The weight is over: kilogram redefined at 'emotional' conference

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Historic vote means unit of measurement will no longer be defined by a piece of metal first conceived in 1889

The weight is finally over. Nearly 130 years after the kilogram was first defined by a lump of metal in a vault in Paris, scientists have voted for change and a new system that redefines the global measure of mass in terms of a fundamental constant of nature.

Following a historic vote on Friday at the General Conference on Weights and Measures in Versailles, the kilogram will no longer be defined by the international prototype kilogram (IPK), a platinum alloy cylinder fashioned in 1889, but by Planck’s constant, a number that is deeply rooted in the quantum world.

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