Volume 48 Issue 3 • March 2011

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • For the love of olives [Back Story]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 4
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 6
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  • The virtual fence's long good-bye [Spectral Lines]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 8
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  • The psychiatrist in the machine [Update]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):11 - 12
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  • Tides turn for tidal power

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 13
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  • A chip-scale particle accelerator

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 14
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  • Robots with their heads in the clouds

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):16 - 18
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  • A crowd of quantum entanglements

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 18
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  • Love light in flight [The Big Picture]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • A typewriter is a terrible thing to waste [Hands on]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):22 - 23
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    The paper mentions that a manual typewriter's keyboard makes a perfectly good computer keyboard-with a little bit of hacking. Here's how the computer attached to the typewriter knows which key has been pressed: When a letter is typed, the key's metal support bar touches a single contact on the board. Meanwhile, the microcontroller is stepping a single logic "l" down the row of shift register pins ... View full abstract»

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  • From quickbooks to slow food

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 23
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    For Ridgely Evers, developing new technology has always been a means to an end. In boarding school, programming got him out of waiting tables. In college, he figured it would help bring world peace. In the 1980s, sick of keeping the books for a real estate start-up, he wrote software to do it for him. View full abstract»

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  • For dummies for dummies

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 24
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    It all began in 1991, when publisher IDG Books Worldwide irresolutely published Dan Gookin's DOS for Dummies in an initial press run of only 7500 copies. Two years and a million copies later, Alpha Books followed suit with The Complete Idiot's Guide to DOS. View full abstract»

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  • String theory made easy [Books]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 26
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  • Love, digital style [Geek Life]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 28
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    "I went on a date and I thought it went pretty well. But then after a few days, my date wasn't taking my phone calls. I started to wonder, 'Was it my hair-or lack of it? Maybe I just talked too much?' Or maybe she just didn't feel a spark. The point is, I didn't know...I wish I had DateRate!" View full abstract»

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  • Open systems [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 29
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  • A memory of webs past

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):30 - 37
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    Every weekday at 5:00 a.m., a nondescript gray van rolls down the underground service road beneath the French National Library, in Paris, and arrives at a svelte glass skyscraper soaring above the bustling Seine River. Here, at the Tower of the Times, the van delivers a tiny but astoundingly rich snapshot of life in this country that takes its cultural heritage very seriously. View full abstract»

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  • The hunt for the biological transistor

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):38 - 43
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    How genetic circuits will unlock the true potential of bioengineering?. In 1977, a small group of researchers in California changed the world when they wrangled a common gut bacterium into producing a human protein. Using every technique in the book-and inventing some of their own-they scavenged, snipped, and glued together genetic components to synthesize a tiny filament of DNA. They then inserte... View full abstract»

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  • Good things in small packages

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):44 - 49
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    We rely on our mobile devices for an almost comically long list of functions: talking, texting, Web surfing, navigating, listening to music, taking photos, watching and making videos. Already, smartphones monitor blood pressure, pulse rate, and oxygen concentration, and before long, they'll be measuring and reporting air-pollutant concentrations and checking whether food is safe to eat. And yet we... View full abstract»

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  • Absolute zero, as the name suggests, is as cold as it gets

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):50 - 60
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    The authors review developments in the field of superconductivity since its discovery in the early twentieth century, and note that only one widespread application, MRI, has emerged in that time. They consider possible future developments. View full abstract»

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  • The data

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 72
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