Volume 46 Issue 6 • June 2009

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  • IEEE Spectrum

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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • Back story

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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 6
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  • Forum

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  • Taiwan's Troubled DRAM Plan

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):11 - 12
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    The Taiwanese government is struggling to revive the nation's dynamic-RAM (DRAM) industry, which has been bleeding losses quarter after quarter due to both slumping prices and substantial overcapacity. The industry desperately needs to acquire new technology from foreign partners to upgrade its products. View full abstract»

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  • Sun's Rock CPU Could Be a Gem for Oracle

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):12 - 13
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    It's clear that the main attractions for Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle Corp. in its proposed US $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems are Sun's software assets-Java and the Solaris operating system. But a bit of hardware might turn out to be a hidden gem in the deal. Some industry insiders say that the database giant has an opportunity to get ahead of competitors by pioneering the tec... View full abstract»

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  • Ink display

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 13
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  • Advance in Nanopore Gene Sequencing

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 14
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    Your DNA sequence could be the ultimate addition to your medical records, revealing disease risks and offering the possibility of tailored treatments. But first, researchers need to make the sequencing of your entire genome affordable. View full abstract»

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  • Talking Plants

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 16
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  • Two-Laser Lithography Shrinks Transistors on the Cheap

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    Engineers are near the outer limits of what can be done with optical lithography, the process by which light shone through a patterned mask defines the fine structures of microprocessors and memory chips. Now three teams of optics experts have independently hit upon what could turn out to be a way to extend optical lithography's use-and, what's even more critical, to do it cheaply. View full abstract»

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  • A New Approach to Predicting Epileptic Seizures

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 18
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    In July 2006, after suffering from epilepsy for more than 30 years, 41-year-old Sonya Hearn arrived at an unusually comfortable corner room on the eighth floor of Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City. During her 20-day stay there, she had several epileptic seizures while doctors recorded the electrical activity of her brain through electrodes leading out of an 8-centimeter hole in ... View full abstract»

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  • My 10 Favorite Mars Novels

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • Automate Your Home Shop

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):22 - 23
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    Computer-controlled shop tools need not cost a fortune. View full abstract»

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  • Getting Getting-It-Done Done

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 24
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    Need to get things done? You're not alone-there's now an entire category of productivity software, called GTD, that lies somewhere between the to-do list and project management. One GTD addict is comedian and former "Daily Show" correspondent Rob Corddry. View full abstract»

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  • Experts Expect Résumé Fraud to Rise

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    In an economic downturn, the temptation to pad CVs is strong. View full abstract»

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  • Suffix It to Say

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    Examines the technology-related neologisms that have evolved as certain suffixes have become very popular. View full abstract»

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  • Why Mars? Why Now?

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):26 - 29
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    Are we going to go to Mars or not ? Now would be a good time to decide. Are you listening, President Obama? Yes, the president has lots of things on his mind. But that's true of any president, anytime. And the fact is, the U.S. government is already spending billions of dollars a year on a space program that has a trip to Mars as its ultimate but inadequately funded and too-far-off-to-get-excited-... View full abstract»

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  • Mars Is Hard

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):30 - 39
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    Fifty years ago, space experts thought we'd be there by now. But we're not. The paper explains the different physical, technical, and economic demands of a Martian mission. View full abstract»

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  • What to Wear on Mars

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    There are lots of unanswered questions about the best way to get people to Mars. What engines should power their ship? How will the crew prevent bone and muscle loss in the weightless void? How can they land safely on the planet's surface? View full abstract»

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  • A Russian Return to a Martian Moon

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    Tiny, potato-shaped Phobos doesn't look like a place worth visiting. But the Soviet Union tried twice, with limited success, to reach this Martian moon, the larger of two circling Earth's near neighbor. Now the Russians are working flat out on a third assault, in the form of a sample- return probe called Phobos-Grunt (grunt is the Russian word for "soil"). At press time, technical problems seemed ... View full abstract»

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  • The Kind Of People Who Will Go To Mars

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 38
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    Living in space requires near perfect planning. The International Space Station is an ideal place to practice and iron out the technologies. We can try new things and launch new equipment, and compared to Mars, the station is very close. Once we set off for Mars, we need to have the technologies and human factors well worked out, because there will be no reasonable return, support, or resupply. View full abstract»

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  • What to Pack for Mars

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 39
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    You can't take much into space. When a rocket is on the launchpad, 99.9 percent of the mass is the fuel and the vehicle itself. That leaves 0.1 percent for everything else-the crew and all their supplies. When considering what to bring, how do we trade off between consumables (needed for survival), spare parts (for safety), and research equipment (which gives the mission value)? View full abstract»

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  • Risky Business

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):40 - 41
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    This article presents an autobiographical account of the foundation of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX). The first few launch attempts of the Falcon rockets are also presented. SpaceX aims to develop cheap, reusable launch vehicles and to help fulfill the quest to land a human on Mars. View full abstract»

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  • Rockets for the Red Planet

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):42 - 47
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    The paper describes VASIMR (variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket), nuclear-electric rocket engine - a fission reactor with a plasma thruster that could potentially push people to Mars and back using a fraction of the propellant and time needed for a chemical rocket. View full abstract»

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