Table of Contents November 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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Physicists scour heaven, Earth, and everywhere in between for the mysterious particles that hold together galaxies and sculpt the universe.
Fire researchers have shattered dozens of arson myths in recent years. Yet American courts continue to convict people who are likely innocent of the crime.
Drugs that alleviate symptoms of psychological illness in mice often wind up producing human treatments. There is just one small problem: Their mental breakdowns look nothing like ours.
A group of experts charts out a path for navigating through humanity's painful energy transition.
Only in the Brobdingnagian world of radio telescopes could RadioAstron be considered something of a runt.
Tests show it's impressively clean and safe. And good enough for Texans who are drinking it.
Over 50 years ago, he began a revolution that's still playing out today.


Bad food, bad genes, and monogamy are sucking the life out of human sperm. But conceptive gels and stem cells could bring some virility back.
Edwards Air Force Based has had a key role in the development of aviation and space technology.
Science presents us with a beautiful 
paradox: uncertainty as the optimal path toward certainty.
Modern techno-art, the last uncontacted tribes, and our ubiquitous self-delusion
Physicists stalk a delicate “fifth force” of nature, hidden within the interstices of the other four. What they have not found is even more amazing.
How it started, how it's like solitaire, how to fold it, and how it ends.
Researchers are studying the role that the endocannabinoid system plays in cravings, and using their findings to try to control our excesses.
To heal the brain, scientists are trying to poke through the shield that isolates it from the rest of the body.
A boy is rushed to the ER after falling and 
rupturing his kidney. With no pediatric surgeon 
on staff, his doctor faces a difficult decision.


A simple gene switch lets rodents run and run and run.
Meet the animal kingdom’s version of a Russian nesting doll.
A new bridge in China spans the length of a marathon, entirely over water.
Some birds seem to have grammatical rules in their songs. And they'll let you hear about it if you mess up.
It has a variety of potential uses—potential buyers have discussed using the tunnels for energy generation, secure storage, and mushroom farming—and is definitely one-of-a-kind.
A personalized source of stem cells could help find safer, more effective treatments for mental disorders.
Fire investigators have long used certain rules of thumb to identify arson. Many have been proved incorrect.