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Why Spring Gets About 30 Seconds Shorter Every Year

At that exact moment, which is called the vernal equinox, the Earth's axis will reach a halfway mark, where it points neither toward the sun (as it does on the summer solstice) nor away from the sun (as it does on the winter solstice), said Gavin Schmidt, the director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. But for thousands of years, spring has been losing time in the …

The magic of Mark Rylance: ‘Our culture is terrified of anything mysterious’

After decades of stage adulation, the Wolf Hall star has suddenly been catapulted into the mainstream. He talks about playing a Hollywood assassin, the power of crop circles – and the family tragedy that reshaped his world There are two pieces of received wisdom about Mark Rylance. The first is that he’s the best actor of his generation. Al Pacino has been saying so for years : “Rylance speaks …