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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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  • New quantum droplet: The thrill lasts for 25 trillionths of a second

    It’s not every day that physicists discover a new type of quasiparticle. And it’s even rarer that they give it a super-cute nickname like “dropleton.” So today, my fellow physics fans, we are in luck. Not only have scientists...
  • Daylight saving time: 13 ways to survive the time change

    Daylight saving time: 13 ways to survive the time change
    Daylight saving time is little more than an annoyance to many people. But for some of us, the "spring forward" aspect -- the loss of one hour's sleep -- creates a national case of jet lag. And it's not just a bad case of grogginess, or the feeling of...
  • Another day, another leak from Issa, another credulous news report

    Another day, another leak from Issa, another credulous news report
    The sun has risen in the East, so there must be a news report somewhere quoting a partial transcript leaked by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) purporting to show the shortcomings of Obamacare. Bingo! We have not one but two "investigative" news reports,...
  • Initiative protests passwords and demands better ways to log in

    A trio of former Pomona College students are declaring war on the password, and they’re enlisting consumers to put pressure on technology companies to adopt a more secure log-in process. Brennen Byrne, Mark Hudnall and Jesse Pollak through their...
  • Atomic clock achieves record stability, holds promise for tech

    Atomic clock achieves record stability, holds promise for tech
    Atomic clocks built at the official U.S. timekeeping laboratory tick with record-breaking regularity, scientists said — marking an advance that may someday allow researchers to perform new tests of the laws of physics and engineers to perfect...
  • Government shutdown sidelines some U.S. data troves

    Government shutdown sidelines some U.S. data troves
    Here's another group suffering because of the partial government shutdown, now in its seventh day: stat geeks. Most federal agencies' websites carry notices that they aren't being updated during the budget impasse. But the Census Bureau, the Bureau of...
  • Government shutdown hits fishermen, farmers, physicists

    WASHINGTON — The crabbers are getting, well, crabby. With the offices of the National Marine Fisheries Service closed because of the federal government shutdown, fishermen have been unable to get permits for the Alaska king crab season, which...
  • Internet Voting Puts Election Security At Risk

    Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation to allow military voters to cast ballots over the Internet. The intention of this legislation is well-meaning — Connecticut does need to improve the voting process for military voters — but...
  • Securing success

    Securing success
    George Wolf specializes in keeping data secure. In 1998, Wolf co-founded a company that secures computers for use in high-stakes exams. As the company learned more about security technology, it discovered another opportunity: making USB flash drives...
  • Testing shows treated foam offers no safety benefit

    Testing shows treated foam offers no safety benefit
    The chemical industry's leading trade group says adding fire-snuffing chemicals to furniture foam "can be the difference between life and death." But when scientists in a government lab touched a small flame to a pair of upholstered chairs — one...
  • Distorting science

    Distorting science
    Twenty-five years ago, scientists gathered in a cramped government laboratory and set fire to specially designed chairs, TVs and electrical cables packed with flame retardants. For the next half-hour, they carefully measured how much the chemicals...
  • Never-Before-Seen 9/11 Footage From NYPD Helicopter Released

    Never-Before-Seen 9/11 Footage From NYPD Helicopter Released
    It is a difficult video to watch especially for New Yorkers. It is recorded from the vantage point of an NYPD helicopter and it shows the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. The video is shot by a helicopter crew surveying the aftermath of the 9/11...