Articles from 12/2008

  • From Earth to the Universe

    Seed kicks off the International Year of Astronomy with a slideshow of awe-inspiring astronomical snapshots of our universe.

  • Kepler’s Year

    An ambitious mission launching in 2009 searches for planets like our own.

  • Kathmandu: Diplomatic Waters

    Reporting from the developing world, traveling science writer Gaia Vince relays her first dispatch from the meltwaters of the Himalaya.

  • A Still Curious Case

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button grapples with age-old fears of death and aging, physiological processes that modern science is only beginning to understand.

  • Longevity Research

  • Seed Picks 2008

    Seed selects the year's outstanding book releases, from Mary Roach's sex book, Bonk, to E.O. Wilson's ant colony opus, The Superorganism.

  • Group Think

    A Tel Aviv University professor melds math and sociology of the Internet to predict the next big thing in music.

  • The Advisors

  • Yeast Gone Wild

    Feral yeast shed light on one of Darwin's greatest evolutionary puzzles, by getting drunk and socializing.

  • Cold Truth

    At a recent celebration of the International Polar Year in New York, artists and scientists share work inspired by the shifting landscape of Antarctica.

  • Predicting Outbreaks

    Satellites, a shift in epidemiology, and Google combine to stop disease before it starts.

  • Harun Yahya’s Dark Arts

    One-on-one with the Turkish creationist who uses bad science and bizarre art to spread his vision of a troubled world.

  • Flu-gle

  • A Tale of Two Galaxies

    Two radically different approaches to the story of modern physics reveal how we learn — and learn to love — science.

  • Footprint of the Fittest

    Can we identify how cultures evolve — and if so, can we change our collective course for the good of the planet?

  • Needham’s Grand Question

    As China reemerges on the science frontier, Simon Winchester offers a vivid account of one man's mission to illuminate its innovative past.

  • Of Primates and Personhood

    Will according rights and "dignity" to nonhuman organisms halt research?

  • The Biohacking Hobbyist

    Why does all biology happen in academic or industrial labs? Mac Cowell, cofounder of DIYbio, seeks to change that.

  • iGEM 2008: Novice Bioengineers Get Their Freak On

    A recent iGEM judge reflects on spontaneous dance parties and the future of molecular machines.

  • Bigger Faster Better

    Craig Venter, the man who sequenced the human genome, explains in a Seed exclusive what's holding science back and how he intends to fix it.

  • The Scientist in 2008

  • Revolutionary Minds: Tracey Brown

  • DIY Science


  • Ideas

    I Tried Almost Everything Else

    John Rinn, snowboarder, skateboarder, and “genomic origamist,” on why we should dumpster-dive in our genomes and the inspiration of a middle-distance runner.

  • Ideas

    Going, Going, Gone

    The second most common element in the universe is increasingly rare on Earth—except, for now, in America.

  • Ideas

    Earth-like Planets Aren’t Rare

    Renowned planetary scientist James Kasting on the odds of finding another Earth-like planet and the power of science fiction.

The Seed Salon

Video: conversations with leading scientists and thinkers on fundamental issues and ideas at the edge of science and culture.

Are We Beyond the Two Cultures?

Video: Seed revisits the questions C.P. Snow raised about science and the humanities 50 years by asking six great thinkers, Where are we now?

Saved by Science

Audio slideshow: Justine Cooper's large-format photographs of the collections behind the walls of the American Museum of Natural History.

The Universe in 2009

In 2009, we are celebrating curiosity and creativity with a dynamic look at the very best ideas that give us reason for optimism.

Revolutionary Minds
The Interpreters

In this installment of Revolutionary Minds, five people who use the new tools of science to educate, illuminate, and engage.

The Seed Design Series

Leading scientists, designers, and architects on ideas like the personal genome, brain visualization, generative architecture, and collective design.

The Seed State of Science

Seed examines the radical changes within science itself by assessing the evolving role of scientists and the shifting dimensions of scientific practice.

A Place for Science

On the trail of the haunts, homes, and posts of knowledge, from the laboratory to the field.


Witness the science. Stunning photographic portfolios from the pages of Seed magazine.

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