Table of Contents March 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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Museum exhibit makes cadavers an art form and dissection uncomfortably real.
Every year or so we figure out that Earth hasn't been rotating quite as fast as we thought, so we add a second to the clock. And that messes up everything.
Nearly a third of all the life on this planet consists of microbes living without oxygen under the seafloor. If even a small proportion of the methane they produce is released, we might be overwhelmed by huge tsunamis, runaway global warming, and extinctions.
Gold-mining techniques in the Yukon offer up fresh DNA from the Ice Age.
A computer museum in Silicon Valley offers some perspective on the next new thing.

"If there's one thing you learn as a scientist, it's never to close your mind off to things that seem far-fetched"


Book, tech and fashion reviews of what's hot.

Was it pneumonia, asthma, or something his mother drank?


A prerelease look at Adidas’s innovative adiSTAR Trail shoe

Analysis of their skulls show that these dinos weren't pea-brained after all.

The world's first fully functional plasma vehicle takes a test run.

Tiny talking identification tags could change the very nature of consumerism

This mechanical spider could help prevent damage and deaths from natural disasters.

A closer look at Saturn's spectacular rings

A long-lost sponge, believed to contain a potent anticancer compound, has been located in a deep underwater dead zone.

Learned behaviors of lab animals compete in Xtreme Rat Challenge.

Quick scientific facts and finds.

A neurologist says he may have found the master switch to turn off drunkenness.

Is self-awareness really limited to humans? 

Stem cells bladder therapy could take the place of Depends.

The idea that aging is something that's not a given is a new paradigm
How did the chicken cross the road? Very, very carefully—yet alive and intact, thanks to new "ecopassages" for wildlife.

Researcher discovered the largest known prime number, and it is 6,320,430 digits long.

The Spanish city's ancient coliseum could hold 50,000 spectators, making it the largest such structure in the empire at the time.