The Short, Strange History of Decimal Time

For thousands of years, we've divided days into 24 hours, hours into 60 minutes, and minutes into 60 seconds. But why do we have to do that? Here's the story of the one gloriously failed attempt to decimalize time. » 2/17/12 1:43pm 2/17/12 1:43pm

After decades of scientific research, we can now accurately measure a…

Measuring systems are almost always arbitrary - even the orderly metric system is chopped up into random little pieces we call grams, kilograms, and tons. With the increased need for precision, it's necessary that everyone use the same random unit of mass for a kilogram. After a Nobel winning discovery, and decades of… » 9/30/11 11:33am 9/30/11 11:33am