Table of Contents April 2018

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Scientists are developing a gene-editing tool that could eliminate disease in Florida citrus and other crops. But will the skeptical public eat the produce? We tackle the future of food in this month's issue of Discover. Also, ochre known for its use in prehistoric cave paintings, and it might also have helped fuel early brain development and our species' around the globe. Take a closer look at the function and symbolic uses of this ubiquitous clay.

Also, a textile researcher has a vision to upend the fashion industry with high-tech threads. A boy's peculiar health complaints lead to a creepy, crawly discovery. An anthropologist also comes face-to-face with one of the world's most dangerous birds. This and much, much more in the April issue of Discover.
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FEATURES

trippy-drug-into-mystic
An ancient sacrament — psilocybin — could help patients face their fear of death.
future-wear
If one MIT researcher has his way, our fabric could be the next great technological frontier.
crispr-food
Biologists have a new tool to save oranges and other crops — if the public can stomach it.
ochre-opener
The story of human evolution is written in ochre.

DEPARTMENTS

orbital-trailblazer
It's ready to forge a new path through space.
something-within
A 13-year-old West African boy confounds American doctors with health complaints that don’t add up.
hope-diamond
Though it may not be forever, this mineral is the hardest we know of, manifests as rain inside some gas planets and, in Renaissance folklore, was considered an amulet to ward off madness.
human-history-new
Amid competing models of human evolution, a more complex story of our species emerges.
black-hole-1
An Earth-sized telescope will capture the unseeable.

THE CRUX

Building Blocks
E. coli and corn team up, ozone faces a new threat, and more.
Archaeologists analyze ruins in the heart of Mexico City.
When the Nose Knows Best
How the time of day affects your sense of smell.
How one researcher narrowly escaped a nasty face-off.
Checking in on plans to restore the body of water before it disappears entirely.
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