Table of Contents December 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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Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio and novelist Siri Hustvedt plumb the nature of consciousness in a wide-ranging dialogue.
JoeBen Bevirt is building an inventive, flying turbine in a bold bid to make wind power practical.
Dengue in Texas. Malaria in New York. Hypertoxic pollen in Baltimore. Climate change is making disease and other humanitarian threats ever more challenging.
Defining things is a natural impulse, but it often doesn't fit the natural world.


Flavor-tripping, supertasters, trying food in the womb, and plenty more
The billionaire's foundation has been criticized for being insider-ish and attention-grabbing, but the organization has recently had some big successes.
The return of Tron caps off a year filled with unobtanium, planetary rock and roll, and the continued nerd-culture takeover of your TV. We bring you the best, worst, and geekiest of 2010, plus what to expect in 2011.
When antibiotics kill the wrong bacteria, harmful bugs thrive.
Nick Longrich finds ancient treasure not only in the ground but in long-overlooked collections in museums.
Older than civilization, music fosters communication, wellness, and bonding across all cultures—but where it comes from is disputed.


Researchers are watching the earthquake-like shaking of stars to find out how old they are, what their structure is like, and where sunspots and solar storms come from.
Doctors are testing several promising new treatments aimed at minimizing blood loss and helping the body cope with the accompanying shock.
Researchers are making steps toward producing biofuels from plant material we don't eat.
The condition seems to affect how our senses work, and researchers may one day use this to make an objective diagnosis of depression.