Table of Contents September 2014

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In this month’s issue of Discover you’ll meet an Army surgeon championing new facial reconstruction procedures to heal soldiers’ traumatic combat injuries. You'll get an inside look at a telescope as big as the world aimed at the black hole in the center of our galaxy, and meet a maverick inventor saving lives with dollar-store equipment.

Plus, ghostly neutrinos, why guts matter, and how some living things defy aging — all that and more in this thrilling read.

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FEATURES

neutrinos

Neutrinos and their weird subatomic ways could help us understand high-energy particles, exploding stars and the origins of matter itself.

black-hole

The Event Horizon Telescope will give astronomers an extreme close-up when our galaxy's black hole lights up. 

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Army surgeon Robert Hale is leading the charge to make facial reconstruction medicine ready for the wounds of 21st-century war.

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Maverick MIT inventor Jose Gomez-Marquez has seen the future of medical tech in the developing world: It's made of Lego bricks, cheap cell phones and dollar-store finds.
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gulf-war-syndrome

The mysterious malady known as Gulf War illness causes structural changes in the brain. Can it be cured?

VIP

A healthy, 20-something man comes to the ER with sharp chest pain and gets VIP treatment. The result leaves him breathless. 

forever-young

Ecologists are finding animals and plants that defy aging.

champy cat

Where to begin? Our relationship with our feline friends goes back some 9,500 years!

THE CRUX

Caribbean researchers buy time for endangered marine life by rebuilding with hardy corals.

The difficulty of effectively tickling yourself says more about your brain than your sense of humor.

If elements are the fundamental substances that constitute matter, how can we make more? 

Flies provide an alternative source of protein for seafood and poultry. 

From spinning to disintegrating, asteroids end their existence in some weird ways.

The bacteria that live within animals might be even more influential than previously thought.

HOT SCIENCE

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A new NOVA documentary cuts through the misinformation and acrimony surrounding the vaccine debate.

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An interview with Marc Kaufman, author of the new book Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission.

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Rocky Mountain Park kicks off its centennial celebration, and Maker Faire heads to Florida.

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Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is unveiling a new permanent exhibit, Numbers in Nature.

Shocked

Explore the bizarre attempts to reanimate the dead or look 300 years into the future to see how Western civilization is faring.

urban-skygazer

What to look for in September's night skies. 

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