Table of Contents December 2008

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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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FEATURES

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Vinton Cerf played an instrumental role in creating the digital age—though he insists he wasn't alone.
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The world's most famous theoretical physicist will make you think—and laugh.
The world-changing minds who move science from theory to action.
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Inside the mind of Ed Witten, the "best physicist of his generation."
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Young innovators are changing everything from theoretical mathematics to cancer therapy.
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Edward O. Wilson looked at ants and made fundamental discoveries about humans.
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No Ph.D.? No university lab? No federal funding? No problem.

DEPARTMENTS

A strange condition turns a mild-mannered husband into an aggressive assailant.
Five high-tech gifts sure to bring holiday cheer.
The oldest life on the planet still has a few secrets.
There's no candy hidden in these, but they do hold other secrets.
Aerovolc 1 has a very sharp sense of smell—and not a shred of fear.
Our brains may contain a battle of the sexes that can cause schizophrenia and autism.

DATA

Obesity, lactose intolerance, and high blood pressure may all be traceable to hunter-gatherer survival.
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A new study says yes, and here's why.
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Mainstream medicine supports the diagnosis, but some doctors claim the evidence behind it is questionable.
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Our universe is perfectly tailored for life. That may be the work of God or the result of our universe being one of many.
From teenage biologists to world-renowned physicists, DISCOVER brings you the minds to watch.
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Expanding today's overcrowded Web is like building a skyscraper on a pile of styrofoam.
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Who says teenagers can't save the world? These whiz kids are solving some of the biggest challenges in science.
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“Noam Chomsky’s position in the history of ideas is comparable to that of Darwin or Descartes.”
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The lively debate over whether cap-and-trade really does much to fight global warming
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