Lightning moves pretty quickly; would you call it instantaneous?
Steven Vanderburg, NOAA
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.
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.
As the years advance, time flies faster. Here's why.
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A philosophical assessment of the latest Star Trek films demonstrates their sophistication.
Understanding why time seems to speed up under certain conditions could reveal when we really feel responsible for our actions.
DSAC is prepping for a yearlong experiment to characterize and test its suitability for use in future deep space exploration.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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.
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From sundials to atomic clocks, a journey through the way humans have measured time.
A podcast on time: telling it, perceiving it, doing it and travelling through it.
DeLillo's latest novel dwells on the implications of accelerating technology – including the practice of freezing dead bodies in the hope that one day, they could become immortal.
It involves shifting calendars, greedy governments – and the Pope.
An unusual date that comes to us from the heavens.
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We will get an 'extra' day this year, February 29. Where do these quadrennial liberties with our calendar originate?
Is there a Dr in the house?
It is possible – with just a couple of awkward provisos.
A strange day.
Without them, June would soon fall in winter.
Why the night sky can tell us a fair bit about time.
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It's all relative – why scientists understand time in a completely different way.
Tick tock, tick tock… You can’t hide from the molecular clock.
The molecular clock is helping us deepen our knowledge of evolution and completing the tree of life. But how does it actually work?
After a hard day at work, children still expect their mom to spend quality time with them.
How successful a mother or career scientist one can become depends on how one's available time is divided between the two activities.
The difference between “real” time, measured by clocks, and our own sense of time can sometimes seem enormous.
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While few will dispute that a minute comprises 60 seconds, the perception of time can vary dramatically from person to person and from one situation to the next. Time can race, or it can drag.
Time can feel like that sometimes, even if the Earth’s rotation isn’t slowing down.
Keeping time isn't easy, particularly as the Earth's rotation is slowing down, so we need to keep adding troublesome leap seconds.
Not something you see every day.
Most people would feel they can count on one day comprising the same number of hours, minutes and seconds as the next. But this isn’t always the case – June 30 will be a second longer in 2015 with the…
The story of two people who fall in love.
The Theory of Everything is a film about two people who meet at university and fall in love. But what makes it remarkable is that one of them is Professor Stephen Hawking and that when he and Jane Wilde…