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Is no longer the shortest unit of time that has been measured.

Zeptosecond.

How quick is it?

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicists-record-s...

Don’t even try to capture a zeptosecond using a run-of-the-mill stopwatch. This tiny slice of time is a fraction of a second—so small it is equal to a single number one sitting 21 places behind the decimal point, a trillionth of a billionth of a second​, reports Rebecca Boyle at New Scientist. And researchers at the Max Plank Institute in Germany finally measured minute changes within an atom on the zeptosecond scale.

The researchers accomplished this feat while studying the so-called photoelectric effect in action. Albert Einstein described this tricky quirk of light in 1905, later winning the Nobel Prize in Physics for his explanation of this defining concept. The photoelectric effect shows that light can act as both a wave and a particle. When a photon, or a particle of light, of a certain energy strikes an electron, it can free the electron from its atom. The photon ejects the electron in a process called photoemission, the basis behind solar energy.




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So is Usain bolt a Zeptomaniac?
 
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Koldfoot wrote:
This tiny slice of time is a fraction of a second—so small it is equal to a single number one sitting 21 places behind the decimal point, a trillionth of a billionth of a second​, reports Rebecca Boyle at New Scientist.

Is that a British billionth or an American billionth? Cos there is a very big difference!
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That's practically tortoise-like. In the old days, back when he was the GOD of burrito-ingestion, Rudy aka THE TICK would thumb posts BEFORE you even posted. Once, after waking up, I decided to post on Chit Chat. I opened my laptop and, while waiting for it to boot up, decided to brush my teeth first. Lo and behold, I felt his thumb before I was done spitting out the toothpaste. Amazing.

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futhee wrote:
Lo and behold, I felt his thumb before I was done spitting out the toothpaste.

Sorry, that's a sentence that simply needs to be quoted out of context.
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Pugnax555 wrote:
futhee wrote:
Lo and behold, I felt his thumb before I was done spitting out the toothpaste.

Sorry, that's a sentence that simply needs to be quoted out of context.


How do you know that's not what I meant?
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