This is where we need your help. Caltech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll pointed out to me in a conversation at the 2010 IdeaFestival that the difference between the two time sources would need to be amplified -- not changed, of course -- so that the slight time dilation is all the more apparent. After all, an orbital speed of 18,000 miles an hour is fast, but the merest fraction of the speed of light, causing only the slightest mismatch in time.
Sean is right, of course.
But we believe that's a job for artists, not just scientists and engineers. Our web-based digital display is only one idea. So how about it, creative minds? What do you think Discovery News readers?
How would you make time dilation sensational? Does time dilation have a color? Does it beat to the flourishes of Grandmaster Flash or Bach? Can it be touched or embedded in ambient, smart objects that respond to our presence?
Would a Rolex watch care to pit their timekeeping skills against Mother Nature?
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