Volume 52 Issue 11 • 2015

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  • IEEE Spectrum [Front Cover]

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • Planetary Pursuits [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Technological progress and the perpetual learning curve [Spectral Lines]

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s): 8
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  • Bitcoin needs to get its act together [News]

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):9 - 11
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  • Molten salt tower reboots solar thermal power [News]

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  • Rodney Brooks's one-armed gambit

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  • Google versus the trolls

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s): 14
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  • Deep-dish peeper [The Big Picture]

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • Is U.S. drone racing legal? Maaaaybe

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):19 - 20
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  • The ultimate digital picture frame

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • Yeloha

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  • Blastoff! four games for armchair astronauts

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s): 23
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  • American exceptionalism

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  • Understanding openness

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  • The hunt for earth 2 .0

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):28 - 33
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    Earlier this year, astronomers announced the discovery of a planet not much bigger than Earth. Dubbed Kepler- 452b, the planet orbits a star like our own sun. Even more exciting, it orbits its star at just about the same distance that Earth orbits the sun, with a year that lasts just 20 days longer than our own. For the first time, astronomers had found a world that could be called-if not an Earth... View full abstract»

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  • The future of storage

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):34 - 40
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    When it comes to computer storage, the magnetic disk has been top dog for almost half a century. The first commercial disks appeared in 1956, and by the early 1970s their cost and capacity had improved to the point where they began to replace magnetic tape as the primary storage medium for computers. By the end of that decade, tapes had been relegated mostly to a backup role. Since then, disk tech... View full abstract»

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  • A laptop with no secrets

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):40 - 56
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    Will we be forever reliant upon large, opaque organizations to build them for us? Absolutely not, we say. And to prove our point, we built our very own laptop, from the circuit boards on up. Admittedly, we did not delude ourselves that we could build a laptop that would be faster, smaller, or cheaper than those of Apple, Dell, or HP. However, we did set out to build a machine powerful and convenie... View full abstract»

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  • Taming wind power with better forecasts

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):47 - 52
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    Wind energy. It's clean. It's renewable. Its potential is enormous. But to draw energy from the wind and send it to people's homes reliably and efficiently, you have to know when the wind will blow and when it won't. When it stops or changes rapidly, you have to be ready to substitute power from another source. And because such sources aren't always available at a moment's notice, you need this in... View full abstract»

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  • Behind the scenes at NSA

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):58 - 59
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    The National Security Agency (NSA) secures the nation's vital networks and critical information while exploiting those of foreign adversaries. The mission never sleeps. As technology evolves, so do America's cyber vulnerabilities. NSA needs a wide range of talented professionals to help us outthink, outwork and defeat adversaries' new ideas. View full abstract»

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  • A vacuum tube for the ages

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s): 76
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