Table of Contents June 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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Is the speed of technological change an illusion?
Why America's treasured forests sometimes just need to burn.
Just as we are poised to begin exploring the frontiers of deep space, a sad truth is beginning to emerge: Far from being a naturally spacefaring species, we are frail creatures who may not be able to function for long periods outside the gravity, atmosphere, and magnetic field of mother Earth.
Gossip in the glory days of Rome was just like ours—but written in stone.
Biology's chief provocateur explores the evolutionary origins of cooperation, warfare, and the tribal mind.
A simple math problem has a surprising answer.


Can a random collection of data be conscious?
Fahrenheit has warm familiarity on its side, and Celsius weighs in with cool logic. We need something completely different.
Since neurons don't regenerate, brain damage is often permanent—but scientists would like to change that.
From Ancient Romans to modern Americans, trash is timeless.
The dreaded old disease of gonorrhea tests a modern gynecologist.


Wi-Fi networking could be the foundation of a new form of community.
Meet the emotionally naked ape.
Does AJ have the world's best memory?
Provocative science thrusts a bizarre Turkish family into the limelight.
Life's bounty exists where you least expect to find it.
Budget cuts rein in explorers.
We should work, watch, wait, worry and wonder.
Are monkey calls the simian version of local dialects?
Organ printers build living transplantable organs one layer at a time.
The solar system's grandest world is also one of the most enigmatic.
Scientists spot solar storms before they spin this way.
Should adolescent girls be required to get it?