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Leap Second to be Added to Clock

Saturday night will be just a little longer than usual, as a “leap second” will be added to the clock. That adjustment comes around every once in a while to keep our clocks on track with the sun. A leap second has been scheduled for June 30, 2012. A leap second is an adjustment to the [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Things We Got from Texas

Happy Texas Independence Day! Today, 175 years ago, Texas official declared itself independent of Mexico. In the meantime, Texans have been busily filling the world with weird and useful things. Here are ten creations, inventions, developments or products from Texas. 1. Deep-Fried … Anything? Salty, pretzel-like pockets filled with Guinness and deep-fried? I’d try it. The ravioli-shaped [...]

New Year’s Eve Blue Moon Eclipse

On December 31st, we will see the second full moon of the month, or the 13th full moon of the year. These rare occasions are called a blue moon, as in “once in a blue moon”. But that’s not the only thing special about New Year’s Eve this year. There will also be a partial [...]

New Artificial Larynx Gives Laryngectomy Patients a Human-Sounding Voice

About 10,000 Americans every year are diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, and most must submit to the surgical removal of their voice boxes. Machine replacements have, so far, sounded raspy and robot-like. But now medical researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa have developed an device that fits into the mouth and tracks [...]