January 19, 2012
Is the 'Leap Second' Just a Waste of Time?
Kenneth Chang, New York Times
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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