Table of Contents July 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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Neutron cameras versus smuggled nuclear bombs. Biodetectors versus bioengineered smallpox. Is technology making us safer—or more vulnerable?
One of physics' brightest stars ventures into 10 dimensions, visits other universes, explains gravity, and keeps her sense of humor.
Questions about the forensic infallibility of DNA emerge even as police begin to use it to profile suspect by race.
Swooping past Saturn's beautiful rings, the Cassini spacecraft starts to crack the code of the most complex structure in the solar system.
An unusual discovery of bacteria thriving in sulfur springs in remote Canada may help researchers search for life on Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa.


Why your next telephone may come mounted on a neck.
Money for getting squashed in your airplane seat, our country's fattest state, the Monster Thickburger, and more.
Milk may be to blame when the baby becomes severely anemic and listless.
The best in books, museums and film this month.
Does an extra dose of testosterone pay long-term dividends?
The math secret to winning "Let's Make a Deal."
The official world record for staying awake, possible killers lurking in our mattresses, a continent's war against naps, and more.
Bringing home the bacon may become a thing of the past when we can grow our own.
A very public online fracas takes place over a number of months.
At least a quarter of our lunar souvenirs are now missing, presumably stolen and sold on the black market.


The look of truly democratic media: rude, funny, creative, and fickle as fashion.
Did Neanderthals and modern humans speak to each other?
Bugs mean big money for the United States economy.
Landscape photographs look like dioramas when you use this technique.
Researchers have discovered an apparent link between enlarged tonsils and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Climatologists debate how bad the global warming fallout will be.
As our knowledge has expanded physicists have had to calibrate the cosmos not by using ourselves as zero but by discovering zero points in nature or creating them from scratch.
Future glasses could use liquid crystals to switch from close- to long-range viewing at the touch of a button.
The pattern of a shark's spots can serve as its distinctive fingerprint.
The fossil of a fish with legs reflects the prehistoric moment when sea life made way for land animals.
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