Global showdown over push to abolish leap second

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Leap seconds are necessary to prevent atomic clocks from speeding ahead of solar time.

Governments are headed for a showdown after ten years of talks as they vote this week on an issue that pits technological precision against nature’s whims.  The United States, France and others are pushing for countries at a U.N. telecom meeting to abolish the leap second, which for 40 years has kept computers in sync with the Earth day.

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