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Who Are the World’s Leading EEs?

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical society, with about 420,000 members.   Although founded in the US in 1884, over half its members are international.   Its highest rank is Fellow, which can only be … Continue reading

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Assange is Winning

A colleague pointed me to a good New York Times article last week, Why Samsung Abandoned Its Galaxy Note 7 Flagship Phone, on the epic disaster of its exploding phones: After the initial reports that the lithium-ion batteries were catching … Continue reading

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When IP Escapes – the Sad Case of the Hoverboard

A few weeks ago my son was bothering me incessantly about hoverboards.   People in his class were talking about them, so he just had to get one.   The Amazon reviews were equally split between 5-star “This is the coolest toy … Continue reading

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Microsoft Buys the Brains of Boys Everywhere

So Microsoft just bought Mojang, the studio that produces Minecraft, for $2.5B. That sounds like a ridiculous amount for a video game, particularly one that looks so crude, unless you happen to know some boys. For my 10-year-old son and … Continue reading

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Paying for Bad News: Funding the Keeling Curve

Here’s one of the most frightening charts in all of science: CO2 has risen by a quarter just in my lifetime, and we all know the consequences. The chart comes from a remarkably sustained effort by Charles David Keeling: and … Continue reading

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Solectria – Achieving Goals By Lowering Them

A few days ago some good news finally came to a guy who has been trying to save the world for a very long time.   James Worden is the founder of the Massachusetts company Solectria Renewables, and it just got  … Continue reading

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The Glass Empire Strikes Back

Google Glass has gotten enormous grief in the last few months.  Places are banning it, and people have gotten into fights over it.  Even the tech journalist David Pogue finds it creepy: You no longer know if you’re being filmed … Continue reading

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