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How to Handle This Year's Extra Second: 'Smear' It

Google plans to do just that with the 2016 leap second

(Newser) - For many, 2016 can't end soon enough. For everyone, though, it's actually going to last one second longer than usual. With New Year's Eve approaching, outlets such as Phys.org are reminding people that an extra "leap second" will be added to the final day of... More »

Our Days Are a Smidge Longer Than They Used to Be

Which we know thanks to some meticulous ancient astronomers

(Newser) - The meticulous work of ancient astronomers has led to a modern observation: Our days are longer than they used to be. Not that you'd notice: The new research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A shows that it takes the Earth a tiny bit longer these days to... More »

Men, Women Want Sex at Opposite Times of Day

Ladies are night owls, guys are early risers: survey

(Newser) - It's time for another Telegraph sex poll . And look what just popped up: a survey by sex-toy company Lovehoney that effectively serves as both a font of relationship information and a weekend buzzkill. According to the survey, men and women aren't in sync in the bedroom when it... More »

Atomic Clock Could Stay on Time for 15B Years

In theory, JILA clock can accurately tick longer than universe has been in existence

(Newser) - That incredibly accurate atomic clock we heard about last year just upped its game. The JILA timepiece, created in a joint venture between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado Boulder, received upgrades that now have it (in theory, at least) faithfully ticking away for... More »

Look Out, Internet: We Gain a 'Leap Second' This Year

Last time, it messed up scores of websites

(Newser) - The powers that be in the world of time management have decreed that the world needs to gain an extra second this year. More precisely, the folks at the International Earth Rotation Service in Paris have decided to add one second to June 30, 2015, to sync our atomic clocks... More »

Is This the Most Precise Clock on the Planet?

New atomic timepiece could help with navigation

(Newser) - A new timepiece the size of a dining-room table is being hailed as perhaps the world's most precise: It's "like measuring time over a hundred years to a precision of several nanoseconds," says Andrew Ludlow, co-author of a study behind what's being called the ytterbium... More »

Scientists Build a Better Clock—With Lasers

One step closer to clock that could redefine the second

(Newser) - Scientists are one step closer to officially replacing those clunky old atomic clocks (accurate to one second every 100 million years—how did we even put up with such vagueness for so long?) with cutting-edge optical lattice clocks (accurate to one second every 300 million years—finally!), the BBC... More »

World Gets Its Most Accurate Clock

Loses just one second in 50B years

(Newser) - Most clocks lose minutes over time and need to be reset—but if you're a scientist or an engineer, you need clocks that are just a bit more reliable. And now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have created the world's two most accurate atomic... More »

'Leap Second' Brings Down Chunk of Web

Reddit, Gawker, FourSquare, and others go down

(Newser) - Who knew such a miniscule amount of time could have such a major effect? When we got an extra "leap second" Saturday—international timekeepers held atomic clocks back by one second to sync up with the Earth's rotation—it brought down a number of very high-profile websites, Wired... More »

You Get an Extra Second Tonight

It's time to add a 'leap second,' so don't waste it

(Newser) - Good news for people who didn't get enough sleep this week. Tonight you'll have an extra second to snooze. That's because a "leap second" will be added to the ultra-precise atomic clocks kept by international timekeepers. The Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service is tasked with... More »

World's Timekeepers: Kill 'Leap Seconds'

Debate rages over fundamental shift

(Newser) - Countries across the globe are divided—and it's only a matter of time. Some, including Britain and China, want to retain a special "leap second" occasionally added to the calendar to keep atomic clocks in line with the Earth's rotation. The US, France, Germany, and others, however,... More »

Samoa Skips Friday, Wakes Up Saturday

Country goes to bed on Dec. 29, rises on Dec. 31

(Newser) - TGI ... S? There was no Friday, Dec. 30, in Samoa, as residents went to bed on Thursday and woke up Saturday. Or, some did. The rest celebrated as fireworks overtook the sky and sirens blared, marking the tiny South Pacific island's jump into the future as it crossed west... More »

Time to Ditch Greenwich Mean Time: Scientists

France-based bureau calls for new system

(Newser) - Time may be almost up for Greenwich Mean Time. A panel of scientists in France has called for an end to the official measurement, which has been in place for more than a century, the Daily Mail reports. The International Bureau of Weights and Measures says we should depend on... More »

Stop Time-Change Madness: Here's a Solution

Op-Ed: Let's create a 'New Standard Time' and be done with it

(Newser) - This is one of Kathryn Wilkens' least favorite weekends of the year. On Sunday, she's got to reset her clocks—and her stove, and her watches, and her VCR, and ... you get the picture. But unlike a lot of others carping about the antiquated practice of converting to or from... More »

Team Proves Einstein's Relativity Affects Aging

Gravity's effect on time means your hair is aging faster than your feet

(Newser) - People age faster—very, very slightly faster—the higher above ground they live, according to scientists testing Einstein's theory of relativity. Researchers using ultra-precise atomic clocks found that time, as Einstein predicted, is slowed down by gravity even over minuscule distances. The scientists found that just moving a couple of... More »

New Mecca Clock Challenges Greenwich Mean Time

Mecca-London battle over time itself

(Newser) - Greenwich Mean Time should make way for Mecca Mean Time, according to Saudis building a giant clock. The timepiece, which boasts four faces, each 151 feet high, will sit atop the 2,000-foot Royal Mecca Clock Tower in Islam's holiest city when completed. Islamic scholars hope the clock will eclipse... More »

I Hate Facebook; You Should Too

(Newser) - Facebook is a soul-sucking enterprise that can steal away your dependable wife and connect you with people you'd rather avoid—or happily forget, Matt Labash writes in the Weekly Standard. Users of the “stultifying” and “mind-numbing” site have “a reality-show star's unquenchable thirst for broadcasting all the... More »

Time Will Stand Still at Midnight New Year's Eve

Timekeepers make 2008 a second longer to compensate for Earth's wonky rotation

(Newser) - The last minute of the last hour of the last day of 2008 is getting an extension, LiveScience reports. The world's timekeepers are tacking an extra "leap second" onto the end of the year to allow super-accurate clocks to get back in synch with the planet's irregular but gradually... More »

New Addictions for Election Junkies

Games and Google Trends, Webisodes and Weaving, there's lots to choose from

(Newser) - With the election finally over, Web-surfing news junkies are in need of a new fix. Slate offers a few ways to fritter away the hours:
  • Follow the financial crisis: Exciting, depressing, full of numbers—the best way to keep that election high going just a little longer. Sites such as
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How the Rich Can Buy Time

Why do anything if you can hire someone to do it for you?

(Newser) - Time is truly the currency of the rich, and W offers tips on today's ultimate luxury. How to save a few of those grains in the hourglass:
  1. Delegate: Outsourcing isn’t just for heartless CEOs—pay people to break in your smoking jackets for you.
  2. Don’t bother with books:
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