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Blog Archive for the ‘Long Term Science’ Category

Svalbard Seed Vault

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 25th, 02011

Long Now Executive Director and Clock Project Manager Alexander Rose is currently in Longyearbyen Svalbard in the Spitsbergen archipelago with artist Steven Rowell.  We are here to visit the 1000 year seed vault and talk with its engineers.  We will hopefully be getting into the vault on Sunday (the entry part anyway, no one but…  Read More

How Much Does a Kilogram Weigh?

by Alex Mensing on February 16th, 02011

As a recent New York Times article observes, the kilogram is officially defined as “a unit of mass equal to the mass of the international prototype of the kilogram.” Well, it turns out that the prototype, a chunk of platinum and iridium housed at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in France, has lost…  Read More

Edge Question 02011

by Austin Brown on January 24th, 02011

Published at the beginning of each year since 1998, the Question is pondered by an assortment of scientists, cultural theorists and thinkers. Each responds with a short essay, maybe only a few paragraphs long. Last year, editor John Brockman posed the query, “How is the internet changing the way you think?” This year, he…  Read More

Revolution: The First 2,000 Years of Computing

by Austin Brown on January 17th, 02011

The Computer History Museum’s newly re-designed main exhibition, Revolution: The First 2,000 Years of Computing, is now open to the public. Starting with the abacus and ending with social networking, the exhibit traces our ongoing attempts to mechanically and digitally keep track of our world. In between the two is a history marked by exponential…  Read More

Victorian Infographics

by Austin Brown on January 11th, 02011

These Victorian infographics take a beautiful, hand-drawn approach to the presentation of various geographic and astronomical data.  The image above was published in 1854 and compares various mountains and river systems side-by-side. Don’t miss the Tableau de L’Histoire Universelle, which represents nations and empires as rivers flowing through history and plenty more at BibliOdyssey. (thanks…  Read More

The Lego Antikythera Mechanism

by Simone Davalos on December 9th, 02010

Model & Fix the Climate in ‘Fate of the World’

by Austin Brown on November 23rd, 02010

Climate change continues to demand solutions, but a unified global response remains elusive. Even among those who want to address the issue, debate about how rages on. We could cut consumption, increase alternative energy production, develop fusion power, implement population control, seed the atmosphere, block the sun… For every proposed solution, there is a counter-argument,…  Read More

Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 22nd, 02010

This is an event that we had hoped to host this fall but could not because of our very busy production schedule.  A conversation with (Long Now Seminar speaker) Steven Johnson and (Long Now board member and speaker) Kevin Kelly who both released complimentary books in October – Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From,…  Read More


by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 12th, 02010

CNN is running a story on the 100,000 year Finnish nuclear storage bunker.  I hope to see this at some point, I love it when people do projects that make our 10,000 year project seem short sighted… In Finland they believe they have found a [nuclear waste] solution, with the world’s first permanent nuclear-waste repository…  Read More

Short news cycle meets long-term thinking

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 2nd, 02010

Long Conversation – Pete Worden Announces 100-Year Starship from As part of our Long Conversation event on October 16th, NASA Ames Director Pete Worden discussed a new DARPA/NASA research endeavor he called the “100 Year Starship” (see above).  This small mention originally reported by Amara Angelica at the Kurzweil AI blog has sparked a bit…  Read More