This March 29, 2020,
tech-themed crossword puzzle contains only clues and terms associated with engineering,
science, physical, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry, etc., which I have personally
built over nearly two decades. Many new words and company names have been added
that had not even been created when I started in the year 2002. You will never find
a word taxing your knowledge of a numbnut soap opera star or the name of some obscure
village in the Andes mountains. You might, however, encounter the name of a movie
star like Hedy Lamarr or a geographical location like Tunguska, Russia, for reasons
which, if you don't already know, might surprise you...
Ham Radio Documentary
Here from a 1965 issue of Electronics
World magazine is a really nice write-up on
electrical noise, both how it originates and how it affects receiver systems.
Although vacuum tubes were still the predominant active amplification components
in 1965 (the date of this article), semiconductors were already solidly ensconced
in the signal detector role. I have to confess to learning a new term that I probably
should be familiar with: Equivalent-Noise-Sideband-Input, or ENSI. It appears also
in Reference Data for Engineers: Radio, Electronics, Computer, and Communications.
Interestingly, this is the first time in a long time I have seen noise referred
to as "grass;" the drawings make it clear why the moniker was created. We were taught
to use "grass" in USAF radar tech school and used it in common parlance...
- A New Radar Technique
CB Radio Wave Propagation
February 1967 Electronics World
February 1969 Electronics World
May 1961 Electronics World
Bell Telephone Labs Project Echo
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"Sensing from the inside A mock-up of an
ingestible pill containing the wireless transceiver. Researchers at Imec, a
Leuven, Belgium-based center for nanoelectronics and digital technologies, have
developed a wireless receiver and transmitter small enough to fit inside a millimeter-scale
capsule. The transceiver, which was presented at the International Solid-State Circuits
conference in San Francisco, U.S., last month, is 1/30th the size of today's state-of-the-art
systems and could be used in a broad range of so-called 'ingestibles' - sensors
that monitor health conditions from inside the human body. Like their external,
wearable cousins, ingestible sensors..."
"Honeywell says that it will release the
world's most powerful
commercial quantum computer by mid-2020. The U.S.-based manufacturer of scientific
and commercial equipment says that the device is based on trapped ions, which is
a different technology than that being pursued by most other commercial developers
including Google and IBM. Honeywell researchers have published details of a smaller
version of the machine that has a 'quantum volume' of 16 and say that it should
be straightforward to scale this up to 64. The fundamental requirement for quantum
computation is a set of quantum bits (qubits) that can interact to form quantum
logic gates that process quantum information. In principle, quantum computers can
perform certain computational task much faster than conventional computers. However,
qubits tend to be very fragile so creating practical quantum computers is a significant
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"Transistors in computer chips work electrically,
but data can be transmitted more quickly with light. Researchers have therefore
been looking for a way to integrate a laser directly into silicon chips for a long
time. A team of physicists at the Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies
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"Researchers at the University of California
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match ambient temperatures, camouflaging the wearer's body heat. The surface can
go from 10 to 38°C in less than a minute. Meanwhile, the inside remains at the same
temperature as human skin, making it comfortable for the wearer. The wireless device..."
"A new type of graphene amplifier could offer
researchers a unique way to access the electromagnetic spectrum. Engineers from
Loughborough University have designed an optical transistor out of graphene and
a high-temperature superconductor that can
amplify terahertz frequencies, and could unlock a whole new field of potential
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And now, the cousin of the
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compared to previous efforts that held the spin state for a fraction of a
second. Their results are published in Science Advances. A conventional
capacitor holds energy in the form of electric charge and the development from
Leeds does this also whilst storing the spin state of a group of electrons.
According to the university, this could lead to a storage device measuring one
square inch that could store 100 terabytes of data..."
Not sure how I missed this, but on July 21th,