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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - Facilities, Measurements and Standards, NIST Features Specialized Facilities, Helping Secure the Homeland, People, Directors

bureau accurate government

A US government facility, established by Congress in 1901, researching and developing measurement methods, standards, and technology in support of industry, commerce, scientific institutions, and government; formerly known as the National Bureau of Standards. NIST maintains one of the world's most accurate atomic clocks, accurate to within a second per six million years, and a copy of the standard kilogram (the original is kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, in Sèvres, Paris). Its laboratories, including physics, materials science, manufacturing engineering, and building research, are located mainly at Boulder, CO, or at the NIST headquarters, in Gaithersburg, MD.

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