Wow, mind blownThe world's most accurate clock has neatly shown how right Albert Einstein was 100 years ago, when he proposed that time is a relative concept and the higher you live above sea level the faster you should age.
Einstein's theory of relativity states that time and space are not as constant as everyday life would suggest. He suggested that the only true constant, the speed of light, meant that time can run faster or slower depending on how high you are, and how fast you are travelling.
Now scientists have demonstrated the true nature of Einstein's theory for the first time with an incredibly accurate atomic clock that is able to keep time to within one second in about 3.7 billion years – roughly the same length of time that life has existed on Earth.
James Chin-Wen Chou and his colleagues from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, found that when they monitored two such clocks positioned just a foot apart in height above sea level, they found that time really does run more quickly the higher you are – just has Einstein predicted.
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Einstein was right: time and space are relative! watch
- Thread Starter
- 24-09-2010 02:15
- 24-09-2010 02:23
Incredibly old news. This had already been proven years ago.
- Community Assistant
- 24-09-2010 02:26
Old news - relativity has been shown to be mostly true years ago.
For example when they put atomic clock on planes/satelites and showed that they were slower than ones on earths surface
- 24-09-2010 02:47
Yeah, this is basically another way of proving what was already proven fairly long ago with atomic clocks on airplanes.
But I don't say that to discredit the scientists in the article - it's still pretty mind-blowing what they've achieved.
- 24-09-2010 09:56
- 24-09-2010 10:03
Old news :P
Never heard of the two atomic clocks, one was taken up by a plane and the other one left on the ground which showed a very small but noticeable time dilation. Of course it depended on what clock you were observing at a "distance".
EDIT: Damn someone already used this -_-
- 24-09-2010 10:21
It's old yeah, but still incredible!