Volume 49 Issue 8 • August 2012

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  • IEEE Spectrum

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  • Contents

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  • The brain maker

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  • Contributors

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  • Africans dial up innovation [Spectral Lines]

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  • Chinese search giant goes mobile

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):11 - 12
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  • Curiosity's 1-ton touchdown

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  • Quantum dots are behind new displays

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):14 - 17
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  • Declarations of cyberwar

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  • The big picture

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • Khan academy unplugged [Hands On]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):22 - 23
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  • Pocket studios [Geek Life]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 24
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  • Adobe lightroom and corel aftershot pro [Tools & Toys]

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  • The $10000 college degree [Education]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 26
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  • Measuring the impact of altmetrics [Technically Speaking]

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  • Old reactors, new tricks

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):30 - 35
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    In February 2002, during a routine inspection at Ohio's Davis-Besse nuclear power station, inspectors found three cracks in the lid of the reactor's pressure vessel, the mighty steel cylinder that encloses the radioactive core. One crack was in the housing of a mechanism that drives control rods into the reactor core to manage the nuclear reaction. The flaws needed to be repaired, but there was no... View full abstract»

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  • Plug-and-play satellites

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):36 - 42
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    When you buy a mouse for your computer, removing the packaging is probably the hardest part of integrating it into your home system. Once you plug in the USB cable, you click on the mouse, and it just works. For it to "just work," of course, a great many things have to happen in the background: Via the USB cable, the mouse's circuitry receives power, initializes, and is recognized by the computer ... View full abstract»

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  • To build a brain

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):44 - 49
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    For all their progress, computers are still pretty unimpressive. Sure, they can pilot aircraft and simulate nuclear reactors. But even our best machines struggle with tasks that we humans find easy, like controlling limbs and parsing the meaning of this paragraph. It's a little sobering, actually. The average human brain packs a hundred billion or so neurons-connected by a quadrillion (1015) const... View full abstract»

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  • Our tools are using us

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):50 - 56
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    In my days as an engineer, I ran the microprocessor division at Intel Corp. I then became a venture capitalist, investing in companies that built semiconductors, computers, networking systems, and Internet-related services. I focused on products that helped businesses run more effectively and gave little thought to how they might affect our minds, social interactions, and governance. That lapse no... View full abstract»

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  • The age of hard-to-get oil [The Data]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 64
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