Articles from 02/2009

  • Saved by Science

    Artist Justine Cooper's large-format photographs document the intersection of science, curation, and the endurance of human curiosity.

  • Crowdsourcing the Genome

    New ways of thinking about research emerge in the age of user-generated genetics.

  • Seeing Antlers, Feeling Dendrites

    Christopher Reiger’s Synesthesia #1, the fluidity of perception, and how art can express phenomena in a way data alone cannot.

  • The Amazing Race

    The Linguists depicts an around-the-world race to make audio recordings of dying languages, giving us a glimpse of how technology can promote language diversity.

  • Voodoo That Scientists Do

    When findings are debated online, as with a yet to be released paper that calls out the field of social neuroscience, who wins?

  • Getting Past the Pie Chart

    Understanding the shortcomings of the pie chart can help us make sense of and improve the emerging scientific aesthetic of the 21st century.

  • Excitement and Caution at AAAS

    Thousands gather in Chicago for the world's largest scientific conference.

  • Neri Oxman: Materialecology

    The artist looks to biology for inspiration when producing works that mimic forms found in nature.

  • The Essential Parallel Between Science and Democracy

    The sound conduct of science and the sound conduct of democracy both depend on the same shared values.

  • A Hormone to Remember

    Oxytocin emerges as a key player in our facility for social memory.

  • Beyond a Theory of Everything

    On the very large and very small versus the very, very complex.

  • Nepal: Wireless in the Mountains

    A home WiFi kit and a solar-powered relay station transform healthcare and education for a remote village in western Nepal.

  • Thinking Meta

    is more than a matter of “gut feeling” — it’s the willingness to reflect on the decision-making process itself.

  • Holdren Vows to Maintain the Integrity of Science

    President Barack Obama's director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy faces limited criticism at confirmation hearing.

  • Adapting to a New Economy

    An evolutionary perspective on economics can explain how we got into this current mess, and how we might find our way out.

  • Photo Essay: Darwin Slept Here

    A twentysomething adventurer retraces the voyage of the Beagle, recapturing a young Darwin, and the growing pains of a continent.

  • The Awe of Natural History Collections

    Visiting the hidden side of natural history museums, where the vast collections of scientific specimens are kept.

  • Be Fruitful and Multiply

    Agriculture and civilization have sped up the evolution of humanity. From this simple thesis grows an argument aimed at the heart of how we think about history.

  • Darwin and the Clergyman

    Letters between Charles Darwin and the vicar of Downe document a close friendship, and a surprising mutual interest in preserving the church.

  • Darwin 200

    Seed celebrates the life and work of Charles Darwin.

  • Into the Landscape of Genomic Evolution

    How the tools of genetic sequencing are changing the way we study the origins and development of life.

  • Survival of the Viral

    Studying genetic "mistakes," like endogenous retroviruses, would have led us to a theory of evolution, even if Charles Darwin had not.

  • Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds

    A video experiment in scale, condensing 4.6 billion years of history into a minute.

  • Science As Lens

    Science has shaped our world—now it will change the way we see it. A reflection on the past and future role of this magazine in both documenting this transformation and catalyzing it.

  • Core Principles

    Both science and design—forward motors, providers of perspective, guardians of beauty and truth—are essential to progress.

  • Scientific Truth in the Age of Wikipedia

    Does the radical egalitarianism of the wiki undermine traditional notions of scientific authority and consensus?

  • Greg Lynn: New City

    Is a sphere the optimal shape for our world? If physical laws were no longer a concern, how would we mold the Earth to better suit our global economy?

  • Bridging the Gulf

    Science and technology parks could replace Arab oil with Arab IP as the region's economic driver.

  • Kerry: US Will Have Cap & Trade by End of the Year

    At sustainability conference, global leaders wonder where the investments will come from to build a green economy.

  • Breaking the Legacy

    New partnerships could represent a tipping point in developing African science.

  • Ecology of Finance

    A growing cadre of biologists argues that ecosystem analysis of the world economy might stave off a repeat of 2008's financial catastrophe.

  • Science Diplomacy for the 21st Century

    On being a citizen of a world without borders or boundaries.

  • Report From Dubai

    Last November, the World Economic Forum convened thought leaders and heads of industry to discuss the state of the world. Seed followed up to ask where we go from here.

  • Poor Decision Making

    How behavioral economics can help change the fight against poverty.

  • Is MIT Obsolete?

    On the future of invention.

  • From Simulation to Solution

    How new technologies can help to finally rid the world of malaria.

  • Crime and Causality Loops

    Getting to the root of corruption in Colombia and Mexico.

  • Urban Paradox

    Why the future of humanity and the long-term sustainability of the planet are inextricably linked to the fate of our cities.

  • Safeguarding Biology

    Can biotechnology safely reverse the course of our deteriorating biosphere?


  • 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.