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What Would You Put in a Science Time Capsule?

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It’s 2014: Sixty-one years since the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA. Four hundred seventy one years since Copernicus published the heliocentric model of the universe. And one year since the Higgs Boson was discovered. In 100 years, how will we look back on today’s science?

We’re building a scientific time capsule—a collection of objects and images that sum up the state of science in 2014. What should we add? What should the time capsule contain? What pieces of science do we want the future to remember us by, and what objects best encapsulate our current understanding of the world?

So tell us, what would you include in our time capsule?

Rose Eveleth is Nautilus’ special media manager.

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