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iCandy: Electronics for Power and Play

A giant circuit breaker, a virtual pop star, and a wind turbine at a ballpark

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Photo: Joshua Lott/Reuters
Every small boy’s fantasy has been lived out by engineer Art Thompson and workers at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Eloy, Arizona. They hooked up a 13.7-meter-long paper airplane to a helicopter, dragged it to a height of 1219 meters, and released it over the desert. The plane, dubbed Arturo’s Desert Eagle, glided 1.5 kilometers before making a spectacular crash landing.

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