Linnaeus’ Flower Clock

Here’s a novel way to create your own timepiece – if you have a garden!

Four O'Clocks

Mirabilis jalapa – The Four O’Clock flower

In 1751, Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus suggested that by planting flowers which open and close at different times of the day in a particular pattern, you could tell the time just by observing the petals.

Plants have biological clocks which are linked to the circadian rhythm that regulates processes such as metabolism, release of fragrances and movement – which is roughly based on 24-hour intervals.

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The First Stopwatches in Space

This post was updated 14th April 2014.

Speedmaster Stopwatch

Did You Know?

The Omega Speedmaster wristwatch picks up the honour of being one of the first stopwatches in space? 

In fact, it was also the first stopwatch on the moon and even now this model is still used in spaceflight by NASA. 

Today, we’ll look at the fascinating history of the Omega Speedmaster – one of the first stopwatches in space and first on the moon!

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Origins: Days of the Week

Have you ever wondered why the days of the week are named as they are?

If so, today’s blog post is for you, as we’re taking a peek at the history of the days of the week.

The days of the week as we now know them were originally named after the sun, moon and five planets of our solar system:

February CalendarSunday — Sun’s day (“day of the Sun”)
Monday — Moon’s day (“day of the Moon”)
Tuesday — Tiu’s day (“day of Mars”)
Wednesday — Woden’s day (“day of Mercury”)
Thursday — Thor’s day (“day of Jupiter”)
Friday — Freya’s day (“day of Venus”)
Saturday — Saturn’s day (“day of Saturn”)

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New! Rechargeable Stopwatches and Speed Trackers!

Great news! We now stock a new range of rechargeable stopwatches and speed trackers!

Rechargeable Stopwatches - Designed for schools - Set of 12 - 3 Timing Modes

Designed specifically for school/classroom use, the new Rechargeable Stopwatches, Rechargeable Ultimate Stopwatches and Rechargeable Speed Tracker sets are an excellent way to get groups of school children familiar with the basic principles of timing and the calculation of average speed. Ideal for use in mathematics, science and PE lessons.

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Was Galileo the father of time?

In today’s blog post, we’ve decided to take a trip through time and look back at perhaps the father of time himself – Galileo – and his magnificent contribution to the measurement and our understanding of time.

Galileo Galilei - Father of Time?

Galileo Galilei – Father of Time?

Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher.

At just 20 years of age, while studying medicine, Galileo noticed a lamp swinging overhead while he was in a cathedral. He was curious to know how long it took the lamp to swing back and forth – so he used his pulse to time the swings.

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“Ten more minutes” – How to kick the snooze button habit

Snooze buttonEvery morning, millions of people fight a battle with themselves and their alarm clock snooze button. The buzzer goes off, you quickly silence the annoying machine with a slap of your palm then roll over and have “just a few more minutes”.

But hitting the snooze button is a bad idea.

The sleep you manage to get between snooze alarms is very low quality, leaving you feeling groggy and more tired. Also, the snooze button really tests your limited willpower – which you could be using more constructively.

Here are some ideas to help you kick your addictive snooze button habit!
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NASA’s Voyager 1 – To infinity and beyond

Saturn - Voyager ImageOn the 12th of November 1980, NASA’s Voyager 1 probe had it’s closest encounter of Saturn, passing within 124,000 kilometres of the planet. Earlier during the same day, Voyager had also come within an incredible 4,000 kilometres of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

Today, we’ll celebrate one of modern times most historic explorers – Voyager 1 – that 23 years ago helped reveal so much about the planet Saturn and its many moons.

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