Table of Contents Jul/Aug 2018

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Knowledge really is power. The more we know, the better we understand how the world works. With a little context, we can figure out how things relate to each other and spot hidden connections. And we can win more trivia contests.

But there’s so much! Who has enough time to know everything? How do you even know where to begin?

Look no further than our annual collection of Everything Worth Knowing. Get up to speed on when autonomous cars will go mainstream, where your digital treasures go when you save them to the cloud, how the Milky Way has changed over the years, who really built the Egyptian pyramids, why pigeons are cooler than you think and more.

Get in on the ground level of understanding for each topic with the basic truths, and stick around for the latest research and other fun facts. We’ll give you the tools for basic fluency, and a road map for learning more.

Share your thoughts and ideas for what you’d like to see next year: editorial@discovermagazine.com. After all, there will never be a shortage of stuff worth knowing.

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FEATURES

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Infinity, contained.
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A theory of mostly everything.
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It wasn’t all bad news.
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Who do you think you are?
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Stairways to heaven.
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Sailors of the sky.
SpaceStation
The first step toward the final frontier!
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Our kissing cousins were close kin.
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They’re really coo.
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These boneless brainiacs play by their own rules.
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Brace yourself.
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Clearing the fog from our digital future.
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Born to run.
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Embraced in spiral arms.

DEPARTMENTS

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A boy’s mysterious injuries set off alarms at a pediatrics ward.
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Crawling across American forests, a secretive horde of amphibians protects vast ecosystems.
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Exposure to certain chemicals may be a quiet culprit in the global increase of liver disease.
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We know a lot about the crafty and resilient microbe, but it remains a deadly threat.
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Some are slaveholders, others sip blood and a few jump backward like nobody’s business.
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Billions of people eat bugs. Entrepreneurs hope you will, too.

THE CRUX

It all comes together once you shake it.
Degrees of SeparationSubscribers Only
From spotting moon craters to a rooster’s crow.
The Psychology of Politics
Learn about the connection between neurotics and Brexit.
Whale tales, an ancient road trip, a Mars to-do list and more.
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