Table of Contents May 2019

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Science and technology are changing one of the most fundamental aspects of human life: reproduction. 

This May, DISCOVER takes a look at the future of fertility with a special package of three stories, and many more online at discovermagazine.com/fertility.

Also in this issue: Einstein's Theory of Relativity was proven exactly 100 years ago during a solar eclipse. We look back on the momentous event, and the century of scientific innovation that followed.

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FEATURES

EinsteinsEclipse

Heaven and earth moved to make Albert Einstein a star a century ago.

A_Horseshoe_Einstein_Ring_from_Hubble

Einstein's general relativity may be complicated, but it's our best way of understanding the universe.

Gravitational-Waves

Spotting them was the easy part. Now gravitational waves will help unravel these mysteries of the cosmos.

Crispr-Lead

A research team in Oregon wants to use CRISPR to end inherited disease — even as fears mount over designer babies.

Genetic-Matchmaking-Lead

Once enough humans have their genomes sequenced, we can end inherited disease — if we all play along.

Babies-In-Space

Colonizing space means reproducing there. We still don't know if that's possible.

Cloning-Header
Cloning a person is dangerous, ethically dubious and ultimately unnecessary.

DEPARTMENTS

Growing-Pains-Header

Doctors find a surprising cause for a preteen’s stomach pain and high blood pressure.

Sand-Mining

Pure, round and super strong: This is the only sand down for a fracking job.

CRISPR-Tomato

Gene editing can potentially cram millennia of agricultural progress into the blink of an eye.

hungerwinter

It took an act of war for doctors to learn how to treat celiac disease.

rainbow

Everyone sees their own rainbow, and the number of colors in yours may be different from mine.

first exoplanet

Astronomers are almost ready to declare the winner of a decades-old planetary race.

THE CRUX

Get to know why Siri, Alexa and their digital rivals are who they are.

The Future of Fertility

Explore how new technologies — and new ethical concerns — may reshape the way our species reproduces.

Sea-level rise predictions and flooding statistics show which UNESCO sites might be submerged by 2100.
Building Blocks
Insulin-producing cells in the lab, a fertilizer reaction solved and just the right touch.
Cold Climate Dwellers Do Drink More

Booze flows more freely among people who see fewer hours of sunlight and live in cooler regions.

That Word You Heard: Geofact

When a stone tool is not, in fact, an artifact.

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