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The High Issue
Such great heights
How is the new era of NASA lunar missions different from the last?
What can you do to get past a fear of heights?
How will future coastal defenses handle rising tides?
Do high-tops elevate athletic performance?
What did it take to complete history’s supertall buildings?
Which sounds elude the human ear?
Will flying cars cause traffic jams in the sky?
Cloudy with a chance of climate crisis • Could reflecting more sunlight help tackle global warming? A cadre of retired physicists and engineers have decided to try.
Open minds • As tripping for our health goes mainstream, these visionaries are making sure no one—especially traditional users—gets left behind.
Fueling up and away • As more rockets than ever blast off, engineers are looking for alternative fuels that leave less gunk in the stratosphere.
Soaring demand • Precise tracking data powers a complex dance of ships and trains at the Port of Los Angeles.
Catching fire • Can high-flying balloons help keep tabs on wildfires? A Denver startup floats the idea.
Trap cosmic rays in a jar • Wait! Before you recycle that peanut butter container, consider making a cloud chamber.