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IEEE Spectrum

Volume 37 Issue 7 • July 2000

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  • Electrical injuries. engineering, medical, and legal aspects [Books]

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s): 12
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  • Are power lines unsafe?

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):21 - 23
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  • The virtual surgeon [virtual reality trainer]

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):26 - 31
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    Rapid improvements in computing power have opened the way for desktop virtual reality trainers that incorporate realistic graphics and, in some cases, the sense of touch. Affordable commercial simulators, for instance, are now available for practising such tasks as threading flexible endoscopes down a virtual patient's throat or manipulating the long surgical instruments used in laparoscopy. Compa... View full abstract»

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  • Saving Mir with a rope trick

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):32 - 37
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    Using a fabled "skyhook" of engineering folklore (known as firefly), Russia's ailing Mir space station may soon lift itself by its own bootstraps into a higher, more stable orbit. That feat, though, is raising fears at NASA that the development of its supposed replacement, the International Space Station (ISS) will be upset. At present, Mir is orbiting without a crew. The last two cosmonauts to vi... View full abstract»

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  • The tether solution [space propulsion, electrodynamic tether]

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):38 - 43
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    Current-carrying wire tethers are promising a cheap and reliable means and propelling spacecraft. The electrodynamic tether is a current-carrying wire that harnesses the force exerted by Earth's magnetic field. The propellant-free device could one day have several uses: to transfer working satellites to new orbits; remove defunct satellites from orbit; keep the International Space Station aloft, a... View full abstract»

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  • Microprocessors: the off-beat generation

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):44 - 49
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    Three innovative processors across the full range of performance are targeted toward applications in powerful supercomputing, multimedia broadband communications and programmable logic. View full abstract»

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  • Made-to-order power

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):50 - 55
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    The author describes how, when circuit and device designers jointly tailor power electronics systems to a specific application, performance and reliability can benefit at little or no cost. View full abstract»

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  • The multifaceted Richard W. Sonnenfeldt

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):56 - 61
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  • Analyze jitter to improve high-speed design

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):62 - 67
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    The authors describe how, in order to overcome timing jitter-the nemesis of high-speed design engineers-its source must be known. They detail how, to divine its source, thousands of signal observations must be collected and scrutinized to uncover flaws. View full abstract»

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  • Welcome to the real world

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):70 - 72
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