Table of Contents June 2017

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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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FEATURES

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Daydreams seem like a waste of time, something to avoid. But they actually can lead to creative ideas.
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After watching over Earth’s poles for decades, NASA aviators see new warnings of the chaos to come.
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The Antarctic Peninsula's largest ice shelf has a 70-mile-long crack in it; scientists are watching closely.
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Antarctica is a desolate, far-away place, but what happens there could reshape life along the coasts.
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In the early 20th century, a young mathematician developed a theorem. Eventually it would become a bedrock of modern physics and used to discover new particles and better understand black holes.
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Mammals aren’t the only ones who can have a good time.

DEPARTMENTS

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Key genetic differences between humans and mice make research rodents less than perfect patients.
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During a checkup, a patient’s deepest concern is sometimes expressed at the last moment.
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How movies helped me recover from substance abuse.
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Astronomers are cracking the secrets of our solar system within the oldest rocks — on Earth and beyond.
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Did the soothing sounds of lullabies evolve out of an arms race?
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One of the world’s most famous shipwrecks likely has more surprises in store.
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Wetlands aren’t just full of mosquitoes and cattails. They also store carbon, act as storm buffers and boast carnivorous plants.

THE CRUX

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.
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