Table of Contents April 2008

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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7 ways to be a space tourist—even if you’re broke.
Time may not have a beginning—and it might not exist at all.
5 difficult journeys to excite even the bravest science buff.
Check out these 7 amazing locales soon; they may not be around for long.
Like a zombie, Bodie is in a permanent state of “arrested decay.”
Given adequate food, fuel, and gender equality, mass conflict just might disappear.
From Icehotel to the Astronomers Inn, the world's best science-themed hotels and restaurants
Eric Drew miraculously recovered from both cancer and identity theft.
The 100-mile-long Sac Actun cave is one of the last unexplored places.


Can the hormone oxytocin drive us to be more generous?
Wade Davis, a real-life Indiana Jones, chronicles cultures at the brink.
Michael Mason fights the devastating effects of brain injuries.
Gum wrappers and subway maps get a dose of recycled chic.
The celebrated primatologist gives DISCOVER a peek at his reading list.
The annual First Light Festival of Plays About Science and Technology runs this month in Manhattan.
The U.S. uses less than 1 percent of our available geothermal energy.
A patient's low blood pressure tipped his doctors off to a potentially fatal condition.


Canadian pork imports may be laced with antibiotic-resistant Staph.
An underwater glider measures parts of the ocean that scientists can't reach.
Ancient pottery shows traces of a chemical found in cacao.
Bush says he won the war, but the prez ain't seen nothin' yet.
Preventing disaster in an unruly world.
From Newton to Pavlov, George Johnson outlines history's most remarkable experiments—while ignoring one major group.
Ingenious new device means lower HIV rates, safer penises.
More than 1,000 new images of the planet reveal startling results.
When it comes to unique verbs, speakers use 'em or lose 'em.
Tools for predicting aftershocks could also work for seizures.
PBS explores the hidden truths of animal attraction.