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Who Reads Discover?
Discover attracts intelligent and curious readers - forward thinkers and public advocates engaging in a dialogue of action that influences opinion leaders and encourages innovation. They are active in their communities, carry a strong voice concerning political issues and are very active in environmental groups.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:

  • Vital Signs: Discover’s longest-running and most popular column. Each month, an emergency room doctor describes and solves a real-life medical mystery.
  • Better Planet: Questioning the choices we make about our environment, and how we affect its overall health.
  • 20 Things You Didn’t Know About...: An exploration of arcane and interesting bits of information that you may not be able to Google.
  • Data: Informative news section with short pieces on breaking science developments.
  • Blinded by Science: A column where humor meets science, written by novelist Bruno Maddox, nominated for the 2007 National Magazine Award, Columns and Commentary.
  • ThinkTech: Discover's monthly look at technology moving out of the lab and into the mainstream.
  • Features: Cover subjects represent a selection of topical science, technology, environmental, global and health issues that affect our life and the world around us. Recent issues include: Year in Science, Dedicated issue, The Secret Einstein, Better Planet, Extreme Engineering, Scientist of the Year.
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Discover draws on the talents of some of America's premier nonfiction writers, including Walter Isaacson, Jared Diamond, Jim Holt, and Carl Zimmer. Some of our contributors are veteran science journalists; others regard science just as one source of great ideas. What they all have in common is a rare ability to conduct deep investigations into the most complex topics and emerge with stories that will entertain and enlighten anyone who appreciates a good narrative.

Magazine Layout:
Discover gives its readers the real story: on-the-scene photography, highly personal portrait shots, and cutting edge scientific imagery. The design is elegant and refined--not dry like a textbook, not glossy and remote like a travel guide. Every issue contains a balance of big-idea, text driven stories and more image-rich features that convey the feel of where and how the most amazing research happens.

Comparisons to Other Magazines:
Discover examines what really matters about science and places it squarely in a human context. It is an accessible guide to the ideas that matter most in today's world. Unlike Scientific American, it is accessible to any curious reader, not just to science insiders. Unlike Popular Science and Popular Mechanics, it focuses on ideas and discoveries, not gadgets and weapons. And unlike National Geographic, it does not shy away from the personal, political, and social aspects of science. Above all, Discover is unique in combining deep, probing reporting with accessible, narrative writing--more in the mode of The New Yorker than in the style of traditional science journalism.

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  • Discover was presented with an award by the American Society of Journalists and Authors for July '07 feature on Science and Islam.
  • MPA Digital Awards 2007 BEST PODCAST SERIES: Recognizes creativity and content innovation in a magazine’s podcast series – Discover’s Vital Signs won 3rd place.
  • 2007 Ellie National Magazine Award Finalist, Columns and Commentary Review:
Science rules the headlines these days, with new developments each week in genetics, astrophysics, computers, and medicine, and Discover is a great way to get a broad spectrum of science news. Designed for the general reader, Discover translates and interprets many of the same stories professionals peruse in Scientific American. Accessible articles on genetically engineered food, what's living in your pillows, real robots in action, and what makes a Stradivarius sing add up to a truly delightful family science magazine. Each issue brings to light new and newsworthy topics to stimulate dinnertime and water-cooler conversations beyond the mundane, and Discover spices the mix with puzzles, Web links, book reviews, and experiments for amateur scientists. --Therese Littleton

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
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186 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites! April 2, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
As a scientist/educator, I enjoy reading about current science being done in all fields, whether neuroscience or astronomy. We get so specialized in our fields sometimes, we forget about the other sciences which we are not personally involved in. This is one of the better science journals for laypeople who have limited background in most sciences. It's great for me, and I have a large background in most sciences. But so much happens in all areas of scientific endeavor that it is impossible to keep up with. So a magazine like Discover helps to close the gap on my personal ignorance in other areas of science besides neuroscience.
Discover is by the same people running Discovery Channel. Their information is good, they do the research, and they often broach difficult and contrary science concepts which may not be mainstream yet. Their writers and editors do an excellent job. My own personal favorite article each month is Vital Signs, from doctors about medical cases that may be strange or that need to be brought to the attention of the public. I always read that first.
This is a good magazine for high school students to have access to in addition to the regular science textbooks. The type of information given often makes science more accessible for high school students. They can see why someone would choose to go into particular fields of science, and why research is needed.
I do not always agree with the information given. Too many times, it seems that Discover and its editors promote ideas or new medical concepts/technology which has not been proven. As always, lay readers should be sure to get a variety of inputs and information, as well as second opinions before accepting what is said by Discover or any other source. An example of this is the retinal implant spoken about in 2001.
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119 of 126 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year
For years Discover was the best magazine for the lay person or even scientists who wanted to keep track of the trends in other fields of science. Now with a new publisher it has become almost worthless. Very superficial articles are mixed with over blown headlines and poor science. After buying Discover since it's very inception I find it sad what has happened to this magazine. Check the dates and notice the glowing reviews for the old magazine but pay attention to the negative ones from the last 6 months.
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has a high scale of Readability December 16, 2001
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Yes, the strongest appeal that this magazine has is its readability. The articles, however diverse they are, are not that hard to understand at all. I believe that even younger readers could read them without feeling offended and snobbed by the writing style. This is because Discover is intended for the general public. People who like a beefier telling of scientific issues should read Scientific American instead. But please note: I am not saying that Discover is kid-stuff. It is not.
Points of interest:
1.) In every issue, there is this Neuroquest, a very interesting one page "exploration of the inner workings of the human brain."
2.) The mag also offers Bogglers, a set of brain-teasers/puzzles to give those gray cells something to work on.
3.) And, Science Surfing, do I have to tell you what this is??
So far, all the Discover issues that I have have 92 pages, of which 17-18 pages were devoted to ads.
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83 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lighter side of Science October 26, 2001
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Discover is a fun magazine, and a much easier read than Scientific American. Mind you, it does not have the density of it's fellow publication, but I seem to pick Discover up more often lying around the house.

A nice broad range of categories are covered by Discover, with an eye for "topical science." The editors are good at identifying scientific trends (like cloning), and are quick to get articles out. This is a great benefit for those who want to stay knowledgeable about science, but do not have the time to invest in deep research.

As with any science magazine, fantastic pictures fill the pages. Charts and images are well-used to illustrate and clarify unfamiliar topics. A well put-together magazine.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Subscription Term Name:1 year
BEWARE of this magazine and its tricky billing/fee practices! I like the content of the magazine very much, and have held two separate subscriptions over the last ten years. In this latest subscription, the publisher has started very frustrating practices and I've been billed for things I didn't request. They automatically extended my subscription without asking me, and the onus is on the subscriber to cancel the subscription in order not to pay the fee. You get one cursory postcard telling you of this renewal. Second, I received a DVD in the mail from Discover magazine which I did not request nor was interested in. If I didn't want to keep the DVD and pay for it, Discover required that I go through a several-step procedure to send the material back. I did that but I still received a bill for $12.95 for the DVD!! Lastly, the magazine identified an address of my family member and has started to send materials to my sister -- for me, doing similar things like sending unwanted materials and then trying to bill me for it. This is completely predatory! I have an uneasy feeling that my life and wallet have been semi-hacked. I will be canceling my subscription as I don't wish to encourage such unethical business practices. I hope Discover takes the hint and stops sending me all this material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a birthday gift for my grandson, who loves it.
Published 8 days ago by waltzing Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I just love Discovery magazine. So many interesting and informative articles!!
Published 10 days ago by Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars Science for the average reader!
This is the perfect magazine for people who love science without all the mumbo jumbo scientific vocabulary! Read more
Published 21 days ago by Carol A. Cook
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost a Long-time Subscriber
I was a long-time subscriber of Discover, but recently let me subscription run out. The magazine is changed for the worst since the editor changed from Corey S. Powell. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I know he will enjoy it.
Ordered this magazine for a nephew who enjoys scientific news. I know he will enjoy it.
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Discover is a great magazine for an overview of science. The editors occasionally let some good facts slip through, but for the most part the well-written articles do not live up... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Curmudgeon at Large
5.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine!
Got this for my daughter and her family. They all enjoy it.
Published 1 month ago by Dolores
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price.
Wonderful artivcles and fewer ads than other magazines.! I enjoy reading it.
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Always articles with substance that are easy to read.
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Do I detect a trend indicating a downward trend in the quality of Discover?
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