Volume 45 Issue 8 • Aug. 2008

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  • [Front cover - IEEE Spectrum]

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  • Table of contents

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  • Back story: Something new under the sun

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  • Contributors

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  • Spectral lines: Airlines: got fuel?

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  • Forum

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  • Update: A computer for the clouds

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  • Update: A better camera pill

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  • Update: WiFi takes on Bluetooth

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  • Update: Wiring diagram

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  • Update: Earth-size radio telescope opens its eye

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  • Update: Face of evil

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  • Update: A Connecticut fuel cell in South Korea's grid

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  • Update: Transistors in space

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  • The big picture: spray of light

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  • Technically speaking: The cloud is the computer

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  • Careers: U.S. engineering salaries rise sharply

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  • Mini-profile: Joseph Gatt: motion-capture actor

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  • Careers: Qatar University opens EE doors to women

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  • Invention: the poor man's patent

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  • Hands-on: hacking the OLPC

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  • Books: patently oblivious [review of Patent Savvy for Managers: Spot & Protect Valuable Innovations in Your Company (Teska, K.; 2007)]

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  • First Solar: quest for the $1 Watt

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    If you just want to power a billion-dollar space probe, almost any price per watt is acceptable. In some parts of the world, competing with grid electricity itself may be an easy game during peak consumption hours. But if you want the off-peak market, you'll have to price your cells at about US $1 per watt. That price is called grid parity, and it's the holy grail of the photovoltaic industry. At ... View full abstract»

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  • Battery Czar

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  • RAM for free

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    Data compression is standard fare in other parts of the computer business, of course. Speed and power are indeed often critical for embedded computers, as is consistency of response time. So it's no wonder that their designers have shied away from data compression and just added RAM as needed. But it occurred to us that if you could use data-compression software to control the way embedded systems... View full abstract»

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