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Blog Archive for the ‘Long News’ Category

The age of discovery

by Kirk Citron on July 10th, 02009

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now. We may have Google-mapped every last nook and cranny of our planet, but we’re still finding ways to push back the limits of what we know. A few recent discoveries: 1. Could Mars have sustained life? New…  Read More

The resilience of life

by Kirk Citron on June 17th, 02009

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now. Life can survive at the bottom of the oceans; inside volcanic vents; in radioactive wastelands. So even if humans don’t make it through the coming centuries, it’s a good bet that in some form or other, life…  Read More

The technology of medicine

by Kirk Citron on June 3rd, 02009

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now. At a recent conference on the future, one of the participants claimed that every one of the top ten human diseases would be cured within twenty-five or fifty years. While the time frame may be overly optimistic…  Read More

The human side of climate change

by Kirk Citron on May 19th, 02009

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now. There have been a flurry of reports in the last few weeks which try to anticipate how climate change may impact human populations. 1. Two trends (urbanization and global warming) seem to be on a collision course:…  Read More

Politics does matter

by Kirk Citron on May 1st, 02009

The Long News #2: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now. Senator Arlen Specter’s change of party affiliation is a news story that is likely to have long-term consequences; if the opposition can’t filibuster, it makes it much more likely that President Obama’s agenda will pass. Many…  Read More

Introducing The Long News

by Kirk Citron on April 21st, 02009

[editors note:  Kirk Citron proposed this idea of Long News to Alexander Rose, Stewart Brand, and Kevin Kelly a while ago.  While we have not found funding for it, Kirk has valiantly stepped up to be the editor of the program himself to try it out and see if it has legs.  Thanks!] Each weekday,…  Read More