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Podcast: San Francisco Time: The Photography of Fred Lyon

by Ahmed Kabil on February 13th, 02020

Fred Lyon is a time traveler with a camera and tales to tell. At 95-years-old, this former LIFE magazine photographer and fourth generation San Franciscan has an eye for the city and stories to match. We showed photos from Fred’s books San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960 and . . .   Read More

Eunoia: The Internet’s Dictionary of Untranslatable Words

by Alice Riddell on February 12th, 02020

Created in just 24 hours by Steph Smith, Eunoia offers hundreds of untranslatable words in a useful and accessible online dictionary. Eunoia is itself an untranslatable word meaning a “well-mind” or “beautiful thinking.” The user can search Eunoia’s database by “language, tag, or the word itself. There are over 500 words in . . .   Read More

Genetically Engineered Moths a Success in Cornell Crop Protection Study

by Alice Riddell on February 10th, 02020

A recent article in phys.org reports on a newly-published study on the use of genetically engineered moths to increase crop protection. The Cornell study documents the successful application and release of self-limiting, genetically engineered diamondback moths to fields of brassica crops.  “The diamondback moth, also known as Plutella xylostella, is highly . . .   Read More

Podcast: The Art and Science of Deep Time: Conceiving the Inconceivable in the 19th Century | Caroline Winterer

by Ahmed Kabil on February 7th, 02020

The ambition to think on the scale of thousands, millions, even billion of years emerged in the 19th century. Historian and author Caroline Winterer chronicles how the concept of “deep time” has inspired and puzzled thinkers in cognitive science, art, geology (and elsewhere) to become one of the most 
influential ideas of . . .   Read More

Podcast: 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week | Tiffany Shlain

by Ahmed Kabil on February 3rd, 02020

As the world is becoming more technologically connected, finding time for oneself and face-to-face connections is becoming increasingly difficult.  Many of our talks at Long Now have aimed to help expand our collective now by centuries or even millennia, but what about our personal present?  Tiffany . . .   Read More

New Images of the Sun Captured by Impressive New Telescope in Hawaii

by Alice Riddell on January 31st, 02020

In a piece for The New York Times, Dennis Overbye describes the remarkable images of the sun captured by the new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii. Our closest star, never before seen in such detail, now resembles a “boiling pot of popcorn” thanks to the 158 inches . . .   Read More

Podcast: Long-term Thinking in a Distracted World | Bina Venkataraman

by Ahmed Kabil on January 29th, 02020

What does practical long-term thinking look like? Bina Venkataraman’s new book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, brings this abstract question to life. Through a series of anecdotes and case studies that draw from her background in public policy, climate change strategy, and journalism, Venkataraman explores . . .   Read More

The History of Humanity: An Immersive Art Installation

by Alice Riddell on January 23rd, 02020

Sara Barnes has recently written a piece for My Modern Met detailing an immersive art installation, which explores human history through a sculptural narrative detailing humanity’s greatest paradigm shifts. The installation, entitled Memory Palaces, was created by artist and stage designer Es Devlin, as a chronological landscape of the evolution of human . . .   Read More

Long Quotes: Martin Luther King

by Ahmed Kabil on January 20th, 02020

The Past and Future of the Earth’s Oldest Trees

by Ahmed Kabil on January 14th, 02020

Alex Ross has written a moving tribute to Long Now’s unofficial mascot, the bristlecone pine, in The New Yorker. What is most astonishing about Pinus longaeva is not the age of any single organism but the collective oldness and otherness of its entire community. No two super-elderly trees look alike, to . . .   Read More

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