The Earth's rotation doesn't line up perfectly with our calculation of it, so to keep things consistent, we have to adjust. That's why this weekend will have a leap second. This Saturday, just before midnight Greenwich Mean Time, clocks will count to 60 seconds, instead of 59.
How should you spend that free, unexpected single second? Here are nine ideas.
1. A Japanese computer can sort you out from 36 million other faces in one second. Play and lose an absurdly huge game of hide-and-seek in that time.
2. An electromagnetic pulse lets you cut through a hunk of steel in 200 milliseconds. Do it fives times and get that shed you've been meaning to build taken care of.
3. A high-res, high-speed 3-D printer can make five meters of whatever you want in one second. Unwind by using the technique to start making a model car like researchers for the project did.
4. A super-fast camera can take 1 trillion frames per second. A self-portrait can be a fun art project. Do it 1 trillion times.
5. The Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG is a speed demon. Travel to a nearby neighbor's place by going at 273 feet per second.
6. The 2007 Jaguar XK has a safety system if you'll be going that fast. Its hood can bounce pedestrians out of harm's way, and do it more than 30 times in a second. (Note: leap second preparation is also important.)
7. Grab 23 friends and try out a Dutch superbus. That one can take you and your friends 227 feet down the road.
8. Start an experiment! The current record rests with the pitch-drop experiment--85 years and counting. Assuming that experiment magically breaks when you start yours, one second will put you .000000000373 percent of the way to the record.
9. Researchers have discovered a way to wirelessly transfer 2.5 terabits of data in a second. How much information is that? Enough to spend your extra second being a pal by sending a friend Blu-Ray copies of the six Star Wars movies (and one more of your choice).
Have some thoughts of your own on how to put those 1,000 milliseconds to use? Add them to the comments.
I couldn't write this comment in one second so I used mine up on nonsense darn.
In regards to # 9 above, Unfortunately, you could not even transfer one star wars Blu-ray at 2.5 Tb/s. Seems you are confusing bits with Bytes. Terabits...not TeraBytes.
2.5Tb/s = .3125TB/s = 312.5GB/s
That oughta cover the blue rays.
It's almost the 4th of July and being a pyrotechnician I should put in something fireworks related. So here goes...
Quickmatch, the stuff used as a fuse on most fireworks shells you will see used in professional displays, burns at about 200 feet per second. Also most shells will have about 3 feet of match. So by my calculations about 66 retards that ripped off or purchased on the black market some fireworks they shouldn't be playing with will will have 15 milliseconds to ponder how they could have lived life a little wiser before they lose a limb.
If everyone recieves the an 1 second, is the same if everyone recieves $1 dollar or $1 billion dollars. If we all recieve this benefit equally, there is no benefit to anyone.
"time" doesnt exist..its just a concept created by humanity to "feel" important. and to manipulate the masses.
"You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes." -Morpheus
The first thing I am going to do with my time machine, will be go to the future and solve all my health problems. Then with this knowledge, I will go back to my birth and fix everything that is wrong, so I can live forever. After this, I would suddenly have perfect health and go back to the future to find a space ship, that can travel the cosmos in an instant of time. After having this ship, I travel every where as much as possble to educate myself in everything. Once I finish this task, I go back to my home
and take a nap. ;)