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The Kilogram Cabal

Robert Rathe

A large, expensive device, like this one at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is needed to gauge the Planck kilogram, the proposed new standard measure of mass.
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The International Committee for Weights and Measures is about to reach a decision that could affect the teaching and understanding of basic science for the next hundred years. It has passed a resolution proposing a radically new definition for a...

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