Table of Contents February 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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Funky properties of frozen water may have made life possible.
A proposal to create special constellations that nature would never produce
Before the Pluto fiasco, two asteroids were stripped of planet status.
The famous 6 degrees of separation theory fades under scrutiny.
Some were fanatical prudes, while one was dubbed “the Pied Piper of carnality.”
Want a lighter bike? Poke holes in it—the more the better.


What is Arctic researcher Hauke Trinks reading now?
If rubber recycling hits a glut, there may be little choice.
Embryonic stem cells crashed against Leon Kass’ old-school moralism.
Corporate interests push profitable paranoia.
A "deep" itch can signal that something's really wrong.


Radar and sonar reveal sarsen stones buried under Silbury Hill.
Similar bots may one day clear clots in blood vessels.
Get ready for diarrhea that's out of this world.
No need to dissect this see-through frog to learn how it works
The global warming risk that's also a great opportunity
A physics joke that bombed. Atomically.
At his peak, Walter Freeman hacked at dozens of brains each day.
New study finds that being happy won't help you live longer.
A few brave souls have accomplished individual, powered flight.
A simple box turned by a motor shows the complexity of knot formation.
The archetypal kilogram is losing mass, and no one knows why.
A strange old galaxy churns out new stars like a young'un.
An intrepid food expert plays astronaut to find out.
Learn to love your body for what it really is: a jury-rigged fish.
New, credible research suggests it could very well work.
An excerpt from The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw