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Time for Everyone Symposium in Pasadena

by Charlotte Hajer on November 4th, 02013

From November 7 to 9 of this year, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors will hold a symposium and special exhibition at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. Entitled “Time for Everyone: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Public Time,” the event will examine the myriad ways in which we experience, […]

Paul Sabin on the Gamble over Earth’s Future

by Charlotte Hajer on October 9th, 02013

In 1980, a bet was made between a Malthusian ecologist and a Cornucopian economist – between optimism and pessimism – about the fate of humanity and planet Earth. The wager concerned fluctuations in the market prices for several crude metals. If prices rose over the next decade, civilization must be facing scarcity and thus inevitable doom; falling. . .   Read More

Expanding the Definition of “Now”

by Charlotte Hajer on October 4th, 02013

“Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It’s not our fault – the spans of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it’s almost impossible. . .   Read More

The Oldest Petroglyphs in the American West

by Charlotte Hajer on September 9th, 02013

The story of the oldest Americans is largely unknown to us; the first people to arrive on the North American continent didn’t leave behind any material clues for later generations to find. But a recent discovery in Nevada may now offer us a little glimpse into their world. In a forthcoming issue of the. . .   Read More

Harmonic Spheres and the Music of the Cosmos

by Charlotte Hajer on August 21st, 02013

In the 6th century BC, Pythagoras developed the science of harmonics. Legend has it that he was inspired by the sounds emanating from a blacksmith’s shop; producing experimental music with hammers and anvils, Pythagoras realized that the relationship between different musical notes can be expressed in the form of simple mathematical ratios. Pythagoras saw in […]

Art & The Art of Archiving at New York’s New Museum

by Charlotte Hajer on August 12th, 02013

From July 17 to September 8 of this year, the New Museum on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is hosting XFR STN (read ‘transfer station’), an “open-door artist-centered media archiving project.”
A collaborative effort by artists for artists, XFR STN is essentially a preservation and migration service for artwork created with or on. . .   Read More

Leap Seconds and the Nature of Civil Time

by Charlotte Hajer on July 31st, 02013

The U.S. Naval Observatory Alternate Master Clock, located on the 2nd Space Operations Squadron’s operations center, is accurate to within one second every 20 million years. The clock showed 23:59:60 Saturday as 2nd SOPS and USNO professionals added the first leap second in seven years.
About two months ago, a group. . .   Read More

A New Dimension (or Two?) for Long-Term Data Storage

by Charlotte Hajer on July 26th, 02013

A group of scientists at the University of Southampton is pushing the frontier of long-term data storage technology to a new level. At a recent Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in San José, the researchers announced their success at recording data in quartz glass by using a femtosecond laser.

A femtosecond, or ultrafast. . .   Read More

Oldest Record of Time-Keeping Found in Scotland

by Charlotte Hajer on July 16th, 02013

A team of archaeologists at the University of Birmingham may have found the earliest evidence of human time keeping activity. In a paper published earlier this week, the researchers announce that they have discovered a 10,000-year-old lunar calendar, etched in the earth near Aberdeen, on Scotland’s North Sea Coast.

When this. . .   Read More

Long-Term Research: Marathon Science

by Charlotte Hajer on July 11th, 02013

Scientific experiments often take place in the blink of an eye: two protons can travel 17 miles to slam into each other within less than a second, computer programs can analyze a vast collection of data within minutes, and experimental drugs can take effect in as little as a few hours.
But here and there. . .   Read More

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