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The Kilogram Has Gained Weight

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The kilogram may need to go on a diet. The international standard, a cylinder-shaped hunk of metal that defines the fundamental unit of mass, has gained tens of micrograms of mass from surface contamination, according to a new study.

As a result, each country that has one of these standard masses has a slightly different definition of the kilogram, which could throw off science experiments that require very precise weight measurements or international trade in highly restricted items that are restricted by weight, such as radioactive materials.

http://www.livescien...ned-weight.html

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OK, so how are they going to clean them without taking too much off? What did they use to determine the weight gained mass? Maybe gravity increased. More random thoughts if I think of any later.

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