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October 2009 issue
COVER STORY
Infoglut
E-mail, tweets, and Facebook updates are destroying our productivity and our leisure. By Nathan Zeldes


FEATURES

A Real Cloud Computer
Climate scientists dearly want to track cloud systems with their models. But first, a very different sort of supercomputer must be built. By Michael Wehner, Lenny Oliker & John Shalf

Chill Out
Heat can be a CPU’s worst enemy, but researchers are devising new materials and chip designs to keep the microprocessors cool. By Alexander A. Balandin

The Recession’s Silver Lining
The recession has not been kind to the semiconductor industry. But there may be an opportunity in this crisis. By Pushkar Apte & George Scalise

May The Force of Light be With You
Light exerts enough force to throw nanoscale switches, making superfast photonic signal processing possible. By Hong X. Tang

UPDATE

The Brain, Unplugged
Researchers report prototype wireless neural interfaces. By Prachi Patel

The Spaser Nanolaser

A Reimagined Database

Exoskeletons on the March

 

 

OPINION

Spectral Lines
IE6 is the 8-track tape of Generation Web. It’s time to move on—or get left behind. By Harry Goldstein

Technically speaking
Bioengineering technology is maturing, and so is its vocabulary.
By Paul McFedries

DEPARTMENTS

Back Story
How fighting information overload turned into a full-time job

Hands On
Google’s Street View vans don’t go everywhere. Now you can make your own panoramas with a do-it-yourself camera array. By Roy D. Ragsdale

Geek Life
Airlines are finally making it easy to plug in at the airport and go online in the air. By Prachi Patel

Books
There are plenty of patent handbooks but none written by engineers, for engineers—until now.
Reviewed by Kirk Teska

The Data
Mobile devices are producing exabytes of data, and more and more of it resides in the Internet cloud.
By Steven Cherry

 

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