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The National Institute of Standards and Technology is a federal technology agency that develops and promotes measurement, standards, and technology.

The agency was established by congress to improve measurement infrastructure to compete with economic rivals. NIST provides technology, measurement and standards that are relied upon by technologies like electric power grids, electronic health records, computer chips and nanomaterials. NIST develops and applies technology, measurements and standards for new and improved products, working with the private sector, government agencies and universities.

NIST has its headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD and other facilities in Boulder, CO. NIST facilities include: The Center for Nanoscale and Technology (CNST), Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) and Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML). Extramural programs are the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partership (MEP) and NIST Office of Advanced Manufacturing.

The Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization project by NIST is creating a set of standards for protecting electronic information from quantum computers.


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Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have linked together, or "entangled," the mechanical motion and electronic properties of a tiny blue crystal, giving it a quantum edge in measuring electric fields with record sensitivity that may enhance understanding of the universe.
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July 30, 2021
Digital transistors--assembled by the billions in today's computer chips--act as near-perfect electronic switches. In the "on" position, achieved when an above-threshold voltage is applied to the device, the transistor allows current to flow. When the switch is off, the transistor prevents the flow of current. The on/off positions of the switch translate into the 1s and 0s of digital computation.


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