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I'm a Nerd and the NIST Hall of Standards Is My Valhalla: The Ampere Measurer

This gizmo, observed at NIST, is a Raleigh current balance and was used in the classic 1912 determination of the absolute value of the ampere. It was also used in 1938 to redefine the international ampere as 0.99985 absolute amperes:


A Dollar Tester

A couple of weeks ago, I visited NIST. This gizmo, which tests how much abrasion a dollar bill can stand, blows my mind (you can see the dollar bill on the right):


Speaking of Standards...

I recently had occasion to visit NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which provides measurement standards. For example, most networked clocks use NIST’s Internet Time Service which sets computer clocks and other networked timekeeping devices. 44 more words


The New York Times’ 9/11 Propaganda

By Kevin Ryan | Dig Within | November 8, 2015

The New York Times led the propaganda behind 9/11 and the 9/11 Wars. It did so by ignoring many of the most relevant facts, by promoting false official accounts, and by belittling those who questioned the 9/11 events.

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Space research in Boulder

NASA gives $1 million to CU Boulder 

NASA awarded $1 million to the University of Colorado Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium to develop short videos about space discovery. 203 more words


Interview with Andrew Regenscheid of NIST

I had an email interview with Andrew Regenscheid of NIST, one of the authors of the SP800 BIOS security documents.

Q1: Can you clarify NIST SP80-147’s reference to ‘golden images’ during various platform lifecycle phases? 1,391 more words

Don McDonald: Retired physicist on a mission to honor Nobel Laureates and inspire students

Don’s Project

The sound of rushing water filled my ears as I perched on a cold stone bench next to Boulder Creek.  Several dozen yards away, traffic rumbled by on Broadway, but most of the noise was mercifully muffled by the steady roar of the creek and the sound of the occasional bicyclist whizzing past. 1,054 more words