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June 3, 2016 AT 9:39 am

The World’s Only One Million Pound Stainless Steel Deadweight

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Inside a lab near Washington, D.C., there is a stack of stainless steel that weighs a million pounds.

It’s part of a unique machine that was built in 1965 and just refurbished for the first time. And in the world of metrology, the science of measurement, this giant is a source of national pride.

Hear the 3-minute podcast on NPR: How Do You Lift A Million Pounds Of Stainless Steel? Very Carefully

Read more on the history of stainless steel.


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