Table of Contents November 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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Our reporter tries out a trio of genetic tests to find out what they can tell her about her identity and her ancestry.
The best thing we can do for the theory of evolution may be to bring its creator back down to earth.
Between all the scraps of info about you online, players in business, politics, and government may know a lot more about you than you'd think.
Sex, death, deception—it's all part of the dances between species.
The often misunderstood symbiote can poison wolves, break down rocks, and live for thousands of years.
In some places, we ate them. More generally, modern humans' more varied lifestyle may have been the key to the survival.
Treatments for cancer, blood diseases, and even HIV are finally realizing some of the potential for stem-cell medicine.


Hint: It's actually not on the ground, nor in the oceans, but up in the sky—way up in the sky.
New research suggests that math has evolved its way right into our neurons—and monkeys', too.
A tune-up for one of the most sophisticated imaging devices ever made
Scientists at LSU’s Center for Computation & Technology used the university’s supercomputer to integrate wind, temperature, and sea surge simulations with satellite data.
Seed banks put some much-needed wild vigor back into today's specialized varieties, protecting critical crops from being wiped out.
A new technology lets doctors test out procedures on a simulation of the patient's anatomy.
Yoda on tour, plants using humans, perfect devastation, and more
The young woman carried a baby that wasn't her own—and wasn't even a human.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell worked through old-school equipment and old-school sexism to find the first pulsar—the beginning of an extraordinary life in science.
What's the connection between Steve Wozniak, the Pope, and Henry Kissinger? That's right, it's hacking.


Two new projects aim to soak in—and analyze—the entire visible sky.
The Nereus can take orders through a 25-mile-long fiber-optic cable, but if that snaps, it can find its way back to the mother ship.
A new synthetic connector could help bridge the gap between mineral-rich bone and fully organic tissue.
In the first FDA-approved trial evaluating the street drug's therapeutic applications, it proved phenomenally successful at treating PTSD.