Table of Contents November 2015

In this issue of Discover, you’ll travel to Megiddo, an ancient site where archaeologists are unearthing evidence that could turn centuries of gospel on its head. We’ll introduce you to Wilma Subra, a scientist who is helping Main Street fight back against industrial corporations that put lives at risk through their negligence.

You’ll also find out why people act against their better judgment — including you. But don’t worry; we’ll give you strategies to avoid becoming your own worst enemy. In addition, find out how miniature satellites are revolutionizing education, and see tiny robots designed to swim like sperm. This issue is packed with science to satisfy the curious, so dig in.

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At the ancient site of Megiddo, archaeologists unearth new scientific insights that may turn centuries of gospel on its head.
Wilma Subra helps vulnerable communities document the health toll of industrial pollution.
Modern science could explain mythic tales of transformation.


As technology shrinks, so do satellites, making them accessible to students whose research in space can impact scientific advancements.
Why we act against our better judgment.
An athletic woman in her 50s suddenly can’t move her arm, then feels fine several minutes later. But an MRI reveals serious trouble elsewhere.
A chance discovery reveals the first "makers" predate our genus.


A new kind of drone is inspired by nature — and designed to protect it.
Cheap and lightweight equipment turns smartphones into portable diagnostic labs.
Old blood samples turn into new stem cells that replicate patient pathology.
Why larger dinos stayed out of the tropics for 30 million years.
How a pair of scientists rediscovered a part of the human brain.
Where do terms like H1N1 and H7N9 come from?
To transport goods within the body, scientists turn to a familiar design.
Discovery could help explain where the biggest ones come from.
Are you well-mannered and sociable? Thank your parents — if you're a quail chick.