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iD (Ideas & Discoveries)

iD (Ideas & Discoveries)

March 2021

iD (Ideas & Discoveries) is an intriguing science and technology magazine that delves deep to help readers discover answers to questions about science, nature, psychology, history, current events and more. With captivating photography and design and engaging editorial content, iD will have readers thinking about the world around them in a whole new way.

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United States
Heinrich Bauer Publishing, L. P.
$11.37(Incl. tax)
$25.53(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

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3 min.
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questions@ideasanddiscoveries.com www.facebook.com/ideasanddiscoveries ALLURE OF THE UNKNOWN iD covers an extremely wide array of subject matter, but of all the interesting topics the magazine addresses, one of my all-time favorites is the articles on mysterious places. There’s something intriguing about sites with a reputation for the mysterious or macabre; they transcend mundane concerns and remind us that just because many of us are mired in a workaday routine, the world is big and amazing and full of unknowns. What makes these locations even more alluring is that they’re oftentimes unpopulated or abandoned, which enhances their drama. The place that stuck with me the most from the mysterious places story in the January 2021 issue is Russia’s Manpupuner rock formations because of what happened to all those hikers in the 1950s. Has there been any…

5 min.
hollywoo’s leading soldier

The phone was ringing in the office of former U.S. Marine Corps Captain Dale Dye. The famous voice on the other end had a pronouncement to make: “Captain, you have a mission!” The year was 1997, and the caller was none other than Steven Spielberg. When the Hollywood legend agreed to direct Saving Private Ryan almost a quarter of a century ago, he didn’t know he was about to revolutionize the genre. Spielberg’s commitment: make a film about the horrors of war and make it as realistic as possible. “In a real war, you don’t die with a huge fireball behind you, in slow motion, tumbling acrobatically into a perfect air-bag landing. That’s not how it is,” says the famed director. “The last thing I wanted to do with this…

1 min.
dale dye’s greatest achievements

Dale Dye has been involved in scores of film and TV productions. Here are his top five: BAND OF BROTHERS (2001) Steven Spielberg’s 10-part miniseries was nominated for 20 Primetime Emmy Awards and has won 7. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996) Dye played a senior agent on the Impossible Missions Force. NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994) Dye was a technical adviser and also played a minor role in this Oliver Stone film about a media-darling criminal duo. PLATOON (1986) This Oliver Stone film was the first major production for Dye, who spent a month training its stars. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) Spielberg hired Dye for his war film, which won 5 Oscars.…

6 min.
the real masters of their domain

EVASION EXPERT The outcome of this duel seems clear: What chance does a button-eyed little critter have against a ferocious-looking lizard several times its size? But things are not as straightforward as they seem: The small mammal is an elephant shrew. Native to Africa, where they can occupy almost any habitat, these creatures from the family Macroscelididae are seldom seen and hard to catch because of their wariness, good camouflage, and ability to dash away at up to 18 miles per hour. That makes them the fastest mammal in the “under 1 pound” weight class. They received their common name from early English taxonomists who thought their long nose resembled an elephant trunk. And it turns out elephant shrews are the result of an unusual evolutionary quirk that makes them more…

1 min.
recommended viewing

SMALL ANIMALS IN LEADING ROLES: HIDDEN KINGDOMS The spectacular nature film Hidden Kingdoms, the origin of the photos in this article, is the thrilling result of more than two decades of photography in some of the world’s most exciting places. “This world is so small and moves so fast that we had to reimagine natural history filmmaking,” says producer Mike Gunton. Narrated by Stephen Fry, the three-part series was first aired on BBC One in the UK and later shown in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel as Mini Monsters. It’s available on DVD and Blu-ray and on Amazon Prime.…

1 min.
experts in this issue

Old age can be treated, just like any other disease. AUBREY DE GREY, biomedical gerontologist In the eyes of Aubrey De Grey, the illnesses of aging are the side effects of life. He focuses on methods for extending life and enhancing its quality during the twilight years. PAGE 20 For the first time, we will have the power to alter the path of an asteroid. IAN CARNELLI, project leader of the Asteroid Impact Mission There are objects in the cosmos that could potentially present an impact threat to Earth someday. Ian Carnelli wants to stop them—by force, if necessary. PAGE 64 There is always a risk of getting infected if you don’t strictly follow the security protocol. MICHAEL FLUECKIGER, emergency medicine physician The medical director of the specialized airline Phoenix Air risks his life to safely transport seriously ill and…