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The Calm Issue of Popular Science is Available Now

The Calm Issue of Popular Science is Available Now!

“We’ve all done what we can to cope with the strain of pandemic life—as weeks turned into months, then into a year plus. The question isn’t really when this will be ‘over,’ but rather how we’ll get through this next phase and all the trauma that will inevitably linger. Our answer is to try to find a degree of calm–however and wherever we can. This issue brings another big change: Popular Science is now exclusively a digital magazine. This shift gives us the opportunity to reimagine the potential of this 149-year-old brand. The new subscriber experience, powered by our mobile and desktop apps, lets us experiment with new sections, designs, and capabilities like text-to-speech and, eventually, animations and video.”
—Corinne Iozzio, Editor-in-Chief

HAVE A NICE TRIP (page 24)
When you’ve tried everything else, is it time to try tripping? As ketamine emerges as a chic and seemingly effective new mental health therapy, PopSci Executive Editor Rachel Feltman decided to see if the psychedelic experiences could help manage the trauma of a past abusive relationship. “The world and everything in it is made of shades of green,” she writes of her trips, “ Somewhere in this emerald whirlpool that looks like pixelated glass but feels like a cloud, I hope to find and slay my demons.”

For those with some of the world’s most intense occupations, stress is just part of the job. Losing their cool is simply not an option–so how do they manage it? Technology Editor Rob Verger spoke with an air traffic controller, a bomb technician, a commercial fisherman, a teacher, a trauma surgeon, and a rescue pilot to understand how they manage their stress, and identify strategies that could help the rest of us cope.

In 2015, the Colorado towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff jointly became the ninth place in the world certified as an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), a nonprofit dedicated to combating inappropriate and excessive use of artificial light. When bright lights threatened to wash out their night sky, the community took action to preserve the darkness and the view above–not just for aesthetics. “Protecting the nighttime canopy is obviously good for astronomers, enabling them to see the dim and distant objects they study. But it might also have positive effects on ecological systems and human health. The frugal-minded find it’s a way to save on energy costs,” writes contributor Sarah Scoles.

WHY CAN’T WE SLEEP (page 46)
Despite our near-constant obsession with rest, Americans log about the same amount of sleep today as they did 50 years ago. But that doesn’t mean that we’re snoozing enough: Approximately one in three US adults isn’t getting the seven or more hours a night. From restless minds to modern distractions contributor Eleanor Cummins examines the five key reasons we’re losing zzz’s—and what we can do to get more shuteye.

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