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The longest conversation

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 28th, 02008


I was reminded yesterday when speaking with one of the SETI board members of the very interesting conundrum we might find ourselves in if we in fact did receive a message from space.  Above is some imagery from the first seriously high powered transmission from earth, dubbed the Arecibo message:
The [01974] transmission consisted of. . .   Read More

Svalbard Seed Vault Opens

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 27th, 02008

Amazingly only a few years after it begun the Seed Vault in Svalbard has opened. I cant wait to go and see how they built a multi-millennial structure so fast.
PhysOrg reports:

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds. . .   Read More

Long Duration Studies

by Kevin Kelly on February 21st, 02008

In 1984 NASA launched a bus-sized cylinder into space. It was covered with 86 panels, each of which was a scientific experiment created to measure the long-term effects of space on various materials. The space craft, called the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) weighed 10 tons and circled the earth 32,000 times. . .   Read More

Ancient trees find life online

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 14th, 02008

Laura Welcher just pointed me to  this Google Earth Outreach project on the ancient Bristlcone Pine tree.  These are the same trees that live atop our Nevada Clock site.  Much of the data comes from our friends over at the Arizona Tree Ring Lab that have been studying the trees on our property.  By studying. . .   Read More

Slowing down

by Stuart Candy on February 4th, 02008

This wonderful video posted online last week by New York-based performance art collective Improv Everywhere showcases their latest project, “Frozen Grand Central”, which mischievously targeted victims of the Big Apple’s notoriously short now.

At first I wondered whether this had anything to do with the campaign by Adbusters Media Foundation, a Vancouver-based. . .   Read More

Blue eyed Adam

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 4th, 02008

Genetic Archeology (very cool site in its own right) is reporting new research that suggests that all blue eyed people stem from a common ancestor 6-10,000 years ago.
“They have all inherited the same switch at exactly the same spot in their DNA” says Professor Eiberg.  Brown-eyed individuals, by contrast, have considerable. . .   Read More

The Long View abides

by Stuart Candy on February 1st, 02008

Long Now board member Peter Schwartz‘s The Art of the Long View has topped the list of the most important futures works ever, in a worldwide vote by members of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF). Congratulations, Peter! The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World was first published […]

Two Energy Futures

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 30th, 02008

This week Shell oil published an article by their president Jeroen van der Veer about how he sees the future of energy through 02100. It is surprisingly non-corporate and shows how at least one of the largest oil companies in the world views the coming energy and environmental shortfalls. Most surprising to me is. . .   Read More

Art by accident

by Stuart Candy on January 25th, 02008

Can art by accident be bred And if it were would art be dead? There is a classic thought experiment made famous by French mathematician Émile Borel, the “infinite monkey theorem“, which states — and I paraphrase — that with enough monkeys pounding away for enough time at enough keyboards (and sustained, presumably, by a […]

How Not to Do a Time Capsule

by Kevin Kelly on January 18th, 02008

A buried time capsule is a popular way to mark an anniversary for a school or community. Hundreds of thousands of capsules have been buried in the last 50 years. Every now and then one is remembered and resurrected. In 1957 the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma entombed a brand new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere, stuffed with. . .   Read More