Volume 41 Issue 12 • Dec. 2004

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 01
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  • IEEE Spectrum - Dec. 2004 - Vol 41, No 12 - Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • The Back Story: Lighting Up the Andes

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 5
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 6
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  • Spectral Lines: Do you know where your data are?

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 8
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  • Japan cranks up download speeds [DSL technology]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):10 - 12
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  • Lithium takes to the road [all electric sports car]

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  • Finding the needle in the haystack [search engines]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):12 - 14
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  • Black boxes get green light [car crash data recorders]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • Price fixing in the memory market [DRAM prices]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):18 - 20
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  • Cellphones linked to brain tumors

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):20 - 22
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  • Photo Essay: If I Only Had a Brain...

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 24
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  • Managing care through the air [remote health monitoring]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):26 - 31
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    This work describes the efforts of various companies to take advantage of wireless technology to develop devices that would allow remote monitoring of older people. The focus is on developing electronic devices to handle cognitive decline, cancer, cardiovascular and other aging-related diseases. The aim is to deduce the actions of older people in their homes through a network of wireless sensors a... View full abstract»

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  • Through a lens sharply [FluidFocus lens]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):32 - 36
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    Philips Research Laboratories has developed the FluidFocus lens that is ideal not only for camera phones but also in products whose design constraints demand a tiny but capable optical system. Like the lens of the human eye, the FluidFocus lens varies its focus by changing shape rather than by changing the relative positions of multiple lenses. The lens uses electrostatic forces to alter the shape... View full abstract»

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  • Patent prescription: a radical cure for the ailing [US patent policy]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):38 - 43
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    This work discusses the problems with the current patent system in the US. While the US patent policy makes it easier to obtain patents, to enforce patents against others, and to extract large financial awards from such enforcement, it has become harder for those accused of infringing patents to challenge the patents' validity. To address the problem, a patent policy reform program was initiated b... View full abstract»

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  • Lighting up the Andes [LED lamps]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):44 - 49
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    This work relates how a pair of 62-year olds from Canmore, Alberta in Canada, have made it their mission to free remote communities from reliance on costly kerosene lighting. Anthony and Faith Harckham have developed a simple LED lamp which consumes only 1 watt and produces 30 lumens in a focused beam about as bright as the light of a 20 W incandescent bulb. The couple devised a small volunteer op... View full abstract»

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  • Tools & Toys: Finding Yourself

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):51 - 54
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  • Selling music for a song [online music]

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  • Big brother at work [workplace surveillance]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):57 - 58
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  • Technically Speaking: No "I" in "internet"?

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 92
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