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  1. 2015’s One Second of Time Travel Expected to Cause Internet Problems

    When this planet hits slightly slower rotation, you're going to see some serious shit.

    Despite sounding like an extra course in a hobbit meal, leap seconds are a very real thing that cause us to change clocks and effectively time travel backwards a little bit every so often. Unfortunately, the Internet doesn't like time travel, no matter how many Doctor Who GIFs it contains.

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  2. Today Is The Last Day Of The World Science Festival, Catch The Final Livestreams Right Here

    Get a little science on your Sunday.

    Today is the last day of the World Science Festival in Brooklyn! If you've missed out so far, don't worry - you can catch livestreams of the final events right here at 1pm, 4pm, and 5pm EDT.

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  3. Today In Mindf**k News: Light Does Not Experience Time

    Far oooooout, man.

    Every once in a while, science throws us a tiny factoid about the nature of time that makes us want to lie down on the floor and stop thinking thoughts for a while. You know, like how what we call "now" is actually 80 milliseconds in the past. Well, here's a new one for you: light photons don't experience time. Like, at all.

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  4. New Atomic Clock Is Most Accurate in the World, Sets a New Official U.S. Time Standard, Doesn’t Actually Tell Time

    You had one job!

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has unveiled the new NIST-F2 atomic clock. It is three times as accurate as its predecessor and will be used to as the new standard measure of one second in the United States—but it can't actually tell you what time it is.

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  5. “Leap Seconds” Are A Thing, This Video Will Explain It Before You Break Your Brain

    Aaauaagh maybe one happened in the time it took to read that headline!

    At this time of year many of us remember the elusive time unicorn that is February 29th, or leap day. But did you know there are "leap seconds" too?

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  6. In Case You Forgot That Time Is Relative, Here’s A Norwegian Bracelet To Annoy Remind You

    Time to get a watch

    Time for a new watch? Norwegian company Skrekstore has designed a "gender neutral bracelet" to remind us of the relativity of time, how fleeting our lives are, and annoy the crap out of everyone around us.

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  7. Health Insurance Telemarketers Programmed a Robot to Lie and Insist It’s Human

    No, guys. Teaching robots to lie is bad for our health. Way to go.

    We're not sure if we're more scared by a robot that tries to convince people it's human or by the fact that a company thought it was a good idea to fool people like that. A robot with a human voice that called itself "Samantha West" has been calling people in an effort to sell health insurance, because robots need their human slaves to be healthy.

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  8. Find Out Which State You Really Belong In With Time Magazine’s Online Quiz

    Spoiler alert: nobody belongs in Hawaii or Alaska. Womp womp.

    Do you feel out of place in your current state? Mind you, we mean the actual geographical state that you live in if you're a U.S. resident, not your emotional or psychological state. We can't help you with those. But according to a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge, the "American mood" differs depending on what part of the country you live in.

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  9. Dear North Americans: Don’t Set Your Clocks Back This Weekend

    Well, you can, but you'll just be really confused for a week.

    Even though we've been living this way for the past 6 years, it seems some people are confused about when Daylight Saving Time starts in North America. See, it's different, depending on what side of the Pond you live on - so ignore your British friends, and remember: we don't set our clocks back until next weekend.

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  10. Randall Munroe Finally Finishes His 3,099 Panel xkcd Magnum Opus “Time”

    Dang, yo. That's a lot of panels.

    Webcomics typically adhere to the classic newspaper funny pages formats of a either a single frame, or a few panels laid out in sequence, but they don't have to.  Online comics can have a limitless number of panels, or just be comprised of one big "Infinite Canvas." xkcd creator Randall Munroe finished a single massive story of the strip comprised of 3,099 panels, and Geekwagon put it all together in an easy to view slideshow/animation that's worth checking out.

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  11. Sadly Not The Onion: Glorious Leader Kim Jong Un Wins Time’s Person of the Year Poll

    You would think that, by now, traditional businesses would have learned not to offer online polls. The Internet can quickly become a hive of trolls, wreaking havoc in whatever way they can. Yet Time's reader poll for Person of the Year went up, same as always, and didn't even include rudimentary measures to prevent folks from abusing the voting system. Now that the vote has concluded, it's pretty clear that something went awry. Kim Jong Un, the glorious leader of North Korea, won.

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  12. TicTocTrac Watch Tracks Your Perception Of Time, Also Tells It

    Anyone with even the vaguest understanding of the theory of relativity knows that time isn't a fixed construct. How you experience time depends on what you're doing --whether you're sitting around, or moving at near light-speed. Your perception of time also depends on what you're doing in a more mundane way, like whether you're playing video games or sitting in a meeting. The TicTocTrac watch aims to help you learn more about that second kind of time warping. Also, like any good watch, it also tells time.

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  13. How Far is a Second? [Video]

    One of our favorite YouTube channels that basically acts a public education service in the modern time of ridiculously short attention spans, MinutePhysics, is back and addressing how we use time as a measurement of physical distance. "But one second isn't a measurement of distance!" you might exclaim, already logging into your Disqus account to let the world know. Luckily for the world, MinutePhysics is here to explain, and not take up much of your time in the process.

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  14. Authorized Time Cover Used to Promote Commercial Product for First Time, Happens to be Call of Duty

    For the first time, an authorized Time cover has been created to promote a commercial product, which just so happens to be Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The cover, seen above, depicts a destroyed Wall Street with the headline "World Stands On The Brink," which, funnily enough, is exactly how Roger Ebert, noted video game naysayer, felt when he tweeted out that the first-ever authorized fake Time cover used to promote a commercial product just so happened to go to a video game, claiming that Time "sold its honor for a video game promotion" and it is "sad, sad, sad."

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  15. 35 Years of One Man’s Life in Video Clips

    In 1977, a 20 year old Sam Klemke started filming retrospectives for each year of his life. But that's not where this video begins, it begins in 2011 and then spirals backwards. Back, through HD, video, cellphones, questionable haircuts, film stock, and astro vans. It's an amazing journey, and remarkably touching. A humbling note: I wasn't born until 3:28 through this 6+ minute video. (Reddit via Petapixel)

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  16. Japan Earthquake Shortened Length of 24-Hour Day

    The 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan last week caused a lot of destruction, spawned many rumors of celebrity deaths, and now, it turns out, has actually shortened the length of the 24-hour day. According to Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the earthquake actually accelerated Earth's spin (by rearranging enough mass), which shortened the length of the day by 1.8 microseconds. To put that into perspective a bit, a microsecond is one millionth of a second, so we won't have to reinvent the clock anytime soon.

    The initial data regarding the earthquake Friday suggests that on top of shortening the length of the 24-hour day, the earthquake also moved the island of Japan by about eight feet. This earthquake isn't one of the first to have a (relatively) noticeable impact on the length of the day, as an 8.8 earthquake in Chile last year shortened the day by around 1.26 microseconds, and a 9.1 earthquake that hit Sumatra in 2004 shortened the day by 6.8 microseconds.

    (via The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online)

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  17. TIME Editor: “I think Assange Will Be a Footnote Five Years from Now”

    When TIME Magazine named Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg its 2010 Person of the Year, the reaction among many (including myself) was one of puzzlement: Yes, Facebook is a huge phenomenon and has arguably had a bigger impact on the day-to-day lives of many people than many a more 'serious' technology or political movement, but why now? As John Hodgman bitingly put it, "Time Magazine just named its Person of the Year 2007." Of the other five finalists that Zuckerberg beat out, Julian Assange seems like the most deserving candidate: While WikiLeaks has been elevated to media perfect storm over the past few weeks, it's been doing far-reaching if highly controversial work for far longer than that, and it represents such a rare and crucial nexus between politics and technology, open and closed Internet, privacy and transparency: Whether one applauds it or condemns it, WikiLeaks is a thing emblematic of our times. And as Glenn Greenwald points out, "In TIME's Person of the year poll, Assange received 382,000 votes - Mark Zuckerberg received 18,000 - only 20 times less!" At that, TIME did put Assange on the cover two weeks ago. Over the past day, there's been a lot of speculation, debate, and Internet controversy about why TIME picked Zuckerberg over Assange. Yahoo's Michael Calderone cut through the punditry bubble and asked TIME managing editor Richard Stengel point blank why the magazine made the choice that it did. Stengel didn't tread lightly: "I think Assange will be a footnote five years from now," he responded.

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  18. The Simpson’s Korean Animators’ Working Conditions Are Just Fine, Thanks

    The animators of The Simpsons would like everyone to know that despite the Banksy directed "couch gag" containing a depiction of their workplace being full of rats, lacking in light, and enslaving children and unicorns and murdering kittens; their working conditions are actually pretty normal. Nelson Shin, who has worked on The Simpsons since it's first airing in 1989, told Time that
    The satire... gave the impression that Asian artists slave away in subpar sweatshops when, in fact, they animate much of The Simpsons every week in high-tech workshops in downtown Seoul. "Most of the content was about degrading people from Korea, China, Mexico and Vietnam," Shin fumed. "If Banksy wants to criticize these things ... I suggest that he learn more about it first."
    Banksy has declined to comment on the intended meaning of the sequence (understandable, since ideally a work of art should speak for itself), though Time argues that the conditions were likely aimed to represent workers in South Korea's northern neighbor.

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  19. Clock Tells Time Everywhere in the World at Once With a Single Spiraling Arm

    The Bent Hands clock by Giha Woo and Shingoeun elegantly solves the problem of telling time in every time zone at once without confusing conversion tables or ostentatious multiple faces: A single spiraling arm sweeps through every zone, telling you what hour it is.

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  20. TIME Fondly Remembers How 4chan Hacked Last Year’s TIME 100 [Video]

    One year ago, 4chan thrust its Dear Leader moot -- and by extension, itself -- into the public eye when it hacked the online poll for the TIME 100, TIME's annual list of key influencers in a variety of fields. Not only that: They rigged the poll such that the names of the first 21 people spelled "Marblecake, also The Game." It was a truly epic hack. This post has more information on how it happened, and Urlesque has information on its, erm, cultural significance.

    TIME is running its online poll once again this year, but it's mostly been drama-free. There's a more international crowd than one might expect: The top five are currently Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Chinese author and racecar driver Han Han, Korean figure skater Kim Yu-Na, noted Lady Gaga Lady Gaga, and -- of course -- Rain. But unless some diehard Nathan Myhrvold fan is trying to slip his name in there, probably no haxxing.

    So: the folks at TIME have made a video retrospective of last year's moot hack.

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