Table of Contents December 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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DISCOVER presents the essential reading list for anyone interested in science.
John Donoghue is developing implants that connect the brain to a prosthetic limb, and Svante Pääbo is mapping the DNA of the Neanderthal.
How to survive the return of the world's dirtiest fossil fuel.
Two certain defeats can be better than one.
Which scientist had the greatest impact in the past year?
While this year's winners gather in Stockholm, some earlier Nobel laureates decode their breakthroughs with crayon and cardboard.
Researchers search for the brain basis of religious experiences.
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?
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.
National mirth rates are uncovered.
Skin eruptions mystify both doctor and patient.
Glimpses of nature in a New York photography show; Lego's robot kit; order a tank on
How birding in Central Park in an age of terror makes the man.
Birth reveals the transitional nature of the design.
The 2004 tsunami devastated Sri Lanka's landscape, but ecologists predict it will recover.


Astronomers open a new window onto the universe.
Doctors shoot down crack baby theories and stigmas.
Hear a painting, taste a symphony, and smell a color—is this what we do subconsciously?
The case of a woman in a vegetative state who responds to verbal cues.
Marmoset fathers show distinct brain differences from those without offspring.
Once, Alaska was near the equator — possibly due to so-called true polar wander.
Endogenous retroviruses are necessary for the growth of the placenta in mammals.
Are the Japanese moving to the moon?
Gravity-defying beds are no longer a figment of Stanley Kubrick's imagination.
Over 90 percent of dinosaur genera are still in the ground.
Greenhouse gases could be injected under the ocean to stave off global warming.
An ancient poem spills Egyptian blues.
More ways to mess up your kids, via epigenetic inheritance.
An ancient fossil shows what came before baleen: big, nasty teeth.