Table of Contents July 2008

DSC080701
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.
Digital editions

FEATURES

Global warming may finally do in the bodies of the ancient Scythians.
cedarrust
From slimy to friendly, these invaders live in symbiosis with plants—and us.
Modern pharmaceutical "breakthroughs" sometimes do more harm than good.
Chimps and orangutans agree: Humor is truly fundamental.
sight
Erik Weihenmayer's BrainPort translates images into electrical signals.

DEPARTMENTS

A toddler's neurological outburst leads to a clinical guessing game.
In the central North Pacific, plastic outweighs surface zooplankton 6 to 1.
Learn more about the world's biggest fuel source—while it's still around.
Cosmologist Max Tegmark says mathematical formulas create reality.

DATA

mantisshrimp2
The mantis shrimp can pick up on ultraviolet, infrared—and circular polarization.
Sometimes, two kinds of messes can cancel each other out.
But it's not all good—also produces formaldehyde and other irritants.
A new treatment may block transmission 85 percent of the time.
The FDA plans to lay heavier regulations on Big Pharma.
coleman
This promising tech may make the leap from bike lights to car motors.
Biologist Kenneth Miller thinks so.
the science of fear cover
Widespread fear after 9/11 pushed people from (safe) planes to (dangerous) cars.
4d
Buckminster Fuller's revolutionary ideas go on public display.
future
Jonathan Zittrain says closed systems are endangering the Internet—and us.
When it comes to obesity, no one explanation tells the whole story.
Sandbot can scoot along any surface—including other planets.
starling
Environmental pollutants lead lesser males to sing louder and attract more mates.
But how Rhea can hold onto its ring is still a mystery.
coralreef
Industrial carbon dioxide is turning the oceans acidic, threatening the foundation of sea life.
laser
Scientists are completing the world's largest laser—but will it work?
wheatlg
Here's a hint: You probably ate some at breakfast.
A new pooch IQ test shows that canines may be brainier than we think.
nightstandkey
What does a cosmologist read when he's not mapping the universe?
blackhole
Leonard Susskind's new book gets personal.
nose
From green tea to farts, a smell expert breaks down the chemicals of odor.
ADVERTISEMENT

Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Collapse bottom bar
DSC-JanFeb15
+

Log in to your account

X
Email address:
Password:
Remember me
Forgot your password?
No problem. Click here to have it emailed to you.

Not registered yet?

Register now for FREE. It takes only a few seconds to complete. Register now »