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How The Quest For A Perfectly Rational Calendar Created A 13th Month

A month is hardly a unit of measurement. It can start on any day of the week and last anywhere from 28 to 31 days. Sometimes a month is four weeks long, sometimes five, sometimes six. You have to buy a new calendar with new dates every single year. It’s a strange design.


There's An Incredibly Complex Clock Inside This Miniature Mechanical Man

In the world of watchmaking, MB&F has always had a soft spot for creating the occasional mechanical marvel that can’t be strapped to a wrist. Such as the company’s latest creation, a robot named Melchior that can’t vacuum floors, clean windows or open doors, but can keep track of the time while serving as an awesome piece of eye candy on your desk.


June 30 Will Be One Second Longer This Year, And That Could Be A Problem

Because Earth’s rotation is slowing ever so slightly, we occasionally need to add an extra second to re-sync our super-precise atomic clocks to our planet’s rotation. But you know who’s not on board with that? Those damn computers, whose operating systems just can’t handle it. The last time we added a leap second in 2012, it wreaked havoc across the internet.


Scientists Have Invented A Time Cloak That Makes Events Disappear

We’ve all heard of invisibility cloaks that can (theoretically) hide objects. But a team of researchers from Purdue University have now built a time cloak that allows them to hide events.


The World's Most Precise Clock Can Keep Time For 5 Billion Years

If you want to know exactly what time it is, head of over to Boulder, Colorado, where a fountain of cesium atoms ticks off the U.S.’s official time. It should be accurate for the next 300 million years. But don’t be impressed — the world’s actual most precise clock is a few miles away at a different lab in Boulder, and it supposed to keep perfect time for 5 billion years, the age of our universe.


Why Daylight Saving Time Is Pointless

Ugh. You’re up an hour early, your body hates you for it, and even a litre of coffee can’t get your day on track. Daylight saving sucks. But you know the worst part? It doesn’t have to be like this.


TIME Sent A War Photographer Into The Last Of Us

Conflict photographers regularly report from war zones and disaster areas. This is tough stuff — creating images of anguish and death and upset, remaining distanced from the events without affecting and influencing them or losing your humanity. For something different, TIME assigned a photographer to catalogue the disaster of The Last Of Us: Remastered.


Here's What Famous Buildings Look Like From Day To Night In One Photo

In his photo series Time Sliced, photographer Richard Silver captures day fading into night. It’s a unique look at the life of building and how it changes over time as the sky darkens and lights turn on and people leave and come back again.


These Incredible Clocks Were Built By A Single Designer Over 35 Years

In the 1980s, as giant technology companies competed to create electronics that arrived in the most compact, grey boxes possible, a young designer named Daniel Weil was doing the exact opposite: Eviscerating the electronic guts of gadgets, from radios to clocks, exposing them to the consumer the most elegant way imaginable. And 35 years later, he’s still at it.


Beautiful Time Lapse Is Proof That Nature Is The Greatest Architect

Time does a breathtaking thing on nature. If you let it run its course the face of the Earth changes into beautiful things that don’t even look like they’re from this world.