Table of Contents September 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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Here are some leading theories about the why the human brain has been getting smaller since the Stone Age.
As the demand for oil surges, companies push farther under the ocean, finding a bonanza of crude far beneath the ocean. Can we safely drill through miles of water, rock, and salt without more terrible blowouts?
As NASA steps down from spaceship and rocket development, the private sector is stepping up. Can business revive the old spirit of adventure?
Many new video games are interactive, educational, and enriching. And they might even improve your gas mileage.


How NASA is like Richard Gere, differential equations model the spread of zombies, and more
Sarah Heilshorn uses new methods to try to heal brain and spine injuries once thought of as untreatable.
The ones that give syphilis, the ones that grow in throats, and the ones that get implanted into eyes
Hint: First it flopped. Then it megaflopped.
Canada’s tar sands will soon be our top source of imported oil. But will that energy be worth the costs?
It was created to research our most powerful weapons, but it's also used to try to protect Earth from cataclysmic destruction.
Better nav systems could get us to our destinations faster, and make our roads a smarter system.
A healthy young man falls into a coma, but there are few other signs that anything else is wrong. Then comes the real surprise.
Our sense of space is crucial to our understanding of the world around us. So what happens when injury takes that sense away?
Bacterial armies emit molecular war cries to stir others of their kind to action. Learning how these microbes gird for battle could help us find better ways to fight back.


“It’s the bacterial equivalent of ‘That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,’” says biomedical engineer Jim Collins.
Volcanologists got perhaps their best-ever look into a volcano earlier this year.
Hybrid engines, muffled sonic booms, micro flights, and the creative "double bubble"
A first-hand view of the overmatched effort to contain the Deepwater Horizon spill
Spin doesn't make atoms look like little tops, unfortunately, but at least it can be seen.