Measurement is literally the most basic tool science has, and yet it's fraught with more drama than daytime television. You've got most of the world using the metric system while the U.S. clings to imperial measurements, weight standards that are losing weight, and calendars that require leap years to make the dates line up. But in 2018, the voice of reason will step in: the General Conference on Weights and Measures is set to adopt new definitions for the seven base measurements, most likely using particle physics to do it.
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