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Vaclav Smil « Distinguished Professor Emeritus Vaclav Smil. Can We Apocalypse-Proof the World’s Knowledge with DNA? This piece was originally published at BBC Future.

Can We Apocalypse-Proof the World’s Knowledge with DNA?

Neither Ewan Birney nor Nick Goldman can remember exactly how they came up with the idea of storing all the world’s knowledge in DNA. They know it happened in the bar of the Gastwerk Hotel in Hamburg, and that many beers were involved. They may or may not have scrawled their ideas on a napkin. Why Does the Higgs Particle Matter? Editors' Note: It has been one year since scientists announced the discovery of a particle believed to be Higgs.

Why Does the Higgs Particle Matter?

Read this essay by a Nobel prize winner in physics and share your comments on our Facebook page. Imagine a planet encrusted with ice, beneath which a vast ocean lies. (Imagine Europa.) Within that ocean a species of brilliant fish evolved. Those fish were so intelligent that they took up physics, and formulated the laws that govern motion. Front Page - The Long Now.

A Brief History of Intellectual Discussion of Accelerating Change. Origins — The Idea of Progressive Change To consider the origins of the idea of accelerating change, we should briefly go back to a much earlier one, that of progress itself.

A Brief History of Intellectual Discussion of Accelerating Change

As historian J.D. Mark Blyth: Austerity - The History of a Dangerous Idea. Welcome to Less Wrong. Edge : Conversations on the edge of human knowledge.

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What it's Like to be an Atheist. What it feels like to be an Atheist I've always been an atheist, I know nothing else.

What it's Like to be an Atheist

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