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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As scientists better simulate our again nuclear arsenal, they learn about more than just the bomb.
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Far from the silent creatures we imagine them to be, fish sounds proliferate the seas - and biologists are learning to listen.

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An archaeologist uses the world’s biggest pop-up community to learn about humanity’s past settlements.

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Much more than an obscure area of math, random numbers are keys to cryptography, the internet 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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One day, a 70-year-old man woke up speaking a language his wife couldn't understand.

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Antarctica's eastern ice sheet is not well understood but may be less stable than once thought according to new research.
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As evidence of hybrids in the human family tree grows, researchers rethink the concept of species.

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New methods will allow researchers to glean more data than ever from the next stellar explosion.
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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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