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Blog Archive for the year 02009

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. . .   Read More

Our daily bread

by Kirk Citron on November 3rd, 02009

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

There may be more than nine billion humans by 2050, which begs the question: how will they all get fed? Particularly when you consider that we’re having trouble feeding the six billion who are already here. . .   Read More

The Lava Project

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 31st, 02009

“Long Shorts” – short films that exemplify long-term thinking.  Please submit yours in the comments section… Audience members at Arthur Ganson’s Seminar on September 14, 02009 were among the first viewers of The Lava Project Documentary, which premiered in our new Long Shorts series – short videos that explore, explain, or exemplify long-term thinking and […]

Millenniata now shipping

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 22nd, 02009

What seems to be the first real optical archival digital tech is now shipping. The Millenniata product is a type of DVD storage that uses a mechanical scratching process, instead of a thermal process, making the media vastly more stable.  The disks are in the current DVD standard and the company claims they are therefore. . .   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.” […]

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 […]

Invasion of the nanobees

by Kirk Citron on October 14th, 02009

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

At a recent conference, Ray Kurzweil spoke about a future when tiny robots will swarm through our bloodstreams, repairing damage and curing disease. Well, the truth is, that future is already here — if you’re a mouse. . .   Read More

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 13th, 02009

Some months ago the good folks at set up Long Now with our own Meetup domain  Since that time over 450  people have signed up and several meetup groups have become active around the world.  These groups have met to discuss the Seminar Series, host a local speaker on long-term thinking, go to […]

Stewart Brand’s “Rethinking Green”

by Robin Ward on October 10th, 02009

Globalizing Green

Brand built his case for rethinking environmental goals and methods on two major changes going on in the world. The one that most people still don’t take into consideration is that power is shifting to the developing world, where 5 out of 6 people live, where the bulk of humanity is getting. . .   Read More

The Big Here video – Trip to Long Now’s Nevada site

by Alex Mensing on October 9th, 02009

This time lapse and other footage of driving from San Francisco to the site of the Long Now 10,000 Year Clock in September of 02009 was produced by Sustainable Media. The audio was recorded in interviews on site and shortly after the trip. This 5 minute edit was made as part of our “Long. . .   Read More