Table of Contents April 2011

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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The U.S. Army wants to allow soldiers to communicate just by thinking. 
The new science of synthetic telepathy could soon make that happen.
Mercury, sulfates, ozone, black carbon, flu-laced desert dust. Even as America 
tightens emission standards, the 
fast-growing economies of Asia 
are filling the air with hazardous components that 
circumnavigate the globe. 

Digital sky surveys and real-time telescopic 
observations are unleashing an unprecedented flood 
of information. Astronomers have recently created new tools to sift through all that data, which could contain answers 
to some of the greatest questions in cosmology.
The discoverer of a gene for a glowing protein 
was driving a van for a car dealership in Huntsville, Alabama, when he learned that former colleagues 
had won science's greatest honor.


IDing crooks from the DNA in their fingerprints, the 8 percent of our genome that came from viruses, and the plant that laughs at our puny genetic endowment.
It's the neo-Darwinists, population geneticists, AIDS researchers, and English-speaking biologists as a whole who have it all wrong.
The sites of large construction projects are often rich sources of fossils, especially in California, where they're protected by law.
A 6-year-old girl cannot speak outside 
her home. Is she simply shy, or is some bigger problem keeping her from talking?
The ingenious rig shows animals making real-world decisions in real time.
Google isn't the only company working on truly automated automobiles. Robot cars will reduce accidents, ease congestion, and keep others from interfering with my 
excellent driving—especially if we can get the bad drivers into them.
After Sada Mire returned to her homeland, she found archaeological treasures that hadn't been seen in thousands of years.
Without remembering how the past unfolded, trying to plan ahead is "like being in a room with nothing there and having a guy tell you to go find a chair."


The institutions of science are slowly unwinding and assessing the problems that have been revealed in psychologist Marc Hauser's research.
There's a lot in the oceans besides water and salt. A series of sampling missions aims to reveal what's happening with the trace elements in seawater.
What to read, view, and visit this month
A mine in South Dakota contained the largest gold deposit in the Western Hemisphere and was the deepest mine in the United States, reaching down more than 8,000 feet. But the real ground-breaking work involved much smaller treasures.
You don't have to go all the way to supernovas to find natural events powerful enough to generate gamma rays...
New models suggest groups of humans evolve following some universal rules, and not unlike how organisms evolve.
5,000 years ago, people living in Turkey were surprisingly good at what seems like a purely modern practice.