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New U.S. Time Standard Launched By NIST
2014-04-04 13:21:23

[ Watch The Video: NIST-F2 Atomic Clock Sets The Time Standard ] NIST The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, to serve as a new US civilian time and frequency standard, along with the current NIST-F1 standard. NIST-F2 would neither gain nor lose one second in about 300 million years, making it about three times as accurate as NIST-F1, which has served as the standard...

2013-04-18 14:03:45

Portable electric generators retrofitted with off-the-shelf hardware by the University of Alabama (UA) emitted significantly lower levels of carbon monoxide (CO) exhaust, according to the results of tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Compared with standard portable generators, CO emissions from the prototype machines were reduced by 90 percent or more, depending on the specific hardware used...

2012-05-29 10:06:46

Successful test at PTB of optical magnetometer with potential applications in brain imaging for neurological diagnostics and in basic research. In future a new magnetic sensor the size of a sugar cube might simplify the measurement of brain activity. In the magnetically shielded room of Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) the sensor has passed an important technical test: Spontaneous as well as stimulated magnetic fields of the brain were detected. This demonstrates the potential...

Iris Recognition Report Evaluates 'Needle in Haystack' Search Capability
2012-04-18 10:05:08

Identifying people by acquiring pictures of their eyes is becoming easier, according to a new report* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST researchers evaluated the performance of iris recognition software from 11 different organizations and found that some techniques produced very rapid results–though this speed was often at the cost of accuracy. Iris recognition, a form of biometric identification based on noncontact imaging of the complex texture in...

2011-09-17 07:00:00

GPS Source, a specialist in avionics systems development and GPS/RF technology, announced today the award of a contract to complete a detailed study of the engineering activities necessary to deliver a complete technical data package for the design of the Heads Up Display (HUD) for the T-45 Goshawk trainer aircraft. This study will be sponsored by CAMT, NIST-MEP, and NAVAIR. Pueblo West, CO (PRWEB) September 17, 2011 GPS Source is pleased to announce that they will complete by the end of...

2011-04-01 01:13:43

On April 8, 2011, the scientific community will celebrate the centennial of the discovery of superconductivity"”the ability of certain materials to conduct electricity without resistance when cooled below a specific temperature. Quantum voltage standards are among the successful practical applications of superconductivity, so to mark the anniversary, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created an online museum highlighting important accomplishments and...

2011-03-02 20:07:10

A reliable and trustworthy system of weights and measures is vital for economic activity. Maintaining that system requires constant vigilance, and that's where the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Weights and Measures Division (WMD) comes in. While the division routinely hosts meetings and online classes to help state regulators enforce compliance, NIST is now making an effort to reach out to industry and retailers so that they can proactively identify and address...


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