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Thursday, February 26, 2004

A JIFFY OF AN INSTANT OF A SECOND
On an average day, you're probably too busy to spare even a second of your time. But can you spare an attosecond? Or even less? Research scientists in Germany and Austria have managed to measure time intervals so small that they're meaningful only on a sub-atomic level.

So how long is an attosecond, anyway?

As an attosecond is a thousand million billionth of a second, the intervals recorded by the team are a ten million billionth of a second long. A gap of 100 attoseconds is to a second what one second is to about 300 million years.

So that would be the amount of time from... now-to-now! NOW! NOW! No, NOW! N--! Nnn! -N! Ah, forget it...