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The Leap Second Explained

Season 1 Episode 21 | 2m 20s

Every once in a while we add a second onto our days. Similar to the Leap Year, this is known as the Leap Second. But, if the Leap Year already helps us account for the offset from a calendar in days, what exactly does the Leap Second do? Check out this video for the answer!

Aired: 07/07/15
Extras
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Black hole complementarity may force us to rethink what it means to say that it exists.
To travel the stars without faster than light travel we’re going to need a generation ship.
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To travel the stars without faster than light travel we’re going to need a generation ship.
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