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How a missing second could cause chaos

June 23rd 2016

Almost every year since 1972 has contained a 61-second minute. In this podcast Tom Whipple joins Matthew Sweet to discuss where these “leap seconds” come from and why we should be worried about them

One tiny leap

It may seem minuscule, but a row over a missing second could cause chaos in financial markets and deprive Britain of its position at the centre of the world’s time. Tom Whipple investigates

The human layer

Is humanity’s impact on its environment enough to usher in a new geological era: the Anthropocene?

The lightning inside us

In this podcast, our science columnist, Oliver Morton, joins Matthew Sweet to talk about the energy flows in our cells and how they give us a new way to understand life itself