April 20, 2024

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A faster spinning Earth may cause timekeepers to subtract a second from world clocks

AP News

BY SETH BORENSTEIN
Updated 12:01 PM EDT, March 27, 2024

Earth’s changing spin is threatening to toy with our sense of time, clocks and computerized society in an unprecedented way — but only for a second.

For the first time in history, world timekeepers may have to consider subtracting a second from our clocks in a few years because the planet is rotating a tad faster than it used to. Clocks may have to skip a second — called a “negative leap second” — around 2029, a study in the journal Nature said Wednesday.

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