Nicholas G. Dagalakis, Mechanical Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The RoboCrane — now hard at work at the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear cleanup sites — is a good example of a successfully commercialized technology invented at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). …

close up of a clear fractured glass like substance with some rainbow distortions
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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