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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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Owners of vineyards, looking to scale back the human element in wine production, are turning the harvest over to automatons such as the Wall-Ye V.I.N. robot. The US $32 000 machine, which doesn’t ask for higher wages, benefits, or days off, can prune up to 600 vines a day.

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