The Sciences

Special Section: Everything Worth Knowing

In this special issue of Discover, we dive into the hottest topics in science, and boil them down to the essentials.

By The EditorsJun 1, 2016 5:00 AM
Kellie Jaeger/Discover


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Every month we promise you “science for the curious,” but there’s simply too much happening to cover it all. Albert Einstein himself gave up on the quantum side of physics, and nowadays microbiologists and nanobiologists barely speak the same language. What chance does anyone have of keeping up?

That’s where this issue comes in. We’ve taken the liberty of distilling the latest and most important essentials in various disciplines of science: everything from black holes to stem cells to dinosaurs, aimed to keep you in the loop and informed. It is, in short, everything worth knowing.

But this guide certainly isn’t the last word. As you wander through the following pages, discovering new facts or remembering old tidbits, drop us a line about what else you want to know at

We realize we can’t really know everything — but let’s give it a shot. Here's everything worth knowing about:

  • Black Holes

  • How We Learn

  • Scientific Dating Methods

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Human Origins

  • Stem Cells

  • Sea Level Rise

  • Creativity

  • Antibiotic Resistance

  • Moons of Our Solar System

  • Entanglement

  • Microbiomes

  • Animal Intelligence

  • Medical Imaging

  • Dinosaurs

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