Table of Contents May 2016


A famed paleontologist sparked controversy when he unearthed a massive dinosaur in the Sahara. His next adventure will be even bigger. We'll show you what Nizar Ibrahim has up his sleeve. The race is on to bring the first artificial pancreas to market, but who will win? Around the world, inventors and engineers are devising low-cost adaptations to climate change. Can they help the world's poorest people?

How much energy does a megacity consume? Two cities in the United States have a ravenous appetite. Eating fava beans can sometimes be a colorful experience, you'll find out why. And health journalist Amy Paturel shares a personal story about the fundamental changes that occur in people who survive near-death experiences. There's plenty more to satisfy curious minds in the May issue of Discover.

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Low-tech adaptation strategies are helping people in developing countries cope with the dangers of a warmer world.
Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim garnered fame — and controversy — when he found the largest predatory dinosaur ever known. Now he’s got even bigger plans.
The technology, a potential life-saver for those with Type 1 diabetes, is almost here. Which team will be the first to bring it to patients?
Webster Cash just might have figured out the best way to study exoplanets. Now comes the hard part.


The boy’s skin took on a sickly hue, and the whites of his eyes were anything but. A common condition in newborns spelled trouble in an older child.
How a glimpse of the other side changes those who make it back.
Doctors are on the verge of learning how to read the immune system’s language.
Inside a Peruvian glacier, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro's legacy lives on.
Are humans hardwired to be violent? Maybe. The answer — and the very definition of violence within and between species, including our own — is evolving.


Not all population centers process energy the same way.
A super-tiny bot makes history in a single bound.
How one biologist’s breakfast produced unexpected results for his gut — and for science.
Experts manipulate rodents’ recall.
Perfectly reasonable assumptions about pain are proved wrong.
Columbia's maiden voyage, rocket girls, Buckminster Fuller's vision and more.