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Major change weighed up as mother of all kilograms loses mass

A quiet revolution could this week change the standard for weighing everything from drug doses to jumbo jet fuel. Scientists from more than 60 countries will vote on Friday on whether a lump of metal held in a Parisian vault should continue to be the definition of a kilogram. Le Grand K, a small cylinder of titanium alloy, has set the standard since 1889. All the scales in the world are ultimately calibrated against it, even those weighing in pounds and ounces.

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