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Blog Archive for the ‘Revive & Restore’ Category

Stewart Brand Keynote Video from 02014 Evernote Conference

by Andrew Warner on November 19th, 02014

On October 3rd 02014, Stewart Brand delivered the keynote address for the Evernote EC4 conference. Evernote is a service that allows people to collect information, notes, bookmarks, and create a personal searchable database with this collection. Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, has been a fan of Long Now for years, which inspired him to introduce a “100-year…  Read More

Revive & Restore Update at the Commonwealth Club September 18, 02014

by Andrew Warner on September 10th, 02014

On Thursday, September 18th, Ryan Phelan and Stewart Brand will be giving an update on the Revive & Restore project at the Commonwealth Club of California. The talk will explore the flagship project of Revive, The Great Passenger Pigeon Comeback, as well as several other projects that have come to fruition since Stewart gave his…  Read More

Ecological Anachronisms

by Austin Brown on June 24th, 02014

Evolution is a diligent innovator and the diversity it has achieved offers the curious seemingly unending marvels. In some cases, though, a particular innovation might not make much sense on initial consideration. In those cases, zooming out in time can be instructive. Whit Bronaugh, writing for American Forests, demonstrates this using the concept of ecological…  Read More

Stewart Brand: Reviving Extinct Species — A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on May 20th, 02014

In May 02013 Stewart Brand discussed De-extinction and one of Long Now’s latest projects Revive and Restore. Bringing back extinct species is a scientific pursuit that is loaded with both cultural and environmental significance. Revive and Restore is galvanizing discussion amongst the general public as well as the academic community around these efforts and funding…  Read More

Revive & Restore Sequences Extinct Passenger Pigeon DNA

by Austin Brown on November 7th, 02013

Revive & Restore’s passenger pigeon expert, Ben Novak, has been working for months to gather samples of DNA from 77 specimens of the extinct bird. Our first glimpses of data confirmed that the samples would be able to provide the DNA needed for a full genome sequence, but as we delved into the work, the…  Read More

Scientists recover 700,000-year-old genome

by Austin Brown on August 13th, 02013

There’s an upper limit to how long DNA can last due to the way it decays – dinosaurs, for instance, lived far too long ago for their DNA to still be readable – but scientists recently recovered and sequenced a genome 10 times older than the previous oldest. The genetic material comes from a horse that…  Read More

Arctic Revelations

by Austin Brown on June 6th, 02013

Though the Arctic can seem like one of the most inhospitable regions of our planet, it provides unique opportunities to scientists seeking to understand life and its many manifestations. Recent examples of this in the news include the story of a frozen Mammoth carcass found to contain preserved blood and muscle tissue, and a report…  Read More

Stewart Brand Seminar Primer

by Andrew Warner on May 7th, 02013

“Reviving Extinct Species” Tuesday May 21st, 02013 at the SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco From promoting the publication of NASA’s first satellite images of the whole Earth to co-founding The Long Now Foundation, Stewart Brand has always sought to simultaneously humble and empower. Our planet, seen for the first time against the vastness of space, suddenly…  Read More

TEDxDeExtinction: A Primer

by Austin Brown on March 13th, 02013

This Friday, March 15th, Long Now’s Revive & Restore project, in partnership with the National Geographic Society, are hosting TEDxDeExtinction, an independently organized TED event. To be held at National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, DC, the event will feature 25 talks about the emerging science of de-extinction. Speakers include practitioners in the field of molecular biology…  Read More

Long Now Board Members at TED 02013

by Andrew Warner on March 1st, 02013

This year’s TED conference has two of Long Now’s board members presenting, Stewart Brand and Danny Hillis. Although the videos will not be published on the TED site until later this year, some attendees graciously summarized and illustrated the talks for the rest of us. The cartoons below come from Fever Pitch, a group of…  Read More