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Should you find yourself inside a black hole, you will die. Should you find yourself near a black hole, you will also die. Aside from the fact that these massive, light-trapping monsters are impossible to reach on human timescales, there are simply not many ways measure the plasma surrounding them without dying or destroying the experiment. Scientists have to make do by recreating some of the features in the lab.


Video: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 cook a piece of toast. We 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.


Gizmodo Video Guide: There are two main varieties of TVs that you can buy at the moment, and each has its own set of advantages. You can buy LED and LCD TVs or plasma TVs and while both do a good job of displaying a bright and vibrant picture in your living room, they go about it a different way.


If you're an avid gamer that wants to buy a new TV, you're in a bit of a difficult position. TV makers in Australia go to great pains to sell their screens' movie- and TV-watching potential, but don't really discuss how they perform with an Xbox One or PS4 or gaming PC plugged in.


Today I found out about a man who saved over two million lives just by donating his somewhat unique blood plasma. Australian James Harrison is called "the man with the golden arm" due to the unusual composition of his blood. Harrison's blood contains an antibody called Rho(D) Immune Globulin that is used to treat Rhesus disease, a severe form of anemia where antibodies in a pregnant woman's blood destroy her baby's blood cells.


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 320,000km long canyon of fire.


According to Reuters, Panasonic is going to stop production of its fantastic plasma TV sets by March 2014. That sucks, but it's 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.


I know, I know. We all want to enjoy a gorgeous OLED TV or eat 4K visual deliciousness in our living room but those sets are ridiculously expensive and going to be pretty unrealistic for a long while. The best TV at the moment is the Panasonic VT50, a plasma screen, but we all know people's eyeballs have their own preferences.


While rumours are firming around the next iPad, the speculation surrounding whether or not Apple will get into the flat panel market continues to circulate. It sounds like a good idea, but I'm not so sure.


Sure, you can spend $US6,000 (or more) for a top-of-the-line HDTV with more bells and whistles than you can shake a remote at. But if you're on a budget, Panasonic's newest line of plasma HDTV's offer top-flight features for bargain-bin prices.