The Big Think

January 8, 2015

Spring into the Unknown

Filed under: Space/Astronomy,Technology — jasony @ 5:21 pm

2015 is getting an extra second and that’s a bit of a problem for the internet | The Verge: “On June 30th at precisely 23:59:59, the world’s atomic clocks will pause for a single second. Or, to be more precise, they’ll change to the uncharted time of 23:59:60 — before ticking over to the more worldly hour of 00:00:00 on the morning of July 1st, 2015. This addition of a leap second, announced by the Paris Observatory this week, is being added to keep terrestrial clocks in step with the vagaries of astronomical time — in this case, the slowing of the Earth’s rotation. And it’s a bit of a headache for computer engineers.”

Going to have to watch the atomic clock online that day to see “23:59:60”. Weird.

Print Me

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 3:01 pm

MakerBot Invents a Way to 3D Print With Limestone, Metal, and Wood – Popular Mechanics: “The world of 3D printing is getting some new materials to work with, creating the potential to print some really innovative objects.

At CES, MakerBot just announced a new move to allow customers to print with metal, wood, and limestone. To be sure, these will be composite materials, with the metals and other printed materials alloyed with the plastic. But it means that users will be able to create functional tools through 3D printing, moving the technique beyond gorgeous sculptures, toys, and trinkets. “

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