Table of Contents November 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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As humans emerged from the Stone Age, they built little cities. The discovery in central Italy of a 7,800-year-old settlement reveals the dawning of Western civilization
How far out of whack can the orbit of a planet like Earth get before we all die?
Are we already a lot closer to a mind-machine interface than we ever guessed?
An elite survivor assesses the hidden costs of exclusion
Can these threatened creatures thrive in freedom? Studies in the wild find reason for hope
The Optical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence


A vague, frustrating symptom gets a precise explanation