Table of Contents February 1996

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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No one can ignore the laws of the physical world, least of all performers who seem to flout them.
Stuart Schreiber is discovering just how a cell talks with the outside world.
Canadian researchers have found a bizarre, ancient forest that may be the slowest-growing on Earth. They didn't have to travel to Yakutsk or Tasmania to find it--they had only to look at a cliff not far from Toronto.
Alexander Vilenkin says our whole universe is only one of many, and mediocrity is the universal rule.
Infant stars kick, scream, and spew hot gas many light-years into space.