Table of Contents March 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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Often people with bad brain injuries seem unresponsive, but many still have thoughts, feelings, and memories flickering in and out of consciousness. Can neuroscience rescue these lost brains?
The human body is a habitat for a huge range of harmless and beneficial microbes, which may be the key to fighting disease without antibiotics. 

How will marine life respond to ocean waters 
that are growing ever more acidic? In a remote 
Norwegian fjord, scientists are finding out 
by simulating the corrosive seas of the future.
John Polkinghorne leads a disparate group of scientists the 
controversial search 
for God 
quantum physics.
Four leading computer-network scientists discuss how best to prepare the Internet in a promising but hard-to-predict future.


Jacob Hanna is headed back to his homeland, Israel, as one of the youngest leaders in one of science's hottest fields.
Fast driving, drugs, and unsafe sex: The risk-loving behavior of adolescents may result from a neurological gap in the developing brain.
In the battle to save endangered animals, some environmentalists say we should ignore the charismatic pandas and condors and instead practice "conservation triage."
A faint whiff of bad breath tells 
a worried wife something is seriously 
wrong with her husband.
Geysers gush massive columns of hot water and steam from fissures in the ground, offering a rare look at the earth’s inner workings.
The powerful AMS detector has a gauntlet of experiments to analyze the thousands of super-energetic particles that plow into it every second.
Alien invasion, how games will save the world, sudden intelligence, and more
iPads, 3-D TVs, and other slick modern 
displays would be a lot better if they weren't hemmed in by frames and limited by solidity.
How spider venom can treat erectile dysfunction, dreadlocks can cure arachnophobia, and spider silk can be used as muscles for robots.


Putting people on a flying rock could be a good warm-up for the big prize: going to Mars.
Profligate use of Roundup, once billed as a miracle herbicide, has generated a large and growing wave of weeds that are impervious to it.
Scientists set up camp—and lots of specialized gear—near Cape Canaveral, in Lightning Alley, to try to decode the elusive physics of the flashes.
Chemical engineers are looking to leaves as they try to make better, more efficient solar cells.
Before the arrival of Europeans, the Amazon may have been a much different landscape, with millions of human inhabitants managing the land.