michael from the stuff-you-thought-you'd-never-think-about dept.
@10u8 writes "Since 1972 precision clocks around the world have ticked using atomic seconds, but earth rotation is slowing down. Leap seconds have been inserted in order to keep noon happening at noon, but they upset some timekeepers. Recent discussions have considered
discontinuing leap seconds in UTC, and a colloquium in Torino next month will present results. It is a matter of international significance."
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