Volume 55 Issue 12 • Dec. 2018

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  • Front cover

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  • Contents

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  • Sifting subcultures - [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Now's the time to think about what comes after 5G: We need to make sure the backbone of every network can support future demands for data - [Spectral Lines]

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  • China shoots for the moon's far side: The biggest challenge is communicating with a rover - [News]

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  • Atomic clocks inspire new qubits: Early research explores a more robust quantum computer - [News]

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  • Scientists reconsider low-energy nuclear reactions: It's absolutely, definitely, seriously not cold fusion - [News]

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  • Auto safety features raise repair costs: Cars with advanced technologies cost thousands more to fix - [News]

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  • Passport pass-thru - [News]

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  • Cognitive Cameras - [Opinion]

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  • For techies of all ages - [Resources]

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  • Ardutouch: An Arduino-compatable synthesizer: Digital signal processing squeezed into an easy-to-build kit - [Resources_Hands on]

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  • December 1888: Dunlop patents inflatable tire - [Opinion]

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    FAMOUS INVENTIONS ARE FEW, and they generally carry the name of a person or institution. Edison's lightbulb and Bell Labs' transistor are perhaps the most notable examples in this very small category, although Edison did not invent the lightbulb (just its more durable version), and Bell Labs merely reinvented the transistor (the solid-state device was patented in 1925 by Julius Edgar Lilienfeld). ... View full abstract»

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  • This is how a pathologist could save your life

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    Imagine you're coughing up blood, and a chest scan reveals a suspicious mass in your lungs. A surgeon removes a small cylindrical sample from the potential tumor, and the pathologist places very thin slices of the tissue on glass slides. After preserving and staining the tissue, the pathologist peers through a microscope and sees that the cells have the telltale signs of lung cancer. You start tre... View full abstract»

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  • The Internet of disposable things: Throwaway paper and plastic sensors will connect everyday items

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    The Year is 2028. It's 8 P.M. On a Wednesday night and you're famished. You're staring wistfully at the only remaining item in your refrigerator: a package of sausages with an unappetizing grayish hue. Ugh. Did they always look like that? Are they still safe to eat? In 2018, you'd have to rely on your sense of smell and take a gamble. But in 2028, you might simply wave your smartphone over the pac... View full abstract»

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  • Can we trust computer with body-cam vidio? Police departments are being led to believe AI will help, but they should be wary

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    On 17 July 2014, a group of New York City police officers approached 43-year-old Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk and attempted to arrest him-for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally. When Garner pulled free, one officer wrapped an arm around Garner's neck, forced him to the ground, and pressed his face into the sidewalk. Garner, who had asthma and heart disease, repeatedly pleaded, "I ca... View full abstract»

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  • To solve optimization problems, just add lasers: An ODD device known as an optical ising machine could untangle tricky logistics

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    Last December, a glitch in the crew-scheduling system for American Airlines threatened to disrupt thousands of flights over the holiday season. The error allowed pilots to drop flights without requiring another pilot to cover for them, imperiling as many as 15,000 trips. And while the airline managed to spot the problem and staff the flights, the snafu was a reminder of how much we depend on compu... View full abstract»

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  • Electricity as Turkey tenderizer - [Past Forward_by Allison Marsh]

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