Table of Contents June 2009

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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Two new designs aim to make nuclear reactors safer and vastly more efficient.
Tomorrow’s smart grid will keep the lights on and factories humming with clean (but fickle) renewable energy.
Renewable power is inspiring clever new ways to store electricity—and to uncork it exactly when and where it is needed.
The Fobos-Grunt mission might pave the way for humanity's first permanent space base—on Phobos, Mars' bizarre moon.
Four scientists discuss where the climate is and where it's going.


Will the next generation of computers, phones, and even energy storage be built on a form of carbon?
The simple step of drying out animal waste can help turn it into a safer, more practical energy source.
Gregory Erickson studies the life cycles of dinosaurs and teaches concert-like classes.
New gadgets that can help you enjoy, document, and survive the wilderness
Tracing the flow of a blood-red fluorescent dye may reveal the ultimate fate of Greenland's ice.
Computing cells, humans as chefs, time twisting on the dark side of the moon, and more.
Astronomers at the Mount Wilson Observatory sketch sunspots every day, continuing a tradition started by Galileo.
A dying patient faces a dropping blood count—and a faith that forbids transfusions.
Hint: It's related to the rose and can put the "white" back in your pearly whites.
A new theory says the brain stores complex pieces of information in "sparse-coding networks."
The first skin flicks, setting actors on fire (safely), the great bluff that turned into IMAX, and more.


The population of American shad rebounded in the 1990s but is again on the wane.
Researchers find that the tale of the "Hero Twins" goes back more than 2,000 years.
A chance discovery reveals a way to precisely control the activity of a gene.
Research has soundly disproved the alleged connection, yet fears about vaccines continue to be a major risk to public health.
The ESA's new system is designed to counter the force of sunlight on a spacecraft—about the same as the force of gravity on a single human hair.
A computer simulation predicts that ravens should have evolved a behavior called "gang foraging," which is then observed in real ravens.
A new mobile EEG system now lets researchers probe the brain function while people move around naturally.
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