Articles from 01/2010

  • Slate of the Union

    A few hours after Steve Jobs announced the iPad, President Obama delivered a slightly more important speech. What he said—and didn’t say—about the future of science funding and NASA.

  • Life Imitating Life

    Life, as the expression goes, isn’t always pretty. But with a few tricks of the lab, life in its simplest, single-celled forms can be manipulated into a thing of preternatural beauty.

  • Nature’s Bizarre Bedfellows

    Evolutionary theory predicts that species must compete to survive. But often the best chances for survival come when different species work together for the benefit of both.

  • Nonlinear Relationships

    In mathematician Steven Strogatz’s recent book, friendship and integrals collide, yielding a math story of unusual poignancy.

  • Current TV’s Network Science

    The host’s of Current TV’s Max and Jason: Still Up are on a mission to inspire the planet by connecting science and culture, and having a good time while doing it. How social networks are driving the exponential growth of ideas.

  • Pay to Play

    With the New York Times announcing that it will start charging for its website, an examination of why scientific and journalistic publishing seem to be headed in opposite directions.

  • The Back-Channel of Science

    Scientists are exploiting online tools to facilitate research and communication in an increasingly flat media landscape. What are the implications for science?

  • Spotlight on Science Diplomacy

    British Foreign Secretary David Miliband recently made the case for research as a political bridge. How the UK is building a foundation for a new kind of international policy.

  • When Science Asks, “What If?”

    The visions of tomorrow inspire the actions we take today. Science fiction is as much a reflection of society's deep fascination with science as it is an agent of change for its future course.

  • Trust in the Twitterverse

    With the world scrambling to cover the recent devastating Haitian earthquake, journalists, neuroscientists, and everyone in between are testing the frontiers of social media.

  • Repository of the Cosmos

    We visit Neil deGrasse Tyson to talk about his role as “servant to the public appetite of the universe” and all of the odd things that accumulate in his office.

  • Adapt or Die

    New research is coming closer to revealing why some organisms adapt quickly to changes in their environment, while others adapt slowly or simply become extinct.

  • The Dog Particle

    Chad Orzel has spent much of his teaching career explaining quantum mechanics. In his book, How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, he takes on a new breed of student.

  • Good COP, Bad COP?

    Four experts discuss the rising influence of China, the coming test for President Obama, and whether the Copenhagen Accord will doom or save us.

  • 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?

  • Traveling Through Time and Stars

    In Far Out, stunning astronomical images and lyrical essays on the nature of light and space explore the universe’s past.

  • A Year of Research Blogging’s content editors on how they select the best blog posts, the value of research blogging, and their predictions for the coming year.

  • Books to Read Now

    January releases paint a portrait of an early fossil hunter; probe the nature of time; and reveal that the vast majority of your brain cells are not neurons.

  • The Wagnerian Method


  • 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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