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Future of Leap Seconds

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Author:Steve Allen
Description: Allen, an astronomer, discusses leap years, leap seconds -- and how to avoid their use when redefining Coordinated Universal Time (UTC): three pictures that show the situation; elapsed time (JavaScript that shows POSIX's inability to provide an interface that properly describes time); how the problems could be solved now (a prescription that shows how existing deployed and tested code could allow computing and telecommunications systems to handle leap seconds); differences between time scales; a brief history of time scales; and more.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles, Web Interactive/Java
Math Topics: Calendars/Dates/Time, Astronomy

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