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PUTTING A PRICE ON NATURE
PULLING OFF AN EPIC MOONSHOT • Sorry, astronomers, but with a little patience, a basic DSLR, and some photo-editing wizardry, images worthy of the James Webb Telescope can be taken from here on Earth. Photographer Andrew McCarthy shares his pro tips for creating interstellar art, no rockets required
DEVELOPING RESILIENCE UNDER FIRE • The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 team had to navigate the war in Ukraine while building the sequel to their hit shooter. Now the result is more than a just game—it’s about national identity
WORKING WITH THE 1 PER CENT • A group of multi-millionaires has an old idea for new money: tax their wealth to solve the cost of living crisis for everyone else
BRINGING BACK COFFEE’S HAS-BEAN • Forget the flat white—the world’s two favorite caffeinated species are in danger of flatlining, thanks to environmental pressures from our changing climate. Could a spurned 19th-century alternative solve the brew’s existential crisis?
THIS COAL MINE IS PRESENTED BY THE GREEN PARTY • Formerly eco-friendly governments are resorting to fossil fuels such as lignite to bridge their energy crisis shortfall—but protesters are pushing back
MARGARET ATWOOD IS READY TO LET IT RIP • The famed writer speaks with WIRED about ChatGPT, the end of Roe v. Wade, and what’s left to inspire hope
THE REAL-WORLD HOLLYWOOD HIT MEN • The Matrix movies brought together Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski. Now the singular duo have reunited for a fourth instalment of John Wick—but the war against the machines still plays a big part in their working relationship
GEAR FOREVER SPECIAL
CHINA’S GIANT LEAP • Moon bases. Satellite-killing weapons. Asteroid mining. The battle for space coulddefine the 21st century—and the People’s Republic is rocketing ahead.
The European Satellite Giant Taking on Elon Musk • To compete with her American rivals, Eutelsat’s new CEO Eva Berneke first has to navigate Russia’s war in Ukraine, Brexit politics, and jamming attacks by Iran
Permission to launch • A TINY VILLAGE IN SCOTLAND IS BETTING ITS FUTURE ON FIRING ROCKETS FROM ITS OWN SPACEPORT. BUT IT MAY THREATEN THE FRAGILE LANDSCAPE—AND THE AMBITIONS OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL LANDOWNER.
The Hibernator’s guide to the galaxy
INTERCEPTED • How Telegram became a favorite tool of the Kremlin.
DEPTH CHARGE • Companies are gearing up to MINE the SEAFLOOR, targeting rocks rich with metals that are essential to our EV-powered future. THE BIG QUESTION: How much OCEAN are we willing to SACRIFICE?
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YOUR EYES WATER. WANT THEM BACK? • THE ASSIGNMENT: IN SIX WORDS, WRITE A STORY ABOUT A MAD SCIENTIST.