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The weight is defined by a lump of metal in Paris vault - making Earth ‘laughing stock of universe’ For the band of specialists in the much-overlooked arena of metrology, it will be the most profound moment in more than a century. Since 1889, one of the pillars of the science, the kilogram, has been defined by a lump of metal held in a triple-locked vault in a lab on the outskirts of Paris. It is the one true kilogram in the world. Related: The future of the kilo: a weighty matter Continue reading...