Table of Contents March 2014

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In Discover’s March issue you’ll meet an astrobiologist who travels to Earth’s most extreme landscapes to gain insights about life on other planets. Find out where our planet’s otherworldly locales are.

Join researchers they track an elusive wolverine through the wilderness of the American West. Read more about the profound health benefits of nicotine, the women warriors of the ancient Maya world, and evolution's true driving force.

Plus, a man’s aggressive cancer mysteriously disappears as quickly as it arrived. Pick up the issue and enjoy the adventure. 

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FEATURES

nicotine-fix

This notorious stimulant may enhance learning and help treat Parkinson's, schizophrenia and other neurological diseases. 

chris-mckay

Astrobiologist Chris McKay searches extreme landscapes for clues about life on other planets. 

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Researchers track a lost wolverine, Buddy, on his odyssey through forests, mountains and frozen lakes. 

maya-queen

Archaeologists are digging up evidence of unstoppable women warriors. 

DEPARTMENTS

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A scientific renaissance for phage therapy, virtually unheard of in the West, is underway.

skin-cancer

An athletic young man's skin cancer is spreading quickly and is likely to be fatal — then his health takes an unusual turn. 

workplace

Using an innovative wearable device, researchers are uncovering new insights about what really makes for productive, happy employees.

masatoshi-nei

Molecular evolutionary biologist Masatoshi Nei says Darwin never proved natural selection is the driving force of evolution — because it isn't. 

pigs

Scaling up waste-to-energy technology could transform the hog farming industry. 

3d-printing

3-D printing is all the hype these days, but there's a lot about the technology that you don't know.

THE CRUX

Researchers have finally seen inside the elusive moss piglet using a new laser scanning microscope.

A new study tracked shipping ports and routes around the world most likely to carry invasive species.

Using tree rings, researchers have created a record of droughts dating back hundreds to thousands of years. 

Rejecting less-than-perfect livers is a risky decision for patients.

A Goffin's cockatoo in Vienna uses tools to fetch nuts beyond reach. 

Onions and garlic can filter heavy metals from toxic brews. 

A new mathematical model says physicist James Clerk Maxwell’s dream of order without effort could be theoretically possible.

A team of computer scientists develop smartphone apps to help people at the scene and the 911 operator.

HOT SCIENCE

robocop

RoboCop production designer Martin West discusses his cutting-edge updates to the '80s classic.

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Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox talks about his mission to make sound tourism the next big thing. 

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March is national Red Cross Month, and Mercury and Venus offer their finest views from Earth. 

sixth-extinction

This month's books span from the remotest Antarctic to your own back yard.

tongariro

In the Taupo Volcanic Zone, tectonic forces stretch the Earth's crust in dramatic fashion. 

skygazer

Exploring the light magnitudes of stars. 

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