Mystery:Why Is the Kilogram Losing Weight?

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Le Grand K, an alloy that is the international standard for the kilogram, has been losing weight over the years. Why?

Dr. Richard Steiner of the National Institute of Standards declared:

"Relative to the average of all the sister copies made over the last 100 years you could say it is losing [mass], but by definition it can't. So the others are really gaining mass."[1]

"By definition" refers to how Le Grand K is still defined as one kilogram, no matter how much weight it actually loses.

References

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sci/tech/7084099.stm
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