Quantum computing algorithms seek to use quantum phenomena to perform certain types of calculations much more efficiently than today’s classical, binary, transistor-based computers can. If and when a powerful enough quantum computer is built, it could run algorithms that would break many of the encryption codes we use to protect…

The connection of devices, including household devices, to the internet has created a raft of new potential entryways for hackers to invade your home networks and cause chaos and destruction. The proliferation of these devices has prompted calls for the creation of consumer labels to let would-be buyers know about…

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Microscopy image of the fractured glass showing light diffraction. Credit: C. Lamberti

Claire Lamberti, Physical Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate, Southern Methodist University

This summer was an interesting one, to say the least. I was in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

As my summer project, I studied organic glasses, solid materials composed…

Our microMRI is roughly the size of your hand. The magnet is the red coil that wraps around the sample chamber (white cylinder). The sample is loaded via the tiny hole on the top of sample chamber. This is designed to be the same size as a traditional biopsy needle for point of care testing. On the left and right are connections for the radiofrequency input and output, which power the magnet and hyperpolarization. Credit: NIST

Emily Buchanan, Chemistry and Biology Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas at Dallas

I didn’t really know what to expect on the first day of my virtual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

At 12:00 p.m., with my second cup of…

Optical frequency combs allow scientists to measure light — and our world — with great precision and accuracy. This device has led to innovations that scientists never imagined when it was created. Credit: J. Wang/NIST

Rebecca Jacobson, Boulder Laboratory Public Outreach Coordinator, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

To many people, a measurement sounds mundane, like marking ticks on a ruler or reading the line on a thermometer. It’s a piece of data. …

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Richard G. Gann, Chief (retired), Fire Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Everyone has a story about where they were when they heard about the disaster universally called “9/11.” Mine begins in Ottawa, Canada. As chance would have it, I was there for a meeting of the…

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Jason Averill, Chief, Materials and Structural Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The kickoff meeting

On Nov. 1, 2002, in a small conference room on the Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the trio of outside experts ( Dennis Mileti, Guylene Proulx and Norman…

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John Butler, Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I walked to work from my home in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Maryland, and arrived at my office shortly before 9 a.m. I had just returned from an International Society for Forensic Genetics meeting in Germany…

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Steven W. Kirkpatrick, Associate, Applied Research Associates, Inc.

I consider myself lucky to have been able to perform contract engineering research and consulting for my entire career. The work environment has been somewhere between industry research and academia. I’ve had opportunities to work with recognized experts at universities, national laboratories…

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Kathyrn Butler, Physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Imagine assembling a jigsaw puzzle of more than 14,000 pieces without an image on the box showing what the final picture will look like. Imagine that important pieces were missing and needed to be searched for. …

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