Articles from 03/2009

  • Little Lithium Battery That Could

    By taking a second look at existing battery materials, researchers have found the secret to unleashing the electrical power of the common lithium-ion battery.

  • The Multiverse Problem

    Is theoretical physics becoming the next battleground in the culture wars? Not according to some theologians and scientists.

  • Exploding a Theory

    A recent supernova is calling into question what we know about the life and death of stars.

  • Mikhail Gromov Wins Abel Prize

    Russian-French mathematician wins the Abel Prize for his revolutionary contributions to geometry.

  • The Living Robot

    Researchers have developed a robot capable of learning and interacting with the world using a biological brain.

  • The Interpreters

    Profiles of those using cutting-edge science to educate and engage.

  • Found in Translation

    The process of creating a nuclear-security glossary matters as much as the finished product.

  • Design and Being Just

    At some point during the show, VL started growing too fast. It was time to stop it. But did that mean killing it?

  • Building the Taxonomy of Life

    The presumption was that you’d need experts to write pages, and we’d end up with 2 million or so. I was absolutely clear from the start that that wasn’t going to work.

  • Knowledge, in Real Time

    A new picture of science — and possibly future innovation — comes into focus with the mapping of scientists’ online research behavior.

  • A New Picture of the Two Cultures

    A recent visualization of scholarly research based on online user patterns offers a fresh perspective on C.P. Snow's landmark treatise on science and the arts.

  • Top DC Scientists Confirmed

    Holdren and Lubchenco have both advocated for strong government intervention to address the man-made causes of climate change.

  • The Running Man, Revisited

    The endurance running hypothesis, the idea that humans evolved as long-distance runners, may have legs thanks to a new study on toes.

  • Deciding How to Decide

    Jonah Lehrer shines light on the black box of decision making, explains the problem with certainty, and discusses the challenges of eavesdropping on the brain.

  • 20 Years of the World Wide Web

    In the two decades since a small group of researchers adopted a hyperlink system to share data between institutions, scientific research — and the world — have changed profoundly.

  • Water and Sand in Rajasthan

    In India’s populated desert, development and the flow of water are eroding a historic sand fort.

  • What Really Happened at Copenhagen?

    It's problematic when largely unresolved debates among the world's climate change researchers get reduced to six key messages.

  • Peer Pressure

    James Wilsdon takes a close look at Britain's system for defining excellence at the country's top-performing universities.

  • Scientific Integrity and Stem Cells

    President Obama signs two key documents to help ensure America's continued global leadership in scientific discoveries.

  • Scientific Integrity Memorandum

    Ensuring the highest level of integrity in all aspects of the executive branch's involvement with scientific and technological processes.

  • Text of Remarks of President Obama

    Ensuring America’s continued global leadership in scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs.

  • Getting Our Nitrogen Fix

    Our ability to pull nitrogen from the air fed a growing human population. Can 21st century biotechnology refine the process while reducing environmental impact?

  • Designing the Human Mind

    [Video] Is it possible to create a complete model of the human brain? Henry Markram explains that it will to take a computer 20,000 times more powerful than any that exists today.

  • March Book & DVD Picks

    Profiles of planet-saving entrepreneurs, an Oxford physicist's unintimidating look at antimatter, a science-driven obesity doc.

  • Love at 1,200 Hz

    An irritating, disease-laden species of mosquito proves that it can also be sophisticated, sensual, and even romantic.

  • The Sleep of Reason

    Bruce Sterling reflects on artist Alexis Rockman's psychedelic, posthuman exhibit Half-life.


  • 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.


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