IEEE Spectrum

Volume 39 Issue 2 • Feb. 2002

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  • Modular robots

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):30 - 34
    Cited by:  Papers (70)  |  Patents (3)
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    Modular reconfigurable robots-experimental systems made by interconnecting multiple, simple, similar units-can perform shape shifting. A robot made up of a chain of simple hinge joints could shape itself into a loop and move by rolling like a self-propelled tank tread; then break open the loop to form a serpentine configuration and slither under or over obstacles; and then rearrange its modules to... View full abstract»

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  • Tunable lasers

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):35 - 39
    Cited by:  Papers (9)  |  Patents (32)
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    Discusses how, aimed at wavelength-division multiplexing, tunable lasers can save money while making networks more flexible. View full abstract»

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  • Sun Kings cross the outback [solar powered vehicles marathon]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):40 - 46
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    The University of Michigan's solar racing team showed its mettle in the gruelling World Solar Challenge marathon. To win the race required state-of-the-art solar cells, batteries, electronics and the integration of mechanical, aerodynamics, and materials science. View full abstract»

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  • Getting copyright right

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):47 - 51
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    Mandatory copyright licensing legitimized the early radio and cable TV industries. The article discusses if it can it do the same for the Internet. One answer to the copyright issues of digital music, which might also legitimize exchange services like Napster, is for Congress to order some form of compulsory or blanket licensing for downloaded music. View full abstract»

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  • Rockets R us [Russia launch industry]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):52 - 58
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    In the four decades since Sputa, one rocket after another has punched through the skies above Baikonur Cosmodrome. But in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991, it looked as though Baikonur and the rest of the former Soviet space industry might pass into history, too. Nevertheless, the industry has survived; nearly every launch vehicle inherited from the Soviet Unio... View full abstract»

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  • Delving into the digital divide

    Publication Year: 2002
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    The author examines the question of whether the digital divide due to poverty or an effect of underlying social and economic conditions. The digital divide is a major concern to technology companies, because it bars billions of people from buying their products. But it is difficult for industry to tap this market potential without addressing poverty as an issue. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has p... View full abstract»

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  • A rocket family album [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 59
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  • Are classroom computers worthwhile? [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 60
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  • Bandwidth shapers unclog busy networks

    Publication Year: 2002
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    Loyola College uses a network management technique called bandwidth shaping to solve the campus network traffic problem. The technique ensures that important network activities, such as file transfers, e.g. e-mail, and Web searching, do not get slowed down by less important activities, such as downloading music and movies. Bandwidth shapers are dedicated computers placed between the local network ... View full abstract»

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  • New phones play games and run java applications

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):62 - 63
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  • All thumbs

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 63
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  • A transmitter by any other name

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 80
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  • Is business school best for you? [electrical engineering careers]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):64 - 67
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    While business school is still not the most common path for electrical engineers, the popularity of MBAs as conduits to higher salaries, faster promotions, and greater management and marketing skills has been. In this paper, the author details some points to ponder if you're mulling an MBA. View full abstract»

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  • The hero checks her oscilloscope

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):66 - 69
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    This paper presents a biography of Jim Ottaviani, a nuclear engineer turned technical librarian at the University of Michigan, USA, whose comic books tell true tales of scientists and engineers. View full abstract»

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  • "So why should we hire you?" [interview techniques]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):68 - 71
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    This paper presents guidelines for prospective job interviewees, covering the most frequently asked questions and arguing that research and rehearsal are the keys to a successful job interview. View full abstract»

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