Discover (April 2016)

National parks safeguard nature's attractiveness for our entertainment, yet additionally they include a number of the best outside technological know-how labs on this planet. during this factor, you'll get an up-close examine key study tasks underway at 10 diversified parks round the usa. may well venomous creepy-crawlies carry the keys to powerful, non-addictive painkillers? See why biochemist Glenn King is more than pleased to paintings with dinner plate-sized tarantulas and lethal scorpions.

Then, see how a doctor's gamble within the nineteenth century lead the way for a brand new melanoma remedy. conversing of likelihood, are best poker avid gamers and different gamblers expert or just fortunate? And one other burning query: Are extraterrestrial beings in the back of a star's loopy gentle styles? You'll locate solutions to those questions and extra contained in the April factor of realize.

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He didn’t share Heeb’s views about poker. DeRosa used a computer to simulate what might happen if 1,000 people each tossed a coin 10,000 times, assuming a certain outcome — such as tails — was equivalent to a win and the number of times a particular person won the toss was random. But the results were remarkably similar to those Heeb presented: A handful of people appeared to win consistently, and another group seemed to lose a large number of times.

Park officials set off the final explosion in 2014. As they hoped, the river In this 2014 photo, a newly freed Elwha River carries sediment into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. April 2016 DISCOVER 41 Yosemite National Park, California Forests Altered by Fire A century ago, visitors to the West’s forests trod a mosaic of sun and shadow, navigating stands of large trees and open spaces. Today, a walk in the woods is a dimmer experience. Many forests are crowded with trees, and branches obscure the sky.

FROM LEFT: SHELLEY CRAUSBAY; SYBIL GOTSCH The Haleakalaˉ silversword (left) is one of several rare alpine species that could lose out as the cloud forests in its namesake park creep higher. Ecologist Shelley Crausbay (below, checking a climate monitor) is studying how the drying effect of El Niño influences ecosystem dynamics in the park. 8 Fire Island National Seashore, New York Gauging Coastal Ecosystems’ Resiliency to Extreme Storms CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: DIANE ABELL/NPS; WILLIAM MCBRIDE/GETTY IMAGES; USGS; NPS This gap in Fire Island National Seashore didn’t exist before Superstorm Sandy.

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