Table of Contents June 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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Scientists are learning to mimic nature to produce clean energy, by re-creating photosynthesis in the lab.
An experimental power plant in New Jersey could give the coal an attractive (and lucrative) makeover—if the technology, policy, and economics come together.
Downsized, simplified reactors are poised to revive nuclear energy and bring carbon-free power to where it is needed most.
Is anything stirring on the dusty surface of Mars? A few bold scientists say we need speculate no longer: We have already found strong evidence of life there.
Schizophrenia has long been blamed on bad genes or even bad parents. Wrong, says a growing group of psychiatrists. The real culprit, they claim, is a virus that lives entwined in every person's DNA.
Eight leading thinkers offer visions of how to move from a history of squandering resources to a cleaner, more efficient, and more abundant energy supply.
For three centuries, scientists have divided living things into tidy species. But the real world seems more slippery: a continuum in which one variety of life flows seamlessly into the next.


The anglerfish is equally nightmarish, mysterious, and interesting.
A bad choice made at a young age brings about devastating consequences many years later.
Shing-Tung Yau explains how he discovered the hidden dimensions of string theory.
The difference between one personality and another is not determined by genes alone. Love’s got something to do with it too.
Could the study of hard times in the past teach us how to deal with global warming in the future?
Emily Schaller looks closely at the only body in the solar system with a weather cycle we can study.
The first ones, the ones that share bacteria with people, and the ones that look like Groucho Marx
Hint: It makes your hard drive work and also makes pretty colors in the sky.


The SOFIA flying observatory soars above 99.8 percent of the water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere, allowing extremely crisp images of distant objects.
Researchers draw closer to machines that project sound the way a laser projects light.
Ubiquitous chemicals may make it harder for women to get pregnant, and also interfere with their children's mental development.
New studies show how prions can cause mad cow disease and other afflictions.
Recent studies suggest that most conventional matter isn't locked up in galaxies, where we'd expect.