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The Best Leap Second Headlines

The Best Leap Second Headlines

Timekeepers are adding a second to atomic clocks to keep them in synch with the Earth's slightly slowing rotations.

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Friday, June 29, 2012 - 19:15

Chris Gorski, Editor

Just before Saturday night ends, and with it the month of June, timekeepers are adding a second to atomic clocks to keep them in synch with the Earth's slightly slowing rotations. They'll add the second after 11:59:59 universal time, which is 7:59:59 where I am in College Park, Maryland. 

Many media outlets have stories on the subject -- here is a selection of the headlines inspired by this rare event:

Reuters: Enjoy the long weekend, if only for second

CBC News: Scientists to hold back time for "leap second" this weekend

Agence France Press: Tick, tock, stop: Holding time for a leap second

And my favorite, from the Sydney Morning Herald: Hold on a second and let it sync in

Have a great weekend and make the most of your extra time!

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Chris Gorski

Chris Gorski is an Editor for Inside Science and runs the Sports beat. Follow him on twitter at @c_gorski.

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