Table of Contents April 2018

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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The story of human evolution is written in ochre.
Into the Mystic
An ancient sacrament — psilocybin — could help patients face their fear of death.
Biologists have a new tool to save oranges and other crops — if the public can stomach it.
Future Wear
If one MIT researcher has his way, our fabric could be the next great technological frontier.


An Earth-sized telescope will capture the unseeable.
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.
A 13-year-old West African boy confounds American doctors with health complaints that don’t add up.
Amid competing models of human evolution, a more complex story of our species emerges.
It's ready to forge a new path through space.


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