Monthly Archives: January 2007

NASA opts for a metric moon

If you are thinking of visiting the moon, you will now need to take only one set of spanners. (News item reported by two UK Metric Association members). Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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A call to legalise distance signage in metres on UK roads

Road signs in Britain closely follow international norms as laid out in the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals. Where possible, language-independent symbolic signs are used so as to be as universally understood as possible. (Article contributed by Martin … Continue reading

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Steering a wrong course on the highways?

The Government’s reluctance to consider decimal measurement of distance on UK roads ignores a successful precedent at sea. (Article submitted by Derek Pollard). Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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A hard time with beds

Our correspondent reports problems matching the size of a new bed, mattress and bed linen. (Reported by m_t, and edited by Derek Pollard). Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Measurement muddle damages education

I recently received the following enquiry expressing concern about imperial conversions in school. “My daughter brought home some homework last week which included learning some constants – e.g. 1kg = 1000g. Included in the list was 1kg = 2.2lb and … Continue reading

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