Table of Contents January 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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Planet Xena, cosmic evolution, gamma ray bursts, and more.
Giant squid sighting, mice that regenerate body parts, sweet-smelling parasites, and more.
Siberian methane, the recovering ozone layer, hurricane history in tree rings, and more.
Problems with the new flu vaccine, and the American robin harbors the West Nile virus.
The human gut's vulnerable to HIV, race-based drugs approved, fetal skin grafts mend burns, and more.
Greenhouse gases turn oceans acidic, and the secret of milky seas.
NASA's latest manned rocket, Saturn's moons, comet smashing, and more.
Why stupid people die young, and a diet based on memory alteration.
Carbon nanotubes, lab-grown meat, humanoid robots, and more.


A diagnostician facing his own medical troubles tracks down a killer defect.
Gigantic hurricanes, the beauty of symmetry, and a giraffe-dissecting surgeon all formed fodder for great science books in 2005. Discover takes a look at the best.


The great Internet search engine is still no match for the passion and expertise of a wise human being.
Prehistoric animals were so bizarre, paleontologists often spend years trying to reconstruct their improbable look and lifestyle—only to get it wrong. Two recent investigations scramble our thinking about how the earliest animals first migrated onto land and into the air.

Get ready to go back to school again. In our November 2004 issue, gifted students from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development's Young Scholars Program riffed on classic puzzling themes. The kids are back, this time with a set of original challenges.