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Wherefore a Leap Second?
Release Date: 12/23/2008

The spin of the Earth is slowing down. Not by much; only about 0.002 seconds a day (it varies), relative to our modern definition of the second. … more

Nine NIST Staff Become New APS Fellows
Release Date: 12/09/2008

Nine staff members of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been elected new fellows of the American Physical Society, … more

NIST Physicist Wins OSA’s First Walther Award
Release Date: 11/25/2008

NIST physicist David Wineland will receive the inaugural Herbert Walther Award in recognition of his “seminal contributions to quantum information … more

Bright Idea Illuminates LED Standards
Release Date: 11/25/2008

The lack of common measurement methods among light-emitting diode (LED) and lighting manufacturers has affected the commercialization of … more

‘Femtomolar Optical Tweezers’ May Enable Sensitive Blood Tests
Release Date: 11/12/2008

Basic scheme of an optical tweezer-based sensor of biological particles. A microsphere covered with a specific antigen (such as a virus or other … more

NIST Physicist Honored in 2008 Presidential Rank Awards
Release Date: 10/28/2008

W illiam R. Ott , deputy director of the NIST Physics Laboratory, has been named as a recipient of the 2008 Presidential Rank Award. The awards … more

Gebbie Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Release Date: 10/14/2008

Katharine B. Gebbie, director of the Physics Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was inducted as a member of … more

JILA Scientists Create First Dense Gas of Ultracold ‘Polar’ Molecules
Release Date: 10/01/2008

Scientists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder … more

JILA Scientists Create First Dense Gas of Ultracold 'Polar' Molecules
Release Date: 09/18/2008

Scientists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder … more

NIST Physicists are Finalists for Service to America Medals
Release Date: 09/16/2008

Two physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been named finalists for the 2008 Service to America Medals, … more

NSF Physics Frontier Center Created at Joint Quantum Institute
Release Date: 09/16/2008

The National Science Foundation has awarded the Joint Quantum Institute $12.5 million over five years to create and operate a Physics Frontier … more

NIST Physicist Wineland Awarded 2007 National Medal of Science
Release Date: 09/03/2008

Physicist David J. Wineland of NIST Boulder Laboratories in Colorado Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image Physicist David J. Wineland of the … more

NIST Physicist David J. Wineland Awarded 2007 National Medal of Science
Release Date: 08/25/2008

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicist David J. Wineland of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been awarded the … more

Light Touch: Controlling the Behavior of Quantum Dots
Release Date: 08/19/2008

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a collaborative center of the … more

Skipping Atomic-scale Stones to Study Some Chemistry Basics
Release Date: 08/06/2008

Thought experiment: a carbon dioxide molecule--think of a cheerleader's baton--comes slanting in at high speed over a dense liquid, strikes the … more

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