Table of Contents August 1992

Discover Magazine's mission is to enable readers to lead richer lives by explaining and expanding their universe.  Each month we bring you in depth information and analysis from various topics ranging from technology and space to the living world we live in.
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Right now it's floating in a dish in Japan. Someday it may be offering you advice.
If you want to really understand the nuts and bolts of life, argues Jack Szostak, why not build a cell from scratch?
Supercomputers and new observational technology are helping astronomers unlock the sun's most stubborn secrets.
You think ice cream is simple? It's really a complex chemical cocktail, each lick of which sets off a physical and sensual explosion.
After hours, a physicist at Los Alamos is reinventing life's assembly line, molecule by molecule.
Playing God: The Making of Artificial Life
In a tiny laboratory, two biochemists are producing the world's most poisonous substance--for the benefit of mankind, of course.