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Blog Archive for the ‘Long Term Science’ Category

Thinking Too Long-term?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 18th, 02010

This week President Obama laid out his plan for the future of NASA.  It includes a large budget increase, a push to hand off orbital space flight to private companies, the design of new propulsion systems, and included the long-term goals of landing on an asteroid, going to Mars, and even pushing beyond that.  The…  Read More

Are jellyfish our ticket to the stars?

by Austin Brown on April 16th, 02010

A species of jellyfish called Turritopsis nutricula utilizes a cellular process called transdifferentiation to effectively live forever.  The process tends to be used by animals like salamanders to regenerate lost or injured body parts.  The Turritopsis nutricula, however, can use the process to completely revert themselves into a polyp form, restarting their life-cycle. Research was…  Read More

Scientists vs. Pulsars

by Austin Brown on April 14th, 02010

Technology Review has an article up in which some physicists defend their clock-making chops.  It seems they feel pulsars are getting more credit than they deserve in the public perception of accurate time-keeping: So accurate are pulsar signals that when they were discovered, astronomers gave serious credence to the idea that they were evidence of…  Read More

Surprises in Amber

by Camron Assadi - Twitter: @teiwaz on April 13th, 02010

The Long Now Foundation is always looking at materials that are best suited for long-term preservation. Perhaps tree resin should be added to the list, after all it’s been preserved as amber since the Carboniferous period (around 320 million years ago). The notion may be too Jurassic Park to be seriously considered, but Wired Science…  Read More

Manual for Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 6th, 02010

I often receive emails about creating a record of humanity and technology that would help restart civilization.  We have often worked on projects that may be a part of what we call The Manual For Civilization.  It is an interesting thought exercise to ask yourself what information you might want if you had to truly…  Read More

Dumpster Diving for Science

by Austin Brown on April 1st, 02010

Or: Techno-Archaeology and the Tale of the Whale-Oil Tapes Researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center recently were able to recover some very old and useful data.  The Nimbus II satellite created a detailed mosaic of the earth’s cloud cover and heat radiation in 1966.  Such old and detailed climate data is a boon to today’s…  Read More

Warning: Your reality is out of date

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 15th, 02010

Introducing the mesofact

What Is Time?

by Camron Assadi - Twitter: @teiwaz on March 11th, 02010

Wired Science has posted a thought-provoking interview with Caltech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about the arrow of time, which points from past to future. We all perceive this arrow and can measure its passage with clocks, but very little is understood about how and why it works that way. Carroll explains: We remember the past…  Read More

Resetting the Zero Point of Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 5th, 02010

The good folks at Atlas Obscura pointed me to this fantastic story on an archaeological find near the Syrian Border in Turkey that pushes back the date of great stonework, and in effect the beginning of known civilization, by many millennia. (snippet below) Standing on the hill at dawn, overseeing a team of 40 Kurdish…  Read More

No More New Old Knowlege

by Austin Brown on February 18th, 02010

King’s College London president Rick Trainor announced recently that the university would be closing the chair of paleography, the UK’s only one.  Held by Professor David Ganz, the chair of paleography is the position that overseas a discipline many consider to be a vital component of historical research.  Paleography is the study of ancient manuscripts…  Read More