Table of Contents November 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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Scientists race to discover the secret world buried miles beneath Antarctica.
The inside story of how scientists saved medical workers from the firing squad.
The universal human myth may be the first example of disaster reporting.
The doomsday rock is out there. It’s just a matter of time...
A rare brain disorder robs children of language and leaves doctors perplexed.


Shmoos are essential: without them, we would have neither bread nor beer.
Science was rendered obsolete by its own smashing victory.
With a little luck, you could well make it to your 20,000th birthday.
How else to explain naked skin, enlarged mammaries, subcutaenous fat...
Bones help fix themselves by controlling the body's metabolism.
Probably not. And no, he's not looking at your underwear.
Exploding boobs, toilet target practice, the second birth...
First tobacco. Then asbestos. Now we're awash in a sea of new poisons.
Desmond Morris observes the life of Desmond Morris.


61 sailors navigate 2,000 treacherous miles using medieval technology.
Without a pheromone detector, female mice turn into gender benders.
They just don't make two-foot dragonflies like they used to. Here's why.
A patch of the heavens that contains far more nothingness than the rest of space
Life doesn’t need it, so why do we do it?
The long-sought mechanism for a superior solar cell may now be at hand.
Global warming in the once-icy Arctic sets the stage for a modern-day landgrab.
Gattaca's good, The Core's crappy, and 8 more noteables
When a laser "scratches," dye microcapsules dissolve away.
They reproduce rapidly, eat just about anything, and are nutritious, too.
Chop up their DNA and the buggers still keep comin' back to life.
Lab-grown skin saves bunnies from cosmetics testing.
From paintable solar cells to antifreeze paint inspired by fish blood
New-found worlds are becoming bigger, hotter, and stranger.
DDT may be a useful public-health tool—until its effect wears off.