Table of Contents January-February 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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Autism research is progressing quickly, but without a solid diagnosis, some still blame vaccines.
After the end of the disastrous space shuttle program, it's not at all clear where the space agency is going—or if it has enough money, skills, or buy-in to get there.
A big analysis of the 4.4-million-year-old fossil shows that humans left the trees before leaving the forest and getting much smarter.
Obama brought a big policy improvement, and researchers made big leaps with the science.
Hot on the trail of the first galaxies in the universe
A scary build-up leads to a mostly mild conclusion.
Flexible, see-through, one-atom-thick sheets of carbon could be a key component for futuristic solar cells, batteries, and roll-up LCD screens—and perhaps even microchips.
Newly discovered planets are becoming ever smaller, lighter, and more familiar to us earthlings.
If FutureGen can successfully sequester its emissions, it could be a model for clean energy in the future.
He explains the psychology behind the current financial meltdown—and how we can overcome our dark side.


Ammonia spotted in the jets could act as antifreeze in under-ice oceans.
The National Ignition Facility starts warming up for its main act: nuclear fusion research.
Researchers develop a clever new technique to more accurately gauge historical levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
The Hubble Space Telescope's new equipment, including the Wide Field Camera 3, provide even better images of the heavens.
Are you a man or a mouse? No matter how you answer, you experience fear the same way in your brain.
After 50 years together, it's easy to see changes in your spouse. But what do the changes mean?
Hint: These plates cover a creature that's flat and round—hence its name.


After years of setbacks and failures, gene therapy begins to produce some viable cures.
In the unforgiving world of AIDS vaccines, even a modestly protective effect is big news.
How do different-sized spheres fit into a large container?
And now we have a potential target: parts of the genome that are found within all 100 strains of sequenced cold viruses.
More power, faster charge, happier atmosphere.
Sponges may have sprung up in special mini-ecosystems 850 million years ago.
“This type of preservation isn’t supposed to be possible,” says Mary Schweitzer, the guru of finding well-preserved dinosaurs. “But here it is.”
Bombing our closest neighbor pays off with a trove of information.
fMRI gives unprecedented views of the mind in action.
Deep brain stimulation is looking like a viable treatment for a growing list of brain issues.
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