Volume 44 Issue 12 • Dec. 2007

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  • [Front cover - IEEE Spectrum]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • The Back Story

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 5
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 6
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  • Spectral Lines - Happy Birthday, Fairchild

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 7
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  • $280 Million Robot Dustup [NEWS]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):10 - 12
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  • Carbon Nanotubes Take the Heat Off Chips [NEWS]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):12 - 14
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (2)
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  • Messenger Arrives at Mercury [NEWS]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • Catastropic Climate Change From Outer Space [NEWS]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 18
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  • Zoos Network To Contain Disease [NEWS]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 20
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  • How a Taser Works

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):24 - 31
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    The Taser gun, an electroshock weapon used by police departments worldwide is no stranger to bad press. Any new technology that is designed for violent encounters should be carefully assessed. Unlike medical devices, Tasers don't have to undergo testing and receive approval by agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, at least not in the United States. Partly in response, several loc... View full abstract»

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  • The Big Picture Melon Blast

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):22 - 23
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    Shows a picture of a melon blasting by high school students at the University of Missouri school of mining and nuclear engineering. View full abstract»

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  • Crafting The Perfect Shock

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):27 - 31
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    The paper presents the " Thomas A. Swift electric rifle". The Taser electronic control device uses microprocessor control. The device temporarily and harmlessly immobilizes the suspect with a carefully engineered electric signal that is specifically designed with human physiology in mind. The operation of this device was also presented in the paper. View full abstract»

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  • Playing Dirty

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):32 - 37
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    In the new online economy, virtual cash, earned in games by killing a monster or performing a service, has real value, thanks to sites specializing in what are called real-money transactions (RMTs). People covet the jewel-encrusted super-sword in a game but can't spare the time to log the kind of hours they'd need to actually earn the virtual gold to buy it. So they obtain it the newfangled way: w... View full abstract»

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  • The R&D 100

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):38 - 41
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    A company's research budget tells you very little about its prospect. This article reviews the R&D spending of different companies and how they utilised their R&D investments. View full abstract»

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  • Controlled Chaos [Internet Security]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):42 - 48
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    We need to exploit the science of order and disorder to protect networks against coming generations of superworms. Internet security professionals are, by occupational temperament, a pretty nervous bunch. But lately they've had more reason than ever to be jumpy. Early this year, a new kind of worm, known as Storm, began to sweep through the Internet. It hasn't received much attention in the mainst... View full abstract»

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  • The Silicon Dioxide Solution

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):51 - 56
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    The planar process also made it easy to interconnect neighboring transistors on a wafer, paving the way to another Fairchild achievement: the first commercial integrated circuits. As other companies realized the great advantages of planar technology and began adopting it on their own production lines, Hoerni's elegant idea helped to establish Silicon Valley as the microelectronics epicenter of the... View full abstract»

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  • Resources - The Player

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):57 - 60
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  • Build yourself an electric gun [Resources: Tools & Toys]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):60 - 61
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  • The Foreign Patent Money Trap [Resources: Invention]

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    Reports on issues relating to patents filed in the U.S. and the legal problems associated with both domestic and international law. View full abstract»

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  • Fire and Ice [Review of "What We Know About Climate Change (Emanuel, K.; 2007)]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):64 - 66
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    This book explains how and why the climate system has varied enormously overe geological time scales in a clear, easy-to-read manner. Reports on such topics as the greenhouse effect, climate changes, and weather patterns. There are also discussions on the politics of global temperature changes as well as the impact of political interest groups on these topics. View full abstract»

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  • A Word in Your Ear [Resources: Tools & Toys]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):65 - 66
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  • Technically Speaking

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 96
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