Articles from 07/2010

  • Yawning Together

    Why do we yawn, and why is yawning contagious even across species? Studies are beginning to explain, but the results aren’t yet conclusive.

  • From Galileo to Cassini

    Four hundred years ago, Galileo turned his telescope toward Saturn for the first time. But instead of rings, he saw something quite different.

  • Two Wrongs from the Right

    The deaths of a climate scientist and of meaningful climate-change legislation bode poorly for a prosperous energy-independent future.

  • Are Octopuses Smart?

    In the wild and in the lab, octopuses exhibit remarkable behavior that hints at sophisticated intelligence. Should they be treated differently from other animals?

  • Life in the Garden

    A young ecologist reflects on his craft, the nature of biodiversity, and the deep truths to be found through digging in the dirt.

  • The Body Politic

    The deep symbiosis between bacteria and their human hosts is forcing scientists to ask: Are we organisms or living ecosystems?

  • The Evolution of Cooperation

    Insects that survive on plant sap alone offer insights into the likely origin and evolution of all multicellular life.

  • Symbols from the Sky

    Heavenly messages from the depths of prehistory may be encoded on the walls of caves throughout Europe.

  • In Defense of Difference

    Scientists offer new insight into what to protect of the world's rapidly vanishing languages, cultures, and species.

  • The State of the Scientist

    The identity of the modern scientist is, in every possible sense, a work in progress.

  • Science and/or Faith

    Should a "scientific" meeting attempt to address questions of faith? If so, what's the best way to do it?

  • Wanted: GM Seeds for Study

    A battle is quietly being waged between the industry that produces genetically modified seeds and scientists trying to investigate the environmental impacts of engineered crops. Although companies have recently given ground, researchers say these firms are still loath to allow independent analyses of their patented — and profitable — seeds.


  • 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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