Table of Contents May 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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Humans can outrun nearly every other animal on the planet over long distances.
In a group of 23 people, the odds are better than even that at least two of them will share a birthday.
A group of astronomers who met in 1961 to figure out the odds of finding intelligent life in our own galaxy turn out to have been really smart and really lucky.
Give Caltech astronomer Mike Brown a telescope and there's no telling what he might discover out there.
The head of Chicago's Field Museum lends a powerful new voice to the evolution debate.
Place dinosaur bones in empty warehouse. Add sculptors and fossil glue. Assemble.


A star one second, an exploding supernova the next
All along it has been the unconscious mind churning away brilliantly and undetectably that has raised us above the din
Did odors give rise to the first words?
Linking stomach pain, diabetes, and weight loss saves a life.


Renegade anthropologists rethink where humans came from.
Scientists spar over who's got the smallest.
Autistic children can mimic faces, but they can't read expressions.
An ultracapacitor is what really keeps going and going. . . .
If its Internet phone service is free, how does it make money?
Why Do We Have Daylight Savings Time?
German researchers identify a previously unknown emitter of methane.
In some species, a successful male doesn't need much of a brain.
Once, it was more of a nose.
A maverick who unmasked Sherlock Holmes and calculated the time of Jesus' crucifixion is stirring things up again.
Natural gas from the manure of about 30 cows powers a train.
People and animals learn best when given breaks between tasks.
The case for chimeras.
View the cosmos on your computer.