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Nevada Museum of Art Launches a Piece of Art into Orbit

by Ahmed Kabil on December 5th, 02018

Earlier this week, Trevor Paglen’s Orbital Reflector launched into low orbit and became the world’s first space sculpture. “The point for me,” Paglen says in a WIRED profile, “was to create a kind of catalyst for looking at the sky and thinking about everything from planets to satellites to space junk to public space and asking,…  Read More

Watch: Videos from Whole Earth 50th Now Online

by Ahmed Kabil on December 5th, 02018

This October, hundreds gathered in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Whole Earth Catalog. Long Now was a sponsor and helped produce media for the event, which is now available online. The evening program (viewable above) featured conversations between Whole Earth Catalog contributors…  Read More

The Kilogram is Dead. Long Live the Kilogram!

by Ahmed Kabil on December 1st, 02018

Last month, the standard measure for mass was redefined. Yoked to a material object housed in a Parisian vault since 01889, the kilogram will now be defined by abstract concepts in nature. CONTEXT FROM THE ARCHIVES: Alex Mensing, “How Much Does a Kilogram Weigh?” (02011)  

New Interval Salon Talk Videos Online

by Ahmed Kabil on November 27th, 02018

We’ve just released six full length videos of recent Conversations at The Interval talks including Long Now board member Esther Dyson, science fiction author Hannu Rajaniemi, and legendary photographer Fred Lyon. They are free for everyone to enjoy on the Interval website thanks to support from Stripe. In coming weeks we’ll add lectures by Bruce Sterling, Kim…  Read More

A Journey to Siberia in Search of Woolly Mammoths

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 27th, 02018

Harvard geneticist George Church, who is leading efforts to de-extinct the woolly mammoth, explores a cave in Siberia. Photo by Brendan Hall. There will be three long flights across 15 time zones before I sleep in a bed, and we still won’t be there. Our destination is vastly closer to where we start than the path…  Read More

Whole Earth Catalog 50th Anniversary Celebration Takes Place October 13

by Ahmed Kabil on September 12th, 02018

Note: If you are interested in volunteering for this special event, please fill out a volunteer form. 50 years ago, Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand launched the Whole Earth Catalog — one of the most consequential publications of the 01960s American counterculture. The Whole Earth Catalog and its progeny (CoEvolution Quarterly, Whole Earth Review, and the WELL) inspired generations to realize their personal agency…  Read More

The Decade We Almost Solved Climate Change

by Ahmed Kabil on August 28th, 02018

Image by George Steinmetz. This month, The New York Times published an ambitious 30,000 word feature by Nathaniel Rich on how humanity missed its window to address climate change. In the decade of 01979–01989, Rich argues, the world came closer than it ever had to agreeing upon a binding, global framework to reduce carbon emissions….  Read More

Nick Damiano Wins 10-Year Long Bet that The Large Hadron Collider Wouldn’t Destroy Earth

by Ahmed Kabil on August 3rd, 02018

10 years ago, Joe Keane placed a Long Bet that the Large Hadron Collider will destroy Earth by 02018. He was challenged by Nick Damiano. The stakes were $1,000. If Damiano won, the winnings would go to Save the Children. If Keane won, the world would end, and the winnings would (theoretically) go to the…  Read More

George P. Shultz on the Future of the International System

by Ahmed Kabil on August 3rd, 02018

Changing demographics will do more to shape the future than the politics of Washington, says George P. Shultz. The politics of Washington is something Shultz knows well: now 97, Shultz served in four cabinet positions over two decades. Under Nixon, he served as the Secretary of Labor, the Director of Office of Management and Budget,…  Read More

Lightning, Stars and Space: Art That Leaves the Gallery Behind

by Ahmed Kabil on July 30th, 02018

Star Axis by Charles Ross. In Part I of our exploration of Land Art in the American West, we covered the birth of the Land Art movement in the 01960s and some of the seminal works created by Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt and James Turrell, which expanded the definition of art and opened up new…  Read More