National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) http://www.kunc.org en Tickety-Tock! An Even More Accurate Atomic Clock http://www.kunc.org/post/tickety-tock-even-more-accurate-atomic-clock Scientists announced this week that they have created the most advanced clock in the world.<p>The clock, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12941.html">described</a> this week in the journal <em>Nature,</em> is so precise that it would neither lose nor gain one second in about 5 billion years of continuous operation. That's pretty good, considering that the Earth itself is only around 4.5 billion years old.<p>Since the 1960s, official timekeeping has been based on the natural oscillations of atoms. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 53623 at http://www.kunc.org Tickety-Tock! An Even More Accurate Atomic Clock First Floods, Now Furloughs Take A Bite Out Of Boulder’s Wallet http://www.kunc.org/post/first-floods-now-furloughs-take-bite-out-boulder-s-wallet-0 <p>Hundreds of Colorado federal lab workers including two Nobel Prize recipients are furloughed during the government shutdown. Other university and contract workers are shut out of federal buildings and labs.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Grace Hood 50593 at http://www.kunc.org First Floods, Now Furloughs Take A Bite Out Of Boulder’s Wallet Government Shutdown Impacting Colorado's Federal Labs http://www.kunc.org/post/government-shutdown-impacting-colorados-federal-labs <p>Thousands of Colorado employees have been furloughed due to the government shutdown. Included in that number are more than 3,600 federal laboratory workers in Boulder County.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:33:38 +0000 Erin OToole 50305 at http://www.kunc.org Government Shutdown Impacting Colorado's Federal Labs Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal? http://www.kunc.org/post/living-extreme-wildfires-new-normal It has been a deadly year for the people who fight wildfires. In total, 32 people have lost their lives fighting fires in 2013; the highest number in nearly 20 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.<p>Just one incident accounts for most of those deaths, the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:22:00 +0000 50185 at http://www.kunc.org Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal? The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong http://www.kunc.org/post/worlds-most-precise-clock-could-prove-einstein-wrong What a makes a good clock? Andrew Ludlow, a physicist at the <a href="http://www.nist.gov/index.html">National Institute of Standards and Technology</a>, says one of the most important criteria is stability.<p>"If you could imagine a grandfather clock and see the pendulum swinging back and forth, ideally that pendulum would swing back and forth very uniformly," Ludlow says. "Each swing would take exactly the same amount of time."<p>That's stability. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:28:00 +0000 48691 at http://www.kunc.org The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong