Table of Contents December 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.
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Controlling inflammation could be the key to a healthy old age.
Suzanne Somers says special hormones can keep women young. Should they listen?
Hormone researchers seek new life for old brains and bones.
Her genetic explorations could lead to revolutionary treatments for cancer.
His research heats up the search for alien life—and finds some amazing planets along the way.
What works and what doesn’t—not that you should try this at home.
The disease may be the twisted flipside of an evolutionary boost.
His mission: To enlist hard data in the global war on poverty and disease.
From the smartest artificial brain to the first artificial life


Once you see—and feel—a virtual self, your mind can move into a mannequin.
Not all people sleep in "giant sleep machines," like we do.
It starts with water and ends with intelligent aliens—hopefully.
Anti-inflammatory, protector of astronaut eyes, and excrement of the gods
A blog that takes no prisoners in its search for cosmic truth
In some situations, rare illnesses become downright probable.
Humanity stomps nature but is still vulnerable to humanity.
If you had the right ride, hydropower could lop 2/3 off your gas bills.
There's a reason the iPhone doesn't come with Linux.
The man who proved heliocentrism never thought his ideas would amount to much.


Maybe the genes that make hot males make distinctly un-hot females.
A golden beetle can turn itself brick red in under two minutes.
Astronomers triangulate the source of the dinosaur destroyer.
A bacterial genome sets up shop right in a fruit fly's DNA.
Can a green building offset the potentially giant impact of spaceflight?
Hope you enjoyed it, 'cause it wasn't around long.
To save the environment, imitate mobile homes and go pre-fab.
Ancient diamonds suggest a thick skin on the early Earth.
Pictures of endogenous drugs make surprisingly nice jewelry.
Yes, but it won't cure cancer or solve our energy problems.
The first structure visible from space was made by wombats.