Table of Contents March 1998

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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Malaria kills 2.7 million people each year, most of them children. As a new generation of vaccines begin clinical trials, researchers wonder if they've finally got this killer beat.
Some 4,000 years ago, a number of mighty Bronze Age cultures crumbled. Were they done in by political strife and societal unrest? Or by a change in the climate?
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Some parasitic copepods have seizedon a unique piece of ocean real estate.
Much is revealed by the pace and path of the sun and other sky denizens.
Saturn's largest moon is one of the coldest, most inhospitable worlds in the solar system. But 6 billion years from now, Titan will be dramatically different.
Before Graham Borradaile's discovery, archeologists didn't know that a powerful dating tool la? hidden in every stone building and statue in the world.
Witness the striking meeting ofthree planets and a sliver of moon.
Breeders have created head ruffs, chest frills,and fantails for the lowly, abused bird.
For years engineers have touted the future wonders of microscopic machines. But they have ignored a real-world-size problem: If machine parts dwindle to tiny specks, how will human or even robotic hands ever assemble them? One man's ingenious solution:
It's not easy studying the nautilus, a creature that lurks in the depths of the ocean and emerges only at night to prowl the coral reefs. But the rewards are great: discovering just how old a living fossil can be.


Mrs. Chang's life had not been easy. Now she was afraid her death wouldn't be, either.
An accident threatened Mr. Sinclair's poor hearing. Could microsurgery save his fragile world?