Table of Contents May 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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That one little magazine is responsible for 2.1 pounds of carbon dioxide.
A group of experts endorse bugs as a nutritious and sustainable food source.
A new software-based approach may be the key to saving thousands of species.
The Earth's fastest telescope aims to make the best sky map ever created.
BPA and other plastics may be as harmful as they are plentiful.
Impressive new tech reduces pollution from small engines by almost 90 percent.
Filtered sewage water may be the key water source of the 21st century.
Environmental activist Laurie David gives a state of the union on the environment.
Even the creator of the holistic Gaia hypothesis has come around.


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Holographic digital storage will let consumers store a DVD library on a single disk.
The legendary pediatrician reveals what he's reading.
Growing corn for ethanol may increase greenhouse gases for over a century.
The standard model still doesn't describe magnets' spooky action at a distance.
New self-sustaining dog houses are perfect for the eco-conscious pooch owner.
An unusual condition pulls a woman in the ER—and doctors into a guessing game.


Radar peers beneath clothes to find weapons—and the perfect pair of jeans.
Proteins in the brain may be the key to un-learning fear—or retaining memory.
Chimpanzees are downright conservative when it comes to trading for better food.
Despite efforts to avoid them, birds still do billions of dollars of damage to aircraft.
A new book explores methods of collecting and storing all the carbon in the atmosphere.
A new watch uses binary code to tell you the time.
Philip Landrigan tracks how dangers like the WTC can cause problems like ADD.
Afternoon thunderstorms are more frequent in the middle of the week.
Despite funding concerns, NASA has big plans for moon exploration.
One writer chronicles the ubiquity of plastic products in daily life.
Mirror neurons help explain how we connect to each others' emotions.
A new book explores the relationships between the mathematical and natural worlds.
Carl Zimmer looks inside the dangers—and wonders—of one remarkable bacterium.
Mary Roach explores fornication around the animal kingdom in her book Bonk.