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Displaying news from October 20, 2014 To December 19, 2014

Innovating to Protect our Waterways
Release Date: December 17, 2014

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is today announcing that a coalition of Federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and … more

Ultrasonic Thermometers for Medical Dosimetry
Release Date: December 16, 2014

PML researchers are exploring whether ultrasound can be used as a faster, more efficient way to take three-dimensional images of radiation dose profiles in water. Medical clinics that treat … more

NIST Sensor Could Improve One of Nano Research’s Most Useful Microscopes
Release Date: December 16, 2014

Spotting molecule-sized features—common in computer circuits and nanoscale devices—may become both easier and more accurate with a sensor developed at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Issues New Revision of Guide to Assessing Information Security Safeguards
Release Date: December 16, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final version of the 2014 update to its core guide to assessing the security and privacy safeguards for federal … more

Register Now for NIST Symposium on Biometric and Forensic Technology
Release Date: December 16, 2014

Registration is now open to attend a NIST symposium on one of the biggest challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology – the development of large research … more

2015-2016 Baldrige Excellence Framework and Criteria (Business/Nonprofit) Now Available
Release Date: December 16, 2014

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program has released the 2015-2016 Baldrige Excellence Framework (Business/Nonprofit) booklet. The Baldrige Excellence Framework (Education) and Baldrige … more

Cloud Metrics Could Provide the Goldilocks Solution to Which Cloud Vendor Is 'Just Right'
Release Date: December 15, 2014

As government agencies and other organizations invest in cloud computing services, they are challenged to determine which cloud provider and service will best meet their needs. As the nation’s … more

Lighting the Path to Smaller, Tougher Thermometers
Release Date: December 15, 2014

A chip on which the photonic thermometer devices are etched. Click image for a close-up view. Two new prototypes for tiny chip-based thermometers are illuminating light’s potential to … more

Defining Operational Excellence One Person at a Time
Release Date: December 12, 2014

When you’re striving for excellence, it helps to have an example. It’s much easier to work hard on something when you’ve seen others succeed despite obstacles. A highlight each year at the National … more

NIST Forensic Science Standards Inventory Now Available Online
Release Date: December 12, 2014

NIST’s Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) is taking the first steps toward developing an OSAC Registry of Approved Standards and an OSAC Registry of Approved Guidelines. Independent … more

Neutron CT Helps Solve Puzzle
Release Date: December 10, 2014

In NIST’s neutron CT scans, the battery cells were rotated in the neutron beam, and radiographs were acquired at several angles. The data were reconstructed into 3D volumetric images. This … more

New Time-Stamp Service for NASDAQ
Release Date: December 10, 2014

The NIST disciplined oscillator (far right) is a NIST-supplied clock that can be installed at any location worldwide and that is synchronized to the official U. S. time, UTC(NIST), through … more

National Institute of Standards and Technology Presents 2014 Awards to Outstanding Employees
Release Date: December 10, 2014

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Today, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recognized current and former employees for their efforts to push the frontiers of science and measurement, as … more

iNEMI Board of Directors Visit NIST
Release Date: December 10, 2014

NIST will host the Board of Directors of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, for a half-day overview on NIST programs. This visit to NIST … more

PML Outreach Promotes STEM Excitement
Release Date: December 10, 2014

Michael Postek of PML's Semiconductor & Dimensional Metrology Division has been an instrumental part of an outreach to bring access to tabletop scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) to students. … more

NIST Tests: Firefighters Portable Radios May Fail at Elevated Temperatures
Release Date: December 9, 2014

New test results* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) confirm that portable radios used by firefighters can fail to operate properly within 15 minutes when exposed to … more

NIST Study 'Makes the Case' for RFID Forensic Evidence Management
Release Date: December 4, 2014

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags—devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people—have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from … more

NIST-Funded Researcher Wins Honor for Food Safety Test
Release Date: December 4, 2014

News article courtesy the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering University of Maryland (UMD) Fischell Department of Bioengineering Research Assistant Professor Javier Atencia … more

NIST-Intel Partnership Workshop
Release Date: December 3, 2014

In November, 2014, NIST hosted the seventh in a series of workshops in a NIST-Intel partnership effort on Emerging Nanoscale Interface and Architecture Characterization (ENIAC). The nanoscale … more

Better Cargo Inspection Standards at Border Crossings
Release Date: December 2, 2014

An x-ray image showing a standard test object (upper left) held aloft by support apparatus and a forklift. In this case, the test object is a wedge of steel with steps of various … more

Thin, Strong Bond for Vacuum Seal
Release Date: December 2, 2014

Silicate bonds are so thin they are transparent.An ultra-stable, ultra-thin bonding technology has been adapted by researchers in PML’s Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division for … more

NIST Report and Video Detail Dynamics of Deadly Chicago House Fire
Release Date: December 2, 2014

A new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) computer-modeling study of a 2012 Chicago house fire reveals the conditions that unleashed a surge of searing gases, leading to the death … more

NIST Awards $2.5 Million in Grants to MEP Centers for Pilot Business-to-Business Networks
Release Date: December 2, 2014

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $2.5 million in grants to 10 Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers to pilot … more

NIST Fires Up Extended Calibration Service for Laser Welding and More
Release Date: December 2, 2014

The new service could be employed to calibrate high-power lasers used for applications such as cutting metals.NIST PML’s Sources and Detectors Group has launched a new multikilowatt laser … more

NISTAR Radiometer Scheduled to Fly
Release Date: December 2, 2014

The NISTAR instrument prior to mounting on the DSCOVR spacecraft. The NIST Advanced Radiometer (NISTAR), mothballed for more than a decade, is slated to make its space debut very soon about … more

Reliable RNA Analysis Now Easier with NIST 'Dashboard' Tool
Release Date: December 2, 2014

A new, innovative “dashboard” from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) won’t help you drive your car, but it will help enable reproducible research in biology. Artist’s … more

Progress in Nanowire Arrays
Release Date: December 2, 2014

Scanning electron microscope image of an array of GaN nanowires with a spacing of 800 nm. Defect-free nanowires with diameters in the range of 100 nanometers (nm) hold significant promise … more

Low Error-Rate Detectors for Telecom
Release Date: December 2, 2014

NIST scientists have devised an experimental photon-detection system for communications with error rates far below even the most ideal conventional designs. Telecom networks need to move trillions … more

Ensuring Quality: NIST Suggests New Purity Test for Biotech Products
Release Date: December 2, 2014

To avoid contaminating their experiments, biomedical researchers want to know that the scientific products they buy are pure. But how pure does something need to be to really be pure? Using a new … more

Baldrige Program Seeks Examiners for 2015 Board
Release Date: December 1, 2014

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2015 award cycle.The Examiner Application is now … more

Researchers Take First Pictures of Baby Nanotubes
Release Date: December 1, 2014

Single-walled carbon nanotubes are loaded with desirable properties. In particular, the ability to conduct electricity at high rates of speed makes them attractive for use as nanoscale transistors. … more

Computing with Single Atoms
Release Date: November 26, 2014

Left: Large atomic terraces. Right: Atomic resolution patterning by scanning tunneling microscope. As features on silicon microchips continue to shrink, the final frontier of … more

Research in Images: Cutaway View of Nanoparticles in a Neural Cell
Release Date: November 26, 2014

click on image for full-size version NIST's Precision Imaging Facility (PIF) in Boulder, Colo., provides a variety of advanced tools for precisely measuring the structure and chemical com­position … more

Five NIST Scientists Win APS Awards
Release Date: November 25, 2014

Five scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have won major awards from the American Physical Society, the nation’s largest professional organization of physicists. … more

Helping VIIRS See Clearly
Release Date: November 24, 2014

Satellite observation has revolutionized our understanding of terrestrial conditions and climate dynamics. But the measurement science is extremely demanding. Different surface and atmospheric … more

Magnetometer Deemed Attractive
Release Date: November 24, 2014

The NIST chip-scale magnetometer. The sensor is about as tall as a grain of rice. The widest block near the top of the device is an enclosed, transparent cell that holds a vapor of rubidium … more

Ocean Color Standard Developed
Release Date: November 24, 2014

The world's oceans face multiple threats, and fisheries, marine biologists, and environmental scientists need accurate and timely data about changing conditions. One important tool is color … more

Spring Transport Mechanism
Release Date: November 21, 2014

Neutron radiographs of the spring-transport mechanism taken at the NIST Neutron Imaging Facility. Top: Valve closed. The mechanism captures the rotor in the thimble. Bottom: Valve open. PML … more

NIST Study Suggests Light May Be Skewing Lab Tests on Nanoparticles' Health Effects
Release Date: November 18, 2014

Truth shines a light into dark places. But sometimes to find that truth in the first place, it’s better to stay in the dark. That’s what recent findings* at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Filling the Gap: NIST Document to Protect Federal Information in Nonfederal Information Systems
Release Date: November 18, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published for public review draft recommendations to ensure the confidentiality of sensitive federal information residing on the … more

Four U.S. Organizations Honored With 2014 Baldrige National Quality Award
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Honorees Include Two Texas Health Care Organizations WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today announced that four U.S. organizations are recipients of the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige … more

Cyber Security: Your Mother Was Right, Sharing is Good, And NIST Has Some Help on How
Release Date: November 10, 2014

Time is not your friend when your information systems are under cyber attack, but sharing threat information before, during, and after an attack with a trusted group of peers can help. Not only … more

Underperforming? Energy Efficiency of HVAC Equipment Suffers Due to Poor Installation
Release Date: November 7, 2014

The push for more efficient air conditioners and heat pumps aims to trim the 30 percent share of residential electrical energy use devoted to cooling and heating. But the benefits of improved … more

Harary Appointed Director of NIST Engineering Lab
Release Date: November 5, 2014

Howard Harary has been appointed director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Engineering Laboratory, which develops the measurement tools and standards needed to support … more

Novel Sodium-Conducting Material Could Improve Rechargeable Batteries
Release Date: November 4, 2014

Rechargeable battery manufacturers may get a jolt from research performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several other institutions, where a team of scientists has … more

2014 Cybersecurity Education Meeting Emphasizes Presidential Ready to Work Initiative
Release Date: November 4, 2014

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is hosting its fifth annual workshop November 5-6, 2014, in Columbia, Md. The theme is “Ready to Work: Equipping Our Cybersecurity Workers … more

HyTrust Executive Joins NIST Advisory Committee
Release Date: November 4, 2014

Hemma Prafullchandra, chief technology officer and senior vice president of products at HyTrust, has been named to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Visiting Committee … more

UMD and NIST Announce the Creation of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science
Release Date: October 31, 2014

Abby Robinson, UMD301-405-4575 Center researchers aim to understand how quantum systems can store, transport, process information The University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Department of … more

NIST Awards Six Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Grants to Advance Standards Education
Release Date: October 30, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded six grants totaling over $400,000 to support the integration of standards education into undergraduate and graduate curricula. The … more

NIST Launches New Calibration Service for High-Power Lasers
Release Date: October 29, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a new calibration service for high-power lasers of the sort used by manufacturers for applications such as cutting and welding … more

First Photonic Pressure Sensor
Release Date: October 29, 2014

For almost 400 years, mercury gauges have prevailed as the most accurate way to measure pressure. Now, within weeks of seeing “first light,” a novel pressure-sensing device has surpassed the … more

NIST 'Combs' the Atmosphere to Measure Greenhouse Gases
Release Date: October 29, 2014

By remotely "combing" the atmosphere with a custom laser-based instrument, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with researchers from the … more

402 Members Named to Forensic Science Standards Organization
Release Date: October 29, 2014

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today the final appointments to the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), established to … more

Manufacturing Extension Partnership Director Vacancy
Release Date: October 29, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hiring for a new director for the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership(MEP), a growing nationwide assistance program for … more

Building Better Body Armor: PML Provides Standards for US Army
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Project team members Vincent Lee (left) and Craig Shakarji hold a body armor size check standard and an actual body armor plate, respectively. NIST’s Dimensional Metrology Group (DMG) in … more

Learn How to Apply for the 2015 Baldrige Award Now
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Application forms and guidance are now available online for the 2015 Baldrige Award. The prestigious, Presidential award honors high-performing organizations in all sectors of the U.S. economy. … more

Trouble with a Capital G
Release Date: October 27, 2014

Clash of Galaxies: Measuring the gravitational constant G with greater precision could have implications for cosmology and astrophysics. Source: NASAClick here for larger version.NIST has … more

X-ray Detector for Synchrotron Beamlines
Release Date: October 24, 2014

TES detector (at top of device) mounted for use in a beam line. Click on image for enlarged view. Photos: Dan Schmidt/NIST NIST scientists have pioneered a technology that may speed the … more

Phantoms for Traumatic Brain Injury
Release Date: October 23, 2014

NIST-developed diffusion phantom placed in a "head coil" used for magnetic resonance imaging of the human brain. Image-calibration technology designed and developed by scientists at the … more

Evidence Says: December Symposium Showcases Forensics at NIST
Release Date: October 22, 2014

Forensic science research goes back a long way at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—more than a century. In fact, the agency served as the nation’s federal crime laboratory … more

NIST Offers Electronics Industry Two Ways to Snoop on Self-Organizing Molecules
Release Date: October 22, 2014

A few short years ago, the idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize themselves in useful nanoscale shapes seemed … well, cool, sure, but also a little … more

NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap Details Research Requirements and Action Plans
Release Date: October 22, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. The roadmap focuses on strategic … more

NIST Taps Nine Experts to Help Craft Disaster Resilience Framework for Communities
Release Date: October 21, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has engaged nine experts in fields ranging from transportation and water infrastructure to societal dimensions of disasters to further its … more