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Blog Archive for the ‘Long Term Science’ Category

10,000 genome library proposed

by Austin Brown on November 10th, 02009

The Genome 10k Project is currently just getting started, but if 65 scientists get their way, the University of California Santa Cruz could eventually house an extensive database of vertebrate genetic evolution.  The plan is to build an archive of the entire genomes of 10,000 vertebrates.  A library of this sort would assist in answering…  Read More

Quantum to Cosmos Festival

by Austin Brown on October 20th, 02009

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is holding its 10th anniversary Quantum to Cosmos Festival this month in Waterloo, Ontario.  The 10 day extravaganza has the theme this year of “Ideas for the Future” and seeks to “take a global audience from the strange world of subatomic particles to the outer frontiers of the universe.”…  Read More

Observational Time with John Goodman

by Simone Davalos on October 15th, 02009

John Goodman is an engineer that admires intuition, a reluctant artist who enjoys elegant approximations. His best known creation, The Annosphere, was recently showcased at the Cambridge Science Festival in Massachusetts, where he lives and works. The Annosphere tells time, but more usefully, it presents time. It shows you sunrise and sunset, the start of…  Read More

World Digital Library

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 3rd, 02009

  I just came across the World Digital Library site launched in April of this year by the Library of Congress and several other national archives, libraries and other partner institutions.  Most impressive is that the interface to the data is not only spatial – a world map- but also uses a timeline…  a 10,000…  Read More

Ancient Cities in 3-D

by Austin Brown on July 22nd, 02009

For last month’s feature in National Geographic about the ancient Cambodian metropolis of Angkor, a team of Monash University faculty created a detailed digital animation of the city and its surroundings. Continuing a long running collaboration with the University of Sydney’s Greater Angkor Project, these animations attempt to visualise, and animate, the landscapes and daily…  Read More

1,000 Year Ocean Conveyor

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 15th, 02009

   Patrick Wlaters sent in this great tidbit about the oceans “thermohaline currents” driven by salinity and temperature gradients. The ocean conveyor gets it “start” in the Norwegian Sea, where warm water from the Gulf Stream heats the atmosphere in the cold northern latitudes. This loss of heat to the atmosphere makes the water cooler…  Read More

72 Years of Happiness

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 12th, 02009

This month some results were published from the now 72 year long Happiness Study at Harvard of 268 wealthy and priveleged men.  NPR also ran a story on this recently with interviews of the case researchers.  What was most striking to me is that in all cases, the money and success were not indicators of…  Read More

Long-term materials testing on the ISS

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 19th, 02008

 Through our partnership with Applied Minds we were invited to include one of our materials on a NASA material experiment called MISSE on the International Space Station. We included a sample of commercially pure titanium, that was black oxide coated, and laser etched (pictured below).  This is the same material/process that we made the front…  Read More

Long Duration Studies

by Kevin Kelly on February 21st, 02008

In 1984 NASA launched a bus-sized cylinder into space. It was covered with 86 panels, each of which was a scientific experiment created to measure the long-term effects of space on various materials. The space craft, called the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) weighed 10 tons and circled the earth 32,000 times before it was…  Read More

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