Volume 43 Issue 7 • July 2006

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  • IEEE Spectrum - July 2006

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 01
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  • Table of contents - Vol 43, No 7

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):2 - 5
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  • The Back Story: Catching a Really Big Wave

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 7
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 8
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  • Spectral Lines: Robots Can Ape Us, But Will They Ever Get Real?

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 10
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  • Ring of steel II - New York City gets set to replicate London's high-security zone

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):12 - 13
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  • Who pays for E-waste? [electronic waste recycling]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):14 - 15
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  • Stalked by satellite - an alarming rise in GPS-enabled harassment

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):15 - 16
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  • Microsoft and Google vie for virtual world domination

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):16 - 18
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  • Traveling light - micro fuel cells could give soldiers less weight to carry

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • A touch of money [biometric authentication systems]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):22 - 27
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    This paper suggests the use of a new authentication system for credit cards based on biometric sensors that could dramatically curtail identity theft. The proposed system uses fingerprint sensors, though other biometric technologies, either alone or in combination, could be incorporated. It could be economical, protect privacy, and guarantee the validity of all kinds of credit card transactions, i... View full abstract»

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  • Old world, new grid [grid computing]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):28 - 33
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    The European Union has launched the EGEE (enabling grids for e-science) initiative which aims to build a massive global grid infrastructure that serves as a tool capable of solving a great variety of problems in science, engineering and industry. The EGEE grid combines the processing power of more than 20,000 CPUs, a storage capacity of about 5 million GB and a global network connecting some 200 s... View full abstract»

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  • Metcalfe's law is wrong - communications networks increase in value as they add members-but by how much?

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):34 - 39
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    This paper argues that Metcalfe's law, which states that the value of a communications network is proportional to the square of the number of its users, is incorrect. By seeming to assure that the value of a network would increase quadratically - proportionately to the square of the number of its participants - while costs would, at most, grow linearly, Metcalfe's law gave an air of credibility to... View full abstract»

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  • Waiting for gravity [gravitational wave detection]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):40 - 46
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    Astronomers believe that if we could detect gravitational waves in space, they would illuminate much about the universe that is now obscured. Detecting gravitational waves would also give physicists a definitive new test of gravitational relativity. For this purpose, two of the world's largest gravitational wave detectors began their first full-scale run of observations. They are the twin L-shaped... View full abstract»

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  • Heart of a new machine [robot that can express different moods]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):48 - 51
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    Graduate students at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center has designed a robot that features five different "moods." Called Quasi, the 76-centimeter tall robot is a captivating character that goes beyond the standard animatronic amusement park figures. Quasi can express happiness, sadness, anger, confusion, and embarassment. These moods are conveyed most obviously by the color of its ... View full abstract»

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  • Resources: EE salaries up all over [Careers]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):52 - 54
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  • Tools & Toys: Tech TV

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):54 - 55
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  • Wu-Fi nodes to talk amongst themselves [mesh technology standard that lowers cost of wireless networks]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):55 - 56
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  • Sci-tech: the movie - fifteen films that try to cross-pollinate art and science

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):57 - 58
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  • Famous people [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 68
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