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Friday News Bites: Next in LGBTQ Equality, Who is Burning Black Churches + More

Greetings, Persephoneers. My deadline didn’t quite catch the amazing news last Friday that the US Supreme Court declared marriage equality to be the law of the land, but with the whole of the Internet exploding in rainbows and discussion, let’s move on to what’s next in the fight for LGBTQ equality:

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Science News Roundup: 7/3/12

Happy Tuesday, science fans! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Well, technically it was only one second longer than usual, due to a leap second being added to keep atomic clocks in sync with Earth’s slightly inconsistent rate of rotation. But I’ll take what I can get. 

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Leap Years, Leap Seconds, and a Brief History of the Western Calendar

Happy February 29, everybody! Have you ever wondered why we add an extra day to the calendar every four years? As it turns out, the solar year is a little longer than the modern 365-day calendar year, which has necessitated numerous modifications to the calendar over the years to try to keep everything moving smoothly.