Table of Contents September 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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The desiccation of a remote island lake in Central Asia is one of the world's worst ecological disasters. Now, with an $85 million engineering project, the doomed sea is coming back to life.
The retiring president of Caltech delivers some straight talk on AIDS research, celebrity science, and his role in one of the most talked-about fraud scandals of the past 25 years.
Michael Griffin is gearing NASA up to build a moon base. Is he paving the way to Mars or jeopardizing the future of American space exploration?
The Apollo 11 pioneer charts a radical course back into space.
It takes the eye of an osteopath to diagnose the afflictions and affections of the dinosaur world.


How Silicon Valley joined the superstitious fringe as the enemy of open inquiry.
Newsflash: we're all going to die. But here are 20 things you didn't know about kicking the bucket.
String theory comes under attack, a geneticist muses on God, and the demise of high-tech trash. Plus: Buckminster Fuller's portable, collapsible house.
New X-ray data unveils the dynamics of galaxy cluster Abell 3266.
Boys with older brothers are more likely to be gay. But is it nurture or nature?
We grumble about prying eyes, yet we love to upload our identities onto the Web.
Why is one of the thinking community's heavy hitters dabbling in doomsday prophecy?
The dog provides a clue to a family's puzzling seizures.
How the Nipah virus, and its connections between pigs, bats, and people, could threaten your health.


Monitor your neighbors—or the Texas-Mexico border—right from your computer.
Japan installs the world's first nationwide earthquake-detector system.
New fossil analysis puts the beginning of life more than 3.4 billion years ago.
Searching for a pot of gold? Try the center of the Earth.
If you lack a sense of personal trajectory, astronomers can help.
The first complete Neanderthal skeleton shows how our species has evolved.
Temperatures can affect how new fast species arise.
New research might explain why HIV kills only humans.
High-altitude photos combined with satellite images show that modern American cities are just bigger versions of older American cities.
For island living, size does matter.
America plans its first new nuclear warhead in two decades.