Volume 41 Issue 9 • Sept. 2004

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 01
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  • IEEE Spectrum - Sept. 2004 - Vol 41, No 9 - Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):3 - 5
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 7
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 8
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  • Spectral Lines: Engineering and aging: The best is yet to be

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 10
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  • Amped up and ready to go [broadband over power lines]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • Silicon Valley: sizzle or fizzle? [employment situation]

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  • Teleporting what matters [quantum computing]

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  • Seven seas sop up CO/sub 2/ [CO/sub 2/ in the oceans]

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  • Cold fusion back from the dead

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  • PHOTO ESSAY: Rock and Rile

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):28 - 29
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  • Why we fall apart: engineering's reliability theory explains human aging

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):31 - 35
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    The quest to understand and control aging has led two biologists to draw inspiration from what might seem an unlikely source: reliability engineering. The engineering approach to understanding aging is based on ideas, methods, and models borrowed from reliability theory. The theory is so general in scope that it can be applied to understanding aging in living organisms as well. In the ways that we... View full abstract»

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  • Daintiest dynamos [nuclear microbatteries]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):36 - 41
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    Research groups at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin have been working on a way to harvest the energy released naturally by tiny bits of radioactive material, specifically, the energy that comes from high-energy particles spontaneously emitted by radioactive elements. Their research involves developing devices, called nuclear microbatteries, made from thin radioactive films that p... View full abstract»

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  • Music everywhere

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):42 - 47
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    There are a number of compression algorithms available today for compressing music files by 90 per cent or more so that the data can be more economically transmitted over a network such as the Internet and stored on a computer or music player. For the algorithms, the basic tradeoff is between sound quality and how much they can compress the music files. However, there are other important considera... View full abstract»

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  • Crashproof codes [flight software]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):48 - 53
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    Boeing Co. and NASA have joined forces for the Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) Project to test the way a modified F/A-18 strike fighter uses its wings. The AAW was designed to be flexible enough to be twisted on demand in flight and it could herald nothing less than a revolution in aviation. The twisting can be used to control the plane's roll, reducing and ultimately eliminating the need for ailero... View full abstract»

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  • Not your father's MBA [technology management degree programs]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):55 - 60
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  • Europe struggles over software patents

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):61 - 63
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  • Here be dragons - rule 1 in managing a technology start-up: beware the easy money

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):64 - 65
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  • Tools & Toys: When Less is More

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):65 - 66
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  • Engineering expressiveness [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 80
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