Table of Contents Mar 2019

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Underneath the forests of Guatemala, a lost world of Maya civilization is emerging, thanks to new technology that's peeling the foliage back. Discover takes you inside the temples and high above the jungle to see for yourself what our new view of these ancient people looks like.

Also in this issue: The mysterious cosmic signals known as FRBs just keep getting more puzzling, retraining the brain to better manage pain and did we actually evolve to be happy?

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FEATURES

what are frbs

Scientists are finally poised to figure out the mystery of fast radio bursts, powerful energy blasts from deep space.

Happiness-Header
We didn't evolve to be happy all the time.
Maya-Opener
From massive fortresses to sprawling suburbs, a bold new vision of the vanished Maya civilization takes shape.
Pain-Header
Just one incident can make the brain overreact to future experiences. Researchers believe the solution is to reframe and retrain.

DEPARTMENTS

Delusions-of-Grandeur
When an economics student starts practicing medicine on his classmates, real doctors have to step in.
Order-of-the-Dolphin-Lead
How the Order of the Dolphin helped establish the scientific search for aliens.
NASAKilopowerReactor
The Kilopower reactor is tiny, and it could power the spacecraft of the future.
chocolate
Scientists are still sorting out the chemistry, health effects and origins of this tasty treat, first enjoyed in South America more than 5,000 years ago.
hippocampusneuron
Hundreds of researchers team up to map the human body's trillions of cells, and how they all get along.

THE CRUX

It's the root of a plant's biochemistry.
Degrees of Separation
From literacy levels to vitamins.
Using neutrons, materials scientists develop a method that goes below the surface.
Mind-bending drugs are helping more people recover from disabling mental disorders.
Maria’s True Toll
How many deaths are attributed to the 2017 hurricane?
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