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Everyday Time and Atomic Time: Part 5

This is part 5 in a series. Read part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. The Leap Second Solution When atomic clocks were developed in the 1950s, scientists needed

Everyday Time and Atomic Time: Part 4

This is part 4 in a series. Read part 1, part 2 and part 3. Greenwich Mean Time In the previous essay I introduced mean solar time, which averaged the annual

Everyday Time and Atomic Time: Part 3

This is part 3 in a series. Read part 1 and part 2. Oscillators and Clocks In the previous essay, I introduced the ideas that frequency and time interval are

Everyday Time and Atomic Time: Part 2

This is part 2 in a series. Read part 1. A short history of frequency Frequency was originally considered to be the province of musicians. The pitches or

Everyday Time and Atomic Time: Part 1

As a physicist in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Time and Frequency Division, I have worked in the general area of operating atomic

Internships in the Time of COVID

Across the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), internships are a very important experience for students and staff members alike. But for most

The Life of (Buckingham) Pi

What do the following topics have in common? Pricing models for parking reservation systems. The mechanics of human walking. The die-down of water waves in sea

Top 7 NIST Visuals of 2019

Science, while important, is often thought of as, well, kind of dry in the ocular department. The visuals commonly associated with scientific endeavors are

Top 5 NIST Blog Posts of 2019

It’s December, and that means it’s time for us to reflect on the past year, and what a year it was! This year tens of thousands of people tuned into the

Unidentified Museum Objects V

In celebration of National Inventors Month 2019 (yes, it’s a thing) we’re highlighting some curious inventions currently cooling their heels in the NIST museum

Rescuing Our History from the Ashes

What strikes terror in the hearts of museum curators everywhere? Budget cuts, surely. But worse yet, the prospect of precious, irreplaceable relics being

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