So why the dissonance? At the risk of sounding clichéd, I think that often we fear what we don’t understand. Gain a little insight and fear slips away. Plus, understanding things is fun. I mean, how else will you lord your towering intellect over your friends?
It’s with this spirit that we undertake our 10th annual How It Works issue. In it, we rip apart some of the world’s coolest and most important stuff to see what makes it tick. This year, we dig into a cutting-edge cancer treatment, virtual reality, black holes, a drone that follows its pilot, and much more. One item we consciously left off the list: vaccines. That’s because there’s so much credible information out there already, if you’re curious enough to look.