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Think metric – don’t convert

The editor remembers this slogan from his time in the UK construction industry in the early 1970’s. Almost half a century later, Ronnie Cohen gives real-world examples of metric quantities that may help those who are not as familiar with … Continue reading

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The kilogram rejuvenated

For readers who may have missed the news from Versailles amidst the current Brexit hullabaloo, we pass on a link to an article published by the BBC. This  explains in laymen’s terms the long-awaited redefinition of the SI base unit of … Continue reading

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Mixed messages from Farnborough

We speculate on the implications of two announcements today from the Farnborough Air Show. Likes(14)Dislikes(18)

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It’s a boy

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child. Likes(32)Dislikes(0)

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The Curiosity rover makes a curious discovery

We take a look at a little-reported discovery made by NASA’s rover during its 2000 days on Mars. Likes(40)Dislikes(3)

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Problems with US spelling variants for writing metric

This week, Ronnie Cohen takes issue with an example of American exceptionalism. Likes(39)Dislikes(12)

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Isolationist thinking behind Trump and Vote Leave

UKMA did not takes sides in the EU referendum campaign – the UK would have to do business with a world that is predominantly metric whatever the outcome. However, one of our regular contributors, Ronnie Cohen, detects a theme of isolationism … Continue reading

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150 Years of Legal Metric Usage in the USA

UKMA is nothing if not internationalist in its outlook. So today, 28 July 2016, we celebrate a significant anniversary for the use of the metric system in the USA. It marks 150 years of legal metric usage in the USA. … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Government

We take a metric view of the changes around the Cabinet table. Likes(3)Dislikes(0)

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Pronunciation matters

SI is the international standard of measurement, understood around the globe. But its value in communication can be reduced by variations in the way it is both spoken and written. Likes(2)Dislikes(0)

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