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Scientists Add 50,000 Seeds to Arctic Doomsday Vault Because Everything Is Awful

Image: Svalbard Seed Vault/Crop Trust
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle has received a major deposit of nearly 50,000 seed samples from around the world, bringing the total number of seeds stored at the remote facility to nearly one million. This latest deposit—one of the largest ever—is a critical step in ensuring global food security at a time when the world’s climate and geopolitics seems precarious. Read More >>

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The First Ever Samples From the Global Seed Vault Have Been Retrieved

Deep in the arctic, inside over 400 feet of rock, a huge cache of seeds is stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, in case of some global emergency. Today, the first of the seeds from that supply have arrived to replenish a collection sent away for safe keeping during Syria’s Civil War. Read More >>

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The Problem With the Doomsday Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is undeniably fascinating: the concrete slab that juts out of the barren snowscape may represent humanity’s last hope in an apocalypse. But recently, plant scientists have questioned its mission. Read More >>

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An Isolated Vault Could Store Our Data on DNA for 2 Million Years 

A few hundred feet inside a permafrost-encrusted mountain below the Arctic circle sits the seed bank that could be humanity's last hope during a global food crisis. This month, scientists suggested that this unassuming vault is the ideal space for preserving the world's data on DNA. Read More >>

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Why One of the World’s Most Remote Places Has the Fastest Internet

Ever been to Bjørndalen? No, of course you haven't: This tiny town, located in a remote area of Svalbard, the Arctic archipelago controlled by Norway, has more polar bears than humans. Curiously, it's also home to some of the country's fastest internet speeds. Read More >>

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Doomsday Seed Vault Adds 20k New Crops—Including Beer Barley

This week marks six years since the Svalbard Seed Vault opened to serve as an agricultural Noah's Ark for humanity. Within its walls, scientists have collected nearly one million seeds from all over the world. Now, they're adding many more. Read More >>