Table of Contents September 2018

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The nuclear arms race never stopped, it just went digital. Researchers today rely on ever-more-powerful supercomputers to test and maintain our nuclear arsenal, and it's informing the competition for supercomputing dominance currently ongoing.

Burning Man, happening at the end of August, is a wild festival in the Nevada desert culminating in the titular event. It's also a prime opportunity for archaeologists to get an in-the-moment glimpse of a unique culture. Follow contributing author Jonathon Keats to the city that pops up, and then vanishes, every year, and the science that follows it.

Symphonies of fish, random numbers and more await in the September issue of Discover. Get your copy on newsstands now or pick up a digital subscription to read the latest in science news and innovation.

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FEATURES

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How scientists learned to stop worrying and simulate the bomb.
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How scientists discovered a symphony under the sea.
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An archaeologist uses Burning Man — the world’s biggest pop-up community — to learn about humanity’s past settlements.
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How random numbers have influenced spies, scientists and reality itself.

DEPARTMENTS

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It’s in your pencil, can color your hair and one day might propel you through space.
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East Antarctica, long thought stable, is drawing fresh attention.
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As evidence of hybrids in the human family tree grows, researchers rethink the concept of species.

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One day, a 70-year-old man woke up speaking a language his wife couldn't understand.

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Astronomers are ready for the next big stellar explosion — whenever it comes.
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What’s really going on when we encounter uncanny connections?

THE CRUX

Building Blocks
The truth about telomeres, a wrong-way asteroid and a one-two punch against CF.
This Is What Your Brain's Neural Connections Look Like
Technique reveals neural connections in living color.
The Global Census of Life

A breakdown of all living things on Earth.

How to turn one telescope into hundreds.
Checking in with the man who says he discovered an advanced ancient civilization.
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