Articles from 12/2009

  • Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds

  • The Achilles’ Heel of Aging

  • Knowing How to Pick a Fight

  • The Last Experiment

  • The Long Shot

  • The Body Politic

  • Ear to the Ground

  • TV’s Unintended Consequences

    The proliferation of passive sedentary activities like television viewing has led to inactive lifestyles and decreased physical fitness. But can TV positively affect health as well?

  • Portfolio: Red Sky at Night

    The galactic center is brought to life by telescopes scanning across the electromagnetic spectrum, exposing star nurseries unseen via visible or UV light.

  • Winds of Change

    The stories we tell provide us with a record of our continuing struggle to understand the peculiar effects weather has on our lives.

  • What a Water-Full World

    The discovery of an ocean-covered planet prompts reflections on the purpose, cost, and value of our forays into the great unknown of outer space.

  • A Green World

    From the frigid Japanese tundra to the heart of the Amazon Basin—award-winning photography captures the full splendor of Earth’s arboreal landscapes.

  • Under the Green Canopy

    In The Life & Love of Trees, vivid photography from around the world coupled with author Lewis Blackwell’s lucid prose explores the virtues of our leafy companions.

  • Creating Citizen Scientists

    Researchers in fields ranging from biochemistry to cosmology are recruiting armies of volunteers to help solve some of science’s thorniest problems.

  • The Outer Limits

    For half a century computer performance has roughly doubled every two years, but the laws of physics place insurmountable barriers on how long this growth can occur.

  • The Question of Quantum Chaos

    Chaos is everywhere in the natural world, present in the coiling of smoke rings, the fronds of ferns, and the beating of our hearts. But at the level of quantum physics, chaos as we now define it is unquantifiable.

  • Search Me

    Amid a roll-out of a number of new features, Google’s biggest change went largely unnoticed, even though it could further fragment our shared pool of knowledge.

  • The Exquisite Corpse of Science

    Drawings from science communicator Tim Jones' worldwide art mosaic that asks scientists, journalists, students, and others what science means to them.

  • Surreal Science

    Tiles in a worldwide sci-art mosaic explore what science means to writers, scientists, school children, and others.

  • Science or Séance?

    Media fanfare over an incapacitated car accident victim (and the nurse who “communicates” for him) raises the question of how we can know whether a person is conscious.

  • The Mom-and-Pop Water Shop

    Microbiologist Ranjiv Khush and hydrologist Jeff Alberts are bringing an entrepreneurial approach to an age-old dilemma: how to bring clean, safe water to the developing world.

  • Works in Progress

    Whether it is climate change or life on Mars, revealing the hairy—and human—underbelly of how science is done means controversy for the public at large.

  • Everything Is Illuminated

    Martin Chalfie, the Nobelist who helped transform biology with a glowing protein, talks with us about his lab and his favorite animal—the roundworm.

  • Intergalactic Controversy

    New observations of galactic clusters have revealed a controversial phenomenon called “dark flow,” which could be a sign of parallel universes.

  • Books to Read (And Give) Now

    A selection of the year’s best books for the science enthusiasts on your list, whether they are Manhattan naturalists, Scientific Revolution buffs, or lovers of microbial manga.


  • 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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