Articles from 01/2009

  • Illuminated Manuscripts

    Drew Berry makes visually stunning and painstakingly accurate depictions of complex life processes not usually exposed to the human eye.

  • Science’s Rightful Place

    The scientific community responds to Seed's Rightful Place initiative.

  • 2009 Will Be a Year of Panic

    From the fevered mind of Bruce Sterling and his alter-ego, Bruno Argento, a consideration of things ahead.

  • The True 21st Century Begins

    From the fevered mind of Bruce Sterling and his alter-ego, Bruno Argento, a consideration of things ahead.

  • Blogging the Origin

    Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, chapter by chapter.

  • Field Museum

    Constructing art and science on a frozen Minnesota lake.

  • The Prophetic Brain

    The commonly held belief that information from the outside world impinges upon our brains through our senses to cause perception and then action now appears to be false.

  • Obama: “Rightful Place” for Science

    In his inaugural speech, President Barack Obama highlights his vision for science.

  • All Together Now

    Is Big Science forging a pan-European identity?

  • The Holdren Factor

    Barack Obama's science adviser plans to make science a factor in White House decisions.

  • Nepal: Save the Dolphin!

    Misguided hunting, pesticide fishing, and a network of dams threaten the future of a resident mammal in the Ganges.

  • Letter to Obama

    Forty-nine American Nobel laureates and other distinguished American scientists call the president's attention to the importance of increasing funding for scientific research.

  • Painting and the Pleistocene

    The Art Instinct author Denis Dutton on the arts as evolutionary adaptations.

  • Seeing in the Dark

    A blind man shocks researchers with what he sees.

  • Blogging the Origin

    Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, chapter by chapter.

  • The Science Accomplishments of President George W. Bush

  • After the Storm

    An exclusive and revealing post mortem with President Bush's point man on science, John Marburger.

  • Seed State of Science: Publishing

    How is scientific information distributed? What is the best way to share, and spread, knowledge?

  • The Romance of Objects

    What are the roles of objects in the development of young minds and in the creative lives of scientists?

  • Chaos Begets Chaos

    A new study supports the controversial claim that people can be morally swayed by the state of their surroundings.

  • Nepal: Laptop School

    Saving a generation of young students with creative thinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a little green computer.

  • Fluid Diplomacy

    A looming water war in Central Asia could mean disaster for the region and beyond.

  • Pole Position

    China's expanding scientific soft power has the ability to reshape the flow of money, technology, and talent in the region.

  • Extending Darwinism

    Is there more to heredity, natural selection, and evolution than genes and DNA?

  • Research at Badwater

    The most extreme running race in the world attracts researchers looking for physiological data that can't, or shouldn't, be reproduced.


  • 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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