Self Sinking Capsules

We post (belatedly) Self-sinking capsules to investigate Earth’s interior and dispose of radioactive waste, Jesse H. Ausubel, Seminar presentation delivered 26 July 2011, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Program of Study in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.  Jesse and 2011 summer intern Catherine Fisher carried out this work.

Long Now video

Jesse Ausubel’s Nature Rebounds January 2015 seminar for the Long Now Foundation is now available as:

Full-length Video on Long Now Public Website:
SD video available to the public for 1 year:

Here is the Seminar page on
A short clip of talk viewable and embeddable by the public.
The full-length video is available to FORA members.

The audio podcast is availabe at iTunes:
And through the SoundCloud page:

Nature Rebounds

Jesse Ausubel’s 55-minute talk (plus 30 minutes of Q&A), Nature Rebounds, to the Long Now Foundation on 13 January 2015 at the San Francisco Jazz Center is on-line.  Thanks to Stewart Brand and Co. for the opportunity to meet with the Bay Area community.

Making Nature Useless

On November 5 Iddo Wernick and Jesse Ausubel participated together with colleagues from the Breakthrough Institute in the seminar at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington DC titled Making Nature Useless? Global Resource Trends, Innovation, and Implications for Conservation. Iddo presented work on century-long trends in USA resource use, Making Nature Useless: Relative Dematerialization & Absolute Peaks. 

We also post Jesse’s brief (3-page) prepared remarks, On Useless Nature, subsequently published in RealClearScience (18 Sept 2015).

Some coverage at