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Blog Archive for the ‘Long Term Science’ Category

Manual for Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 6th, 02010

I often receive emails about creating a record of humanity and technology that would help restart civilization.  We have often worked on projects that may be a part of what we call The Manual For Civilization.  It is an interesting thought exercise to ask yourself what information you might want if you had to truly. . .   Read More

Dumpster Diving for Science

by Austin Brown on April 1st, 02010

Or: Techno-Archaeology and the Tale of the Whale-Oil Tapes Researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center recently were able to recover some very old and useful data.  The Nimbus II satellite created a detailed mosaic of the earth’s cloud cover and heat radiation in 1966.  Such old and detailed climate data is a boon to today’s…  Read More

Warning: Your reality is out of date

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 15th, 02010

Introducing the mesofact

What Is Time?

by Camron Assadi - Twitter: @teiwaz on March 11th, 02010

Wired Science has posted a thought-provoking interview with Caltech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about the arrow of time, which points from past to future. We all perceive this arrow and can measure its passage with clocks, but very little is understood about how and why it works that way. Carroll explains:
We remember the. . .   Read More

Resetting the Zero Point of Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 5th, 02010

The good folks at Atlas Obscura pointed me to this fantastic story on an archaeological find near the Syrian Border in Turkey that pushes back the date of great stonework, and in effect the beginning of known civilization, by many millennia. (snippet below)
Standing on the hill at dawn, overseeing a team of 40 Kurdish. . .   Read More

No More New Old Knowlege

by Austin Brown on February 18th, 02010

King’s College London president Rick Trainor announced recently that the university would be closing the chair of paleography, the UK’s only one.  Held by Professor David Ganz, the chair of paleography is the position that overseas a discipline many consider to be a vital component of historical research.  Paleography is the study of ancient manuscripts…  Read More

Rosetta and Long Now on Life After People

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on February 4th, 02010

Rosetta Project Director Laura Welcher recently took part in a segment on The History Channel’s Life After People series. In an episode titled “Crypt of Civilization,” Laura discusses the Rosetta Disk and The 10,000 Year Clock.   

The central question of the series is “How long would it last?” The series explores various materials, systems…  Read More

Flesh and blood long-term library

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on January 12th, 02010

Great piece in the Washington Post on the future of ancient books in Timbuktu.

“A sort of ancient-book fever has gripped Timbuktu in recent years” as outsiders encounter large, family-owned collections of ancient manuscripts which remain in private hands. at the same time, Timbuktu’s residents “hope to lure the world to a. . .   Read More

Generation starships: they’re not fast

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 4th, 02010

Ross Shulman sent in this great post by (one of my favorite) current science fiction writers Charles Stross about how you might design a generational starship to handle the vast distances and time involved in space travel.  Excellent read.  (excerpt below) If you can crank yourself up to 1% of light-speed, alpha centauri is more…  Read More

Mumble in the Jungle

by Austin Brown on December 11th, 02009

This week, the New York Times ran an article about a recent scientific discovery in the predator alert calls of Campbell’s monkeys.   Strikingly, they seem to have the ability to create complex calls out of multiple elements – a “morphological” (word building) process previously thought to only take place in human language. Human languages…  Read More