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Blog Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Data Globes

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 13th, 02008

 I recently came across these amazing data driven globe’s from Yale’s G-Econ group.  The one above represents population density, but their tool allows for all kinds of data to drive the topology from average rainfall to distance from coastlines. . .   Read More

Multi-millennial seed resurrection

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 23rd, 02008

 The always cool Genetic Archaeology blog has a nifty article on a team of researchers that have managed to get some 2000 year old dates to germinate and produce a tree.  The dates were excavated from the Masada which as built 2044 years ago, and carbon dating of other seeds confirmed their age.  Not quite. . .   Read More

Amorphous metals 2.0 (a.k.a. metallic glass)

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 13th, 02008

Wired is running a cool pictorial on the new amorphous metal making techniques. These “metallic glass” materials have some amazing properties for making long lasting structures. Back in 01997 or so we tested some of these metals as pendulum flexures (as seen above).  In fact there is still test pendulum hanging on one of these. . .   Read More

Kinetic Art at Chabot

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 25th, 02008

For those of you in the SF Bay Area, The Chabot Space and Science Center is hosting one of their quarterly Lunar Express Lounge evenings and debuting a cool kinetic wave piece by Margolin. Looks like a fun evening all around with music, drinks, planetarium shows etc. Through a generous offer, Long Now members can. . .   Read More

California, get ready to rock

by Stuart Candy on April 17th, 02008

California is more than 99% likely to face an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater over the next thirty years, according to a new model which this week produced the first ever statewide forecast.

Associated Press reports:

New calculations reveal there is a 99.7 percent chance a magnitude 6.7 quake or larger. . .   Read More

Intrinsic metal coloration

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 6th, 02008

Through a fairly low power laser process some clever folks over at the University of Rochester have come up with a way to generate an intrinsic colored surface on metals. They can even get an extremely pure black. Why is this cool? For the Clock of the Long Now project we are always on the. . .   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

Craig Venter “Joining 3.5 Billion Years of Microbial Invention”

by Stewart Brand on February 26th, 02008

Decoding and recoding life

To really read DNA accurately and understand it thoroughly, you need to be able to write it from scratch and make it live, Venter explained.

His sequencing the first diploid human genome (with the genes from both parents) last year showed there is much more genetic variation between humans than first. . .   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

Life: What a concept

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 19th, 02008

As more prep for Venter’s upcoming talk this Monday…

An Edge Special Event at Eastover Farm

This year’s Annual Edge Event took place at Eastover Farm in Bethlehem, CT on Monday, August 27th. Invited to address the topic “Life: What a Concept!” were Freeman Dyson, J. Craig Venter, George. . .   Read More