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Super Precise Atomic Clock Able to Measure Distortions in Space-Time

Can a thousand days pass by without even a second elapsing? Such a thing may be difficult to comprehend but time is a relative concept. Moreover, gravity can also affect the way we perceive time. But, it seems scientists have been able to build an atomic clock that can measure changes in space-time itself.

We don’t all experience time passing equally—time passes more slowly closer to something massive’s gravitational pull, as famously theorized by Albert Einstein. And since gravity is typically interpreted as the way mass warps space itself, that means a precise-enough atomic clock could serve as a scientific tool for measuring how objects change the shape of their surrounding space.
“We’ve reported measurements of two clocks that in principle exceed our ability to account for [this effect] across the surface of the Earth,” Andrew Ludlow, physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, told Gizmodo.

Still though, no matter how precise we can measure the time, we are limited by it. We do not have the power to control time. One can only imagine being able to bend time at will or probably see such feats in science fiction films and shows. But who knows? Perhaps one day it may become a possibility.

(Image credit: N. Phillips/National Institute of Standards and Technology)


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