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Cool Jobs: NIST scientists deal with weighty issues daily

Most of us take for granted that medicines are usually dispensed in pills or capsules by the milligram and that a sack of flour or sugar is usually dispensed by the pound. But who determines officially just what a milligram or a pound actually is? As part of our "Cool Jobs in Government" series, Federal News Radio's Max Cacas takes us to the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Tags: Cool Jobs in Government , Richard Steiner , NIST , kilogram mass standard , Max Cacas , Rachel Stevens , Margaret Beasley

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