05 March 2010

Now for the science

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27th moved the Earth's axis by up to 8cm (or 2.7 milliarcseconds), leading to a subsequent shortening of the length of a day by 1.26 microseconds, a microsecond being one millionth of a second.

A day after news of this cosmic shift emerged in the science journals came reports from the University Of California, Davis of a campaign to assign the prefix "hella" to 1027, which is a very large number indeed. Currently the largest prefix in the International System of Units (SI) is yotta (1024), followed by zeta (1021), exa (1018) and peta (1015).

All of which serves merely as a foil to distract you with pretty pictures taken last year and argue that not only has it now been scientifically proven that there was less time than normal last week, I have also been hellabusy, and that is why there have been no posts of any substance in the last seven days.

Thank you for your patience.

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