Table of Contents October 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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Will anyone ever decode the human brain?
How can people who gorge on fat and rarely see a vegetable be healthier than we are?
A genetic alteration causes premature aging.
The search for life on Mars could be a bit complicated by the hitchhikers on our rovers.
A geophysicist revisits a provocatively simple—and previously unworkable—process for extracting freshwater from the sea.
An alternative way to view the election.


Abrupt loss of coordination suggests autoimmune disease.


Research in this country is going down...The quickest way to save your bottom line is to cut research.
Most of the cosmos cannot be seen, but its influence is visible everywhere you look
The helmet technology that's softening the blow, and protecting NFL players' brains.
Scientists discovered a compound that could help forests recover more quickly after fires.
Putting blooming nanoflowers to use.
Not every hibernating animal goes into a deep slumber because it's cold.
Civilization starting developing a more complex culture due to an increase in older people.
Injure your left arm, and you may feel it in the same place on your right arm.
Researchers use a new microfabrication technique to carve a word into a single human hair.
Fingerprinting could be the best way to put cybercriminals under your thumb
What lies beneath the pathological desire to stockpile tons of stuff?
A theoretical physicist posits that dark matter and dark energy are two versions of the same thing.
Women may produce eggs throughout their lifetime, the total number isn't fixed.
We're getting closer to making science fiction a reality, though it's still a long way off.
Contrary to popular belief, fungi aren't always bad for plants.
The importance of dancing in the hive.
A genetic tweak allows mice to eat all they want, but there's a tradeoff.
And how does that affect the planet's creatures?