IEEE Spectrum

Volume 48 Issue 5 • May 2011

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • Admiring the obsolete [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Fukushima's positive impact [Spectral Lines]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 8
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  • Fast start for world's biggest biometrics ID project

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):11 - 12
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  • Fixing Japan's fragmented grid

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 13
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  • China's godson gamble

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  • Sony vs. the hackers

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  • The scientist as space tourist

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 18
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  • Beehackers [Hands On]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • Open Android-For better and for worse [Tools & Toys]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):22 - 24
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  • The aging nuclear workforce [Careers]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 26
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  • Are social technologies really invented? [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 27
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  • An odomoeter for CPUs

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):28 - 33
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    You know when it's time to get a new car. Your odometer is far into six digits, perhaps the engine is burning lots of oil, or the transmission is growling. Fixing all that might well cost quite a bit more than your ancient vehicle is worth. But what about your microprocessor? Unlike automobiles, microprocessors don't have convenient little gauges that reflect how much wear and tear they've endured... View full abstract»

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  • Artifacts from the first 2000 years of computing

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):34 - 40
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    In some ways, collecting old computers isn't much different from collecting anything old: You have to take care of the stuff. "Is it decaying?" asks Dag Spicer, senior curator at the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View, Calif. He describes the remains of sound- dampening foam that once hushed the whir of cooling fans in 1960s and '70s mainframes. "It turns into a tarry mess- really gross, bl... View full abstract»

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  • Thin, fast, and flexible

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):42 - 56
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    Amorphous silicon has long been the king of flat panel displays. It began its reign in PC monitors and high-definition TV, then conquered netbooks, e-readers, and smartphones. No other substance was as suitable for the thin-film transistors that sit behind a display's hundreds of thousands of pixels, turning each one on or off. But soon the dominion of amorphous silicon will pass, because it can't... View full abstract»

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  • Foundry father

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    Even in the very anomalous category of tech entrepreneurs who've become pop stars, Morris Chang is an anomaly. He's 79 years old, and unlike Steve Jobs, who makes stylish consumer gear, or Mark Zuckerberg, who runs the world's largest social network and is the subject of a major motion picture, Morris Chang runs a semiconductor foundry. It's a big one, to be sure: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturin... View full abstract»

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  • Will nuclear energy charge ahead? [The Data]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): 60
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