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This Digital Sundial Tracks The Sun Through A Laser-Cut Cube

Sure, sundials are totally impractical in the age of precise atomic clocks, but this digital sundial cube is still the coolest. Made out of 59 plates of metal cut to match the angle of the sun at different times of the day, the Sun Cube casts a dot-matrix number to mark each hour.


This Is Where Time Comes From

Your mobile phone, car navigation systems, bank trading platforms, internet infrastructure and even military devices all share one thing in common: the time they use originates from the US Naval Observatory’s Time Services.


How The Time Of Sunrise And Sunset Varies Around The World

Timezones are strange old things, especially the way they prescribe one time to thousands of kilometres of land mass. This visualisation shows which parts of the world experience unusually early and late hours of daylight as a result.


A Look Inside The Observatory Where Time Is Ticking

Do you know where time comes from? Well, for all intents and purposes, it comes from one of the wings of the US Naval Observatory, where the nation’s primary atomic clock (and Joe Biden) live. Joe Biden is not the time master, however.


The Time Everywhere, Right Now, Beautifully Visualised

Today’s XKCD really is wonderful: called Now, it’s a simple clock that shows you what time it is in the world right… now, and changes each time you check back on it.


The Inside Story Of How Olympic Timekeeping Is So Amazingly Precise

Three one-thousandths of a second is less than 1/10th of a blink, less than 1/100th of a heartbeat. But if you’re a speedskater, 0.003 seconds can be the difference between gold and silver. So how are Olympics timekeepers able to get such ridiculous precision and accuracy? For the inside scoop, we talked to Omega’s Peter H├╝rzeler, head of Olympic timekeeping.


Spain Might Jump Timezones To Stimulate Its Economy

If your economy isn’t doing so well, just jump into another time zone. This is the strategy pursued by Samoa, for example, which rather dramatically leapt across the International Date Line back in 2011 in order to align its work-week more closely with its Pacific neighbours; and a more local version of this might be the next step for Spain, according to a proposal being kicked around since September.


The Subtle Art Of Time And Space In Animation

Norman McLaren, a pioneer of 20th century animation, once said that “what happens between each frame is more important than what exists on each frame.” But what the hell did he mean?


Why Is Time Slower In Space Rockets?

You’ve probably heard that if you get in a rocket ship and fly fast, time will slow down. But, unless you’ve majored in physics, you probably don’t quite know why. Fortunately this video does a great job of explaining the phenomenon.


What A Second Of Every Day Of A Year Of A Person's Life Looks Like

Our lives aren’t always interesting. Some days go by and you forget them by the end. Other days bleed into yesterday. Last week feels like it never happened. Last month seems like next month. Who knows what’s tomorrow?