Table of Contents April 2006

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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Now that scientists have decoded the chimpanzee genome, we know that 98 percent of our DNA is the same. So how can we be so different?
Some contestants can recall the order of a deck of cards after looking at it for 60 seconds. Learn their tricks.
Don't count on DNA testing to tell you.
The exhibit is riveting, but critics wonder where these cadavers came from.
When this shy paleontologist found soft, fresh-looking tissue inside a T. rex femur, she erased a line between past and present. Then all hell broke loose.
The grandeur beneath the rubble was obvious—'impeccable, perfect materials and perfect proportions.'
Turkey guts, junked car parts, and even raw sewage go in one end of this plant, and black gold comes out the other end.
Does psychotherapy work? We'd be a lot more certain if we slapped a little science on it.


In praise of the bolder world of the first Internet.
Two placebos face off.
A toddler's behavior gives away his disease.
What cephalopods can teach us about language

Extinct toads, mutant mosquitoes, melting Arctic ice: Is our planet doomed?


The cosmos brims with color, but our eyes aren't engineered to see it
Online fantasy worlds put our democratic ideals to the test
Drilling deep into the crust, a volcano, a fault, and the ocean floor uncovers Earth's true nature.
Can we increase productivity by revving up the neural pacemakers in the brain?
A pinch of comet dust conjures the drama of the solar system's early days.