Volume 44 Issue 5 • May 2007

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  • [Front cover - IEEE Spectrum - May 2007]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents - Vol 44 No 5

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • The Back Story: African at Heart

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 5
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 6
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  • Spectral Lines: Computer Science, A Woman's Work

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 8
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  • Wiretapping Woes

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):10 - 12
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  • Tulane Engineering Is Latest Katrina Victim

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 11
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  • CERN's Discerning Detectors

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):12 - 14
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  • There Will Be Cooking on Mars

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 16
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  • The Big Picture: Step Away from the Vehicle!

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):18 - 19
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  • Climate control

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):20 - 25
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    Overwhelming scientific evidence indicates that the Earth has warmed noticeably over the past century and a half. Eleven of the last 12 years were among the warmest since global records began in 1850. The global average temperature is up almost 1degC since that time. Sea level is rising by about 1 centimeter every three years, in part because the oceans absorb much of the increased heat and expand... View full abstract»

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  • The Technology of Text

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):26 - 31
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    Computer screens have a big problem in terms of resolution, even LCD screens on most laptops and desktop computers have a resolution of only about 100 pixels per inch. It is observed that a printed page has much better quality. This paper discusses how to achieve a much better resolution on a computer screen to improve one's reading experience. View full abstract»

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  • Thirst For Power

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):32 - 37
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    The plans on building more large dams on different points of Africa is still on hold because it is obviously too expensive and has to many concerns with its government. Large dams carry great risks especially in drought prone areas, and require capable management by the government. However, microhydro systems cost much lesser, reaches places far outside the national grid and gives local communitie... View full abstract»

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  • Fly like a Bird

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):38 - 43
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    This paper discusses the development of a new aircraft based on a bird's flying principle. As currently envisioned, the ultra-slim vehicle would be unmanned, solar-powered, and made of strong, lightweight materials. Rather than a metal framework covered by riveted plates and hydraulically actuated parts, the plane's body and wings would consist of a plastic-like material called an ionic polymer-me... View full abstract»

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  • Thomas Kailath

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):44 - 47
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    This paper shows why Thomas Kailath received the medal of honor which is IEEE's highest commendation. It is said that his algorithms re-engineered digital communications and semiconductor processing. He has worked for four decades on algorithms that detect signals distorted by bouncing off objects in the environment, separate wireless signals by determining their direction using antenna arrays, an... View full abstract»

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  • Careers: A Recipe For Development

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):49 - 54
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  • Books: Tales of Nakamura [review of Brilliant! Shuji Nakamura and the Revolution in Lighting Technology (Johnstone, B.; 2007)]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):56 - 58
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  • Who are you? [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 68
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