This explainer on all the ways that humans subjectively experience time is packed with all kinds of interesting factoid about how hard it is for us to accurately gauge time and place time in context. For instance, Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth were born in the same year, but where Marilyn feels like a young woman from long ago, Queen Elizabeth has always seemed like she was a stately older woman to most people alive today. A lot of that is because the media on which people are recorded has an effect on how we perceive them. Lots of other important concepts on the subjectivity of experienced time described here!
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While an atomic second is a measurement of time that is consistent anywhere, Martian time periods like days, months, and years are very different than Earth's. This interesting explainer looks at how we will synchronize Martian time relative to Earth time. Image: YouTube / RealLifeLore READ THE REST
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There's a silent killer that might be even more insidious than diseases, viruses, and other health conditions. It contributes to all of those more headline-grabbing ravagers, not to mention hundreds more. In fact, the American Psychological Association says it's directly linked to all six of the leading causes of death. It plays its part, yet… READ THE REST
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