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Should Your Car Have Solar Panels?
Before There Was White Claw, There Were Highballs
THREE HIGHBALLS PERFECT FOR SUMMER SIPPIN’
The B-52 Is America’s Longest-Serving Plane—and the Most Badass
Going the Distance
BEFORE YOU GO OFF-ROAD
How to Use Your 4WD System
We Spent All Day Arguing About This Triangle Brain Teaser. Can You Solve It?
THE MATHEMATICAL PROOF
Why Our Bodies Have Gotten Colder With Each Passing Decade
Reader Challenge: Build Something Useful With LEGO
THE HISTORY of MAPS • The map has no single origin or known inventor. But these breakthrough maps illuminate the milestones of science and discovery that guided civilizations—and define how we view the world today
THE FUTURE OF Off-Road Is Electric
The Race to Make Cell-Grown Meats Mainstream
ALSO ON THE MENU OF THE FUTURE
GRIZZLY BEARS • ARE RE TURNING TO A HABITAT LOST A CENTURY AGO. THE ONLY PROBLEM? WE LIVE THERE NOW.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A GRIZZLY
EXPLORE MORE, RIDE FARTHER, CAMP MORE COMPFORTABLY WITH THIS AWARD-WINNING GEAR
Go It Alone • Heather Anderson, who goes by the trail name Anish, set self-supported fastest known times on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 and Appalachian Trail in 2015. She shares what she loves about (and tips for) being alone outdoors.
The Hidden Math of Fire-Building • Ask outdoorsmen and -women whether it’s better to build a log cabin or teepee when starting a fire, and you’re sure to get a range of vehement responses. But the secret to a roaring blaze isn’t structure, it’s numbers.
HOW WE TESTED THESE SMART LOCKS
The Best Smart Locks for Your Home or Rental Property
Editors’ Choice • AWARD-WINNING TOOLS AND GEAR RIGOROUSLY VETTED BY OUR TEST TEAM
The Original Handheld GPS Brought Us Everything From Safer Flights to Faster Door-Dash Deliveries
5 HANDHELD GPS DEVICES THAT DO WHAT YOUR PHONE CAN’T
The Best Portable ACs
HOW IT WORKS
How to be Good at what You Do • THOMAS BERNICH, 48, OWNER OF BROOKLYNPHONO, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK