Volume 41 Issue 8 • Aug. 2004

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 01
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  • IEEE Spectrum - Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • Contributors

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  • Forum

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  • Spectral Lines: The Unruly Grid, One Year Later

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 8
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  • A giant leap for commercial space travel

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):10 - 12
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  • A Chinese town's get-rich scheme: e-trash to cash

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):13 - 16
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  • Finding work the eBay way

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • Coming out soon: trillion-color TV

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):17 - 18
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  • PHOTO ESSAY: Greetings Earthlings!

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • The unruly power grid

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):22 - 27
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    Most experts agree that the major blackout that affected a large part of the North American upper Midwest and Northeast last August 14, 2003, was no anomaly and will definitely happen again. Records show that between 1984 and 2000, utilities logged 11 outages affecting more than 4000 megawatts, making the probability of any one outage 325 times greater than mathematicians would have expected. Math... View full abstract»

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  • Computing the cosmos

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):28 - 34
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    This article describes an ambitious project which aims to simulate on a supercomputer the evolution of the entire universe from just after the Big Bang until the present. An international group of scientists, dubbed the Virgo Consortium, is creating the largest and most detailed computer model of the universe ever made. While other groups have simulated chunks of the cosmos, the Virgo simulation i... View full abstract»

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  • Downloading the sky [virtual observatory]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):35 - 39
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    An international collaboration of astronomers and computer scientists is piecing together the means to connect all stored data collected over the last several decades by hundreds of ground-based and orbiting observatories in thousands of archives. Their efforts will create the world's biggest and best telescope, known as the Virtual Observatory. VO will allow astronomers, as well as students and t... View full abstract»

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  • Supertubes [carbon nanotubes]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):40 - 45
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    This paper discusses the different characteristics of carbon nanotubes which make them ideal for a number of potential applications ranging from ultrathin, breathable, waterproof fabrics to bright, rugged flat-panel displays for televisions and computer monitors. Carbon nanotubes can be far stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum and more conductive than copper. The electrical properties of car... View full abstract»

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  • The creative engineer: what can you do to spark new ideas?

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):47 - 49
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  • Paper transistors

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  • Tools & Toys : IPOD a Go-Go

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):49 - 51
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  • Progress: Open vs. Closed

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 50
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  • Software:Visualize This!

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):52 - 54
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  • Books: What the Writers are Reading

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):54 - 55
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  • Technically Speaking: The (Pre) Fix Is In

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 64
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