The Earth Now Spins Faster

 It's already August 2022. It feels like we just celebrated the new year 2022 a few months ago. We're sure we're not the only ones who feel like time is moving fast lately. Scientists from Lomonosov Moscow State University have confirmed that the earth is now spinning faster.

In a research paper just published this week, 29 June 2022 was found to be 1.59 milliseconds shorter than the average length of a day. Researchers present the hypothesis that global climate change will result in the earth spinning faster. Melting ice causes more water in the oceans which increases the momentum of the earth's rotation, making the day and moon another 24 hours.

This value of 1.59 milliseconds is small for the majority of individuals on earth but has a great impact on the world of science and technology. Because the days are getting shorter, the atomic clock has to be changed to give the correct time. There is a recommendation to subtract 1 second every year on computer systems but the introduction of this "Leap Second" can cause issues for data stored like Y2K over 22 years ago.

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