Volume 53 Issue 12 • December 2016

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  • IEEE Spectrum [Front Cover]

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  • Table of contents

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  • Back Story

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  • Contributors

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  • Ending energy poverty, one solar grid at a time [Spectral lines]

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  • The robot revolution comes to synthetic biology [News]

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  • A blockchain currency that beat s bitcoin on privacy [News]

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  • A Robot That Smokes

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  • Why Southern China broke up its power grid [News]

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  • Grab the brass ring [The big picture]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • Our annual roundup for every budget [Resources]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):19 - 22
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  • 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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  • China as the new no. 1? not quite

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  • Cloud computing is raining metaphors

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  • A new kind of wireless mouse

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):26 - 32
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    Scientists typically control the behavior of a lab mouse by enticing it with food or repelling it with puffs of air. When I gathered with my colleagues in a Stanford University lab, however, we had a more direct way: We took command of its brain with a shining light. Implanted in that mouse's brain was a device about the size of a peppercorn. When we used our wireless power system to switch it on,... View full abstract»

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  • Lights for the enlightened

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    At the Lingshed Gompa, a Buddhist monastery high in the Indian Himalayas, the prayer hall is dark. Of course it’s dark: The sun set 2 hours ago. On any other night, an apprentice monk would have hurried to light kerosene lamps and candles, virtually the only source of artificial illumination in this remote spot. Tonight, though, the lamps and candles remain unlit, and in the hushed murk of the pra... View full abstract»

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  • Switching channels

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):40 - 45
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    Germanium was an early transistor material. Now its charge-carrying abilities and advanced fabrication technology make it an attractive material for future chips. As a proof of concept, the author and his team used germanium-on-insulator wafers to construct inverters containing first planar transistors [bottom left] and then FinFETs [top left]. The two transistors in the latter inverter contain fi... View full abstract»

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  • Wave hello to the next interface

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):46 - 51
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    Today, we control our electronic world by touch-we tap, we swipe, we pinch and zoom. The touch interface went from being a novelty back in 2007, when Apple first brought it to the iPhone, to a ubiquitous feature in less than a decade. It is so commonplace that toddlers declare nontouch displays broken when the screen doesn't respond to their fingers. But touch isn't the end of the story. You can't... View full abstract»

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  • Before virtual reality was cool

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): 68
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