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Redefinition of time delayed

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Published 20-Jan-2012

The delegates of the World Radiocommunication Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, have decided to postpone the decision to redefine the world’s time scale, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), and abolish leap seconds for at least 3 years.

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It will be another 3 years before scientists decide to redefine time.
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No consensus

The attendees could not agree on the future of leap seconds, so they will meet again in 2015 to decide on the matter.

It was originally planned that a decision would be made at the 2012 meeting to redefine time or stick to occasionally adding leap seconds to the clocks.

The next leap second will be a positive leap second added to atomic clocks on June 30, 2012.

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