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Translating the Big Bang into Blackfoot

by Ahmed Kabil on May 13th, 02019

Meet Corey Gray and Sharon Yellowfly, a mother-son duo translating astrophysics into the Native American language Siksika (Blackfoot).

On April 1, scientists will officially restart their search for gravitational waves after a year spent making improvements to massive twin detectors. Discoveries should soon start rolling in, and when they do, there’s. . .   Read More

Laura Welcher speaks at Rhizome 7 x 7

by Ahmed Kabil on May 10th, 02019

Last month, Long Now’s Laura Welcher was part of the group of artists and technologists that were invited to Rhizome’s Seven on Seven conference in New York City. Welcher and artist Hayal Pozanti presented their art project WantNot. From Art News:

“Fate brought us together,” Laura Welcher, the director of operations at the. . .   Read More

Ancient Native Legend About a Great Flood is True, Study Finds

by Ahmed Kabil on May 9th, 02019

Geologists have verified that the legend of a great flood passed down orally by the Pacific Northwest’s Klallam people for 2,700 years is not a myth, but a warning. A new study has found that as many as five tsunamis hit an ancient Klallam village in present-day Washington state.

The evidence comes. . .   Read More

Trevor Paglen’s Orbital Reflector Goes “Unrealized”

by Ahmed Kabil on May 8th, 02019

On December 3rd, 02018, Trevor Paglen’s Orbital Reflector launched into low orbit as part of the payload on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The 100-foot-long diamond shaped mylar balloon was intended to be the world’s first space sculpture. It would be visible to the naked eye, appearing as a slowly-moving. . .   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

Edge’s John Brockman Interviews Alexander Rose

by Ahmed Kabil on April 24th, 02019

Executive Director Alexander Rose recently sat down with John Brockman of Edge.org to discuss Long Now. (Brockman recently gave a talk at Long Now in February about A.I.).
There are almost no artifacts that have been built for very long periods of time. With things like the pyramids or Stonehenge—we knew the. . .   Read More

Past Interval Speaker Geoff Manaugh on an Emerging Fault System in the Eastern Sierra

by Ahmed Kabil on April 20th, 02019

Past Interval speaker Geoff Manaugh has written a feature for the May issue of WIRED about the Walker Lane in the Eastern Sierra, “an emerging fault system along the Nevada border [that] is shaking up the tech industry’s latest frontier—and only a small group of scientists is paying attention.”

Long Now Lessons From Notre Dame

by Ahmed Kabil on April 17th, 02019

In the hours after news broke that the Cathedral of Notre Dame suffered extensive fire damage, many found hope in a story that circulated on social media about a centuries-old protocol the fire department in Paris followed when battling the fire. The story originated with Twitter. . .   Read More

This is How The Universe Ends

by Ahmed Kabil on April 17th, 02019

This much is certain: The sun, like all stars, will one day die. Its demise will begin five billion years from now, when it starts running out of fuel. It will slowly bloat into a red giant, becoming over two hundred times larger than it is. . .   Read More

Jeff Goodell: We’re Not Going to ‘Fix’ Climate Change

by Ahmed Kabil on April 16th, 02019

There’s not going to be a ‘fix’ for climate change, says science journalist Jeff Goodell. There will only be adaptations. From the Long Now Seminar, “The Water Will Come. . .   Read More