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Displaying news from March 30, 2016 To May 29, 2016

SF6 Shows Promise as Mercury Substitute
Release Date: May 27, 2016

PML's Weston Tew with the new triple-point cells. Click image for larger version.Elemental mercury – which is being phased out of commercial thermometers worldwide due to safety … more

NIST, Partners Create Standard to Improve Sustainable Manufacturing
Release Date: May 26, 2016

Anyone who’s ever covered a wall with sticky notes to clearly map all of the steps in a process knows how valuable that exercise can be. It can streamline workflow, increase efficiency and improve … more

3D Laser Scanner Runoff Pushes New Standard Towards the Finish Line
Release Date: May 25, 2016

A participant performing point-to-point length measurements on a calibrated grid of spheres in the large-scale laboratory at NIST (Photo credit: Sean Kelley/PML) Large-volume 3D laser … more

Powered by Quantum Cycles: Cold-Atom Pump
Release Date: May 25, 2016

By manipulating the behavior of particles at a quantum level, scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI, a research partnership of NIST and the University of Maryland) have caused a tiny cloud … more

HUD Cites NIST’s Community Resilience Planning Guide Among Aids to State and Local Governments
Release Date: May 20, 2016

As part of its efforts to encourage communities to consider their resilience to natural hazard risks, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is citing NIST's Community … more

NIST and Stanford Launch Long-Term Measurement Initiative to Boost the U.S. Bio-Economy
Release Date: May 20, 2016

STANFORD, Calif.—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Stanford University announced today that they are embarking on a long-term partnership to … more

Progress Toward National Resiliency: NIST Marks Joplin Tornado 5th Anniversary
Release Date: May 19, 2016

Disaster struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011, when the deadliest and costliest single tornado in U.S. history left a 35-kilometer (22-mile) long path of destruction. The storm killed 161 … more

Right Size + Right Chemistry = Right Stuff for Plastics Manufacturing
Release Date: May 19, 2016

Plastic manufacturing is an energy-intensive process. Now, research performed in part at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has revealed a way to reduce the energy demand in … more

NIST Forensic Scientist Helps Vietnamese Counterparts Identify Wartime Remains
Release Date: May 18, 2016

In a Hanoi, Vietnam, hotel conference room, Mike Coble led a group of scientists through a series of calculations. Coble’s presentation was heavy on the statistics, and this created a lot of work … more

Thirty-Four Organizations Apply for the 2016 Baldrige Award
Release Date: May 16, 2016

Thirty-four organizations from a wide range of sectors and U.S. states have submitted applications for the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Demonstrating the relevance and value of the … more

NIST ‘RAMPS’ Up Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development With New Grants
Release Date: May 12, 2016

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering up to $1 million in grants to establish up to eight Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) … more

A Crack in the Mystery of ‘Oobleck’—Friction Thickens Fluids
Release Date: May 5, 2016

By revealing missing details behind the odd behavior of a science fair favorite—a soupy mixture known as “oobleck” that switches back and forth between liquid and solid— scientists from the … more

Building Security into Cyber-Physical Systems: NIST Researchers Suggest Approach for Trustworthy Modern Infrastructure
Release Date: May 4, 2016

We are immersed in a cyber-physical world. Information technology is deeply embedded in traditionally non-IT systems, including automobiles, the electric grid and emergency response. But in many of … more

JILA Extends Laser ‘Combing’ Method to Identify Large, Complex Molecules
Release Date: May 4, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. – JILA physicists have extended the capability of their powerful laser “combing” technique to identify the structures of large, complex molecules of the sort found in explosives, … more

NIST’s Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board Names New Chair
Release Date: April 29, 2016

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Willie E. May today announced the appointment of Christopher Boyer as … more

NIST Awards First Entrepreneurship Grant
Release Date: April 28, 2016

During his postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Chris Brown designed a lens system that has the potential to improve the performance of imaging and … more

NIST Kicks Off Effort to Defend Encrypted Data from Quantum Computer Threat
Release Date: April 28, 2016

If an exotic quantum computer is invented that could break the codes we depend on to protect confidential electronic information, what will we do to maintain our security and privacy? That's the … more

CNST Releases the Spring 2016 Edition of the CNST News
Release Date: April 27, 2016

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the Spring 2016 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more

New Chip-Based Sensor Finds Power in Versatility
Release Date: April 26, 2016

Prototype Deconstructed: PML's John Lehman holds a circular wafer full of chips, each of which features a carbon nanotube-coated "lollipop." When assembled, the chips are mounted to the base … more

Chile Quake at Epicenter of Expanding Disaster and Failure Data Repository
Release Date: April 26, 2016

Feb. 27, 2010, is a date that most Chileans will probably never forget. On that day, the sixth strongest earthquake in recorded history—packing a force greater than the most powerful thermonuclear … more

Peer Network of Executives Ends Fellowship with Leadership and its Challenges Addressed
Release Date: April 25, 2016

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is proud to announce the completion of the year-long Baldrige Executive Fellows Program by 15 senior leaders exploring all aspects of leadership through … more

NIST’s Million-Pound Weight Stack Restoration is Complete
Release Date: April 25, 2016

PML restoration team and leadership in front of the newly refurbished million-pound weightstack. From left to right: Project Leader Rick Seifarth, Sam Ho, Kevin Chesnutwood, and Mass and … more

NIST MEP to Help Small Manufacturers Engage with Manufacturing Innovation Institutes
Release Date: April 22, 2016

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will provide up to $7 million in funding for pilot projects to benefit small U.S. manufacturers by enhancing collaboration between its … more

Head to Head: Photonic Pressure Sensors vs. Mercury-Based Standard
Release Date: April 21, 2016

PML's Jacob Ricker with the two FLOCs (copper boxes, center) and the mercury manometer (blue column, right).When a team of researchers at NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) first … more

Optical Clocks Synched to Femtoseconds Over Air
Release Date: April 21, 2016

TOP: Time information is transmitted between sites across a turbulent air path. Real-time feedback is supplied to the clock at site B to synchronize it with the clock at site A. BOTTOM: … more

NIST Could Help Keep Sequestered Carbon From Blowin’ in the Wind
Release Date: April 20, 2016

Capturing carbon dioxide gas and storing it underground is a promising strategy for reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Department of Commerce Releases R&D Roadmap for Using Data Analysis to Enhance Public Safety
Release Date: April 19, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce today issued the Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap, which outlines opportunities to spur innovation and improve public safety by making data more … more

Public Safety Data Analytics Roadmap
Release Date: April 19, 2016

In a press release issued today, the Department of Commerce announced the release of the Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap, developed by the Communications Technology Laboratory's Public … more

How Do Nature’s Materials Stack Up? “Patchy” Framework Offers New Insights into Self-Assembly
Release Date: April 19, 2016

Nature’s toolkit includes its still-matchless ability to effortlessly assemble proteins, membranes and other complex structures from parts lists of atoms, molecules and particles of various sizes … more

NIST Releases 2015 Department of Commerce Technology Transfer Report
Release Date: April 18, 2016

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Department of Commerce's (DOC) 2015 Technology Transfer Report. The annual report provides comprehensive statistics on the … more

Benefits of the Baldrige Framework in U.S. Health Care: A Summary of Recent News
Release Date: April 18, 2016

Benefits of using the Baldrige Excellence Framework in U.S. health care organizations are well established. Recent news stories and other publications and media continue to highlight the value of … more

New Nanodevice Shifts Light's Color at Single-Photon Level
Release Date: April 18, 2016

Converting a single photon from one color, or frequency, to another is an essential tool in quantum communication, which harnesses the subtle correlations between the subatomic properties of … more

Precision Testing for MEMS Accelerometers
Release Date: April 8, 2016

The goniometer-based instrument. The pivot arm is shown with a three-axis accelerometer mounted. Credit: NIST/PML. Click on image for enlarged view of the mounting area.They activate airbags. … more

Commerce Deputy Secretary Andrews Honors Four Organizations with 2015 Baldrige Award
Release Date: April 7, 2016

Describing them as “the nation’s role models for excellence,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews presented four U.S. organizations on April 3, 2016, with the Malcolm Baldrige National … more

Newly Patented NIST Technique Creates Precisely Sized Nanocontainers Useful for Drug Delivery
Release Date: April 7, 2016

What if doctors could deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to tumors without making patients sick? Bringing this dream of targeted drug delivery closer to reality for pharmaceutical manufacturers, … more

DNA-Encoded Circuits Made Easier, Faster, and More Measurable
Release Date: April 1, 2016

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston University, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a powerful tool for programming … more

For Rechargeable Batteries That Crush the Competition, Crush This Material
Release Date: April 1, 2016

By chemically modifying and pulverizing a promising group of compounds, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have potentially brought safer, solid-state … more

NIST Releases New Document on its Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Process
Release Date: March 31, 2016

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final version of a document outlining its process for developing cryptographic standards and guidelines. NIST … more

Improving CD-AFM Measurements from the Tip Down
Release Date: March 31, 2016

Figure 1. Scanning electron microscope image of the SCCDRM sample, displaying the pattern of near-vertical sidewalls with varying linewidths, high uniformity, and known linewidth values.   As … more

Neutron Microscope: Waiting for the Lens to Come
Release Date: March 30, 2016

PML's Dan Hussey in the shielded cave where the neutron microscope will be housed.When the world’s first workhorse neutron microscope – currently being designed and built by a collaboration … more

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