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National Institute of Standards and Technology

The NIST is a non-regulatory agency headquartered in Gaithersburg. The institute, which has historically helped define standards for measurement, contributes significantly to Maryland's outsized role as a host of the federal workplace.
The NIST is a non-regulatory agency headquartered in Gaithersburg. The institute, which has historically helped define standards for measurement, contributes significantly to Maryland's outsized role as a host of the federal workplace. « Show less

Top National Institute of Standards and Technology Articles

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  • Clocks to spring forward this weekend for daylight savings

    Clocks to spring forward this weekend for daylight savings
    Forward. It's more than a presidential campaign slogan. It's also a directive on the second Sunday of March — this weekend — for clocks in the United States to move forward one hour under daylight-saving time. This means more afternoon sun....
  • Cyber help wanted

    Cyber help wanted
    Nineteen thousand four hundred thirteen. Focus on that number. Like so many numbers in news articles, you might easily have skipped over 19,413. But this is an important number for what is happening in Maryland higher education. According to the Cyber...
  • 2012 is a leap year

     
    From the Sun's print edition:Baltimore Sun librarian Paul McCardell offers this post: Happy New Year! We will have an extra day this year because 2012 is a leap year. February will have 29 days instead of 28 and the year......
  • End of mercury thermometers is near

    End of mercury thermometers is near
    It was one of Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit's most famous inventions, in 1714. But after nearly 300 years on the market, the still-common mercury thermometer now appears headed for extinction. While many Maryland residents probably still have them in their...
  • Loch Raven area becomes test site for deer spaying experiment

    Loch Raven area becomes test site for deer spaying experiment
    In a tiny trailer parked near Loch Raven Reservoir, a 2-year-old doe draped in blue surgical cloth sleeps on her back as a veterinarian opens her belly. Less than an hour later, the deer is stepping back into the safety of the woods, the latest patient in...
  • Terps guard Jonathan Thomas now has a double major

    Terps guard Jonathan Thomas now has a double major
    Jonathan Thomas spent his first two years at the University of Maryland consumed by his studies in mechanical engineering. From his current vantage point, Thomas now realizes there was a void. A former basketball star at Tuscarora High, where he was...
  • Turning research into jobs in Maryland

    Turning research into jobs in Maryland
    About three times each week, an enterprising researcher at theUniversity of Maryland, College Park, takes a step toward patenting an invention. Each year, that results in the creation of about five new high-tech firms, the kinds of businesses often...
  • Private donors commit $65 million to studying youth concussions

    Private donors commit $65 million to studying youth concussions
    With the focus on concussions in young athletes intensifying across the nation, the White House on Wednesday unveiled a raft of initiatives aimed at preventing mild traumatic brain injury and improving its diagnosis and treatment in children. Readying...
  • Fast-track executions?

    What's wrong with this picture? Exonerations of wrongly convicted prisoners are at an all-time high. Last month, the governor of Washington put executions on hold because, since 1981, when the state last updated its capital punishment laws, a majority...
  • Earthquakes on the brain

    Earthquakes on the brain
    I'm generally not an alarmist about earthquakes. As a California native, I've experienced my share of small to moderate reminders that our fair state is fractured from head to toe and we're all standing on broken plates. But the shaking is putting me on...
  • New and improved atomic clock: A revolution in timekeeping is coming

    New and improved atomic clock: A revolution in timekeeping is coming
    With a new and improved atomic clock, the standard of time in America is about to change -- a teeny, tiny bit. For the first time in 15 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, is adding a new official atomic clock,...
  • Cybersecurity guidelines for companies are unveiled by White House

    Cybersecurity guidelines for companies are unveiled by White House
    WASHINGTON — The White House has released guidelines aimed at prodding companies that run some of the nation's most essential services such as utilities, cellphone towers and banks to better protect themselves from cyberattacks. Officials said the...