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Released: 27-Nov-2013 11:20 AM EST
Shockley's Robot Dream
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

William Shockley is well known for helping to invent the transistor, but his aspiration to replace human workers with robotic ones is mostly lost to history.

Released: 27-Nov-2013 11:00 AM EST
You Are Here
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Because GPS doesn't work well indoors, other radiolocation systems are vying to help you find your way around inside.

Released: 27-Nov-2013 11:00 AM EST
Writing the Rules of Cyberwar
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

With full-fledged cyberwar becoming an increasingly likely possibility in the 21st century, one cybersecurity scholar calls on nations to extend the rules of war to cyberconflicts.

Released: 1-Nov-2013 4:30 PM EDT
An Electrifying Awakening
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

In an attempt to reverse paralysis in patients with spinal cord injuries, researchers are electrically stimulating the spinal neurons of their patients in hopes of allowing them to stand and walk again.

Released: 1-Nov-2013 4:30 PM EDT
The End of the Shrink
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Node names help the chip industry advertise its progress, but they no longer mean what they used to.

Released: 1-Nov-2013 4:30 PM EDT
The Spy Who Skyped Me
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Here are four ways to smuggle messages through Internet services.

Released: 25-Sep-2013 12:00 PM EDT
Robocopters to the Rescue
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

The first full-size autonomous helicopter has shown the way for robotic medevac missions.

Released: 25-Sep-2013 11:55 AM EDT
Good-Enough Computing
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

We could save energy in everything from smartphones to supercomputers by letting them make mistakes.

Released: 28-Aug-2013 11:00 AM EDT
The Way Through the Flames
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

New technologies aim to track firefighters in blazing buildings.

Released: 28-Aug-2013 11:00 AM EDT
The Annotated America's Cup
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

This September, augmented reality will transform sailboat racing into a thrilling televised sport.

Released: 26-Aug-2013 11:00 AM EDT
Asia-Pacific--Open for Business, and Tech Jobs
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

All is well for engineers in the Asia-Pacific tech job market, with software skills dominating job listings throughout the region.

Released: 29-Jul-2013 5:00 PM EDT
Clad in Controversy
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

The first of a controversial new class of guided-missle destroyers is nearing completion.

Released: 29-Jul-2013 4:00 PM EDT
The Cognitive Net Is Coming
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

The Internet will break down without new biologically inspired routings.

Released: 1-Jul-2013 11:20 AM EDT
The Flight of the Albatross
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Measuring and modeling the bird's effortless flight could inspire new drone designs.

Released: 1-Jul-2013 10:50 AM EDT
Changing the Channel
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Engineers aim to change silicon's central role in the heart of transistors.

Released: 28-Jun-2013 4:50 PM EDT
Unclean at Any Speed
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Ironically, electric cars may prove worse for the environment than the vehicles they are meant to replace.

Released: 30-May-2013 12:55 PM EDT
Special Report: The Age of Plenty
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

When it comes to technology and the future of food, the pessimists are wrong.

Released: 26-Apr-2013 2:00 PM EDT
When Spectrum Auctions Fail
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Fixed-microwave communications differ fundamentally from broadcast radio, and the strategies used to regulate their spectrum should differ, too.

Released: 26-Apr-2013 1:00 PM EDT
The Troubled Life of Patent No. 6,456,841
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Tracing the tortured legal trail of a simple smartphone patent reveals much about our intellectual property system.

Released: 29-Mar-2013 11:00 AM EDT
Top 10 Tech Cars: Slenderized
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

This year's cars do more with less weight.

Released: 29-Mar-2013 10:00 AM EDT
Charging Up the Road
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

If electric vehicles could draw power from the streets, there's no telling how far they could go.

Released: 14-Mar-2013 4:20 PM EDT
"War on Talent" Continues for Engineers in Europe
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

A low graduation rate and aging workforce are causing a "severe" shortage of technical professionals.

Released: 25-Feb-2013 3:45 PM EST
The Real Story of Stuxnet
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

A Moscow-based computer-security firm led the world in tracking down the malware that sabotaged Iran's nuclear-fuel enrichment and inaugurated state-to-state cyberwar.

Released: 25-Feb-2013 3:30 PM EST
The Gene Machine and Me
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

One reporter tries out a genome sequencing machine that may revolutionize medicine.

Released: 30-Jan-2013 5:00 PM EST
Phreaking Out Ma Bell
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

A young engineer, inspired by a journal article, built the little blue box that cracked the largest electronic network in the world.

Released: 30-Jan-2013 4:50 PM EST
Special Report: Dream Jobs 2013
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

IEEE Spectrum's annual Dream Jobs report profiles the engineers whose careers challenge stereotypes of the profession.

Released: 20-Dec-2012 4:00 PM EST
Top Tech 2013
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

In its tenth annual January special issue, IEEE Spectrum looks at technology initiatives that will make news in the coming year.

Released: 28-Nov-2012 5:00 PM EST
The Broadcast Empire Strikes Back
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

New digital technologies could put over-the-air TV back in vogue.

Released: 28-Nov-2012 5:00 PM EST
Finding the Source of the Pioneer Anomaly
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Thirty years after the first spacecraft sent to explore the outer solar system started slowing unexpectedly, this abiding mystery of robotic exploration has finally been solved.

Released: 28-Nov-2012 3:45 PM EST
Can Technology Make You Happy?
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Wearable biometric sensors can help lift workers' spirits and create more effective teams.

Released: 21-Nov-2012 11:35 AM EST
Overclock My Satellite
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Mathematicians can optimize a satellite's speed and fuel efficiency by sending it on a meandering path.

Released: 21-Nov-2012 11:30 AM EST
Sports: 3-D TV's Toughest Challenge
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Bringing live sporting events to the home television in 3-D is one of the most interesting technical challenges facing TV production today.

Released: 21-Nov-2012 11:00 AM EST
All Aboard the Robotic Road Train
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Can a string of cars follow a lead vehicle driven by a professional?

Released: 1-Oct-2012 12:50 PM EDT
Journey to the Center of a Tumor
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Guided by magnetic forces, miniature robots could navigate the human body, performing delicate medical tasks with precision and ease.

Released: 1-Oct-2012 12:50 PM EDT
Recommended for You
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

We deconstruct the recommenders that enable online merchants to predict your preferences and prod you to purchase.

Released: 31-Aug-2012 2:45 PM EDT
"How I Quantified Myself"
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

One reporter tries out the new health and fitness gadgets that enable a "quantified life."

Released: 31-Aug-2012 1:05 PM EDT
Tapping the Power of 100 Suns
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Soldiers in the field should soon be able to recharge their batteries with a new technology that concentrates a lot of sunlight onto superefficient photovoltaic modules.

Released: 2-Aug-2012 1:15 PM EDT
Economic Strains Are Having Little Impact on Tech Job Opportunities in the Asia-Pacific
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Despite signs of sluggish economies in China, India, and other Asian-Pacific countries, the job market for engineers and other technical professionals has been holding up well in the region.

Released: 20-Jul-2012 4:45 PM EDT
The Plug-and-Play Satellite
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

While traditional satellites take years to design, assemble, and test, and they cost billions of dollars, there is a better way.

Released: 20-Jul-2012 4:40 PM EDT
Our Tools Are Using Us
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Our Pleistocene-era brains can't resist the seductive appeal of Internet-enabled virtual reality, says William Davidow, a distinguished engineer and venture capitalist.

Released: 27-Jun-2012 3:50 PM EDT
The Computer-Literate Ape
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

With the help of customized software, touch screens, and tablet computers, a small group of bonobo apes in Iowa proves that language is not the exclusive domain of humans.

Released: 27-Jun-2012 3:15 PM EDT
A Skeptic Looks at Alternative Energy
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

The world cannot soon shift to clean, carbon-free sources of energy, says Vaclav Smil, who is both a distinguished scientist and a historian of technology.

Released: 29-May-2012 4:30 PM EDT
Special Report: The Last Days of Cash
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

In this special issue, IEEE Spectrum analyzes the most sweeping changes to money since the invention of paper bills.

Released: 27-Apr-2012 5:00 PM EDT
Consider the Kilogram
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

The kilogram is the only base unit in the International System of Units that's still tied to a physical artifact, but two ambitious efforts could soon change that.

Released: 27-Apr-2012 5:00 PM EDT
Focusing on Everything
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Light-field cameras promise an imaging revolution.

Released: 27-Apr-2012 5:00 PM EDT
The Dawn of the Haiku Operating System
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

If you are tired of Windows and OS X, then this open-source operating system may be for you.

Released: 30-Mar-2012 1:35 PM EDT
Marissa Mayer: Google's Chic Geek
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

This self-proclaimed "girly girl" runs one of Google's fastest-growing services.

Released: 30-Mar-2012 1:20 PM EDT
Top 10 Tech Cars 2012
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Our annual list of technologically interesting cars shows a resurgence of that industry standard, the internal combustion engine.

Released: 30-Mar-2012 1:00 PM EDT
The Relay Reborn
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Long relegated to the annals of computing history, the electromechanical relay has gotten a microscopic makeover, one that could pave the way to a future of ultralow-power chips.

Released: 23-Mar-2012 8:00 AM EDT
Competition Heats Up To Fill European Tech Jobs
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Europe's down economy is having little effect on hiring qualified engineers.


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