Searching the past for our perfect selves, caffeine does not make you see dead people, scientist scours his daughter's DNA for a diagnosis, an artist producing transgenic art poses bioethical questions...

  • Dangerous Liaisons and other stories of transgenic pheasant embryology
    Adam Zaretsky is one of a new breed of artists dedicated to exploring the intersection of art and science. Best known for his artwork involving genetics, Zaretsky states “if we are in the process of engaging in auto-evolution, then diversity, the inherent biological love of difference, implies that the human genome should be engineered with as wide a range of genre humans as there are art movements and swanky tastes in the world.” 
  • Drink coffee, see dead people.
    Early last week newspapers across the globe reported a strange finding that linked caffeine consumption to seeing ghosts and having hallucinations. Bad Science investigated, revealing, not surprisingly, some pretty ridiculous problems with the science behind the caffeine claims.
  • Runoff Aids Some Egyptian Fisheries, Study Says
    In Egypt, agricultural runoffs are actually increasing fish stocks—but let’s remember that just because one industry is benefiting doesn’t mean it is ecologically sound.
  • DIY DNA: One Father’s Attempt to Hack His Daughter’s Genetic Code
    A father equipped with the skills needed to sift through his daughter’s DNA, attempts to diagnose her, revealing how science has provided hope even in the darkest of situations.
  • The Evolutionary Search for Our Perfect Past
    In the seemingly infinite drive to understand how we should live, people are turning to the past, a la Michael Pollan. Ever convinced that that our forebears must have eaten better than we do today, maybe should we be asking ourselves whether human’s were ever content with how they lived?

Got something for Seed‘s Daily Zeitgeist? Email the Zeitgeister.

Originally published January 22, 2009


Share this Stumbleupon Reddit Email + More


  • 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.

SEEDMAGAZINE.COM by Seed Media Group. ©2005-2015 Seed Media Group LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Sites by Seed Media Group: Seed Media Group | ScienceBlogs | Research Blogging | SEEDMAGAZINE.COM