Why does one kilogram of feathers have more mass than one kilogram of iron? © Getty Images

Why does one kilogram of feathers have more mass than one kilogram of iron?

Easy, it doesn't. However, the real explanation speaks volumes.

Asked by: David Bishop, New Zealond

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It doesn’t. Their masses are identical. The only thing that will be different is their volume. Even if you compressed the feathers until you squeezed all the air out, they would still be seven times the volume of the iron. Fluffed out, as they are on a bird or in a pillow, the volume would be even greater still.


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