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Nature gave us ten fingers, so it makes sense to count to ten. But what happens when we run out of fingers? Flickr/Bethan

Curious Kids: Why do we count to 10?

Why are there 60 minutes in an hour, and not 10? Why do we count up to 10, anyway? Quentin, age five, wants to know.
Waiting area in Lagos, Nigeria. Maersk Line/Flickr

How late is late?

Britons, Nigerians, Americans and Brasilians don't see time in the same way. These differences are explained by the history and constraints of each country.
Time scarcity acts as a barrier to good health, even if you have knowledge. orphanjones/flickr

Time scarcity is a slippery slope to inactivity

Healthy Australians slide into extreme inactivity and poor dietary choices over a just a few years of feeling time poor and rushed in their daily lives.
Lightning moves pretty quickly; would you call it instantaneous? Steven Vanderburg, NOAA

What exactly does ‘instantaneous’ mean?

An instant likely feels different to a person, or a redwood, or a gnat. What's infinitely small for one might be a whole lifetime for another – and that scale influences the choices we make.
Volunteers clean up after Hurricane Sandy. jim.henderson

Why money is an impoverished metric of generosity

There are few things Americans like more than lists and money, but ranking philanthropists on the monetary size of their giving distorts our understanding of generosity, argues one ethicist.
DSAC is prepping for a yearlong experiment to characterize and test its suitability for use in future deep space exploration. Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Why the Deep Space Atomic Clock is key for future space exploration

Measuring time is a crucial part of navigation – particularly in space, where exacting precision is called for. The DSAC is poised to make a change that will aid future deep space missions.
An unusual date that comes to us from the heavens. Date image via shutterstock.com

Leap day: fixing the faults in our stars

We will get an 'extra' day this year, February 29. Where do these quadrennial liberties with our calendar originate?

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