Table of Contents December 2012

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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Meet the man behind Kepler, the planet-finding telescope that is hot on the trail of Earth-like worlds.
Type 2 diabetes can be reversed in the operating room. The implications are staggering for halting one of America’s deadliest diseases.
In 2012 we learned the value of a smartphone photo filter, went fishing in the desert, and survived the apocalypse several times over. Here are the highs (and a few lows) from the year in geek culture.

In a dog-eat-dog world, people still 
cooperate, collaborate, and help each other out. Our species’ urge to work together has remained 
an evolutionary paradox, seemingly at odds with Darwinian theory—until now. 

A team of characters sporting flight suits and buzz cuts helps troops 
confront post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Science is a risky business, argue leading 
researchers in a special DISCOVER roundtable. 
You have to gamble big to win big.


A comic book artist-turned-neuroscientist says the images in Peanuts tap 
the same brain processes as sentences.
In China's Guizhou Province, a thin band of rock crowded with fossils smaller than poppy seeds may reveal the origin of all the animals that ever lived.
Does a patient with a swollen upper lip suffer from allergies, or is the symptom a clue to a much rarer condition?
Scientists are probing the farthest reaches 
of the cosmos for the site of an epic smash-up: the crash of our universe into another.
Quantification, not comic books, is what is having the real impact.