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Tick tock … tick — Extra second added to 2008

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WASHINGTON: Those eager to put 2008 behind them will have to hold their good-byes for just a moment this New Year’s Eve.

The world’s official timekeepers have added a ‘leap second’ to the last day of the year on Wednesday, to help match clocks to the Earth’s slowing spin on its axis, which takes place at ever-changing rates affected by tides and other factors. The US Naval Observatory, keeper of the Pentagon’s master clock, said it would add the extra second on Wednesday in co-ordination with the world’s atomic clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds Co-ordinated Universal Time (UTC). Read More »Tick tock … tick — Extra second added to 2008