Table of Contents October 2010

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A look back at science during DISCOVER's first 30 years, and some predictions for what the next 30 will bring.
Oceanographer Sylvia Earle looks at where we're going over the next 30 years.
Climatologist Ken Caldeira looks at where we're going over the next 30 years.
Astronomer Debra Fischer on her hopes for science over the next 30 years
Jack Horner on his hopes for science over the next 30 years
String theorist Brian Greene on his hopes for science over the next 30 years
Neurologist Oliver Sacks on his hopes for science over the next 30 years
Social scientist Sherry Turkle on her hopes for society's use of technology over the next 30 years
Crank up the gloom and doom: Global apocalypse could be just around the corner, and you might never see it coming—unless you read this article.
Rodney Brooks looks at where we're going over the next 30 years.
Neil Turok on his hopes for science over the next 30 years
Biologist Ian Wilmut on his hopes for science over the next 30 years
Dr. Tachi Yamada on his hopes for medicine and science over the next 30 years
In the quest for longer life, scientists are trying to find the genes of longevity and bottle their benefits for all.
Biosphere 2 was one of the most lauded experiments of the 1990s, then one of the most ridiculed. Now it is back, offering a unique way to put theories about climate and environment to the test.
It is the energy source that could change the world. It has eluded every effort to master it. But Glen Wurden thinks he knows how to tame the heart of the sun.
Former DISCOVER editor Paul Hoffman consults with the hotheaded naked ice borer to find out why our species has such a consistent tendency to be fooled.
Sure, we have some nice gadgets, but most of our old ambitious dreams of the future are still nowhere close to reality. Here we track the course of some of some of the biggest unrealized hopes: We wanted weather control, we got weather out of control; wanted flying cars and jetpacks, got airport agony & SUVs; wanted an end to infectious disease, got new pandemics bubbling all over; etc.


The young doctor’s complaint—chronic fatigue—was simple. Finding its cause was anything but.
Wildlife biologists seem to have a better handle on the fungus that's decimating bat populations. But some other groups of animals are facing similar steep declines.
What happens at the end, when we contact the alience, and the Big Answers revealed
Research on tinnitus has shown that it's rooted in the very way we process and understand sound.
Galactic Machiavellis, "proofiness," fixing the planet with time travel, and more


Crowdsourcing gives geologists valuable new data.
A good laugh may be the next-best thing to a workout—not for losing weight, but for gaining appetite.
Set all of the scientists in the world loose for 30 years and this is what they do: Change just about everything we thought we knew to be true.

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