Table of Contents September 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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tetris
Some specially tailored games seem to help preserve mental fitness.
vatican1
The Vatican keeps close tabs on the latest science—and integrates new research into its modern theology.
antarctic1
Antarctica's Whillans Ice Stream helps researchers predict climate change—and the fate of coastal cities around the world.
yeast_phil
Fighting cancer, producing renewable fuels, and making your clothing glow in the dark.
dna
One reporter has her DNA analyzed and finds that genetic testing isn't an exact science.
An inside look at what may be the toughest space mission ever attempted.

DEPARTMENTS

From Galileo to the Hubble, viewing space has come a long way.
A new program mines user reviews to create the ultimate computer-generated critique.
Hint: It was originally developed to treat hypertension and angina.
A space-age battery is about to revolutionize portable computing.
An infectious disease specialist must tackle her patient's parasites head-on.

DATA

bulb
A good dusting of 10,000 galaxies reveals tons of hidden energy.
incense
An ancient type of incense seems to act like an antidepressant drug when injected.
Some brave pilots fly tiny gliders into an amazing type of cloud that forms only in Australia.
deforestation
A few test projects show that landowners protect forest when it's valuable to them.
machupiccu
The 360° World Atlas turns anyone with a computer into a global traveler.
brownleeite
A rare and promising mineral was plucked from space by a NASA satellite.
whalepower
The bumps on a humpback's flipper prevent the beast from stalling as it turns.
umbrelladress
Sea leather, hemp, and bamboo make up this season's runway couture—but will it really help the planet?
bruno
The life and work—and unorthodox beliefs—of Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno.
A new book explores the mistakes of the legendary genius.
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