Table of Contents August 2007

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.
Digital editions


Thousands of Iraqis die needlessly in a crumbling health-care system.
Two teams of physicists compete to explain matter—and win a Nobel Prize.
In the South Pacific, the crew of a yacht saw new land form right beneath their boat.
What we know—and don’t know—about how we think.
You can’t hear it, but our planet’s ultradeep hum could save your life.


Astronomers find a star almost as old as the big bang.
Go breathe in the fresh air, but be selective about it.
A planet with supersonic winds, where a day lasts a year
Sci-fi helped make the present; now it's obsolete.
In at least one way, the smartest machines can't match a baby.
It’s time to replace coal power with wind and, yes, nuclear.
Somehow, cyberspace and the real world switched places.
With lessons on science, consumerism, and the soul, a truly educational genre
The archaeologist talks about the loss of artifacts and why he fled his homeland.
Chris Mooney's book says yes—and we're in trouble.


Viruses can protect you from bacterial diseases.
But all of Herod the Great's loot is gone.
Researchers find 750 new species, including the carnivorous moonsnail.
NASA turns a blind eye to the idea of space sex.
The Milky Way's magnetic field constantly buffets our little star.
Protein and DNA analyses cement the dinosaur-bird link.
Zapping your brain with an electromagnet could do the trick.
A comet may have decimated native animals—and culture.
Some researchers tinker with real blood; some create from scratch.
Phthiria relativitae, n. Pronunciation: \theory o’relativity\
DNA forensics puts poachers in the crosshairs.

Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

Collapse bottom bar

Log in to your account

Email address:
Remember me
Forgot your password?
No problem. Click here to have it emailed to you.

Not registered yet?

Register now for FREE. It takes only a few seconds to complete. Register now »