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THE SMARTEST GEAR WE TRIED THIS MONTH
My Anti-Wall Rant
POPULAR WISDOM • What we’re up to beyond these pages
LARGE PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Skydiving • How (and why) to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
Can Big Data Train America’s Elite Forces? • The Air Force is using new technology to determine the precise mental and physical limits of special warfare trainees—and push past them.
IS WAR IN SPACE INEVITABLE?
How They Pulled Off the Giant Fight in Hellboy
Are there animals that would be impossible to domesticate?
How to Tunnel Across the United States
A Very Warm Sleeping Bag for the Great Outdoors
Stop Worrying About Digital Security • Realistic advice for consumers in the age of constant data breaches.
The Disease Detectives • Inside the Centers for Disease Control’s Cold War–era training program to halt epidemics.
In Praise of Overly Ambitious Projects • When in doubt, give it a try.
The Art of Making It Work • How a pull-up bar became a surfboard. (If you have an old house, you’ll understand.)
Halt Electricity with Only a Socket Wrench • A union electrician invents a socket to easily tighten any electrical ground clamp, saving himself time—and the risk of accidental exposure to 35,000 volts.
The Distiller Who Tries Everything • A St. Louis booze-maker is in a constant, thrilling state of experimentation.
The First Real Tesla Fighter • The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is the unlikeliest electric contender.
Benz’s Best Tech • Intelligent suspension, augmented reality—the 2020 GLE 450 drives futuristic.
Unreasonable Engine Appeal • The 2019 Ford F-150 diesel is the right engine in the right truck.
The Subscribeable Wagon • You can pay for the 2019 Volvo V60 like Netflix. But maybe just buy it.
New, and Normal • The 2019 Forester is a Subaru for the mainstream.
DRIVING GLOVES: WHY?
The Two-Door That Broke The Rules
Motorcycle Road-Trip Essentials • Or, how to fit a gallon of water into a pint glass.
THE 78TH ANNUAL FATHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The Best Way to Move Shirts
Eight Tips for Better Spray Painting • Some of the most important instructions aren’t written on the can.
Cordless Sanders • A fast way to prep weathered exterior paint, remove a finish, smooth a tabletop, or do basic metal prep.
How to Adjust a Derailleur • It looks complicated, but if you know how a derailleur works, you can fix many bike problems on your own.
Pack Me If You Want to Live • Whether you’re camping or waiting out the apocalypse, here’s the best gear to help you survive, in increasing order of desperation.
The Ramen Experiment • The surprising solution to leftovers: ramen.
Professors of the Sea • Teresa and Ben Carey have sailed and lived aboard their boat for years. Now they teach others to do the same.
THE SHOPPABLE LIFE
THE TOURIST’S GUIDE TO SPACE • IT’S TIME TO START PLANNING YOUR TRIP BEYOND THE...