Table of Contents November 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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Say good-bye to the old nine planets. Say hello to a whole new celestial family.
Promising new technologies could sniff out liquid bombs. But can their limitations be overcome?
Using strange new materials not found in nature, physicists can make an object disappear.

Discoveries in epigenetics are rewriting the rules of disease, heredity, and identity.

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The unveiling of a 4,000-year-old civilization calls into question conventional ideas about ancient culture, trade, and religion.
He's got a plan to save the world. All it needs is a smart dose of science, some enlightened politicians, and about 0.7 percent of your money.


LSD, gunpowder, Viagra, and the Incredible Hulk all have something in common.
Garbage zipping through space could shatter a spececraft or crash into Earth.
Is the connected generation too easily abandoning the individual for the wisdom of the crowd?
Natural selection may be driving the beautiful people to have girls.
What a twins convention in the Midwest tells us about the future of humanity.
Carl Sagan pilots us once more into the cosmos, and a grand old Hollywood observatory reopens to the public. Plus: soldiers' lives as seen through their own cameras.
War can sometimes establish unexpected havens for animals and plants.
Mysterious fainting spells signal a deadly emergency for a middle-aged man.
A new book contends that urban density makes eco-sense.


Interstellar organic molecules suggest that Earth may have been seeded by the cosmos.
Cows may have brought tuberculosis to North America long before Europeans arrived.
This is not your average petri dish: minibrains grown in vitro.
Meth makes cells more susceptible to HIV.
Semen contains hormones that might induce a woman to release eggs earlier than normal.
There's far more to the universe than meets the eye.
Iraq's legacy as a mecca of learning falls casualty to chaos.
A pinch of nurture and a poisonous dollop of testosterone?

The battle for IQ amongst our primate relatives.