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  1. Jerusalem's Temple Mount Could Reopen To Jews, Christians And Other Non-Muslim Visitors
    The religious sites on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City could be reopened to Jewish and Christian visitors more than 15 years after they were shut out. For months, Israel and Jordan have been secretly discussing the possibility of readmitting non-Muslim visitors to the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Islamic Museum on the mount, according to Haaretz.
  2. What Is Leap Second? June's Slightly Longer, But You'll Probably Sleep Through It
    You ever get the feeling that the day is just longer than ever? You've completed every task at work, but the clock has barely moved. While that phenomenon's usually a cruel trick, Tuesday will actually be longer. Leap second is a very real thing, and it will add a whole second to your day. What will you do with all that extra time? Leap second is caused by the difference between two rather trustworthy ways of determining the length of a day. The first way is a simple one measuring the mean solar day -- its average length based on the Earth's rotation -- which is roughly 86,400.002 seconds long, according to NASA. The second way of figuring the length of a day is through Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is based on the "electromagnetic transitions in atoms of cesium": The atomic clock is incredibly accurate and won't need to be rewound for about 1.4 million years. While both ways of measuring the length of a day are generally synchronize, it's that 0.002 of a second that causes the problem in need of a solution and leading the addition of a leap second. The Earth's rotation is slowing down -- there are a lot reasons for it, ranging from seasonal weather changes to ice storage to oceanic tides and even to El Nino -- as indicated by the Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) technique employed to measure our planet's rotation. VLBI uses quasars, astronomical objects in active galaxies, and measures how long it takes for each station in a network around the Earth to receive signals. There's no fixed number of years between the additions of leap seconds -- the last leap second arrived in 2012, while the one before that came in 2008. Before 2005, the last leap second was added in 1998, preceded by another clock adjustment in 1997. A leap second typically has been added on either June 30 or Dec. 31 to ensure the figures calculated by employing the mean solar day and the UTC do not grow too far apart. In this case, NASA said: "Normally, the clock would move from 23:59:59 to 00:00:00 the next day. But with the leap second on June 30, UTC will move from 23:59:59 to 23:59:60, and then to 00:00:00 on July 1." Most of us will be sleeping through the leap second, but the change could affect websites and technology companies using Java or Linux. Other systems will adjust for the additional second by turning off and turning back on to get back on time. Meanwhile, there's plenty of debate over the way we keep track of days, with some suggesting we ditch the Earth's rotation a means of telling time. Because of the irregularities in Earth's rotation, there could be even more leap seconds in our future. "The modeling of the Earth predicts that more and more leap seconds will be called for in the long term, but we can't say that one will be needed every year," Chopo Ma, a geophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and a member of the directing board of the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, said in a statement. Comedian John Oliver may have the best take on leap second. The host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" purchased the Web address SpendYourLeapSecondHere.com , and the site will feature some of the best one-second videos on the Internet. Yesleap second, what is leap second, leap second 2015, what is leap second 2015, why leap second, leap second june 30, leap second december 31, john oliver leap second, extra second in june, june extra second, extra second 2015, john oliver, why leap secondBlame The Earth For Leap SecondJJMIBTimes
  3. 'Ghostbusters' Reboot: Photo From Director Paul Feig Shows Characters' Uniforms
    The female “Ghostbusters” reboot is being shot in Boston. Director Paul Feig recently revealed the uniforms of the main characters. He shared a behind-the-scenes shot on Instagram where four khaki-colored jumpsuits can be seen hanging on a rack.
  4. 16GB iPhone May Be Thing Of The Past With Arrival Of 'iPhone 6s'
    Apple may get rid of the 16GB iPhone in favor of an entry-level 32GB model, according to 9 to 5 Mac. The Cupertino watcher cited a story by the Korea Times in which an anonymous source said that Apple is planning to increase storage capacity for the new models. If that's the case, ditching the 16GB model makes sense. The Korea Times on Sunday quoted an anonymous source as saying, "Apple plans to increase its shipments of the mid-range iPhone models with larger capacities amid growing consumer demand for data-intensive features, including cloud services.”
  5. ISIS Sent Chocolate To Recruit To Honor Sydney Hostage Crisis Praised By Islamic State: Report
    The Islamic State group has adopted another uncommon technique for persuading recruits to join the extremist movement: Give them chocolate. Specifically, Lindt chocolate, a reference to a December hostage crisis at Sydney's Lindt Chocolate Cafe where the suspect appeared to support ISIS.
  6. 'The Young And The Restless’ Spoilers For Tuesday: Sharon Confesses To Dylan [VIDEO]
    On Tuesday's episode of the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless," Sharon will confess something important to Dylan. The episode will focus on Marco/Jack ((Peter Bergman), Marisa (Sofia Pernas), Neil (Kristoff St. John), Sharon (Sharon Case), Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), Paul (Doug Davidson), Dylan (Steve Burton), Noah (Robert Adamson) and Kevin (Greg Rikaart). The events follow Monday's episode, which showed Adam making a deal with Victor about keeping his mouth shut regarding the shooting incident with Jack. Adam wanted Newman-Abbott in exchange for his silence.
  7. Samsung Plans More Tizen Smartphones For 2015 After Z1 Crosses 1 Million Sales Mark
    While most of the attention is on Samsung Elecrtronic's Android-powered phones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note, Samsung isn’t giving up on Tizen -- its open-source mobile operating system -- anytime soon. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer plans to launch more handsets running the OS later this year, according to Reuters.
  8. 'Star Trek Beyond' Confirmed As Title For Next Kirk-Spock Space Adventure
    Production of the next “Star Trek” movie has begun, and director Justin Lin has shared a photo from the production set to get fans excited. The movie is slated to be released on July 8, 2016, in the U.S. Lin shared this photo of a Starfleet badge on his official Twitter account. He also confirmed that the movie will be titled “Star Trek Beyond.” The script is being written by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg, who will also be reprising his role as Scotty.
  9. ‘Dance Moms’ Season 5, Episode 25 Spoilers: Special Guest Upsets Abby Lee Miller [VIDEO]
    Abby Lee Miller will receive an welcome visitor on Tuesday night's installment of “Dance Moms." Following her elite junior team's failure to bring home a first-place win two weeks in a row, one of the dance moms will bring in a special guest to help out the infamous coach. As you may be able to guess, the surprise won’t go over well.
  10. Too Much Booze? Let Mobile App BARTRENDr Track Your Drinking Habits
    Curious about your annual drinking habits? A mobile app called BARTRENDr will now provide users with reports on their individual alcohol consumption patterns. The app will track and analyze the number of drinks, what types -- specific brands included -- and average time of consumption along with frequently visited bars.

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