Table of Contents June 2017

The warming of Antarctica and the shrinking of its glaciers could mean a grim future for the world's coastal inhabitants. Discover associate editor Eric Betz visited the front lines of climate change for a glimpse of the future. Mathematician Emmy Noether developed a theorem in the 20th century that would become the bedrock of modern physics. How her work is being used to discover new particles and better understand black holes.

Mammals aren't the only ones who know how to play. In this issue, you'll learn more about surprisingly playful animals. Plus: the roots of lullabies, therapy at the movies and treasures buried beneath ancient sands. There's plenty to satisfy your curiosity in this month's issue of Discover.
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Letting your mind wander free could actually be an ideal way to find inspiration and spark new ideas.
After watching over Earth’s poles for decades, NASA aviators see new warnings of the chaos to come.
An iceberg the size of Delaware recently broke off from the shelf, and it could collapse entirely.
Antarctica is a desolate, far-away place, but what happens there could reshape life along the coasts.
In the early 1900s, mathematician Emmy Noether came up with a theorem to help resolve some problems with Einstein's theory of gravity, general relativity. Little did she know it would change physics forever.
Animal play isn't just limited to mammals. From spiders to birds to octopuses, non-mammals also know how to have fun.


Key genetic differences between humans and mice make research rodents less than perfect patients.
During a checkup, a patient’s deepest concern is sometimes expressed at the last moment.
Movies aren't just for entertaining. As one writer discovers, they can also be a therapeutic tool.
Astronomers are forming a more complete picture of the origins of our planet and solar system, thanks to a collection of space rocks that fell to Earth in 1969.
Lullabies may have come about as a hands-free way for our ancestors to soothe their young.
The find that produced the Antikythera device likely has more surprises in store.
Wetlands aren’t just full of mosquitoes and cattails. They also store carbon, act as storm buffers and boast carnivorous plants.


A computer scientist reveals the text of ancient documents beyond repair.
From pricey mold to deep-sea pollution.
Water could exist on all of them.
Ear hair makes a comeback, reward circuitry, and a baby bump.
How big a role does Mother Nature play?
Scientists debate whether the faces humans make mean the same thing around the world.
When it all lines up just right.