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By NewsGram Staff Writer

People born on June 30 will be able to celebrate their birthday for one second longer this time. Due to the Earth’s rotation, the month will last one second more than a normal day. The midnight Coordinated Universal Time on June 30 will read 23:59:60 rather than resetting to 00:00:00, according to Discover Magazine.

The extra second, or “leap second,” is needed to re-synchronise our land-based clocks with Earth’s rotation, which is slowing down ever so slightly each year, it said. This is the 26th time a second has been added to the day since the practice began in 1972. Due to tidal forces between the Earth and the Moon, our planet’s rotation is slowing down, adding a whopping 1.4 milliseconds to our days every century.

During the time of the dinosaurs, the typical day on Earth was just 23 hours. In fact, the last true 24-hour rotation, exactly 86,400 seconds, occurred in 1820. Since then, the day has lengthened by 2.5 milliseconds, according to NASA. Earth has seen these precise measurements, thanks to punctual NASA scientists who have been monitoring the planet’s rotation using a technique called Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), the report said.

The last leap second, in 2012, caused a mayhem on popular websites with clocks synced to standard civil time. In a bid to avoid this, Google added a millisecond of time to their servers with each update so they were caught up with the new time when the leap second occurred.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Time Releases “100 Most Influential People in the World” Issue

The issue is comprised of short tributes written by fellow global luminaries throughout all industries

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(Top row, L-R): President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, CBS News' Gayle King, (Bottom row, L-R): are among the people honored in Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue, April 17, 2019. VOA

Taylor Swift, TV journalist Gayle King and soccer star Mohamed Salah are among the six famous faces featured on the covers of Time’s annual “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue.

The other cover stars also included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actors Sandra Oh and Dwayne Johnson. Fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton wrote Pelosi “is living proof that when it comes to getting the job done, more often than not, it takes a woman.”
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This combination photo shows (Top row, L-R): President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, CBS News’ Gayle King, (Bottom row, L-R): Actor-producer Dwayne Johnson, actress Sandra Oh and singer Taylor Swift, who are among the people honored in Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue. VOA

Johnson was praised for establishing a positive work environment, while Oh is cited for her creative life. Musician Shawn Mendes wrote Swift “makes anyone older feel young again.”

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The issue is comprised of short tributes written by fellow global luminaries throughout all industries.

Beyonce penned an essay on former first lady Michelle Obama. President Donald Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller were also on this year’s list. (VOA)