Table of Contents November 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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Only apes, it seems, alone among all the animals, can truly distinguish themselves fromt he world around them. But only the naked apes, apparently, can conceive of not just self but other.
Math shows our archaic electoral system safeguards democracy.
Physicists completely understand a solitary grain of sand. Why, then, are they at a complete loss to explain a mere handful of the stuff?
Two miles below the surface of the sea, a mysterious glow emerges from cracks in the Earth. In that glow, the first steps to photosynthesis may have taken place, 3.8 billion years ago.
The cerebellum, long regarded as a simple neural middleman, may in fact be a powerful processor that turns the brain into a mind.
As bacterial diseases develop resistance to antibiotics, medical resarchers rediscover an older strategy: setting one microbe to kill another.