Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Taking Measure

Just a Standard Blog

NIST General

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

Unidentified Museum Objects IV

The underground storage shelves of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Museum are filled with loads of charmingly weird objects accrued

Pirates of the Caribbean (Metric Edition)

To save his own life, Joseph Dombey had an idea. As two pirate ships surrounded the ship he was on in the Caribbean Sea in 1794, Dombey scrambled below deck,

Unidentified Museum Objects, Vol. II

In Unidentified Museum Objects I , we asked for help identifying some mysterious whatchamacallits in the collection of our very own NIST museum ... and you

The Saga of the Bird-Brained Bombers

During World War II, NIST was among those working intensely to develop guided weapons to help the Allies win the war. But before the advent of satellites and

More Power to You, Wonder Woman!

First, let me say that I’m totally energized by the good press my dear acquaintance Wonder Woman has been receiving lately. It’s absolutely electrifying to see

Unidentified Museum Objects, Vol. I

Right now, the NIST museum in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is displaying a glass globe the size of a large beach ball. When visitors first come upon it, they’re not

7 Ways Measurements Help You Get Around

With International Firefighters’ Day behind us and World Turtle Day looming, you might not think you’ve got time for another international day in May. But don’t

What Debbie Jin Meant to Me

NIST/JILA Fellow Debbie Jin died of cancer on Sept. 15, 2016, at the age of 47. One of the most prominent researchers at NIST, she won many science awards,

Grote Reber, Radio Astronomer

Dulles International Airport, in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., sits on land once owned by NIST. It was on this spot that NIST brought

Taking a Closer Look at Old Photos

My mom is a painter, so I grew up in a messy house full of brushes, twisted tubes of paint, pots of ink, plaster busts of various Romans, rolls of papers, and

Taking a Seat at the Periodic Table

In case you haven’t already heard, if you wanted to give your loved one that special, once-in-a-lifetime gift by naming one of the elements in row 7 of the

Busting Myths about the Metric System

This week is the 41st anniversary of the Metric Conversion Act , which was signed on December 23, 1975, by President Gerald R. Ford. Normally, we celebrate by

Finding Art in Science

I’m a graphic designer, or, in the language of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management , a "Visual Information Specialist." For the past 18 years I’ve been

Email alerts

Sign up for e-mail alerts from the Taking Measure blog by entering your e-mail address in the box below.

Categories

About this blog

Taking Measure is the official blog of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

It provides a behind-the-scenes look at NIST’s research and programs, covering a broad range of science and technology areas. Through this blog, NIST’s researchers and staff will share why they do what they do and how today’s research will lead to tomorrow’s innovations.

The views presented here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of NIST.

If you have any questions about our blog, please contact us at takingmeasure [at] nist.gov.