Table of Contents March 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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By precisely mapping a volume of space 5 billion light-years in diameter, the Sloan telescope is answering some of the universe's biggest questions.
The future of Homo sapiens, genetic proof of evolution, the next Galapagos, and more.
“Survival of the fittest” is helping us understand not only the origin of species but also love, politics, and even the cosmos.
Researchers see amazing twists of evolution at the biological hot spots.
Our species—and individual races—have recently made big evolutionary changes to adjust to new pressures.
Top neuroscientists explain the strengths, weaknesses, and vagaries of the human mind.
Bioengineers will likely control the future of humans as a species.


NASA's Orion space capsule features a new escape clause.
Fluorescent coral captured on film
From a killer $16,000 TV to devices that might finally bring the Internet to your living room
We're not very aware of the “behavioral immune system,” but it may push us toward life-saving behaviors.
It may look like a worthless rock, but it can be encrusted with diamonds or used to find black gold.
The beginning, the end, and the funny habits of our favorite ticking force.
Glass that "breathes" like gills, solar cells that imitate leaves, and other biomimetic technologies
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Astrobiologist Maggie Turnbull gets paid by NASA to search for alien life.
A bigger, better diode could bring LED lighting to the mainstream.
Within a high-security, climate-controlled vault in France, the perfect kilogram is getting ever so slightly less massive—and no one knows why.
Molecular biologist Sean Carroll shows how evolution happens, one snippet of DNA at a time


Snowflake-like robot could be used in biopsies and other procedures.
The Manta explores and monitors Greenland's treacherous glaciers.
Advance lessons in avoiding predators and identifying kin
Researchers say this longtime bane of offshore drilling is more cost-efficient than wind and solar.
Star factories also produce sugars—and might seed planets with the ingredients for life.
A new technology uses lasers to generate random numbers and encrypt your credit card transactions.
These electronic circuits can bend, stretch, and even curve into a spiral.