Volume 24 Issue 11 • Nov. 1987

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c1
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  • [Front inside cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c2
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  • [Advertisements]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • News log

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 3
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):4 - 5
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  • [Advertisements]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):6 - 7
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  • Diminishing dinosaurs [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 8
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 9
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):10 - 13
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  • Software reviews

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):14 - 15
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    Presents information and reviews on the latest computer and engineering technologies and software products. View full abstract»

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  • Technically speaking

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):16 - 24
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  • Whatever happened to geniponics?

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 17
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    Premium, plentiful produce that can be grown virtually anywhere year round was the goal in the 1970s of a team of engineers at General Electric's Syracuse, N.Y., facility. A variation on hydroponics-growing plants in nutrient solution rather than soil-Geniponics survived a 1980 sale to Control Data Corp. but went down in 1984 before rising electricity prices. However, similar systems live on in co... View full abstract»

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  • Spinoffs

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):18 - 19
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    Ordinary lead-acid batteries used in solar-energy systems require frequent replacement and maintenance, which is an impediment to widespread acceptance of stand-alone photovoltaic systems. View full abstract»

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  • Managing technology

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):20 - 22
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    You cannot manage the creative process in research and development, but you can stimulate the environment so that creativity will flourish. View full abstract»

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  • Spectral lines

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 23
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    Technology, like death and taxes, is inevitable. Modern-day Luddites may occasionally delay technology or its application, but inevitably it marches on. As with any kind of knowledge, technical knowledge is sometimes misappropriated, and scientists and engineers usually end up getting the blame. This is wrong. It is society that controls the ultimate uses of technology. Since a new technology at s... View full abstract»

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  • The Shoreham saga

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 24
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    Twenty years of technical, regulatory, political, and economic obstacles to the construction and activation of the Long Island Lighting Company's nuclear plant at Shoreham, New York, are described. The original plans for the Shoreham plant and the decision to upgrade the reactor rating from 540 MW to 820 MW are examined, as are the ensuing community opposition and regulatory problems. The addition... View full abstract»

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  • The first decade: Great expectations

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):25 - 30
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    May 16, 1968, was a slow day for news on Long Island, New York. Residents of the suburbs there might have read in the morning paper that Ronald Reagan, the outspoken Governor of California, had criticized the Federal government for interfering in state programs. Peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam were just beginning in Geneva. In New York, a shaggy-haired John Lennon and Paul ... View full abstract»

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  • Regulation and retrenchment

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):30 - 34
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    The waning months of the 1970s left a nasty legacy for the 1980s. The overheating of the reactor core at the Three Mile Island (TMI) power plant in March 1979 reordered the future for nuclear power at a time when 70 plants were in operation and 92 were under construction in the United States. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, stunned along with the rest of the nation, would take measures to ... View full abstract»

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  • Power politics

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):34 - 37
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    By the early 1980s the Long Island Lighting Co. (Lilco) had almost made it through one of the most difficult and costly construction efforts in the history of the U.S. utility industry. But the Shoreham nuclear power station was fast becoming a public relations debacle for Lilco, and the cost of building the plant had driven the utility's bond rating to its lowest point ever. View full abstract»

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  • Hypermedia: Finally here: Even the primitive products now entering the market under the general name of hypertext are dazzling, and visionaries see lots more to come

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):38 - 39
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    The delivery of information in a nonlinear fashion known as hypertext is discussed. The technological advances that make the approach feasible are identified. Several available hypermedia software products based on CD-ROMs are described. View full abstract»

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  • Making compact disks interactive

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):40 - 46
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    Compact disk interactive (CD-I), a consumer product that could change entertainment, education, and other daily routines, is described. The development of CD-I, which is based on laser optical technology, is reviewed. The requirements that were met by CD-I and its capabilities are examined. View full abstract»

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  • Making it under duress

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):47 - 51
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    Whether millions of weapons were made or just one, manufacturing was the final crucial step in a long process of technological creativtiy and development View full abstract»

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  • A portfolio of wartime components

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):52 - 53
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  • R&D: Organizing for war

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):54 - 61
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    Government-sponsored laboratories created electronic weapons that helped win the war and fostered management techniques that shaped postwar industry View full abstract»

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  • Telecommunications in the coming decades

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):62 - 67
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    The author describes the multimedia services that will evolve from today's public network. The advent of integrated services digital networks, sophisticated switching software, and broadband services is discussed. Field trials in Europe and Japan are described. View full abstract»

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