SEED en The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds <span>The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><object width="500" height="282"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value=";;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=ff0179&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src=";;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=ff0179&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="500" height="282"></embed></object><p> <a href="">The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds</a> is an experiment in scale: by condensing 4.6 billion years of history into a minute, the video serves as a self-contained timepiece. Like a specialized clock, it gives a sense of perspective. Every eventâ--âfrom the formation of the Earth, to the Cambrian Explosion, to the evolution of mice and squirrelsâ--âis proportionate to every other, displaying humankind as a blip, almost indiscernible in the layered course of history. This is useful, largely, for the sake of humility. </p> <p>Each event in the <em>Evolution of Life</em> fades gradually over the course of the minute, leaving typographic traces that echo all the way to the present day, just as our blood still bears the salty tang of our most ancient evolutionary ancestors.</p> <p><a href="">This video was commissioned by SEED Magazine for its Darwin Day 2009 celebration,</a> and was screened at the<a href=""> 2009 Brooklyn International Film Festival</a>. </p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/cevans" lang="" about="/author/cevans" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">cevans</a></span> <span>Thu, 02/25/2010 - 12:00</span> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:00:00 +0000 cevans 150652 at Liveblogging the 2009 State of Innovation Summit <span>Liveblogging the 2009 State of Innovation Summit</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><form mt:asset-id="14973" class="mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-image" style="display: inline;"><img src="" alt="i-562cc12f8359e5d5682c8590bfbfe781-newseumdeck.jpg" /></form> <p>I'm here in DC at the Newseum for the <a href="">State of Innovation Summit</a>, a collaboration between SEED and the <a href="">Council on Competitiveness</a>. The crowd is pretty awesome - right now Adam Bly, SEED's CEO, is sitting a few rows from me with E.O. Wilson. Earlier, Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, talked about a conversation he'd had recently with Steven Chu about using the Smithsonian's resources to enhance public understanding of climate change. As he spoke, the intense sunshine of a summer day in DC played across the Smithsonian castle turrets directly behind him (the seventh floor of the Newseum has a heck of a view)!</p> <!--more--><p>My favorite panel so far has been a session moderated by MoMA's Paola Antonelli, who is well known as a sciart advocate (or perhaps I should say "desciart," since design does not map right onto art). She made the important point that design is not about "cuteifying" one's home or garden or product, it's about "making ideas into objects." She projected a number of areas of explosive growth in design - organic design, biomimicry, nanodesign, tissue design, collective/crowdsourced design, and social design. </p> <p>Ben Fry, Julie Lasky, and Claudia Kotchka talked about examples of using "design methodology" as a transformative power in industry. Kotchka pointed out that traditional ways of analyzing markets would not have identified niches for many successful brands (like Oxo utensils, or Sephora cosmetics stores). Julie Lasky talked about a new media project she is doing in socially engaged design, which I'm going to have to blog more about later. And Ben Fry made a point I completely agree with: successful data visualization has very little to do with the actual data collected: it is all about telling a story and creating a narrative. This is not the traditional way of considering data, which is all about methodology, quality, and limitations of the data. But in my experience, it is <em>vitally</em> important to understanding how to use scientific data in policy contexts.</p> <p>Currently, there's a panel on incorporating innovation as a priority in academia and breaking down artificial/traditional barriers - between academic fields and/or between industry and academia, with Gene Block, CEO of UCLA, George Campbell of the Cooper Union, Ray Orbach, the former Undersecretary of Science at DoE, and Geoffrey West of the Santa Fe Institute. My main problem is that, not being a true Millenial, I can't blog and listen optimally at the same time. I've hit my multitasking saturation point! So just a few tidbits before I go:</p> <p>Chad Holliday, CEO of DuPont: </p> <p>--the public gets confused about climate change because the narrative includes not only dire projections by scientists, but also relatively positive coverage of tech innovation (like green energy) and many different political and economic agendas spinning it different ways. It's hard to represent the science accurately in that atmosphere.</p> <p>--at DuPont, they have a specific position called "opportunity broker," which consists of connecting market need with scientific/engineering experts</p> <p>--if the field of innovation is limited to science, that would be a <em>bad</em> thing - innovation is crossdisciplinary by nature</p> <p>Geoffrey West: </p> <p>--the most important place at the Santa Fe Institute is the kitchen - where they encourage "sophisticated bullshit." The hope is that out of 100 conversations a week over lunch, one will yield a new idea. </p> <p>MIT's Neri Oxman:</p> <p>--we have to act now on environmental issues as both scientists and artists, "which for me is the same thing." We need projects "where design can inform science back."</p> <p>Ray Orbach:</p> <p>--the transition from the lab to industry is a hallmark of the US. We are on the verge of dealing with new concepts like entanglement that we haven't begun to figure out yet - we don't know what innovation in those areas will look like, but it's vital.</p> <p>Gene Block: </p> <p>--A lot of why our children don't understand science is that their teachers don't understand science because of the way they learned it. We need to address that.</p> <p>Claudia Kotchka:</p> <p>--the real barrier to learning design methodology in an academic setting is the siloed nature of academia. To take design classes, science/engineering/medicine students have to give something up.</p> <p>Sendhil Mullainathan, Harvard Professor of Economics: </p> <p>--The "Last Mile Problem:" even though you've created something that works, you've put it in front of people, and it's cheap or free, they don't use it. Why? (adherence to medications, adoption of technologies). It's about human behavior. To solve this, we need insights from psychology. There are very high returns to innovation in this area, because there are a lot of low hanging fruit - situations where behavior change can drive a huge return.</p> <p>More later! But in the meantime, you watch the live webcast <a href="">here</a>, or follow on Twitter using #sois.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/bioephemera" lang="" about="/author/bioephemera" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bioephemera</a></span> <span>Tue, 06/23/2009 - 06:24</span> Tue, 23 Jun 2009 10:24:04 +0000 bioephemera 129517 at The Structure of Science Itself <span>The Structure of Science Itself</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><form mt:asset-id="8627" class="mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-image" style="display: inline;"><img src="" alt="i-a6f08e696cbe63fc852b540742fa0c19-SEEDbergstrom.jpg" /></form> <p> <a href="">interviews Carl Bergstrom</a>, whose <a href="">eigenfactor project</a> uses citation databases to map networks of information sharing within science:</p> <blockquote><p>We find papers to read by following citation trails. If you have an eigenfactor of 1.5, it means 1.5% of the time, a researcher following citation trails is actually trying to get an article from your journal. . . How do you make the right connections, right? How do you make the critical connections to move thought forward? If you can solve a problem like that, or even just make a little contribution to it, it really accelerates science in a wonderful way. And so by using the structure of citation networks from paper to paper, you can do things like you can find the key papers in a discipline, you can find the papers that have suddenly become very hot, you can find the papers that were foundational in bringing together two different ideas.</p></blockquote> <p>See the video after the fold. . . </p> <!--more--><p><embed src=";width=320&amp;height=240&amp;autoPlay=0" quality="high" scale="showall" salign="lt" bgcolor="#000000" width="320" height="240" name="seedPlayer" align="middle" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage=""></embed><br /><a href=""><img src="" width="320" height="24" border="0" style="border:0;padding:0;margin:0;" alt=" Revolutionary Minds" /></a></p> <p>Via <a href="">Virginia Hughes.</a></p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/bioephemera" lang="" about="/author/bioephemera" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bioephemera</a></span> <span>Mon, 03/30/2009 - 01:57</span> Mon, 30 Mar 2009 05:57:26 +0000 bioephemera 129404 at Seeing Antlers, Feeling Dendrites <span>Seeing Antlers, Feeling Dendrites</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href=""><br /><form mt:asset-id="7031" class="mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-image" style="display: inline;"><img src="" alt="i-1a2e70cfa4b636f9d263b730b20d364b-SeeingAntlers_HP.jpg" /></form> <p></p></a></p> <p>As of today, <a href="">SEED</a> has a new look and a new occasional writer. . . me! ;) </p> <p>See my little essay on <a href="">Christopher Reiger's</a> <em>Synesthesia #1</em> here, on the <a href="">culture page</a>. Then go explore the rest of the site. . . the new design is pretty sweet. They even have a <a href="">SCIART tag</a> for pieces like mine. </p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/bioephemera" lang="" about="/author/bioephemera" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bioephemera</a></span> <span>Wed, 03/11/2009 - 14:45</span> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 18:45:24 +0000 bioephemera 129380 at Seed goes to the New York City Science Fair! <span>Seed goes to the New York City Science Fair!</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div style="text-align: center;"><img src="" alt="i-2c4b0ad734b7d806fa648797fc8187fb-seed_NYCSF.jpg" /></div> <p>Sunday March 1, Seed employees and friends of Seed ventured up to the NY City College campus to help judge the annual New York City Science Fair. The event was sponsored by Seed, as science fairs are an important part of the learning and scientific development process for young minds. Additionally, Seed's founder and CEO Adam Bly won the "Best in Category" Grand Prize in biochemistry at the 1998 Intel International Science Fair, so the enthusiasm for science fairs runs deep throughout the company.</p> <!--more--><p>To start off the day, five of science's most intriguing figures took part in a panel on alternative careers in science. Adam Bly, visualization artist <a href="">Ben Fry</a>, theoretical cosmologist <a href="">Janna Levin</a>, robotic furniture designer <a href="">Jessica Banks</a> and new media artist <a href="">Jane Nisselson</a> discussed the ways in which they blend science and culture—and encouraged students to find their own path among the many disciplines they have to choose from. </p> <p>After the panel, there was brunch and a brief introduction in the judges quarter. Then we were off into the chaotic crowd of science-thirsty high schoolers! It was an honor and privilege to get to participate in the event and see so many excited and talented youths striving for excellence in the wonderful field of science. The projects were impressive in both scope and execution, and the kids were adorable.</p> <p>Congrats to those who will proceed to the next round!</p> <p><img src="" alt="i-e0f95d5d92de85cbb31be5838238138b-science_fair_walk.jpg" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><b>The ScienceBlogs overlords proceed to the judging area</b></div> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/amillikan" lang="" about="/author/amillikan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amillikan</a></span> <span>Thu, 03/05/2009 - 10:22</span> Thu, 05 Mar 2009 15:22:51 +0000 amillikan 68731 at The Buzz: The Rightful Place Project <span>The Buzz: The Rightful Place Project</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In his inaugural address January 20, President Obama made a promise to America to "restore science to its rightful place." At Seed Media Group, we are firmly committed to President Obama's vision and will work to make it a reality. To this end, we have launched a new initiative we're calling <a href="">The Rightful Place Project</a>, to invite a national discussion around the President's idea of a "rightful place" for science. Come join in. </p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/amillikan" lang="" about="/author/amillikan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amillikan</a></span> <span>Sat, 01/24/2009 - 13:37</span> Sat, 24 Jan 2009 18:37:45 +0000 amillikan 68707 at