Christmas Day January 7th?

Happy New Year to my readers and followers and I hope you have successful 2023. Although for most us the Christmas and New year festivities are over, for followers of the Orthodox form of Christianity, Christmas is yet to come, as they don't celebrate their Christmas until January 7 The reasons for celebrating Christmas 13… Continue reading Christmas Day January 7th?

No more leap seconds

With all the events going on in the world it passed almost unnoticed that a decision was made recently to abolish the leap second. The resolution  was made on 18 November 2022 during a meeting held in Paris  held by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. What is a leap second? The length of… Continue reading No more leap seconds

COP27 November 2022

Over the next few weeks much of the world's media will be focused on Sharm El Sheik in Egypt, where the United Nations Climate Change conference is taking place. My own view is that our chances of significantly reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere over the next 10-15 years or so don’t look particularly… Continue reading COP27 November 2022

Sputnik 2

It is now 65 years since the launch of Sputnik 2 on November 3 1957 by the Soviet Union.  It was only the second spacecraft to venture into space and followed the successful launch of Sputnik 1 one month earlier. Sputnik 1 was a small metal sphere whose only piece of equipment was a radio… Continue reading Sputnik 2

Daylight Saving Time ends 2022

In the early hours of Sunday 30 October the clocks go back an hour throughout most of Europe and daylight saving time (DST) comes to an end. In this post I'll talk about the practice of putting the clocks backwards and forwards and why it is falling out of favour   The beginning of DST… Continue reading Daylight Saving Time ends 2022