Table of Contents May 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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Creating shells out of nothing but mathematical equations, a computer scientist holds a mirror up to nature.
Bigger is better, right? So why in the world have Pygmies opted for smallness?
If highways are jammed, common sense says that an additional road will make things better. Mathematics says otherwise.
A paleontologist going after the earliest bird may have ended up with a mouthful of worms.
Physicists with their heads in the clouds are learning how to turn dangerous hailstorms into crop-saving rain showers.
Randy Lewis thinks the silky stuff of cobwebs may be the fiber of the future.


Right under our noses the patient had lost the number of red cells contained in almost a quart of blood--and nobody had the faintest clue why.
How the Human Genome Project will sequence the 3 billion pairs of chemical bases that make up our DNA strands
While other scientists mull over ways to pack more circuits onto a chip, one scientist has been trying to give chips the one component he thinks they really lack.
A young nonprofit organization is dedicated to revealing and correcting inaccuracies in popular dinosaurabilia.
Paleontologists have dug up some new specimens closely related to Hallucigenia, one of the strangest animals that has ever lived.
Neptune and Uranus are about to align and come together in our sky.
New software allows composers to alter their work almost effortlessly.
A scientist stumbles onto a new bovine genetic disorder.
Two mathematical biologists have arrived at a remarkable new theory of how the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, causes AIDS.