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Blog Archive for the ‘Revive & Restore’ Category

The Deep Sea

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on August 8th, 02020

As detailed in the exquisite documentary Proteus, the ocean floor was until very recently a repository for the dreams of humankind — the receptacle for our imagination. But when the H.M.S. Challenger expedition surveyed the world’s deep-sea life and brought it back for cataloging by now-legendary illustrator Ernst Haeckel (. . .   Read More

Genetically Engineered Moths a Success in Cornell Crop Protection Study

by Alice Riddell on February 10th, 02020

A recent article in phys.org reports on a newly-published study on the use of genetically engineered moths to increase crop protection. The Cornell study documents the successful application and release of self-limiting, genetically engineered diamondback moths to fields of brassica crops.  “The diamondback moth, also known as Plutella xylostella, is highly . . .   Read More

A Prescient Prediction from a Reader of Seventeen Magazine

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on January 10th, 02020

In 02000, Seventeen magazine asked its readers to send in predictions about the year 02020. Over a decade before the founding of Revive & Restore, Tiffany Ann Ruter of Jacksonville, Florida had this to say: I predict that the technology that already lets us clone live species, such as mice and sheep, and is . . .   Read More

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

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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 - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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 - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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 - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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 - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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 - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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 - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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