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The 49th Parallel – still a line in the shifting sands?

John Frewen-Lord, one of our regular contributors, has recently visited Canada and has sent Metric Views his observations on the current state of the metric changeover there. Comments on this article from readers who know Canada are particularly welcome. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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The Long Goodbye after High Noon

MV looks at the global decline of “Anglo-Saxon measures”, from dominance in 1945 to insignificance today, and draws some conclusions. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Boost for science and engineering undermined?

A recent report published in the US suggests that the UK Government’s plans to boost science and engineering may be undermined by its muddled policies on measurement units. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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World trade – who are the top three?

On 11 February, Bloomberg reported that China had overtaken the US in global trade. One of our readers has now drawn our attention to additional information on this subject. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Supersized Earth

A new series on BBC1 shows how our planet is being “re-engineered”, and it provides pointers to the future, some of them unexpected. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Will the Americans get there first? A challenge to Obama

Everyone knows the fable of the tortoise and the hare.  Does this story have a predictive message for metrication in the UK and the US?  A recent letter from the US Metric Association to President Obama invites the question: Could … Continue reading

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A juicy story

A slogan appearing on the label of a bottle of apple juice leaves some of us guessing about its intended message. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Measuring, trading and manufacturing

Two questions from a reader have prompted thoughts about the impact on UK trade of the continued use of pound/inch units in the US, and about the future prospects for manufacturing industry. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Linked by a common system of measures

There is a widely held view in the UK that we share our measurement system with the USA. True – but not in the way many believe. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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