How Scientists Can Slow Down Time

If the prospect of old age frightens you, then maybe you should consider piloting aircraft for a living. The connection might not seem so obvious at first, but according to the principle of time dilation, the faster you move, the slower the experience of time relative to your unmoving counterparts. And relative to people on the ground, people flying on airplanes move much faster and must experience the passage of time more slowly. In the ‘70s, this theory was tested using clocks on aircraft, and more recently a German study was able to replicate the experience of time dilation in a lab. Maybe pilots don’t actually stave off old age for good, but the physics behind the principle are nevertheless important to make sure that technologies like GPS satellites work properly.

Kickstarter in Europe

Kickstarter is a popular crowd-funding website, a platform where artists, inventors, and innovators of all kinds can fundraise for just about any project imaginable, taking donations from as small $1 to as large as contributors are generous enough to offer. Investors are often just everyday people with an interest in the prospective creation, people who are often rewarded with perks in exchange for donations. The best part is that the website is about so much more than raising money. Through Kickstarter, creators can begin to develop the basis for a community to engage with and enjoy the project even when it is still in its planning stages.

And now Kickstarter is coming to continental Europe.

Kickstarter, which already had a basis in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, N.Z., and Australia, recently began broaching Europe by opening up its website to the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. The goal is to “become available to more European countries,” a heads-up for any European creators who might be interested in investing some time in using Kickstarter’s services.

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Kickstarter is a popular crowd-funding website that has recently expanded into Europe. Image from: Wikimedia.

For more information, take a look at the Kickstarter website here (https://www.kickstarter.com/learn?ref=nav) or the following article reporting on the expansion here (http://tech.eu/news/crowdfunding-kickstarter-netherlands-europe/).

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