April 3, 2014 |
With a new and improved atomic clock, the standard of time in America is about to change -- a teeny, tiny bit. For the first time in 15 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, is adding a new official atomic clock, institute officials announced Wednesday -- at 10:02 a.m. PDT precisely. MORE: Medicines and machines, inspired by nature Since 1999 the civilian time and frequency standard in the United States has been NIST-F1, a clock that measures the number of oscillations in a cesium atom's resonant frequency.
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March 28, 2014 |
No tunnel has yet been bored. No station has been built. Not a single track has been laid. But even the most preliminary work on the long-awaited Westside subway appears to be rousing the latent forces of Not in My Back Yard. In Windsor Village, a homeowner who lives next to a construction staging area awoke at 3 a.m. one morning to the yells of workers and the beep-beep-beep of backing trucks. Now his breakfast room looks out on a 2 1/2-story sound wall hastily erected to contain the noise.
March 25, 2014 |
Blake Griffin was annoyed. And justifiably so. The Clippers were letting the lowly Milwaukee Bucks hang in there a little too long on Monday night but were just four-tenths of a second from being able to regroup at halftime. Well, it would have been just four-tenths of a second if a clueless fan sitting courtside would have just given Griffin the darn ball after it bounced to her just before the buzzer. Instead, she held on to it while fiddling with her phone and snapping a shot of the Clippers star standing over top of her. He even appealed to the official before the young woman, apparently satisfied with her portrait of an angry basketball player, released the ball, finally allowing Griffin to throw his meaningless inbound pass to end the half.
March 2, 2014 |
Time appears to be running out on one of the most controversial issues of college football's off-season. The NCAA Football Rules Committee last month began considering a proposal that would penalize teams for snapping the ball before 10 seconds have elapsed on the 40-second play clock. The proposed rule, which would allow for defensive substitutions, would not affect the last two minutes of each half. The proposal, initially trumpeted as a safety issue to protect players from injury, caught most college football coaches off guard.
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February 25, 2014
Franny Beecher, 92, a guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets, who helped kick off the rock 'n' roll era with the hit "Rock Around the Clock" in 1955, died in his sleep Monday night at a nursing home near Philadelphia, his daughter Pauline Grinstead said. The Comets, whose hits also included "See You Later, Alligator," are credited by some music historians with having recorded the first rock 'n' roll song in 1953 with "Crazy Man, Crazy," according to the group's biography on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website.
February 24, 2014 |
If you're an American chasing tickets for the World Cup beginning June 12, your time is running short, and you have to go through Brasilia and FIFA, not necessarily in that order. Brasilia is the Brazilian capital, where the government oversees handling of visa applications. In fact, Brazil has set up a separate visa category for World Cup visitors, presumably simplifying red tape that has sometimes complicated travel between the U.S. and Brazil. But to get one of those visas, you must first show that you have tickets to one of the competition's 64 matches in 12 cities.