKS OUT in your office's server suite. You grab an extinguisher, aim its nozzle at the blaze, and hit it with a cloud of carbon dioxide. Out goes the fire. Flames die when doused in CO2. And yet under just the right conditions, CO2 can also sustain combustion. That counterintuitive fact is at the heart of a new power plant being built in the Houston industrial subur... View full abstract»

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  • What will the electricity miracle be? [Blueprints for a Miracle]

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    TABLE TENNIS ISN'T meant to be played at Mach 2. At twice the speed of sound, the ping-pong ball punches a hole straight through the paddle. The engineers at TerraPower, a startup that has designed an advanced nuclear power reactor, use a pressurized-air cannon to demonstrate that very point to visitors. The stunt vividly illustrates a key concept in nuclear fission: Small objects traveling at hig... View full abstract»

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  • Vehicles [Blueprints for a Miracle Part 2]

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    OKAY, SO YOU eat local food, turn the thermostat down, sweat in the summer, and carpool. How very green of you. But your stuff comes from halfway around the world on smoke-belching ships, you drive 2 hours a day, and you fly somewhere every other month. So thanks for nothing! A single roundtrip transcontinental flight spews the greenhouse gas equivalent of 2 or 3 metric tons of carbon dioxide per ... View full abstract»

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  • Turning pollution into fuel [Blueprints for a Miracle]

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    JUST OFF A TWO-LANE highway that winds through the black volcanic rock fields of southwest Iceland sits a nondescript industrial plant. Its multistoried network of pipes and tubes reveal little about what goes on there. Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists pass right by, on their way to visit the strange and beautiful Blue Lagoon, an outdoor spa whose steaming milky blue water flows directl... View full abstract»

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  • The prius of the sky [Blueprints for a Miracle]

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    I AM SITTING IN THE COCKPIT of one of the most extraordinary airplanes in the world. It's a two-seat trainer called the 330LE, made by Extra Aircraft but fitted with an electric motor by Siemens, a huge company not known for aviation. I pull my feet clear of the control pedals just before the pilot turns the thing on. The propeller immediately spins into transparency. And yet it's so quiet that we... View full abstract»

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  • What will the transportation miracle be? [Blueprints for a Miracle]

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    IN 10 YEARS, electric vehicles will become more energy efficient, and more important, they will begin to supplant fuel-burning cars, which will save even more energy. Thomas Bradley, Zachary Asher, and David Trinko of Colorado State University ran some simulations for IEEE Spectrum. They found that if the 2028 EV's batteries offer equal performance for half the weight of those in the 2018 Tesla 3,... View full abstract»

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  • Food [Blueprints for a Miracle Part 3]

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    To appreciate the life-changing nature of modern technology, you need go no further than your supermarket and behold the dazzling bounty on offer. You'll probably find half a dozen varieties of apples, 12 kinds of eggs, and 50 kinds of deli meats and cheeses. A kilogram of ground beef costs less than dry-cleaning a sweater. And it's all made possible by factory farming, a practice whose toll on th... View full abstract»

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  • The green promise of vertical farms [Blueprints for a Miracle]

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    I EMERGE FROM THE TOKYO Monorail station on Showajima, a small island in Tokyo Bay that's nestled between downtown Tokyo and Haneda Airport. Disoriented and dodging cargo trucks exiting a busy overpass, I duck under a bridge and consult the map on my phone, which leads me deeper into a warren of warehouses. I eventually find Espec Mic Corp.'s VegetaFarm, in a dilapidated 1960s office building tuck... View full abstract»

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  • Algae 2.0 [Blueprints for a Miracle]

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    "THOSE ARE THE KINDS of bubbles we want to see," says Rebecca White, pointing to tiny pockets of gas that are barely visible on the surface of an artificial pond in New Mexico. Their small size means the carbon dioxide she and her colleagues have injected into the water has mostly dissolved, instead of just escaping into the air. We're less than a kilometer from the U.S.-Mexican border, surrounded... View full abstract»

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  • Breaking big Ag's fertilizer addiction [Blueprints for a Miracle]

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    BIG AG IS ADDICTED to nitrogen fertilizers. It's a massive problem for the global climate, yet it may yield to a microscopic solution: microbes rewired to "fix" nitrogen from the air and turn it into a natural type of fertilizer that corn, wheat, and other cereal crops can use. Until the Green Revolution changed agriculture in the mid-20th century, farmers fed cereal crops either by spreading nitr... View full abstract»

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