Table of Contents June 2004

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 do we need sinuses for, anyway?

Scientists may soon reveal how life began on Earth—by creating a primordial organism in the lab.

On a tiny island off the Danish coast, life after oil is working out just fine.

The secret behind this best seller has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with numbers.

Deliveries begin in 2007.

On a remote Pacific island, the local strays look a lot like their earliest ancestors. Domestication, they show, has its share of evolutionary side effects


Why can't this woman breathe?


Digital environmentalists devise a clever strategy for bankrupting junk mail purveyors.

What the team here at the Jet Propulsion Lab pulled off was magical.

A look inside Japan's $4.3 million high-speed elevators. 

The burrowing creatures are wreaking havoc on ancient artifacts. 

Harnessing the immune system to create a sure-fire birth control. 

The transition from quantum to classical. 

Artifact solves an ancient mystery.

A non-lethal round that can still incapacitate its target.

Scientists revolutionize one of the world's most complex foods.

This month Earth's closest neighbor makes a rare trek across the solar disk.

An ambitious plan to circumnavigate the world aboard a research yacht, and collect samples all along the way.

Was Elizabeth Blackburn pushed out for speaking in favor of stem cell research? 

In a fierce debate, a three-judge federal appeals court panel has ruled in favor of scientists.

It is by far the most distant known object in our solar system.

Also, how closely does our genome match primates? 

The world's most precise scale and stopwatch measure the world at the atto level.