Brace Yourselves: 2015 Will Be One Second Longer Than Usual

In 2012, a leap second brought about a number of website outages all over the Internet. So brace yourselves, because the Paris Observatory has announced that June 30, 2015 will bring us another one. On that day, clocks will read 11:59:60 PM. » 1/07/15 1:30am 1/07/15 1:30am

At last, a decent explanation of the "leap second" phenomenon

Leap day comes around every four years (give or take a few), but just what is a leap second and why does it happen? This video explains the science behind our lost time. » 2/28/14 12:40pm 2/28/14 12:40pm

Understanding the leap second that crashed the Internet

You may have noticed yesterday that io9 — and the rest of the Gawker network — went down for several minutes yesterday. Other sites, including Reddit, 4Chan, LinkedIn, The Pirate Bay, Yelp, and Meetup, had lengthy outages, all at the hands of one tiny unit of time. But how did a single leap second fell these websites? » 7/01/12 7:00am 7/01/12 7:00am

When does a minute last 61 seconds?

On this coming Sunday June 30, intrepid horologists from around the world will daringly attempt to hold back the relentless onslaught of time. Well, to be fair it won't actually be that difficult. July 1st is scheduled to start an entire second later than it should, a feat of temporal distortion that will be… » 6/28/12 11:40am 6/28/12 11:40am