Table of Contents November 2019

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A select batch of science experiments has stood the test of time in showing our species at its inquiring, intelligent best. Whether elegant or crude, and often with a touch of serendipity, these singular efforts have delivered insights that changed our view of ourselves or the universe.

Our latest issue of Discover Magazine chronicles ten experiments of such magnitude that they can rightly be said to have changed our world forever. Learn about how Mendel, Newton and a few scientists you've likely never heard of shaped the course of science.

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These seminal experiments changed our understanding of the universe and ourselves.
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Multiple scientists are working to grow corn that can fertilize itself, bypassing the need for nitrogen-based fertilizers that can harm the environment.

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Our genes might play a role in influencing who falls prey to addiction.

DEPARTMENTS

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A new machine may be the tipping point for making DNA-based data storage mainstream.

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Researchers tap a treasure trove of observations in social media posts by amateur photographers.

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As suicide rates reach new heights, researchers launch a quest to identify the genetic basis of the disorder.

THE CRUX

The proliferation of wells in some states is starving local streams and rivers.

A study compares the impacts of heating on cities across the globe.

Where Did Earth's Water Come From?

Most astronomers believe asteroids carried water to early Earth. But new research suggests it may have come from even closer to home.


20 Things You Didn't Know About Moles

Moles are more than scapegoats for your lousy lawn.

Two scientists realize that before you can find out how dragonflies migrate, you have to catch them.

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