Table of Contents March 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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From his research to his personal life, Daryl Bem's never been one to follow the crowd.
One secret to 
fighting pandemics 
is knowing 
their real cause: 
disease factories 
built by people.
From a farmhouse in the English countryside, gentleman scientist Julian Barbour plots to take relativity to its logical extreme and redefine the very nature of gravity, space, and time.
Steroids, narcotics, and psychedelics are flowing freely from underground labs around the world.
From Louisiana and Missouri through the American heartland and all the way north to Minnesota, Asian carp are invading freshwater lakes and rivers, disrupting ecosystems as they go. 


Phil Hoover is in the bomb business. But these days he’s a bomb unbuilder, eliminating nukes to comply with arms treaties.
As the autistic brain grows in the womb, it bursts with an overabundance of neurons. That finding could lead to much earlier diagnosis and treatment.

The rapid advancement of Google-style, statistical translation may help realize this long-time dream.
When you're in open-heart surgery, what is the technician up to?
It is weirdly wet. It is inexplicably young. 
And its battered farside hints at a long-lost twin.
Was Einstein wrong? Do humans have ESP? Some of the most interesting research questions are far off the beaten track.
Thanks to federal law and big developments, central Florida has some impressively preserved natural spots.
The equations that work for mysteries reasons, the primes with hidden patterns, and the logical statements that cannot be true or false
If your liver fails, having 40 small but functional livers scattered around your body might be the next best thing.
A hyperactive five-year-old is having trouble fitting in at school. Does he have ADHD, or could his 
behavior be a clue to a deeper, genetic problem?


New metal mesh has just one-hundredth the density of Styrofoam.
When you talk about messing with the planet, people can get pretty jumpy.
The list of the new technology's applications grows monthly.