So, I only say 2016 was a horrible year because I think that every year is a horrible year, but this year was notable in that everyone else thought it was horrible, too. Well, on top of this trash year being a leap year, there's going to be one last morose second tacked on right at the end.
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Flight is one of those evolutionary wonders that's hard to fully appreciate with two squishy eyeballs and a linear sense of time. But we're no longer limited to what nature gave us, thanks to the wonders of photo editing. As Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou shows, a few simple tricks can reveal the dizzying artistry of a bird rustling its wings.
Anthony Mackie isn't interested in a solo Falcon movie. Rhet Reese talks about his approach to Deadpool 2. A familiar face returns to Agents of SHIELD. The Dark Tower movie casts a Fury Road star. Plus, Monica Reyes returns to The X-Files, and Matt Murdock gets all tied up in a new Daredevil teaser. So many spoilers!
Video: This quirky animation from CraveFX starts off innocently enough, a janitorial worker mops up a leaky refrigerator and then picks up a coin on the ground. It's not until you see what causes the refrigerator to leak and why the coin is on the ground that you realise that you're watching an intricate moving puzzle piece before your eyes. The characters are stuck in an infinite loop caused by another character in their own infinite loop. It's chaotic and great and hard to keep up with.
In the 150 years since Charles Darwin recognised the kinship of all life, scientists have worked to fulfil his dream of a complete Tree of Life. Today, the methods used to trace the evolutionary branches back through time would exceed Darwin's expectations. Scientists across a range of biological disciplines use a technique called the molecular clock, where the past is deciphered by reading the stories written in the genes of living organisms.
Before dot-matrix displays took over the known world, Nixie tubes -- glass lightbulbs containing light-up tubes for the digits 0-9 -- were the best way of displaying changing numbers. One designer had the bright idea of taking the Nixie tube technology (and bulbs), and building a surprisingly beautiful analogue clock.
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 this year with the addition of a leap second, added to reconcile the differences between two definitions of time: one astronomical, the other provided by atomic clocks.
If you're the sort of person who lives by the motto that every second counts, next week, you get to put your money where your mouth is. That's because, as we first learned back in January, we're all being gifted a leap second on 30 June.
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.
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.
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.