Table of Contents May 1995

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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Mother nature is a real softy: many of her structures won't stand up to the gentlest breeze. So why isn't she collapsing around our ears?
What makes fruit-eating spider monkeys so much smarter than leaf-eating howlers? Their gourmet diet, apparently--it's gone to their heads.
Blasting off is easy--any rocket can do that. Climbing to Orbit in a single stage is harder. Coming back and landing on your feet is harder still. Can the Delta Clipper do all that? Nasa hopes so.
Though paralyzed on one side, Mrs. M. claimed she wasn't--at least until she had cold water poured in her ear. Then, for a while, her brain could again perceive her body. And a neuroscientist could glimpse a secret about how we construct reality.
One cold, snowy day, Ingrid Daubechies saw a wealth of hidden meaning in a confused jumble of wiggly lines. Now Daubechie's wavelets are some of the hottest math around.