Table of Contents Nov 2018

Some people go big, but this month, Discover is going small. We're diving to the level of the quantum — about as small as it's possible to go — for a look at how the rules of quantum mechanics affect everything we do in our daily lives.

Zooming back out a little, we'll also examine another basic building block of our lives: proteins. They're folded inside our bodies in ways that would make an origami master blush, and it's vital to our health that they do it correctly. Now, one researcher is hoping to understand these crucial crimps so he can build his own.

Back on the human scale, our November issue also argues that we should put our hopes of a driverless commute on hold — at least for a little, while the technology catches up. Finally, let us be your guide to a very important meeting some 8,000 years ago, when the farmer met the forager.

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Pain, Motion, Repeat
Chest-tightening, world-spinning attacks leave a 25-year-old grasping for answers.
Know Your Enemy
A surge of research into ancient killers may help us outsmart them in the future.
A Sprite-ly Spacecraft
Scientists hope the world’s smallest satellites will boldly go where no probe has gone before.
The Web, Worldwide
Half of humans still lack dedicated internet access.
Focusing on the Small
Zoom in on four decades of microscopy advances.
They’ve won a lot of Nobels, helped detect lost cities and chronicled the drift of the moon.
Why we latch on to superstitious behaviors, and how to give them up.


Your Daily Dose of Quantum
The Farmer and the Forager
Baby, Can You Drive My Car?
All in the Fold
Breast Cancer’s Financial Toll
You talk with your doctor about your physical health. But what about your pocketbook?
Building Blocks
A dinosaur that's out of place, a hungry star and the secret to better math and reading skills.
Olive Protection
The big picture on fighting orchard infection.
Want to be a Mars Astronaut? You'll Need the Proper Mindset

NASA is studying what personality an astronaut candidate needs to make the journey to Mars.