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45 Million Year Old Beer

by Austin Brown on September 24th, 02008

…well, actually, 45 million year old yeast.  Dr. Raul Cano, Director of the Environmental Biotechnology Institute at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo extracted the yeast from an unlucky weevil embedded in amber, reactivated it, and — budding zymurgist that he is — tried it out with a new brew.

The result?  Fossil Fuels Wheat. . .   Read More

Maker Faire Bay Area – 02008

by Austin Brown on May 1st, 02008

Come visit the Long Now table this weekend at Maker Faire in San Mateo!We’ll be in the Expo Hall at booth #294.

Saturday May 3rd, 10-6
Sunday May 4th, 11-6
San Mateo Fairgrounds
Long Now had a table at Maker Faire last year and we had a blast!
This is a. . .   Read More

We are those mutants.

by Austin Brown on December 10th, 02007

The Human Exemptionalism (or sometimes ‘Exceptionalism’) Paradigm is the idea that humans are somehow separate from nature or that we have transcended it in some way through spirituality, technology or consciousness. It is a paradigm that is shared between many of the religious ideologies of the world as well as many devotees of science and. . .   Read More

Predictions & Prescriptions

by Austin Brown on November 21st, 02007

Good Magazine ran an interview recently with a man they call The New Nostradamus. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses a mathematical model that is based entirely on game theory to predict the outcomes of political conflicts. He takes a very literal interpretation of the phrase “political science” and focuses his analysis strictly on issues of. . .   Read More

Oldest Animal Found

by Austin Brown on November 5th, 02007

While it can’t compete with 4,000 year-old Bristlecone Pines, a clam that lived for between 405 and 410 years was found in waters off of Iceland by scientists from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences. The researchers can determine the age of a clam by counting the rings of its shell. . .   Read More

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