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Blog Archive for the ‘Revive & Restore’ Category

Research and Rescue: A new piece in Longreads about De-extinction, Revive & Restore

by Ahmed Kabil on October 29th, 02019

Ashley Braun has recently written a feature for Longreads about de-extinction. Her piece profiles Revive & Restore‘s efforts to bring the passenger pigeon and black-footed ferret back from extinction, and features interviews with past Long Now speaker Beth Shapiro and Revive & Restore’s lead scientist Ben Novak: “De-. . .   Read More

How to Avoid a Negative Climate Future for the World’s Oceans

by Ahmed Kabil on September 30th, 02019

On September 25th, the UN-led Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report on the impact of climate change on the world’s oceans. Over 100 authors from 36 countries analyzed the latest scientific findings on the cryosphere in a changing climate. The picture the report paints is dire, . . .   Read More

The Vineyard Gazette on Revive & Restore’s Heath Hen De-extinction Efforts

by Ahmed Kabil on August 28th, 02019

 The world’s last heath hen went extinct in Martha’s Vineyard in 01932. The Revive & Restore team recently paid a visit there to discuss their efforts to bring the species back. Members of the Revive & Restore team next to a statue of Booming Ben, the last heath hen. From the . . .   Read More

Revive & Restore Releases Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan

by Ahmed Kabil on June 26th, 02019

Revive & Restore has released a 200-page report providing the first-of-its-kind assessment of genomic and biotech innovations to complement, enhance, and accelerate today’s marine conservation strategies.

Revive & Restore’s mission is to enhance biodiversity through the genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species. In pursuit of this and in. . .   Read More

Interval Highlight: Stewart Brand on Reviving the Mammoth Steppe

by Ahmed Kabil on May 20th, 02019

Stewart Brand explains the theory behind the Pleistocene Park project, which for the last 3 decades has been placing grazing animals on Siberia’s tundra to recreate the mammoth steppe habitat of the Pleistocene epoch.

From the Conversation at The Interval, “Siberia: A Journey to the Mammoth Steppe. . .   Read More

New Podcast: Siberia Salon

by Ahmed Kabil on May 3rd, 02019

In our opening Conversation at The Interval for 02019, Stewart Brand, Kevin Kelly and Executive Director Alexander Rose discuss a 02018 research trip that witnessed the ongoing restoration of a part of Siberia back to its Pleistocene-era ecosystem. The team brought back DNA samples to evaluate for mammoth de-extinction, and lots of photos. . .   Read More

A Journey into the Animal Mind

by Ahmed Kabil on March 12th, 02019

Fish that fake orgasms. Fruit flies that seek out alcohol when they can’t find mates. Crows that take advantage of moving vehicles to crack open walnuts. Are these rote animal behaviors, or signs of something approaching consciousness?

Such is the focus of a provocative meditation on animal intelligence by Ross Andersen in the March. . .   Read More

A Journey to Siberia in Search of Woolly Mammoths

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 27th, 02018

Harvard geneticist George Church, who is leading efforts to de-extinct the woolly mammoth, explores a cave in Siberia. Photo by Brendan Hall. There will be three long flights across 15 time zones before I sleep in a bed, and we still won’t be there. Our destination is vastly closer to where we start than the path […]

Stewart Brand Gives In-Depth and Personal Interview to Tim Ferriss

by Ahmed Kabil on January 16th, 02018

Tim Ferriss, who wrote the The Four Hour Work Week and gave a Long Now talk on accelerated learning in 02011, recently interviewed Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand on his podcast, “The Tim Ferriss Show”. The interview is wide-ranging, in-depth, and among the most personal Brand has given to date. Over the. . .   Read More

Galloping, GIFs and Genes: Geneticists Store Moving Image in Living Bacteria

by Ahmed Kabil on August 22nd, 02017

In 01872, California Governor Leland Stanford hired the famed photographer Eadweard Muybridge to settle a question of popular debate—whether all four of a horse’s feet ever left the ground when it galloped. The resulting series of photographs, Sallie Gardner at a Gallop, showed without a doubt that horses do indeed go airborne at. . .   Read More