Thursday, February 26, 2004

The Mind Boggles: Splitting measurable time has a new benchmark:
Austro-Hungarian physicist Ferenc Krauzs said scientists had developed a device that can measure the speed of atomic processes down to the smallest fraction of a second yet.

Describing the device as "the fastest stopwatch in the world", Krauzs said Thursday that it measures the movement of atomic particles in time units smaller than 100 attoseconds.

An attosecond is the name given to a quintillionth, or a millionth of a millionth of a millionth, of a second.

"This time is to a second what a minute is to the age of the universe," Krauzs explained.

Race you to the bar. Loser buys.

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