Table of Contents November 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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As astronomers uncover a bewildering array of planets orbiting distant stars, four top researchers in the field reveal their plans to study these exotic worlds and search for signs that we are not alone in the universe.
Less than half the surgeries, drugs, and tests that doctors recommend have been proved effective.
Chemical reactions brewing between the stars may have jump-started biology on Earth, and all across the universe.
A mountain-climbing tragedy cost him both legs, and the artificial limbs available were not up to snuff, so Hugh Herr decided to make the limbs he wanted.


Jesse Rissman cannot read your mind—but he’s working on it.
A patient’s misconceptions, and a medical student’s naïveté, mask a critical diagnosis.
The one that dominates the Internet, the ones we learn in the womb, and the ones that are whistles
In order to protect supply lines, the U.S. military is making a big push into green energy, from biofuel-burning planes to geothermal-powered bases to an all-green carrier strike group.
Researchers have a new theory explaining why a simple math problem can bring our very powerful brains to a halt.
Once LIGO is reborn as Advanced LIGO, spotting the remnants of black-hole collisions should be a routine affair.
Chasing tornadoes, how to practice lunar landing, rocking scientists, and more
Just a few miles from the perfectly enclosed, artificial worlds of the Strip's casinos, there lie some beautiful and accessible spectacles of nature.


One key is getting rid of the donor's pesky cells, leaving the some critical structures behind.
Part of Canada's Baffin Island is made of an ancestral rock that is nearly as old as our planet.
A dextrous new robot provides a kinder, gentler way to tinker with your ticker.
Recent research shows how spaces like urban canyons create distinctive weather patterns—and how to prevent them from causing weather disasters.
What are so many physicists doing playing cards for hours on end in gaming rooms from Vegas to Monaco? Probably winning.
Some planets revolve at crazy angles or even in the "wrong" direction around their stars. Stellar pinball may be at work.
Instead of killing viruses directly, one biologist is trying to turn the host’s body into an inhospitable place for the germs to stay.
Some plants communicate through chemicals released by their tissues, while other species use soil bacteria to find out what's going on their neighborhoods.
In a parched Nevada valley, scientists pursue miniature cousins of the whirlwinds that rage across the surface of the Red Planet.
As the Arctic warms, researchers are scrambling to predict whether the walrus can adapt to its rapidly changing home.