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    Imagine a World With One Universal Time Zone…

    A warped photo of Big Ben. Alan Cleaver via Flickr Earlier this month, the chief minister of the Indian state of Assam, Tarun Gogoi, started something of a brouhaha with a bold pronouncement on the generally sleepy topic of time zones. “We need a local time for Assam and the other northeastern states which will […]

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    What Would You Put in a Science Time Capsule?

    It’s 2014: Sixty-one years since the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA. Four hundred seventy one years since Copernicus published the heliocentric model of the universe. And one year since the Higgs Boson was discovered. In 100 years, how will we look back on today’s science? We’re building a scientific time capsule—a collection of […]

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    The Crumbling Ancient Texts That May Hold Life-Saving Cures

      Seven hundred years ago, Timbuktu was a dream destination for scholars, traders, and religious men. At the southern edge of the Sahara desert in what is now Mali, travelers from Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Egypt, and Morocco met in the bygone metropolis to exchange gold, salt, and ideas. According to a description of Timbuktu in […]

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    Photographing Time

    The speed of photography through the ages.

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    How Music Hijacks Our Perception of Time

    A composer details how music works its magic on our brains.

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    Haunted by His Brother, He Revolutionized Physics

    To John Archibald Wheeler, the race to explain time was personal.

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    The last wholesome fantasy of the middle-school boy.

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    Making Good Use of Bad Timing

    We bend time to make our world make sense.

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    Why We Procrastinate

    We think of our future selves as strangers.

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    There’s a ticking bomb in the corner of your awareness. The danger isn’t the bomb, though—it’s the clock. Time, that most pedestrian, over-measured, and tightly regulated quantity of our daily lives, is in a perpetual state of crisis. There’s the problem of what to do with your time, of course. We’ll leave that as an […]