Message in a bottle: DO NOT OPEN

Here’s the problem: we’re dumping a few thousand square tonnes of highly toxic waste in the centre of the desert. How do we keep curious humans out, in 2000 years time?

“We looked at what messages had come from deep in time to the present, like the pyramids,” explains David B. Givens, an anthropologist specializing in non-verbal communication who helped conceive the warning system. “It boils down to stones,” he says — the only medium so far to have established a track record of retaining messages for as long as 5,000 years.

Wired on storing waste.

It is astonishing that we’re still working on disposing of this waste, while we continue to pump it out.

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