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New Images of the Sun Captured by Impressive New Telescope in Hawaii

by Alice Riddell on January 31st, 02020

In a piece for The New York Times, Dennis Overbye describes the remarkable images of the sun captured by the new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii. Our closest star, never before seen in such detail, now resembles a “boiling pot of popcorn” thanks to the 158 inches . . .   Read More

Podcast: Long-term Thinking in a Distracted World | Bina Venkataraman

by Ahmed Kabil on January 29th, 02020

What does practical long-term thinking look like? Bina Venkataraman’s new book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, brings this abstract question to life. Through a series of anecdotes and case studies that draw from her background in public policy, climate change strategy, and journalism, Venkataraman explores . . .   Read More

The History of Humanity: An Immersive Art Installation

by Alice Riddell on January 23rd, 02020

Sara Barnes has recently written a piece for My Modern Met detailing an immersive art installation, which explores human history through a sculptural narrative detailing humanity’s greatest paradigm shifts. The installation, entitled Memory Palaces, was created by artist and stage designer Es Devlin, as a chronological landscape of the evolution of human . . .   Read More

Long Quotes: Martin Luther King

by Ahmed Kabil on January 20th, 02020

The Past and Future of the Earth’s Oldest Trees

by Ahmed Kabil on January 14th, 02020

Alex Ross has written a moving tribute to Long Now’s unofficial mascot, the bristlecone pine, in The New Yorker. What is most astonishing about Pinus longaeva is not the age of any single organism but the collective oldness and otherness of its entire community. No two super-elderly trees look alike, to . . .   Read More

A Prescient Prediction from a Reader of Seventeen Magazine

by Ahmed Kabil 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

Long Quotes: Zora Neale Hurston

by Ahmed Kabil on January 7th, 02020

Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God (01937), was born on this day in 01891.. . .   Read More

Kevin Kelly Appears on Jason Silva’s Flow Sessions Podcast

by Ahmed Kabil on January 6th, 02020

Long Now board member Kevin Kelly recently sat down with Jason Silva on his Flow Sessions podcast for a wide-ranging interview about the deeper sides of technology.   Read More

The Enlightenment is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

by Danny Hillis on December 26th, 02019

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make. We are our thoughts, whether they are created by our . . .   Read More

AI Unearths New Nazca Line in the Shape of a Humanoid Figure

by Alice Riddell on December 20th, 02019

The Nazca lines in Peru have baffled archaeologists for a century. Photo Credit: Jon Arnold Images Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo In Southern Peru, deep in the Nazca Desert, ancient etchings spread across the landscape. To an observer at ground level, they appear as lines cut into the desert surface. Most are straight, while . . .   Read More