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Volume 45 Issue 10 • Oct. 2008

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  • [Front cover - IEEE Spectrum]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • Beer, not bombs - [back story]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 4
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 6
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  • Digital dilemma - [spectral lines]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 9
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    When the U.S. Congress voted in 2006 to stop over-the-air broadcasts of analog television on 17 February 2009, it assured the public that going digital would be cheap and painless. It allocated US $1.5 billion to help fund the purchase of converter boxes for what was supposedly the tiny minority of U.S. households that don't subscribe to a cable or satellite television service. But if my experienc... View full abstract»

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  • The singularity: The last word - [forum]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 10
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  • Open-source voting - [update]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):13 - 14
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  • Colon cancer screening, The easy way - [update]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):14 - 15
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  • Car talk - [update]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 16
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  • Unsticking MEMS - [update]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 18
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  • Home fuels cells to sell in Japan - [update]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 20
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  • E-cycling E-waste - [technically speaking]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 21
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  • The innovators club - [hands on]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):22 - 23
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    You don't need your own exercise equipment to get fit, so why do you need your own machine tools to build something cool? Such thinking led Jim Newton to found the first TechShop, a high-tech workshop open to anyone who pays a modest membership fee. Think of it as a health club for geeks. Instead of treadmills and elliptical trainers, you'll find laser and plasma cutters, milling machines and lath... View full abstract»

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  • High-tech haunting - [careers]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 24
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    If your lab is haunted, you can call an engineer instead of a psychic. Even celebrity medium James Van Praagh seems to think so. Though he claims also to be "clairsentient," able to intuit messages from "the beyond," Van Praagh says that even those not so gifted can sense spiritual entities with the help of a little technology. View full abstract»

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  • Generation GPS - [careers]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 24
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    Asuture kit became a permanent fixture in the Altman household around the time Sam's mom, a doctor, came home to find her son surrounded by the parts of what was once the family TV. View full abstract»

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  • Humor Dos and Don'ts

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 25
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    I've told that joke at parties many times and have always gotten a laugh. Tell it to a group of senior engineers who have heard it a hundred times, though, and you'll get a polite, stony silence at best. Your ability to use humor can play a positive role in your career, but judgment is called for. Here are a few dos and don'ts. View full abstract»

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  • Bringing power to the people (review of Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison by M.B. Schiffer; 2008) [books]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 26
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    This new book rescues the lost history of electrical engineering. View full abstract»

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  • A disarming argument (review of Why Nuclear Disarmament Matters by H. Blix; 2008) [books]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 26
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    If you admire efforts by Henry Kissinger to revive nuclear disarmament negotiations, and yet you also respected Hans Blix for standing up to President George W. Bush in the run-up to the second Iraq war, then this little book about nuclear disarmament is for you. Why Nuclear Disarmament Matters is the latest-and one of the best-in an uneven but ambitious series of short and accessible introduction... View full abstract»

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  • A less well-oiled war machine

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):28 - 60
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    The high cost of petroleum is forcing the U.S. military to turn to solar, geothermal, and wind energy. This article describes the effort of the U.S. Department of Defense's effort to reduce the U.S. military's dependence on petroleum fuel. View full abstract»

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  • Fresh phish

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):34 - 38
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    The author talks on how a recently discovered flaw in the Internet's Domain Name System makes it easy for scammers to lure you to fake Web sites. It turns out to be easy for a malicious computer hacker to trick your browser into steering you anywhere he wants and then to pilfer sensitive information, like your user name, password, and credit card number. View full abstract»

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  • Bomb squad diary

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):40 - 47
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    It's late January, about 3:00 on a cloudy, humid, windless afternoon. We're on the edge of the city of Tikrit. A couple donkeys stand in the muddy median nearby. Half a dozen similarly priced and armored U.S. Army vehicles are scattered around us, pulling security and blocking traffic. A military supply convoy stretches behind us, followed by a motionless queue of cars and trucks kilometers long, ... View full abstract»

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  • The steampunk contraptors

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):48 - 55
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    Steampunk is a burgeoning subculture that draws on the elaborate aesthetics and romantic worldview of 19th-century England to envision how things might have looked had a few key technologies been developed further. It conjures a gaslit cityscape filled with steam-powered robots, mechanical computers, ray-gun-toting aeronauts, and monocled mad scientists. View full abstract»

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  • thx 4 the revnu - [data]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 76
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    $100 billion. That's an estimate of how much the world's 3.3 billion cellphone users spent to send 1.7 trillion text messages last year-more than Hollywood's worldwide box-office receipts, global music sales, and U.S. video-game and PC-game sales combined. View full abstract»

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