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2013-12-31 23:03:12

AGI and Other Subject Matter Experts Contribute to American Astronautical Society’s “Requirements for UTC and Civil Timekeeping on Earth” Exton, PA (PRWEB) December 31, 2013 The American Astronautical Society (AAS) recently published “Requirements for UTC and Civil Timekeeping on Earth,” a book detailing expert opinions about the present and future course of civil timekeeping. Based on the proceedings of an international colloquium held in spring 2013, the text expands on...

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...

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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...

Leap Seconds Get A Three Year Reprieve
2012-01-20 09:28:53

An attempt to eliminate leap seconds and permanently change how time is measured has been postponed until 2015 by the International Telecommunications Union. ITU Radio-communication Assembly delegates on Thursday were unable to come to an agreement on whether to stop adding leap seconds to the world´s atomic clocks to keep them synchronized with Earth´s rotational cycles. The ITU will now spend the next three years conducting further studies “to ensure that all the...

Are Leap Seconds Becoming A Thing Of The Past?
2012-01-18 09:32:49

For at least ten years experts have been debating the use of leap seconds, tiny bits of time added to calendars and clocks in hopes of reconciling the difference between atomic time used by computer systems and time as defined by measuring the Earth´s movement around the sun and its daily, but slightly slowing, rotation. Governments have been split on the issue but are expected to make a decision this week at a UN telecom meeting, says the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)...

2008-12-31 17:54:53

A British research scientist said a leap second would be tacked on to the end of 2008 to correct for eccentricities in the Earth's rotation. Peter Whibberley, a senior research scientist at Britain's National Physical Laboratory, said the world's official clock, the atomic Coordinated Universal Time, would recognize the extra second Wednesday night immediately before midnight, CNN reported. The difference between atomic time and Earth time has now built up to the point where it needs to be...

2008-12-24 16:47:08

This year will be longer than usual -- by one second, the U.S. Institute of Standards and Technology said Wednesday. The earth is sufficiently out of sync that a leap second has been scheduled for 7 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time on Dec. 31, said the institute, noting those interested in watching it happen should go to www.time.gov before midnight, London time, and click on their time zone. A total of 24 leap seconds have been added since 1972, the last being in December 2005, because the...

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2008-12-09 09:50:00

The world's timekeepers are making the year 2008 even longer by adding a leap second to the last day of the year. The Earth is slowing down, which requires timekeepers to add an extra second to their atomic clocks to keep in sync with Earth's slightly slowing rotation.  So on December 31st at 6:59:59 p.m., an extra second will be added before 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The extra second, plus the extra day on Feb. 29, makes the year 2008 the longest year since 1992. The decision to...

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2005-12-30 16:10:00

If life is often a matter of split seconds - the train door that closes in your face, the chance encounter with the love of your life, the near-collision with an oncoming SUV - then the universe is about to bestow upon us a generous gift: the leap second. On Saturday, at exactly 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, one second will be added to our official record of time - Coordinated Universal Time, kept by a series of atomic clocks, housed in environmentally sealed vaults in about 80 timekeeping...

2005-12-24 15:55:00

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Get ready for a minute with 61 seconds. Scientists are delaying the start of 2006 by the first "leap second" in seven years, a timing tweak meant to make up for changes in the Earth's rotation. The adjustment will be carried out by sticking an extra second into atomic clocks worldwide at the stroke of midnight Coordinated Universal Time, the widely adopted international standard, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology said this week. "Enjoy...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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