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Scientists Give a Hand(edness) to the Search for Alien Life
Release Date: 04/21/2009

Light becomes polarized in detectable ways when reflected from chlorophyll and other chiral molecules necessary to life, so scientists working at … more

JILA/NIST Scientists Get a Grip on Colliding Fermions to Enhance Atomic Clock Accuracy
Release Date: 04/16/2009

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicists have measured and controlled seemingly forbidden collisions between neutral strontium atoms—a class of antisocial atoms … more

X Marks the Spot: Ions Coldly Go Through NIST Trap Junction
Release Date: 04/07/2009

The NIST X-trap is constructed from a sandwich of two diamond-shaped alumina wafers, visible in the right center of the top photo. The bottom … more

Flatland Physics Probes Mysteries of Superfluidity
Release Date: 03/24/2009

If physicists lived in Flatland—the fictional two-dimensional world invented by Edwin Abbott in his 1884 novel—some of their quantum physics … more

Making a Point: Picoscale Stability in a Room-Temperature AFM
Release Date: 03/24/2009

Forget dancing angels, a research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado (CU) has … more

NIST Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar to be held June 2-5
Release Date: 03/10/2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the 34th annual Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar on June 2-5, 2009, in … more

Colorado Governor Ritter Honors NIST Internet Time Service
Release Date: 02/24/2009

On Feb. 17, Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado presented the 2009 CO-LABS Governor’s Awards for Research Impact to scientists from five federal … more

Researchers Demonstrate Novel ‘Quantum Data Buffering’ Scheme
Release Date: 02/24/2009

In a new demonstration of physicists’ growing ability to control the “spooky” quantum dynamics phenomenon called entanglement , researchers from … more

Cross-Dressing Rubidium May Reveal Clues for Exotic Computing
Release Date: 02/24/2009

Neutral atoms—having no net electric charge—usually don’t act very dramatically around a magnetic field. But by “dressing them up” with light, … more

“How To” Guide for AFM-Based Nanomechanics
Release Date: 02/09/2009

MSEL recently published a book chapter on making quantitative nanomechanical measurements using atomic force microscopy (AFM). This practical … more

NIST Physicist Deborah Jin to Receive Sigma Xi's Top Honor
Release Date: 01/27/2009

Physicist Deborah S. Jin, a Fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the … more

Simply Weird Stuff: Making Supersolids with Ultracold Gas Atoms
Release Date: 01/13/2009

Physicists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have … more

Two NIST Physicists Win 2007 PECASE Honors
Release Date: 12/23/2008

Two physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have won Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers … more

JILA Story Makes Physics 'Top Ten' List
Release Date: 12/23/2008

The creation of the first high-density gas of ultracold molecules by scientists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards … more

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

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