Table of Contents November 2008

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focusing
Researchers are racing to find the first planet that might support life as we know it.
masked
The next killer germ could burst from the African rain forest—or from your family pet.
watch
Our obsession with the clock has driven us to refine and control it—but where does that control end?
pyramid
A group of Bosnian hills might contain the world’s greatest pyramids—or its greatest pyramid scheme.

DEPARTMENTS

A young man with fevers and groin pain leads E.R. doctors on a race to find the cause.
Humans have a record of screwing up democracy, but we aren't the only species getting in on the act.
Galileo may be science's most famous martyr, but it was Kepler who solved the mystery of the planets.
Laurie Santos penetrates the world of monkeys... and finds they're more like humans than we think.

DATA

champagneventkey
You've heard about the freaky animals at ocean vents. Now check out the freaky water.
worldmap
A new open-source atlas could keep you from falling into a sinkhole and help settle the great Arctic land grab.
botox
All those wrinkle-causing winces, smirks, and sneers may have been the product of evolution.
chasingscience
Marine biologists in the world's only undersea lab find wonder hidden in the depths.
weaverantslg
They do, after all, engage in many of the hallmarks of our societies: farming, warfare, and air conditioning.
reinventinggravity
A new book seeks to reinvent Einstein's greatest gift to the world.
gps
AT&T's Watson leads a pack of new gadgets that understand spoken instructions.
ee1
A clear-eyed look at the magnitude of global warming problem—and the cost in getting rid of it.
icecorelab
Ice core samples reveal the atmosphere's secrets as far back as 400,000 years.
Will it be a solar flare? Or a gamma-ray burst? DISCOVER's own Phil Plait lays out the odds.
alchemyofair
A new book describes how German chemists find the secret to nitrogen fertilizer—and explosives.
darkbanquet
From vampire bats to parasitic catfish, a new book spells out the secret lives of plasma-loving beasts.
santoskey
What does the "Monkey Whisperer" read at night?
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