Table of Contents May 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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A variety of new findings point to the "habitable zones" where we're likely to find extraterrestrials.
The economic collapse threatens the long-held dream of underwater mining.
Stem-cell guru Robert Lanza presents a radical new view of the universe and everything in it.
DISCOVER reporter David Ewing Duncan uses fMRI to try to track his thoughts on some big questions.
Next month, 100 meteorologists will try to finally understand the dynamics of tornadoes—like the one that killed three people in Mena, Arkansas, last night.


At last we are finding rocky planets like our own. But some are pretty weird: The smallest may have a mineral-vapor atmosphere that condenses as lava rain or rock snow.
3-D scanning shows where the statue is most stressed—and where it will probably fail.
A broken symmetry from our evolutionary heritage is part of what makes us human.
Extreme mammals, animal justice, the indie version of the Matrix, and more
A new Fujitsu scanner merges business cards, receipts, and other important pieces of paper with the rest of your data.
1) Throwing parties 2) Lifeline during a terrorist attack 3) Staying connected with mom
A flexible computer screen—one that you can roll up and stick in your pocket—is coming closer to reality.
A tropical vacation goes south when a tourist catches something horrible from the catch of the day. But what exactly is it?
Hint: To forensic technicians it's a valuable timer; to medical doctors it's a defense against infection.
New York has a forgotten one, Texas has a $2 billion wasted one, and Switzerland's building the longest.
The big numbers behind Internet use in the U.S.


The ancestors of modern birds seemed to have sophisticated hearing—and perhaps other sharp faculties, as well.
Researchers create what may be the perfect scout: a bug controlled remotely through a chip implanted in its optic lobes and flight muscles.
DISCOVER's panel of top astronomers and astrophysicists discuss some of the biggest questions in the universe.
New satellite tracking gives a much more accurate read on global air pollution.
A new MIT invention turns shock absorbers into electric generators.
A natural brain protein and insulin, of all things, may lead to effective treatments.