Table of Contents December 2006

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DISCOVER presents the essential reading list for anyone interested in science.
Two certain defeats can be better than one.
Which scientist had the greatest impact in the past year?
John Donoghue is developing implants that connect the brain to a prosthetic limb, and Svante Pääbo is mapping the DNA of the Neanderthal.
Five researchers take science where it's never gone before.
How to survive the return of the world's dirtiest fossil fuel.
While this year's winners gather in Stockholm, some earlier Nobel laureates decode their breakthroughs with crayon and cardboard.
If you can solve the world's most daunting mathematical challenges, fame awaits. Fortune, too, if you want it


If terrorism is cultivated by modern media, how do we fight it?
Readers duke it out over the fate of science and react to DISCOVER's interview with Newt Gingrich
Jack Black the royal rat catcher, Jacko the world-champion rat killer, rats who mate more than once a minute, and more
The same protein that prevents cancer may also encourage aging.
Glimpses of nature in a New York photography show; Lego's robot kit; order a tank on
Skin eruptions mystify both doctor and patient.
National mirth rates are uncovered.
Dramatic photos show how the tsunami devastated Sri Lanka's landscape, but ecologists predict it will recover.
Birth reveals the transitional nature of the design.
How birding in Central Park in an age of terror makes the man


Most dinos are still in the ground.
Are the Japanese moving to the moon?
Greenhouse gases could go undersea.
To be aware or not to be aware: that is the question.
Doctors shoot down crack baby theories and stigmas.
Viruses are essential to the developing fetus.
An ancient fossil shows what came before baleen: big, nasty teeth.
Astronomers open a new window onto the universe.
Babies aren't the only ones with developing brains.
An ancient poem spills Egyptian blues.
Once, Alaska was near the equator.
More ways to mess up your kids.
Gravity-defying beds are no longer a figment of Stanley Kubrick's imagination.
Hear a painting, taste a symphony, and smell a color—is this what we do subconsciously?

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