Volume 54 Issue 11 • November 2017

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • Beyong the Dream [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Need to build a better hospital? Use chip design [Spectral Lines]

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  • 4 tough chemistry problems that quantum computers will solve [News]

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  • FDA approves a prescription-only app for addiction [News]

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  • Super-accurate GPS coming to smartphones in 2018 [News]

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  • Off-grid electricity projects are starved for funds [News]

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  • Wired for speed [Big picture]

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  • Hot, mobile, and under control [Resources]

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  • Albert Einstein - refrigerator technician? [Resources_History]

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  • The dead TVs of NYC [Resources_Geek life]

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  • India as No. 1?

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  • The lure of decentralization

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  • The fight to fix it

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    THE CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION estimated that residents of the United States bought 183 million smartphones in 2016. There are already as many TVs in this country as there are people. That's a lot of electronics, and these numbers are just going up. On balance, all this technology is probably making our lives better. But there's a downside, too: The stuff often malfunctions. Unlike the 30-yea... View full abstract»

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  • Patching the internet of things

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    ON 21 OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR, a variety of major websites—including those of Twitter, PayPal, Spotify, Netflix, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal—stopped working. The cause was a distributed denial-of-service attack, not on these websites themselves but on the provider they and many others used to support the Domain Name System, or DNS, which translates the name of the site into its nu... View full abstract»

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  • Is this the ultimate grid battery?

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    Inside, it's brightly lit and filled with humming machinery, a mammoth futuristic manufactory. Robot arms grab components from bins and place each part with precision, while conveyor belts move the assembled pieces smoothly down production lines. Finished products enter testing stations for quality checks before being packed for shipping. It has been called a gigafactory, and it does indeed produc... View full abstract»

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  • The improbable origins of Powerpoint

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    Walking into the hall to deliver the speech was a "daunting experience," the speaker later recalled, but "we had projectors and all sorts of technology to help us make the case." The technology in question was PowerPoint, the presentation software produced by Microsoft. The speaker was Colin Powell, then the U.S. Secretary of State. View full abstract»

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  • Past forward: world's most famous teapot [Past forward]

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