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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Social media sites and video chat services such as Skype have allowed us to keep in touch across vast distances. But sometimes there’s nothing that can stand in for a hug. With that in mind, researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed the Like-A-Hug social media vest for Facebook users. It inflates, giving the wearer the sensation of being hugged, when his or her online friends “like” a photo, video, or status update.

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