Table of Contents December 2003

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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What's the purpose of nature's most powerful sound?
Pesticide companies pay volunteers to swallow and inhale the neurotoxins they make. What's wrong with this picture?
Where the money and brainpower will go in the next decade
Bran Ferren's yellow plastic box is full of gadgets and gizmos. What you can figure out about them may be more revealing than any IQ test
An Australian sand plain with wretched soil mysteriously yields more diversity than a rain forest
At least 96 percent of the cosmos cannot be seen through any telescope, but what we cannot detect may hold the secret of our fate


A teen in perfect health lies immobilized by an unknown pathogen