January 19, 2012

Is the 'Leap Second' Just a Waste of Time?

Kenneth Chang, New York Times

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On Thursday, the world will go to battle over a second.

In Geneva, 700 delegates from about 70 nations attending a meeting of a United Nations telecommunications agency will decide whether to abolish the leap second.

Unlike the better-known leap year, which adds a day to February in a familiar four-year cycle, the leap second is tacked on once every few years to synchronize atomic clocks — the world’s scientific timekeepers — with Read Full Article ››

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