Dynamic history of the world wins best procrastination tool ever

Launched by Microsoft Research, Moscow State University and UC Berkeley, ChronoZoom has, oh, just about 14 billion years for you to learn about as you travel through time. You didn't have anything else planned today, did you?

Beginning at the Stelliferous Era and ending at the present day, the display is split into sections that you can zoom in on to find a plethora of videos and information about that particular time period. This includes anything from the origin of life to the invention of agriculture. And it sounds as if information will be added all the time, so when NASA does things like figure out how to cause supernova, it will be included.

It is touted as an "an open source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything to bridge the gap between the humanities and sciences using the story of Big History to easily understand all this information."

Roland Saekow, one of the creators, said with it "you can browse history, rather than digging it out piece by piece."

ChronoZoom's team wrote, "We envision a world where scientists, researchers, students, and teachers collaborate through ChronoZoom to share information via data, tours, and insight. Imagine a world where the leading academics publish their findings to the world in a manner that can easily be accessed and compared to other data. We will be focusing on community development of features, capabilities, and content."

So I imagine we here at DVICE and pretty much anyone working at any other website ever can just pack up an go home for the next few months, since you'll all be spending your time on this.

ChronoZoom, via Ars Technica

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