October 2009 Issue: The Race to 1,000 MPH

October 2009 Issue

The race to 1,000 MPH


In the Black Rock Desert, a band of misfits is going up against the land-speed record holder to make history, and break the sound barrier—all while keeping the car and driver in one piece.
By Mike Spinelli

Meet the network of space buffs who are learning to track asteroids and predict exactly when and where the next killer meteorite will strike. By Gregory Mone

It takes real proof to back up even the simplest theories. And these 10 studies show that the obvious (ducks like water!) can have not-so-obvious implications. By Jason Daley

The science you need to know now: Nukes 101, alien hunting, the return of swine flu and the universe's mysterious "dark flow"


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