Bree Tranter - ex The Middle East - releases single
Bree Tranter is originally from Townsville, where she grew up and started playing music. While studying music at university, Bree and a few friends decided to form a band; that group was The Middle East, a critically acclaimed experimental folk pop outfit who burned brightly until disbanding in 2011.
After the break up of The Middle East, Bree began writing solo material. Winter, out now through Gaga Digi, is one of her first solo singles. An immediately arresting, haunting track, Winter features Tranter’s beautifully fragile vocals atop a simple guitar figure, and shows Tranter as a seriously talented artist in her own right.
The International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Assembly, otherwise known as the international authority that keeps close tabs on time, will debate a philosophical question this week: They will decide whether to eliminate the leap second and in doing so break its tie to astronomical time.
A leap second is a lot like a leap year, reports the Financial Times, except that it’s unpredictable. Since it was introduced in 1972, the ITU has added 24 leap seconds to recalibrate the world’s atomic clocks to keep time with Earth’s imprecise orbit.
The AP reports the leap second is causing a showdown at the international convention. The U.S. and France are advocating for getting rid of the leap second and countries like England, Canada and China are arguing in favor of the leap second saying this is more than a technical question. —Eyder Peralta