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Volume 49 Issue 2 • February 2012

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • Over the Trench [Back Story]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 4
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 6
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  • Spain declares war on online pirates [Spectral Lines]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 8
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  • A tale of two Neptunes

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):11 - 12
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  • GPS-interference controversy comes to a boil

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):13 - 14
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  • Self-assembly takes shape

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • Nanostructures catch the light

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):18 - 19
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  • IR eye [Hands On]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • A soft touch [Tools & Toys]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):22 - 23
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  • MathStudio

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 23
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  • Passport to engineering [Careers]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 24
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  • Tufte-isms [Technically Speaking]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 25
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  • A perfect storm of planetary proportions

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):26 - 31
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    How a solar superstorm could take down power grids everywhere. - L uminous fingers of intense red, green, and violet light flicker and pulse across the northern and southern skies like a vast cosmic conflagration. Within minutes, millions of people are tweeting, texting, and blogging about the wondrous sight. But then the sky turns a deep blood red, and fascination turns to panic. Linked to the ce... View full abstract»

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  • The ultimate switch

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):32 - 59
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    From the outside, transistors seem so simple and straightforward. But inside, they're actually a mess. If you could watch them working at the level of atoms, you'd see the electronic equivalent of a game of bumper cars. Electrons moving through even the best transistor channel can't go in straight lines. Instead they're buffeted continually by a host of imperfections and vibrations, which together... View full abstract»

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  • Bringing bombs to light

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):38 - 43
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    With a mighty zap, a laser can detect fumes from hidden explosives. - Today we rely on dogs to sniff out hidden explosives. The problem is, you can't debrief a dog, so you can't identify the kind of explosive or even be sure that the animal is smelling explosives rather than packaging material. And who wants to risk the lives of dogs and their handlers? If you had an instrument that could safely i... View full abstract»

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  • Dream Jobs - 2012 [Special Report]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):44 - 57
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    Engineers design things and solve problems. No surprise there—that's the textbook definition of an engineer. But there's nothing textbook about the careers these 10 engineers have forged for themselves. They're educators, explorers, and entertainers, as well as builders and problem solvers. Nicole Richard, for example, is using Lego kits to fire up young minds all over the world with the possibili... View full abstract»

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  • Engineers: What's in a name? [The Data]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 72
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