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Forged in 1879 and sanctioned by the General Conference on Weights and Measures at its first meeting, Le Grand K, the international prototype of the kilogram, has been kept under lock and key in a vault outside Paris. BIPM hide caption

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Say Au Revoir To That Hunk Of Metal In France That Has Defined The Kilogram

A small cylinder called Le Grand K has defined the kilogram for more than a hundred years. But if a scratch ever rendered it lighter, the definition of the kilo literally shifted. Time for a change.

Pools Glass Animals
Life Itself Glass Animals
Nackrosdammen Junip
Stereomoody Populous
Always Alright Alabama Shakes
The Want and the Waiting The Six Parts Seven
Spaces Between Days (Part 4) The Six Parts Seven

Stan Lee, American comic book writer, editor, publisher and former President of Marvel Comics, attends the premiere of Doctor Strange in 2016. Lee died Monday at the age of 95. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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A True Believer Remembers Stan Lee

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March-A-Long With Marvel Merry Marvel Marching Society
Iron Man The Orchestral Academy of Los Angelese

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon perform in 1982 at Paris' Auteuil Hippodrome. Joel Robine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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We Asked For Your Favorite Anthems. You Answered 'America'

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America Simon & Garfunkel
Anji Simon & Garfunkel

Uighur security personnel patrol near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, a city in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, in 2017. Xinjiang authorities have detained members of the Uighur ethnic minority, who are largely Muslim, and held them in camps the authorities call "education and training centers." Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Ex-Detainee Describes Torture In China's Xinjiang Re-Education Camp

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Matthew Whitaker is pictured at an event in Washington in August. President Trump this month appointed Whitaker as acting attorney general. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Maryland Says Matthew Whitaker Appointment As Acting Attorney General Is Unlawful

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Offal Waffle Little People
Basique Little People

Forged in 1879 and sanctioned by the General Conference on Weights and Measures at its first meeting, Le Grand K, the international prototype of the kilogram, has been kept under lock and key in a vault outside Paris. BIPM hide caption

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Say Au Revoir To That Hunk Of Metal In France That Has Defined The Kilogram

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I Want You (She's So Heavy) The Beatles
A Gozar con Mi Combo (To Rejoice With My Combo) Cachao

Kim Schrier is one of a number of Democratic House candidates who backed stronger gun regulations and flipped Republican-controlled seats in last week's midterm elections. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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A Third Rail No More: Incoming House Democrats Embrace Gun Control

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Helping a spouse or parent who has dementia steer clear of hazards can include ridding the home of all guns. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

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