September 2009 Issue: Point. Click. Kill.
The future of remote-control air warfare
Point. Click. Kill: Inside The Air Force’s Frantic Unmanned Reinvention
The age of remote-control warfare isn’t coming–it’s here, and not even the Air Force, which made it happen, is entirely prepared. Here, a firsthand look at the struggle to train thousands of drone pilots virtually overnight. By Eric Hagerman
So you want to explore the deepest caves? Design the cars of the future? Fire rockets? Don’t wait until you graduate. Here are 10 college programs that offer the most fun per credit—and can help you land your ideal job. By Rena Marie Pacella
While their peers worry about zits, these rising young stars are designing lunar bioreactors and new cancer drugs. What did you accomplish before turning 18? Meet our eight future Edisons here. By Blaire Briody
MIT For Free
The world’s most prestigious universities have begun posting entire curricula on the Web—for free. But how much can you really learn with a DIY online education? I enrolled to find out**. By Josh Dean
Drilling a geothermal well to help cool and heat the dream home. By John B. Carnett
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- 30-Second Science: Applied Math
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- Tech Trend: Laptops as Light as the Macbook Air–For Half the Price
- A Breakthrough In the Human-Automobile Interface Race
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- Ask a Geek: With Netbooks So Cheap, Why Buy a Laptop?
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