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Polonium's Most Stable Isotope Gets Revised Half-Life Measurement
Release Date: 09/09/2014

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have determined* that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this … more

EUV calibration for solar studies
Release Date: 08/25/2014

Rob Vest at the section of the EUV beam line where the degradation-free spectrometers were calibrated. Image: Sean Kelley/NIST Thanks to precision … more

Scale Model Smokestack
Release Date: 08/15/2014

Construction is nearly complete on one of the world's more unusual precision measurement facilities: A 50 meter horizontal smokestack located on … more

NIST 'Global City Teams Challenge' to Create Smart Cities
Release Date: 08/05/2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several partners today are kicking off the year-long … more

Researchers Find Organic Pollutants Not Factor in Turtle Tumor Disease
Release Date: 07/15/2014

For nearly four decades, scientists have suspected that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) contributed to a green turtle's susceptibility to the … more

Snowballs to Soot: The Clumping Density of Many Things Seems to Be a Standard
Release Date: 06/10/2014

Particles of soot floating through the air and comets hurtling through space have at least one thing in common: 0.36. That, reports a research … more

World Metrology Day 2014: Measurements and the Global Energy Challenge
Release Date: 05/19/2014

The theme of this year's World Metrology Day, " Measurements and the Global Energy Challenge ," speaks to one of the defining issues of our time. … more

A New NIST Online Database: The NIST Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Structure Index
Release Date: 01/06/2014

  Recently, a new website containing a wealth of information on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was made publicly available by NIST. PAHs … more

31,558,149,764 Milliseconds in Review: NIST in 2013
Release Date: 12/17/2013

Milestones on the way to quantum computing. A landmark study of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes. Publication of a draft … more

New NIST Tests Explore Safety of Nanotubes in Modern Plastics Over Time
Release Date: 12/17/2013

Exposed to intense ultraviolet light and high temperatures, samples of epoxy containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes deteriorated. Exposure tended … more

High-Tech Measurements for High-Frequency Antennas
Release Date: 11/14/2013

A team of researchers at NIST’s Antenna Metrology Lab in Boulder, CO has devised a first-of-its-kind system – combining a precision 3-meter … more

NIST Carbon Nanotube Chips Go Ballooning for Climate Science
Release Date: 10/22/2013

A huge plastic balloon floated high in the skies over New Mexico on Sept. 29, 2013, carrying instruments to collect climate-related test data with … more

Innovation in Spectroscopy Could Improve Greenhouse Gas Detection
Release Date: 05/14/2013

Detecting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could soon become far easier with the help of an innovative technique* developed by a team at the … more

MOBY calibration
Release Date: 04/03/2013

Seen from the base of the MOBY spar, researchers work on the the facility. MOBY is deployed in clear waters about 1200 meters deep, far enough … more

New NIST Screening Method Identifies 1,200 Candidate Refrigerants to Combat Global Warming
Release Date: 09/18/2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new computational method for identifying candidate … more

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