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Leap second means 2006 will arrive late

The new year will begin one second late to compensate for the slowing down of the Earth’s rotation, scientists have confirmed. The so-called “leap second” will be added to the end of December 31.

Leap seconds were first introduced in 1972 to keep “clock time” and “Sun time” in step. Normal clocks are based on Greenwich Mean Time, the world standard since 1884, which is tied to Sun’s position in relation to the Greenwich Meridian, the zero line of longitude.

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