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What a Prehistoric Monument Reveals about the Value of Maintenance

by Ahmed Kabil on September 5th, 02019

Members of Long Now London chalking the White Horse of Uffington, a 3000-year-old prehistoric hill figure in England. Photo by Peter Landers. Imagine, if you will, that you could travel back in time three thousand years to the late Bronze Age, with a bird’s eye view of a hill near . . .   Read More

The Amazon is not the Earth’s Lungs

by Ahmed Kabil on September 1st, 02019

Peter Brannen, writing in The Atlantic, details why a popular claim being made on social media isn’t true—not to downplay the impact of the fires, but to educate audiences on how the various systems of our planet interact   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

David Byrne Launches New Online Magazine, Reasons to Be Cheerful

by Ahmed Kabil on August 26th, 02019

In his Long Now talk earlier this summer, David Byrne announced that he would soon launch a new website called Reasons to Be Cheerful. The premise, Byrne said, was to document stories and projects that give cause for optimism in troubles times. He was after solutions-oriented efforts that provided tangible lessons that could be. . .   Read More

AI analyzed 3.3 million scientific abstracts and discovered possible new materials

by Ahmed Kabil on August 15th, 02019

A new paper shows how AI can accelerate scientific discovery through analyzing millions of scientific abstracts. Read More

Mariana Mazzucato on the Economics Behind the Apollo Moon Landing

by Ahmed Kabil on July 17th, 02019

Getting to the moon and back again required unprecedented innovation across different sectors of the United States economy. Read More

Neal Stephenson on the Ending of Game of Thrones

by Ahmed Kabil on July 15th, 02019

Author Neal Stephenson discusses the controversial ending to Game of Thrones and why endings are generally so hard to nail in works of fiction.

From the Neal Stephenson Conversation at the Interval, “Fall, or Dodge in Hell.” Watch the full video here. . .   Read More

Brian Eno’s Soundtrack for the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

by Ahmed Kabil on July 12th, 02019

50 years ago, the Apollo 11 moon landing was televised live to some 600 million viewers back on planet Earth. One of them was future Long Now co-founder Brian Eno, then 21. He found himself underwhelmed by what he saw. 

Footage from the television transmission of the moon landing.

Surely, there was more. . .   Read More

The Global Tree Restoration Potential

by Ahmed Kabil on July 9th, 02019

Earlier this month, a study appeared in Science that found that a global reforestation effort could capture 205 gigatons of CO2 over the next 40-100 years—two thirds of all the CO2 humans have generated since the industrial revolution:

The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation. We. . .   Read More

Long-Lived Institutions

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 27th, 02019

The Sagrada Familia Catholic Church in Barcelona, Spain. The Catholic Church is one of the longest-lived institutions in human history.

The Long Now Foundation was founded in 01996 with the idea to build a 10,000 year clock — an icon to long-term thinking that might inspire people to engage more deeply with. . .   Read More