Table of Contents August 2002

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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Is there a five-mile-wide ball of hellaciously hot uranium seething at the center of the Earth?
An emergency room doctor faces a summer nightmare
The war in Afghanistan has exposed a new level of U.S. expertise in pilotless aircraft. Meet the Global Hawk. and prepare to hear a strange announcement on a future airline flight: This is your computer speaking . . .
Alan Thorne's challenging ideas about human evolution
The botanical battle to save an ancient flavor
For more than a decade, physicians convinced breast cancer patients that bone marrow transplants were their best hope of salvation. But the insurance companies who resisted paying for the procedures were right all along: It was experimental medicine and most women were a lot better off without it. How could so many oncologists ignore basic principles of science?


Strange things can happen when the brain runs low on sugar