30 Jun '15, 4pm

Leap second: There's an extra 1/60th of a minute today, go nuts!

Leap second: There's an extra 1/60th of a minute today, go nuts!

What will you do with your extra second? We've got some ideas. Remember the mayhem caused by Y2K, when we were all going to be unceremoniously thrust back into the year 1900? Well we don’t think that this year’s leap second will have quite the same effect, but NASA does note that adding a second to the mix can confuse our electronic overlords: “Leap seconds have created challenges for some computer systems and generated some calls to abandon them altogether.” But regardless, we have an extra second! Today there will be 24 hours ... and one second ... in the day. For whom do we have to thank for this? “Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, so leap seconds are a way to account for that,” said Daniel MacMillan of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. So, thank you, planet Earth. According to our generally accepted time standard – Coordinated U...

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