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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Joe Devito, a pilot with JetBlue Airways, is shown having his skills tested by a flight simulator based on the NextGen air traffic control technology, which relies on GPS instead of radar to keep track of planes’ positions. NextGen is expected to reduce flight delays, because air traffic controllers will be able to safely allow more planes to be in the air at the same time.

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