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Willie Jones covers transportation for IEEE Spectrum, and the history of technology for The Institute.

Photo: MIRAIKAN: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
On 11 June, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. unveiled a 6-meter-diameter organic-light-emitting display (OLED) globe at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, in Tokyo. The Geo-Cosmos display comprises more than 10 000 OLED panels. The interactive globe can be programmed to show global climate patterns, the locations of different species, and the impact of extreme weather events such as the March 2011 tsunami that struck Japan.

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