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Watch the Scary Power of a Microwave Make Plasma and Burn Things

Yowza. Here’s a crazy rigged contraption that uses microwave energy from cavity magnetron to generate plasma and burn the heck out of things faster than you can warm a toastie. We can see it squeeze out plasma in a lightbulb, shatter glass and make basically anything burn. It’s a neat exercise to show how powerful microwaves are. Read More >>

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New Study Reveals More About Invisible Belt That Saves Earth From Radiation

Well, here's something cosmic to be thankful for this weekend. A NASA-led study of the Van Allen radiation belts has uncovered new information about the invisible "shield" that keeps harmful electrons from the Earth. Read More >>

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Here is the Tech You Chose to Revive from the Dead

Last week we learnt about the tragic death of plasma televisions, and asked the question: what tech would Giz UK readers like to see revived? Read More >>

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So Plasma TVs are Dead, But What Tech Would You Revive?

LG is to stop making plasma tellies from the end of November, joining Samsung and Panasonic who also hung up their PDPs in pursuit of grander OLED dreams this year. We're fairly sure this means the sector is a goner. Read More >>

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LG Joins RotW in Ditching Plasma Display Tech

The president of LG's home entertainment division has revealed it's looking into "suspending" its plasma display business, as the world continues to look to LED and its many variants for its screen needs. Both Samsung and Panasonic have binned their plasma lines recently, so it's time to fill the spare room up with a few plasma models if you're a fan of the format's output. [Korea Times via Engadget] Read More >>

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How One Man’s Blood Donations Saved Over Two Million Lives

Today I found out about a man who saved over two million lives just by donating his somewhat unique blood plasma. Read More >>

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Plasma TV Death Clock Nears Midnight as Samsung Announces End of Manufacturing

Samsung will join Panasonic in stopping making plasma displays later this year, as falling demand from customers means there's no more money in it. The long-foretold end of plasma is near. [Reuters via Cnet] Read More >>

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World’s Tiniest Plasma Transistor Can Make Supertough Electronics

The pink glow you see above is coming from the world's smallest plasma transistor, an unfathomably miniscule device 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair. It's not just tiny, it's tough, and theoretically able to withstand brutal environments. And it could massively change consumer electronics. Read More >>

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Using Plasma to Clean Glass is Amazingly, Hilariously, Roundabout

So there are various window cleaning supplies on offer at your nearest supermarket, but if that's feeling too cleaning product-y for you, or whatever, be aware that you can also clean glass with pure oxygen plasma. Sure. Read More >>

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Panasonic’s Plasma Production Pulled Permanently

And so starts the beginning of the end of the plasma TV. Panasonic, one of the last television manufacturers carrying a torch for the AV enthusiast's preferred panel tech (and arguably the builders of the best plasma screens since Pioneer's own plasma demise), will cease production of plasma displays come December. Read More >>

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Watch a 200,000-Mile Canyon of Fire Rip Open on the Sun

Trying to watch the sun's explosions with your naked eyes is a recipe for blindness, but luckily NASA has a couple of telescopes that can show you all that fusion glory with none of the permanent ocular damage. Take, for instance, this 200,000-mile long canyon of fire. Read More >>

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Reuters: Panasonic Is Going to Kill Off Its Plasma TVs by March 2014

According to Reuters, Panasonic is going to stop production of its fantastic plasma TV sets by March 2014. That sucks. But also not surprising since previous reports had hinted at Panasonic planning to cut its TV production and that the TV market has been overtaken by seemingly every other technology not named plasma. Read More >>

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Panasonic to Cut TV Production, Maybe Abandon Plasma

Reuters is reporting that Panasonic is planning to cut its TV production — and perhaps pull of out of the plasma TV market altogether. Read More >>

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Microwaving a CD Is as Beautiful as It Is Absolutely Lethal

When you microwave a CD, something amazing happens. Lightning, plasma, and fire emanating from that once-perfect plastic disc. Problem is you're just as likely to blow up your microwave and yourself, as you are to see anything cool, so don't do this at home. OK? Just feast your eyes on this little lot. [Twitter via Sunday via Kotaku] Read More >>

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US Army Shoots Lightning (!) Down a Laser Beam (!!)

Here's what happens when a bunch of kids who played Quake III all day on their university computers grow up and get jobs in the real world -- lightning guns. Read More >>