Table of Contents April 2010

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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Special Investigation: How a self-taught doctor from Delhi cornered the black market in kidneys, building one of the world’s most lucrative organ-trading rings, until it all came crashing down.
Four iconoclastic thinkers are challenging the assumption of scientists from Newton to Einstein: That there is one set of laws that perfectly describe the universe for all time.
From deep space, cosmic rays come fast and pack a heck of a punch. They may also carry clues to the most vexing mysteries in the universe.


Traveling time with Stephen Hawking, new ideas for finding aliens, having God-like power over nature, and more
Pardis Sabeti unravels recent human genetic changes like lactose tolerance, changes in skin tone, and responses to deadly Lassa fever.
The one with its own satellite, the ones that made you, and the Mama of them all
The return of wolves helps helps bring Yellowstone back from the brink; cocktails get mixed with science; and places you can go to see the research happen
The young man’s ear pain was constant and debilitating, but doctor after doctor could not find the cure.
Hints: John Glenn had one on his historic flight. The colors were added to distinguish distance from the camera.
Two eminent climatologists share much different views: Michael Mann—whose private emails were hacked—points a finger at skeptics. Judith Curry believes humans are warming the planet but criticizes her colleagues for taking shortcuts.
Neuroscientists have found several ways in which the brains of top-notch athletes seem to function better than those of regular folks.
When Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter, he gave evidence for what Copernicus had merely intuited: Not all heavenly bodies circle Earth.


Nerve cells in our sweat glands and blood vessels may constitute an important, previously unrecognized source of sensory info.
Washington officials think the industrious critters could save more of 650 trillion gallons of water each year, blunting the effects of hot and dry summers.
A special observatory 2 miles underground plus a great aerial photo illustrate why the earth trembles like it did in Haiti.
New technique shows hearbeat-like "drumming" in atoms in graphite and may one day let us see reactions in living cells
More researchers are using nanoparticles to deliver lethal toxins specifically to cancer cells, leaving regular cells unharmed.
Neanderthals were using jewelry like ancient Yankees caps before Homo sapiens arrived, and hominids had kitchens and workshops nearly a million years ago.
A series of quantum experiments shows that measurements performed in the future can influence the present. Does that mean the universe has a destiny—and the laws of physics pull us inexorably toward our prewritten fate?
A tough, clever device called a hydrocast carousel can autonomously gather seawater samples from a mile down.