Table of Contents June 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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A network of sensors and robots, linked 
by fiber-optic cables, 
will soon start 
monitoring the vast aquatic frontier, revealing what's going on in one of the most mysterious parts of our world.

In Key Largo, aquanauts roam the reefs and a cadre of true 
believers design new outposts for life in the deep.
Human evolution has been defined by conflict, says E. O. Wilson, one of the 
world’s leading biologists. War is embedded in our very nature.
Science writer John Horgan begs to disagree with E. O. Wilson, saying that war is a cultural development, not an indelible part of our evolutionary heritage.
Breast-feeding boosts an infant’s immune system 
and promotes a healthy gut. Scientists are 
finally isolating the compounds responsible. The result 
could be a health breakthrough for all ages.


Lincoln vs aliens, sci-fi optimism vs sci-fi pessimism, Mythbusters vs myths
The Internet giant is helping a tiny indigenous group protect their land against illegal loggers.
The pioneering underwater 
archaeologist ignored academics 
who said he was wasting 
his time and professional divers 
who assumed he would not 
make it out of the water alive.
Parasitic worms leave millions of victims paralyzed, epileptic, or worse. So why isn’t anyone mobilizing to eradicate them?
Corey Powell suggests two ways to revitalize America's grand, pioneering attitude.
The transit is directing attention to the oft-ignored neighbor that could teach us a lot about our own world—with some important implications for climate change.
Why love songs can be deadly, why male spiders wrap their romantic gifts, and why we have sex in the first place
Drugs derived from python blood may soon reverse heart failure.
The worst industrial spills call for something stronger than the old-fashioned bar sitting in your soap dish.
A Mormon missionary suddenly can’t move his legs. What can his 
doctors do to help him walk again? 


When the above-ground world is suffering through some form of cataclysm, you'll be living it up in a hardened bunker under the Kansas soil.
It isn’t easy creating a map of something invisible, but that’s what astronomers did earlier this year when they unveiled the largest-ever survey of dark matter.
In many places, clinics lack the tools to do blood tests, costing time, money, and lives.
They're burly, brave, and wee-headed.
Government and researchers ought to put more effort into finding which treatments are most effective.
The first round of milk-derived drugs are aimed at infants and children. But such compounds could soon also be aiding grown-ups—especially those whose populations of internal microbes have been compromised.