Seed Magazine Issue Number 22: The Last Experiment
The Last Experiment
Table of Contents
A Library of Lungs
Scorpion “book lungs” are revealed in a series of scanning electron micrographs.
Eyewitness testimony is both highly fallible and irreplaceable. How can we know when to trust it?
Though evolutionarily distinct, the limbs of vertebrates and insects share a homologous genetic machinery. By PZ Myers
Europe: Continental Drift
Anti-migration rhetoric highlights the need for “knowledge nomads.”
By James Wilsdon
As the gravitational center of design shifts, ideas are taking precedence over products. By Paola Antonelli
For particle physicists who study phase transitions, a traffic jam is simply a solid made up of idling cars. By Jonah Lehrer
Sometimes, something kills nearly all life on the entire planet. The cause remains mysterious, but may lie in the movements of the stars.
On My Mind: Marcelo Gleiser
The astrophysicist discusses the origins of asymmetry in biology.
Space elevators, artificial fingertips, and China’s fault lines.
The tropical biologist and the urban designer discuss ecology-inspired infrastructures, making nature more tangible, and how to avoid being preachy.
The leading models for combating global warming are no longer coming only from climatology laboratories; the physical science is in. It’s now up to social science to make us act. Can we trick ourselves into saving ourselves? By David Zax
Conservationists may wish money were no object, but if nature is to survive, economic incentives and biological imperatives must align.
Paul Ehrlich believes that provocation and speculation lie within the bounds of good science, that scientists should tell us not only the facts, but also what we should do with them. By Steve Olson
Sites of Impact: A Photo Essay
Craters transcend the purely documentary and intersect the sublime in photographs taken over a six-year journey around the world. By Stan Gaz
When research shows that more stuff doesn’t lead to more happiness, what drives humans to endlessly acquire? By Jonathan Gottschall
The universe on DVD, botanical atrocities, deconstructing epidemics, and Darwin in rhyme.
A home for the California Academy of Sciences and A Case of Conscience revisited.
Biodiversity expert Thomas E. Lovejoy talks with architect and urban planner Mitchell Joachim.
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John Rinn, snowboarder, skateboarder, and “genomic origamist,” on why we should dumpster-dive in our genomes and the inspiration of a middle-distance runner.
The second most common element in the universe is increasingly rare on Earth—except, for now, in America.
Renowned planetary scientist James Kasting on the odds of finding another Earth-like planet and the power of science fiction.