Volume 46 Issue 8 • August 2009

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • The Spectrum Dumpling Gang

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 4
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 6
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  • The Kindlers are coming to get me

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 8
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 10
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  • Jordan's radioactive water problem

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):13 - 15
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  • Future of low-power chips

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 16
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  • Dinosaur egg

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 16
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  • £10 million sea power challenge

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 17
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  • How software found the Air France wreckage

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 18
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  • Foundry giant sees the light

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 19
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  • The rise and fall of the quants

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):20 - 21
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    When the U.S. financial system melted down, fingers were quickly pointed at the "quants"-the physicists, mathematicians, and engineers who had devised the computer programs, statistical tools, and financial instruments that were supposed to help investors manage risks. Critics said that it was the flawed assumptions of those financial models that brought banking to the brink of Armageddon View full abstract»

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  • Quantum rock

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 22
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  • The future's so bright

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 22
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  • World power (review of The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America by M. Klein; 2008) [Books]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 23
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  • World's coolest personal computer

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 23
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  • What makes you an inventor?

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 24
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  • Brave neuro world

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 25
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  • The LED's dark secret

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):26 - 31
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    The blue light-emitting diode, arguably the greatest optoelectronic advance of the past 25 years, harbors a dark secret: crank up the current and its efficiencies will plummet. The problem is known as droop, and it's not only puzzling the brightest minds in the field, it's also threatening the future of the electric lighting industry. View full abstract»

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  • Empire off the grid

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):32 - 39
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    Dean Kamen, arguably the world's most famous living inventor, is in his favorite place. It's the basement of the main house on his private island, a pristine concrete bunker outfitted with a command station that can monitor and control all aspects of the production and consumption of electric power on the island. The island, off the coast of Connecticut, is called North Dumpling Island, but Kamen,... View full abstract»

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  • CPU, heal thyself

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):40 - 56
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    In the old days, computer vendors would often pull a fast one. They would tell you their system had the latest microprocessor when it actually had a cheaper, slower version running faster than the chip's rating permitted. So the shiny, new 500-megahertz system you thought you were buying might contain only an overclocked 300-MHz CPU. But the computer worked fine; indeed, it might have operated per... View full abstract»

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  • Seeing is not believing

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):44 - 51
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    Altering digital imagery is now ubiquitous. People have come to expect it in the fashion and entertainment world, where airbrushing blemishes and wrinkles away is routine. And anyone surfing the Web is routinely subjected to crude photographic mashups like the Palin hoax, whose creators clearly aren't interested in realism but in whatever titillation or outrage they can generate. Even as experts c... View full abstract»

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  • Europe comes to bury CO2, not to praise it

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 64
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