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Blog Archive for the ‘History’ Category

The Ancient Roots of Heart Disease

by Charlotte Hajer on March 22nd, 02013

We often think of heart disease as a by-product of modernity: for decades, the medical establishment has warned that too little exercise and too much fried food can clog our arteries and disrupt healthy circulation.

That’s still the case, but new research suggests that atherosclerosis might be older and more common that we. . .   Read More

The First 250 years of the “Biblioteca Palatina di Parma”

by Austin Brown on March 12th, 02013

We’ve got another long-term dispatch from our man-on-the-ground in Italy, Davide Bocelli:
We all know that libraries tend to burn. It has been true for the Library of Alexandria and even for the fictional library of the abbey that Umberto Eco created in his “The Name of the Rose”. In. . .   Read More

George Dyson Seminar Primer

by Andrew Warner on March 5th, 02013

“No Time Is There— The Digital Universe and Why Things Appear To Be Speeding Up”
Tuesday March 19, 02013 at the Herbst Theater, San Francisco

Photo: Joe Pugliese

George Dyson grew up playing with spare parts from some of the world’s earliest computers at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. His father, Freeman Dyson. . .   Read More

Chris Anderson, “Desktop Manufacturing Changes World”

by Austin Brown on March 1st, 02013

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

The Makers Revolution
Tuesday February 19, 02013 – San Francisco
 
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Desktop manufacturing. . .   Read More

TimesMachine: “All the News That Was Fit to Print”

by Austin Brown on February 13th, 02013

If you’re a fan of this video showing a years’ worth of front pages for NYTimes.com, or the Way Back Machine, which allows you to browse the internet of the past, you might also love a project released by the New York Times today: The TimesMachine.
TimesMachine can take you back to any. . .   Read More

Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo, “Easter Island Reconsidered”

by Austin Brown on January 29th, 02013

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

The Statues Walked — What Really Happened on Easter Island
Thursday January 17, 02012 – San Francisco

Video is up on the Hunt and Lipo Seminar page for Members.
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Terry Hunt & Carl Lipo Seminar Primer

by Charlotte Hajer on January 8th, 02013

“The Statues Walked — What Really Happened on Easter Island”
Thursday January 17, 02013 at the Cowell Theater, San Francisco

Archaeologists Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo study cultural evolution and diversity. Their research tries to answer questions about how small communities develop into complex societies, and how cultures change and spread over time. They’ve focused. . .   Read More

Aspirin: A 3,500-Year Old Remedy

by Charlotte Hajer on December 14th, 02012

Aspirin is not only a miraculous cure-all; it’s also an ancient one.

In its purified chemical form, aspirin (or salicylic acid) is only a little over 100 years old. But the compound is also found in several plants – and in this form, it has been used for over 3,500 years.

Its pain. . .   Read More

Rick Prelinger Seminar Primer

by Charlotte Hajer on December 4th, 02012

“Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 7”
Tuesday December 11, 02012 at the Castro Theater, San Francisco

Guerrilla archivist and “media archaeologist” Rick Prelinger has built his career on uncovering, preserving, and sharing alternative takes on American cultural history. He is the founder of the Prelinger Archives , a massive collection of “ephemeral films”: non-fiction video. . .   Read More

Lazar Kunstmann and Jon Lackman, “Preservation Without Permission”

by Austin Brown on November 27th, 02012

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

Preservation without Permission: the Paris Urban eXperiment
Tuesday November 13, 02012 – San Francisco

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