Clever app uses photos from all over the world to track pollution

What if managing city smog were as simple as snapping a photo? Maybe it is. A new project called AirTick is using cellphone snaps to help scientists track air pollution. The project started with a fundamental question: How do we manage good air quality? This method could be a lot more cost effective and practical.

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China's nuclear fusion machine just smashed Germany's hydrogen plasma record
Game on.
By Bec Crew

Just last week, we reported that Germany’s revolutionary nuclear fusion machine managed to heat hydrogen gas to 80 million degrees Celsius, and sustain a cloud of hydrogen plasma for a quarter of a second. This was a huge milestone in the decades-long pursuit of controlled nuclear fusion, because if we can produce and hold onto hydrogen plasma for a certain period, we can harness the clean, practically limitless energy that fuels our Sun.

Now physicists in China have announced that their own nuclear fusion machine, called the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), has produced hydrogen plasma at 49.999 million degrees Celsius, and held onto it for an impressive 102 seconds.

While this is nowhere near the hottest temperature that’s been produced by an experiment - that honour goes to the Large Hadron Collider, which hit a whopping 4 trillion degrees Celsius (250,000 times hotter than the centre of the Sun) back in 2012 - the team from China’s Institute of Physical Science in Hefei managed to recreate solar conditions for well over a minute.

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Happy Year of the Monkey! Today we celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Figure of a Monkey King,” 19th century, China

Cup Stand” (detail), 16th century, China

Monkey: Figure of the Zodiac,” mid-19th century, Japan

Figure of a Monkey,” early 19th century, by Omaru

Monkey Playing with Crab,” 19th century, Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Figure of a Monkey,” 9th century, China

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Horned Leaf-rolling Weevil (Lamprolabus bihastatus, Attelabidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Photos of the day – February 8, 2016

Revellers of the Mocidade samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nepalese devotee women take a holy bath after offering prayers in Pashupathinath Temple premise during the month-long Swasthani Bratakatha festival, devoted to goddess Shree Swasthani in Kathmandu; audience members listen to Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders speak at a campaign rally at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H.; police officers detain an activist who was taking part in a rally of foreign currency mortgage holders, near the Central Bank headquarters in central Moscow, Russia; and Bruno, a bearded collie cross, walks in the wind in Newquay in Cornwall, England.

These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 8, 2016.

Photos: (from top) REUTERS/Pilar Olivares,Skanda Gautam via ZUMA Wire, Andrew Burton/Getty Images, REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin, Matt Cardy/Getty Images

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