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Neutron research


NIST is at the forefront of basic research with neutrons, and the NIST Center for Neutron Research is a national resource for industry, universities and government agencies.

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How Neutrons and Gamma Rays Can Reveal Our Cultural Heritage

Most people think that understanding and preserving our cultural heritage is mainly the concern of the social sciences and humanities, such as archaeology and art history. But physical sciences, including physics and chemistry, often play a large role as well. Determining the elemental composition, or signature, of archaeological finds or objects in museum collections can provide insight into
Near a set of belching smokestacks sits a diagram of the structure of a metal-organic framework, with open spaces holding carbon dioxide molecules trapped inside.

This Simple Material Could Scrub Carbon Dioxide From Power Plant Smokestacks

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Spotlight: NIST Researchers Analyze the Novavax Vaccine From Multiple Angles

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NRC Issues Confirmatory Order on 2021 Alert at NIST Center for Neutron Research

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