Ever thought your GPS system said you’d gone further than you expected? A new study dives into the statistics behind the satellite-based positioning service—and finds that overestimates in distance are inevitable based on the way measurements are currently made.
The solar system, let alone the Universe, is too big to measure by any conventional means. So how the hell did early astronomers manage to do it without all the fancy kit scientists now have at their disposal?
Measuring magnetic fields with accuracy is important, whether it’s for geological exploration or medical imaging. Now, a team from MIT has developed a new laser-based magnetic field detector that’s 1,000 times more efficient than previous examples.
We have all kinds of odd measurements. Some are official, and some are colloquial. Some colloquial measurements are pure gold — and a "pisan zapra," is one.
Money comes in every size, shape, and color imaginable. But your credit cards — though they may be remarkably different in how they work — are probably remarkably consistent in terms of size. Why is that?
You might be forgiven for thinking that what you're seeing here is a very well-constructed toy. But it's also a fully operational watt balance, the tool that's used to set the standard measurement of a kilogram.
Ever try measuring the straight-line distance between two points on Google Maps? You had to hold some object or appendage up to the little scale, then eyeball-measure the distance on your screen. What a mess. No more—a new update puts the task a right-click away. Also, you can doodle with it.
North America's highest peak, Mount McKinley, has shrunk by 83 feet according to new data acquired by US geographers.
The US has a love affair with imperial units: height in inches, milk in quarts, weight in pounds. You name it, and it's measured in imperial. The only problem? Imperial is dumb. So let's cast of those shackles and join the rest of the world by embracing units that make sense. Let's go metric, once and for all.
America is a nation of fat-heads. But hey, don't shoot the messenger; we're just passing on the news from a recent study, which suggests that the heads of white Americans are growing in volume, year-on-year.
For thousands of years, we've divided days into 24 hours, hours into 60 minutes, and minutes into 60 seconds. But why do we have to do that? Here's the story of the one gloriously failed attempt to decimalize time.
Not everything can be measured in meters, seconds, or the size of a breadbox. Sometimes, to quantify something, extreme and silly steps have to be taken. Find out how big Siberia is, and how long a beard grows in a second.
There's few things worse than a glass of flat Coke. OH WAIT, a glass of Pepsi is far worse. But anyway! An incredibly bored person wanted to find out exactly when Coke went flat so he timed it.
Food writer and culinary expert Michael Ruhlman didn't want us to get through a week of celebrating kitchen gadgetry without singing praise of the digital scale. Damn the cups and tablespoons, cooking by weight is the only path to awesomeness.