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Blog Archive for the ‘Long Term Science’ Category

Ancient Cosmic Light

by Austin Brown on July 14th, 02010

The European Space Agency has released an amazing new image of our universe, created by the recently launched Planck mission.  The image above comes from Planck’s first detailed survey of the cosmic microwave background, the universe’s “first light.” It is the light that was finally allowed to move out across space once a post-Big-Bang Universe…  Read More

The woman that programmed the first computer

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 17th, 02010

“Long Shorts” – short films that exemplify long-term thinking.  Please submit yours in the comments section…

Information Pioneers: Ada Lovelace from Information Pioneers on Vimeo.

This is a nice intro to Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer who wrote programs for Babbage’s mechanical computer. While this computer is similar to the binary mechanical computer. . .   Read More

Oldest Leather Shoe Discovered

by Austin Brown on June 15th, 02010

There’s a great story bouncing around – a shoe was found in an Armenian cave.  Not just any shoe, of course.  It’s about five and a half thousand years old.  It’s the oldest leather shoe ever found, predating Ötzi the Iceman‘s footwear by about 300 years. It is objects like this that always remind us…  Read More

Ancient Beers

by Austin Brown on June 14th, 02010

Beer is as old as civilization itself and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is giving you a chance to try some of the oldest known brews.  Scientific American gives us this story on three ancient reconstituted recipes by Dogfish Head.  The unexpected fruit of molecular anthropology, these beer recipes come from chemical analyses of ancient pottery….  Read More

Slow Science

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 26th, 02010

Since its inception in 01979 programs like the Long Term Ecological Research Network have been selecting and tracking ecological sites to be monitored over the long-term.   The NSF funded LTER network  hopes to codify what usually occurs by accident in science.  For instance the “Keeling Curve“, which was one of the first bits of scientific…  Read More

Debt: The first five thousand years

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

Anthropologist David Graeber recently sent in his essay on the 5000 year history of debt (orignally published in Mute and Eurozine).  Aside from being an interesting read in general, this effort (which he is just now finishing as a book) is an interesting resource for the Eternal Coin and the Long Finance project. Debt: The…  Read More

Thinking Too Long-term?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 18th, 02010

This week President Obama laid out his plan for the future of NASA.  It includes a large budget increase, a push to hand off orbital space flight to private companies, the design of new propulsion systems, and included the long-term goals of landing on an asteroid, going to Mars, and even pushing beyond that.  The…  Read More

Are jellyfish our ticket to the stars?

by Austin Brown on April 16th, 02010

A species of jellyfish called Turritopsis nutricula utilizes a cellular process called transdifferentiation to effectively live forever.  The process tends to be used by animals like salamanders to regenerate lost or injured body parts.  The Turritopsis nutricula, however, can use the process to completely revert themselves into a polyp form, restarting their life-cycle. Research was…  Read More

Scientists vs. Pulsars

by Austin Brown on April 14th, 02010

Technology Review has an article up in which some physicists defend their clock-making chops.  It seems they feel pulsars are getting more credit than they deserve in the public perception of accurate time-keeping: So accurate are pulsar signals that when they were discovered, astronomers gave serious credence to the idea that they were evidence of…  Read More

Surprises in Amber

by Camron Assadi - Twitter: @teiwaz on April 13th, 02010

The Long Now Foundation is always looking at materials that are best suited for long-term preservation. Perhaps tree resin should be added to the list, after all it’s been preserved as amber since the Carboniferous period (around 320 million years ago). The notion may be too Jurassic Park to be seriously considered, but. . .   Read More