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Leap second to make 61-second minute at end of June

If you're one of those people who just can't find the time to fit everything you want to do into a day, then mark June 30 on your calendar. On that Tuesday you'll have a little extra time on your hands because, at precisely 23:59:59 GMT, the world's clocks will add a second to the day, making it 24 hours and one second long.Read More

The Shadowplay clock requires a human touch to tell the time

Shadowplay strips the clock back to its basic elements, with an empty clock face bathed in light from the LEDs embedded in its plywood frame. There are no numbers, and no hands, at least until someone touches the clock face, at which point the time is picked out in two shadowy streaks which extend past the edge of the clock.
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Rolling World Clock hops between time zones with a simple nudge

A smartphone app, an internet search or even some quick calculations are all effective enough ways of working out the time in other locations around the world, but perhaps aren't as elegant as the World Clock from Korean design firm Elevenplus. This stylish timepiece can quickly show you the time in 24 different time zones, needing only a little push in the right direction. Read More

The Ora Unica hides time inside a doodle

The Ora Unico from Nava Design may just be an analog watch, but it's an analog watch that looks like no other on the market. The stainless steel case and leather strap are nothing out of the ordinary, but the face is truly unique. So much so that those who don't know its secret may not be able to read the time. Read More

Automotive

Bloodhound supersonic car goes old school with Rolex analog instruments

Digital electronic displays are a tremendous asset until they give out, then you end up staring at a blank screen having no idea what’s going on. That’s bad enough sitting at a desk, but in a supersonic car blasting across the South African desert, it’s brown trousers time. To avoid this, watch manufacturer Rolex has developed a pair of bespoke analog instruments as backups for the Bloodhound SSC, the jet-powered car being built for an attempt to set a new world land speed record of 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h).Read More

Science

New US time standard launched with NIST-F2 atomic clock

If you’re someone who is happy to spend an hour setting the clock on the microwave because it has to be just right, then the news out of the US Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is right up your alley. NIST has announced the launch of a new atomic clock as the official standard for civilian time. Called NIST-F2, it is so accurate that it will lose only one second in 300 million years.Read More

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