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Experts study on LEAP SECOND - to abolish or not....posted20Sep13

Experts study feasibility of continuous time scale - "To abolish or not abolish the 'leap second'?"

Scientists debate Geneva, 20 September 2013 - The Future of the International Time Scale has been the subject of intense discussion this week at a workshop held jointly by ITU and the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures - BIPM).

At the heart of the matter is the proposal to abolish the so-called 'leap second' to adjust to the earth's rotation in relation to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the current standard for measuring time. The suppression of the leap second would make continuous time scale available for all the modern electronic navigation and computerized systems to operate with and eliminate the need for specialized ad hoc time systems.

ITU membership along with other organizations has been studying the consequences of eliminating the leap second for several years.

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