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Inside the December 2013 issue of Discover magazine



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Waukesha, WI – The December 2013 issue of Discover magazine includes a speculative holiday gift guide for 2033, investigates the politics of Lyme disease in the Southern U.S. and explores the E and M in “STEM.”

Cover Story: Holiday Gift Guide 2033 Page 37, by Gemma Tarlach It’s never too early! Discover writes a speculative “gift guide” filled with the newest and shiniest stuff from the future, extrapolated from technology and research that exist right now. Raise — or eat — an extinct animal, choose to ignore your friend’s wedding with the Oogle Glass app and wear the latest in smart textiles.

E Is for Engineering Page 56, by Breanna Draxler The deficit is clear. Our society depends upon engineers to design every aspect of our lives — where we live, what we drive, how we communicate and even what we eat — but America’s primary and secondary education systems aren't producing enough critical thinkers to keep up with the demand. Discover reports on what schools in the United States are doing to “repair the pipeline.”

Southern Gothic Page 48, by Wendy Orent In this deep investigation of the science surrounding Lyme disease, writer Wendy Orent dissects how tick-borne illness is diagnosed in the Southern United States. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recognize Lyme in the South, thousands of people there have reported Lyme-like symptoms and debilitating illness after exposure to ticks. Read an extended version of this story in Discover’s exclusive e-single, TICKED at For more on tick-borne illness, check out

Math Made Flesh Page 44, by Max Tegmark Our universe is not only well-described by mathematics; it may in fact be mathematics. Max Tegmark, professor at MIT and scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute, explains why.

The magazine is available on newsstands and online Nov. 12. To schedule an interview or request a press copy, please contact Allie Curry at 646-695-7042

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