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Leap-Second Decision Delayed By Eight Years


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Stopwatch in hand

Countries can't agree on whether the benefits of a leap second outweigh its drawbacks.

Credit: F.G.I CO., LTD./Alamy

A leap second is gone in the blink of an eye. But a long-awaited decision on whether to ditch these occasional time insertions—which ensure that official time is synced with Earth's rotation—has been delayed for at least eight years.

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