Volume 42 Issue 10 • Oct. 2005

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 01
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  • Table of contents

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  • The Back Story: On the Road Again

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 7
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 8
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  • Spectral Lines: Laissez les Bons Ingenieurs Rouler

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 10
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  • Sins of transmission? Vatican radio's high-power antennas stand accused of causing cancer

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):12 - 15
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    Residents of Cesano and neighboring communities are concerned that the strong radio-frequency fields generated by Vatican Radio's high-power antennas may pose a health threat. To address this concern, the regional government commissioned an epidemiological study of leukemia incidence in the area around the disputed antennas. Results indicate that the incidence of childhood leukemia from 1987 to 19... View full abstract»

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  • United States establishes "level playing field" in broadband - or does it?

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper discusses the impact of a recent US FCC decision to eliminate the Brand X ruling that required regional Bell operating companies to make their still-developing broadband networks available to rivals at discounted prices. By doing so, the agency hopes to level the playing field between telephone companies and cable companies. This, in turn, will protect consumers from dramatic price incr... View full abstract»

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  • Juice from solar concentrate [photovoltaic collector]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):15 - 16
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    Conventional photovoltaic (PV) panels made from silicon to provide electricity to office buildings and homes are still too expensive. Unless they are heavily subsidized, it rarely makes sense to install them where electricity is available from the grid. This paper discusses a new type of photovoltaic collector developed by New York state's interdisciplinary team. The key element in their design is... View full abstract»

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  • Electricity over glass [fiber optic to transfer electric power]

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    Photonic Power Systems Inc. has developed a system that uses a laser to inject power in the form of light into a fiber-optic cable and photovoltaic (PV) array to convert the light back into electricity for powering devices. This paper discusses the use of optical fiber instead of copper wire in power delivery. This method of power transfer is highly advantageous in situations where sparks or short... View full abstract»

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  • Fiber to the brain [brain surgery]

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    This paper describes a promising new procedure developed by researchers from the New York University Medical Center, the Massachussets Institute of Technology, and the University of Tokyo to perform brain surgery via nanotechnology. The procedure involves attaching electrodes to small clusters of brain cells using the cardiovascular system as the conduit through which wires are threaded. This proc... View full abstract»

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  • Photo Essay: The Weight of the World

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):24 - 25
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  • The dawn of digital TV

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):26 - 31
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    The end of analog TV is at hand. Governments are setting firm dates and planning for the new broadcast TV. Although analog TV is being shutdown, it is observed that changing to digital TV costs much higher mainly because of its convenience in connectivity, crisp quality images and digital sounds. In the end, though, consumers are winners, with new and improved services available. They have access ... View full abstract»

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  • Countdown to the end [digital TV]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):30 - 31
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    This paper discusses the different factors that contribute to the limited success of terrestrial digital television not just in the US but around the world. Although the US launched terrestrial digital broadcasts early in 1998, less than five percent of its 103 million households were equipped to receive them at the end of 2004. Fortunately, the technology is fast gaining momentum thanks in large ... View full abstract»

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  • Taking the Internet to the people

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):32 - 35
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    This paper describes how ethnographers from Intel Corp. circled the globe from 2001 to 2005 to determine how computers are being used by typical people in different cultures. The team investigated communities in more than 10 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North Africa, visiting more than 100 homes and businesses. They observed that at the Internet outposts they visited, even the com... View full abstract»

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  • The silicon solution [silicon photonics]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):38 - 43
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    As newer, faster microprocessors roll out, the copper connections that feed those processors within computers and servers will prove inadequate to handle huge amounts of data. To address this concern, this paper proposes the replacement of the copper with optical fiber and the electrons with photons. Called silicon photonics, this technology will allow manufacturers to build optical components usi... View full abstract»

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  • Ligth from silicon [LED]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):44 - 49
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    This paper discusses the current efforts to develop an electrically powered silicon laser for the fabrication of light emitting diodes (LED). Researchers have been pushing two strategies in their quest to get light out of silicon. One scheme is based on a curious effect called quantum confinement, which reduces silicon's momentum problem and increases the probability that injected electrons will p... View full abstract»

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  • The rise of the body bots [robotic exoskeletons]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):50 - 56
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    This paper discusses the current status of the research and development on robotic exoskeletons for both commercial and military applications in Japan and the US. Designed to help elderly and disabled people walk, climb stairs, and carry things around, the Japanese exoskeleton, called HAL-5, is set to hit the market in November 2005. Meanwhile, in the US, the most advanced exoskeleton projects are... View full abstract»

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  • Resources - a league of extraordinary women [engineering profession]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):59 - 61
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    This paper describes a new program in the US that is designed to attract young women to engineering. Dubbed the Extraordinary Women Engineers Project, the program is driven by a nationwide coalition of professional engineering societies as well as universities and technology companies. The program aims to make the general public, especially girls, aware of the importance of engineering in everyday... View full abstract»

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  • The VoIP backlash

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):61 - 63
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    A seven-year-old Mountain View, Calif., company, Narus Inc., has devised a way for telephone companies to detect data packets belonging to VoIP applications and block the calls. Narus's software can secure, analyze, monitor, and mediate any traffic in an IP networks. It can also diagnose, and react to, denial-of-service attacks and dangerous viruses and worms as they wiggle through a network. View full abstract»

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  • Tools & Toys: I, Roboticist

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):63 - 65
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  • Progress: Tubular Transistors

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 65
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  • Progress: An Algorithm You Can Dig

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 66
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  • Progress: Zooming in on Networks

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 66
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  • Technically Speaking: Call Me, Ishmael

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 92
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