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Brain Time

Quantum Experiment Shows How Time ‘Emerges’ from Entanglement

Time is an emergent phenomenon that is a side effect of quantum entanglement, say physicists. And they have the first experimental results to prove it<p>…

Timing is everything: How the brain links memories of sequential events

Suppose you heard the sound of skidding tires, followed by a car crash. The next time you heard such a skid, you might cringe in fear, expecting a …

A Vibrating Watch That Messes With Your Perception of Time

Durr is a watch designed to draw attention to that slippery disconnect between time as it passes and how we perceive it passing. Instead of hands or …

The Calendar as a Meme: A Brief History of Timekeeping

For millennia, humans have sought to make sense of time, to visualize it, to ride its arrow, to hack it, to understand our biological connection to it. <i>“Time is the very foundation of conscious experience,”</i> writes <b>Dan Falk</b> in <b>In Search of Time: The History, Physics, and Philosophy of Time</b> (<i>public</i> …

The Science of Why the Past is Different from the Future, Animated

I remain fascinated by time — its science, its visual representation, its subjective perception, its philosophical dimension. This wonderful short video from <i>Minute Physics</i>, based on Sean Carroll’s <i>From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time</i>, explores one of the most mind-bending …

Gorgeous Digital Clocks Make You Rethink Time

Today, checking the time is as easy as pushing the home button on our phones. But it used to be that keeping track of the hours was a much more …

How Our Ancestors Used to Sleep Twice a Night

8 hour sleeping is a modern invention.<p>Imagine you are a denizen of the 18th century. It’s just past 8:30 P.M., you’ve got your night-cap on. You blow …

Keanu Reeves claims Bill & Ted 3's current script will cost "$400 million" to make

Greetings, my excellent friends.<p>It’s been 22 years since we last caught up with Bill S. Preston Esq and Ted “Theodore” Logan of the Wyld Stallyns. …

Time travel's impossible destinations

We love time travel because it is impossible. There is no scientific rationale for the idea that a human can travel forward or backward in time. Physicists like to dabble with the idea in the way stage magicians like to pretend they can actually make things disappear. But wormholes, …

Time Reborn by Lee Smolin; Farewell to Reality by Jim Baggott – review

Two writers argue that modern science needs to get a grip on reality, rejecting 'timeless' theories of the universe and the 'fairytale' physics of string theory<p>At an interdisciplinary gathering of academics discussing the concept of time, I once heard a scientist tell the assembled humanities …

Research Shows You'll Feel Less Busy If You Give Your Time Away

It sounds counterintuitive, but if you feel you don't have enough time in the day, you should start spending more time on others. According to a new …

The Science of Doctor Who, BBC Two, review

Professor Brian Cox gave an excellent science lecture at the Royal Institution on the subject of Doctor Who – though those hoping to discover the secret of time travel may have been disappointed<p>For 188 years, the Royal Institution’s lecture hall has seen worthy addresses on such topics as the laws …

Cartographies of Time: A Visual History of the Timeline

I was recently asked to select my all-time favorite books for the lovely Ideal Bookshelf project by <i>The Paris Review’</i>s Thessaly la Force and artist Jane Mount. Despite the near-impossible task of shrinking my boundless bibliophilia to a modest list of dozen or so titles, I was eventually able to do …

Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

Given my soft spot for famous diaries, it should come as no surprise that I keep one myself. Perhaps the greatest gift of the practice has been the daily habit of reading what I had written on that day a year earlier; not only is it a remarkable tool of introspection and self-awareness, but it also …

Is this the first ever sci-fi novel?

Long before scientists invented the telescope, literature was already travelling through space. But how do Plato and Lucian of Samosata compare to modern science fiction?<p>Interstellar warfare, travel to distant planets and alien reproduction: all familiar elements of modern science fiction. But all …

Weird? It's all relative... (sorry) RT @marcuschown: What a weird picture of Einstein - with a puppet of... himself http://t.co/5fkhUtv7rm

Treat jet lag by desynchronizing brain cells

A molecule called VIP may offer a new way to treat people suffering from the effects of jet lag or shift work.<p>A certain dosages, VIP desynchronizes …