Volume 17 Issue 8 • Aug. 1980

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  • Calendar

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  • EEs' tools & toys

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  • News from Washington

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  • Energy report

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  • Scanning the Institute

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  • Coming in Spectrum

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  • What ever happened to ... ?

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  • Spectral lines: Engineering education under fire

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s): 19
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    Inflation and low industrial productivity have caused a sharpening of the perennial criticisms to which the engineering educational process is subjected. In the U.S., for example, the prevailing issues are (1) poor equipment, (2) low graduate enrollments, (3) disproportionate enrollment of non-nationals, particularly at the graduate level, (4) low academic salaries, and (5) a need for enhanced coo... View full abstract»

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  • Power/energy: Managing switching arcs: Plasma physics research tells us how to dynamically control arcs in high-power circuit breakers

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    High voltage gas blast circuit breakers which normally have several chambers that include compressed gas and fixed and movable parts. Because each chamber can withstand only a limited voltage and current, several chambers are needed. The author considers the mechanism of arcing in HV gas blast circuit breakers and ways of controlling the arc to avoid damage to the circuit breaker contacts by means... View full abstract»

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  • Sharper `eyes' for star gazers [a new submillimeter-wavelength radio receiver]

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    The radio astronomy receiver built at the European Space Research and Technology Center allows astronomers to study intergalactic molecules that emit radio signals of submillimeter wavelength. The receiver is basically a heterodyne frequency analyzer for detecting weak microwave signals of about 10<sup>-20</sup> W at 200 GHz to 400 GHz. Incoming signals are mixed with the signal from a... View full abstract»

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  • Power/energy: Cogeneration: An energy saver: This old and proven practice is even more attractive as the costs of primary fuels soar

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):30 - 34
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    Considers the use of cogeneration in industry pointing out the systems that could be used, the economic advantages as well as the aid being given to organisation introducing cogeneration. View full abstract»

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  • Patents: Firmware patents can be firm: Firmware-based inventions may be patentable, but there are traps for the unwary

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    More important than the much-argued issue of the patentability of software-based inventions is the patentability of firmware or microprocessor-based inventions. Most software cannot be protected by patent because it lacks the basic requirement of a patentable invention, that of not being obvious. A very complicated program - for example, one which converts Russian to English 6368355 will probably ... View full abstract»

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  • Politics of technology: National Professions Foundation: An idea whose time has come?: With U.S. leadership in technology and the professions declining and the very quality of life in jeopardy, an NPF is recommended to remedy the situation

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    A National Engineering Foundation within the Federal government was recently proposed by Bruno Weinschel, president of the Weinschel Engineering Co. in Gaithersburg, Md., to help increase innovation and productivity in the United States (Spectrum, February, pp. 58-60). In this article, Allen B. Rosenstein proposes a different type of Federal agency - a National Professions Foundation. View full abstract»

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  • Meeting preview: Wescon '80: Electronics at Disneyland: Anaheim will be the scene of high technology disclosures

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    “Electronics, the Magic Kingdom” is the theme of Wescon '80, the West Coast's annual convention and exhibition of electronics wizardry. The three-day event, starting Sept. 16, takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, with the magic of Disneyland just across the road. View full abstract»

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  • Awards: IEEE field, service, and prize paper award winners

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  • IEEE tables of contents for current and future publications

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  • Book reviews

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  • Meeting previews

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  • New product applications

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  • Applications literature

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