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iCandy: A Look Inside

A German plasma chamber, a solar house, a flight simulator, and a $326 000 cellphone

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You certainly don’t want to be inside the plasma chamber of the Max Planck Institute’s ASDEX Upgrade Fusion research device when it’s fired up and producing plasmas at temperatures exceeding 100 million °C.
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Governments concerned about the prospect of a terrorist sneaking a bomb onto a plane have sacrificed fast, efficient airport check-ins on the altar of security. But Hitachi has revealed a prototype boarding gate that it says can detect the tiniest residue of explosive chemicals left on the hands of someone who’s been handling potentially deadly materials. The system, which completes its analysis within 2 seconds, can process up to 1200 people per hour.

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