Just a second, 2009 — the Earth needs to catch up (AP)

Visitors stand around the Greenwich Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, Tuesday Dec. 30, 2008.  Scientists will mark the end of 2008 by tacking a second onto the clock, ever-so-slightly slowing the arrival of the new year. The addition of the 'leap second' has been used sporadically since 1972 to help keep 'atomic time' and 'earth time' in closer union. Despite this compromise, Greenwich Mean Time, a longstanding internationally agreed measure of time, faces irrelevance as time-keeping technology improves.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)AP – Just a second, 2009. It’s going to take a little longer to say goodbye to the worst economic year since the Great Depression, but all for good cause.

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