Table of Contents November 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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Legendary food scholar Harold McGee rocks us again.
The power of trance can no longer be disputed, a psychiatrist at Stanford University says. Now we just have to use it.
We are only beginning to discover how vast and strange our solar system truly is.
Archaeologists plot a recovery from the Taliban's cultural vandalism.
When microbiologist Mitchell Sogin decided to trace human evolution to its roots, he had no idea he might find sponges.


An aching chest and belly pain have a common cause.


A ruby's dazzling color masks the mysterious origins of its birth.
Blaze new trails to the far reaches of the cosmos—and be back in time for dinner.
Based on skeletal remains, it appears that quite a few monks were severely obese.
The donkey accompanied humans at the dawn of civilization.
Lack of power turns into a powerful opportunity to monitor air quality.
The fear of terrorism has opened new areas for growth in the security industry.
The best science performers are countries which make sure young people are set free to pursue their own agenda and express their creativity.
Troops are testing a robot that can scope out the danger around corners.
Researchers discover the set of genes behind every human cancer.
Our genetic makeup varies more than we thought from person to person.
A teenage growth spurt accounted for most of the dinosaur's stature.