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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

Great bores of yore

 

Success, intellect and power have never guaranteed good dinner-party conversation. Adrian Wooldridge looks at some of history’s most tedious people