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Time Scale Affected By Earth's Core
2013-07-12 04:21:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Earth rotates once a day, but this "day" isn't always the same length. For instance, 300 million years ago, a year was 450 days long, and the average day lasted 21 hours. The Earth's rotation has slowed since then, resulting in longer days and shorter years. A new study, led by the University of Liverpool, has shown variations in the length of day over periods of time between one and ten years are caused by processes in the Earth's...

Hiccup In Space-Time Continuum Brings Chaos To Internet
2012-07-02 11:01:29

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Did you find some of your favorite websites acting wonky this weekend? If so, you may want to blame the omniscient keepers of all knowledge for that. No, not the galaxy-sized blue-skinned creatures that keep the universe in balance, but the big brains at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS), who monitor the gaps between atomic and planetary time and work to keep everything synced. As such, these...

Leap Second
2012-06-30 10:41:36

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Is there anything a scientist can´t do? Looking past the state of mobile computing – which is already pretty amazing, when you think about it – there are scientists and researchers who are planning trips to the moon as well as growing bio-computers, living computers, in their labs. What will they think of next? With some clever understanding of the Earth´s rotation and a little trickery, scientists at the...

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2010-11-09 13:55:26

Walk into nearly any science museum worth its salt and you're likely to see a Foucault pendulum, a simple but impressive device for observing the Earth's rotation. Such pendulums have been around for more than 150 years, and little about how they work remains a mystery today. The only problem, according to Argentinean researcher Horacio Salva, is that the devices are generally large and unwieldy, making them impractical to install in places where space is at a premium. This limitation was...

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2010-03-02 06:30:00

The February 27 earthquake that rocked Chile and killed more than 700 people possibly shifted the Earth's axis and shortened our day ever so slightly, a scientist with NASA told Bloomberg. Earthquakes have the potential to shift hundreds of miles of rock by several meters, which can disrupt the planet and change the distribution of its mass. The Earth's rotation is affected by these changes, according to geophysicist Richard Gross of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Gross...


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