Special Reports

Antarctica Inside Out

From ancient ice to hidden lakes, new research reveals the frozen continent as never before. In Antarctica's Dry Valleys, an expedition seeks the world's oldest ice and a potential treasure trove of information about past climate conditions. Nearly 650 miles and a world away at Lake Whillans, a cadre of scientists drilled through half a mile of ice to find the first signs of life in a subglacial lake.

Investigating Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illness

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that Lyme disease is 10 times more prevalent than previously reported, with some 300,000 sufferers across the U.S.

But much of the United States, including the Southeast, has been left out of the equation, despite emerging evidence that Lyme or a Lyme-like infection may be present there as well.

Discover magazine investigates the controversy brewing over tick-borne illness in the South.

Outsmarting Einstein

After a century of testing general relativity, physicists still strive to achieve what the genius who formulated the theory could not.

New Horizons at Ultima Thule

Follow our coverage as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals Ultima Thule.


The Future of Fertility

Having babies is the most primal of human acts. But, new technology is making it increasingly possible to intervene in that process.

Whether our attempts to hack procreation will be for the better or the worse is up to us to decide. Science may allow us to one day eliminate genetic diseases and take our species to the stars. Meanwhile, science fiction has no shortage of cautionary tales regarding the pitfalls of reproductive engineering.

These nine stories, part of a special series from Discover, explore the groundbreaking work shaping the future of our species.