Table of Contents March 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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Fat, loud, and far from shy, elephant seals don't come across as mysterious creatures. But they hold many surprises.
Fluorescent dyes shed new light on a cell's inner secrets.
Designed by a team of visionary engineers, a unique new car is fast, sexy, and--with zero emissions--environmentally correct for the nineties.
The nineteenth-century survivors of the infamous Donner Party told cautionary tales of starvation and cannibalism, greed and self-sacrifice. But not until now are we learning why the survivors survived.
Physicist David Peak has big plans for small dust balls.
When is a building a mechanism? When is a mechanism a piece of art? When they're designed by Chuck Hoberman, the Buckminster Fuller of the 1990s.
Forget traditional distinctions between matter and empty space—it's all a seamless whole.
One of the world's leading paleontologists describes what happens when prehistoric bones are studied with one of science's most up-to-date tools: the CT scan.
Andrei Linde brings a streak of mysticism to modern cosmology--and a truly magnificent vision of creation.
In December 1993 the smallpox virus, one of the worst killers the earth has known, will be put to death by human hands.


If we’re scientific, we must be better.
If we can overcome being intimidated by nonannularity, we too can learn to appreciate the timeless movement of the many objects in the sky.
The most life-threatening aspect of cancer involves invasion and spread.

Why caterpillars are so destructive every spring.

A new telescope on the bottom of the ocean may be able to map out the inner depths of Earth’s core
Did an unpressurized aircraft cause this man's confusion or was it something more?
For many years, the mentally ill give the rest of us the willies. What has changed is our attitude toward abnormal behavior.
The art of manipulating the genes of living organisms so they will produce medically or industrially useful proteins.
There seems to be more to quasars than anyone had ever thought.
A recent study finds new species of fish have been popping into existence in spans of thousands of years.