Back to Basics: Weights and Measures Week 2018

Happy Weights and Measures Week 2018! What’s “Weights and Measures Week,” you might ask? That’s the week set aside every year to commemorate the signing of the first weights and measures law by President John Adams on March 2, 1799. Unless you love history, you’re probably thinking, “Boring! That was so…

The Romance of Precision Measurement

Being from Colorado, I’m a big fan of winter sports: skiing, skating, snowboarding, hockey, bobsledding, and even curling. Like many people, I look forward to the Winter Olympics every four years. The Olympics are a test of the world’s greatest athletes’ skills—skills they have spent their entire lives honing and perfecting….

The Test of Time: NIST’s Wall of Many Stones

Frequented by more deer than people, the NIST stone test wall lives a fairly isolated existence. Out among the trees and the grass on the south end of the Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus, it cuts an imposing and visually bizarre figure. Set in the mortar of its technicolor face are more than 2,000…Read…

The Frustrated Matter of Quantum Spin Liquids

There’s a pub here in Fort Collins, Colorado, that offers 100 different beers on tap. This sounds—and actually is—great, but it has a drawback. With so many different options, especially when all those choices are equally pleasing, it’s difficult to decide which one to get. This phenomenon is called “overchoice” in…

About Climate Data at Berkeley Earth

Online — Berkeley Earth (http://berkeleyearth.org) was conceived by Richard and Elizabeth Muller in early 2010 when they found merit in some of the concerns of skeptics. They organized organized a group of scientists to reanalyze the Earth’s surface temperature record,…