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Displaying news from January 04, 2015 To March 05, 2015

NIST Gaithersburg Will Be Closed Thursday, March 5, 2015
Release Date: March 5, 2015

On Thursday, March 5, NIST Gaithersburg is closed with limited access due to expected heavy snowfall. All meetings and conferences are canceled for today. No public access will be … more

New Data Show Baldrige State-by-State Impacts
Release Date: March 4, 2015

Newly released data highlight benefits throughout the country of the network of state and local Baldrige-based programs called the Alliance for Performance Excellence. The Alliance is a key partner … more

New Imaging Technique Finds Formation of Aluminum Alloys to Blame for Next-Gen Battery Failures
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, and Sandia National Laboratories, have for the first time imaged the inner workings of … more

Double Vision: New NIST Technique Can See Nanoscale 'Tree' and Microscale 'Forest' Simultaneously
Release Date: March 3, 2015

A close-up view of an individual tree won’t tell you much about what’s going on in the forest, or even what’s going on in the tree’s upper branches. The same goes for studying nanoparticles. What … more

New NIST Reference Material Provides a Silver Lining for NanoEHS Research
Release Date: March 3, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new silver nanoparticle reference material to support researchers studying potential environmental, health and safety risks … more

NIST Invites Applications for the 2015 Standards Services Curricula Development Program
Release Date: March 3, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering financial support for the development of undergraduate and graduate-level curricula that integrate standards and … more

OSAC Forensic Science Standards Priority Discussions Now Available in Webcast Archive
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Those who missed presentations of forensic science standards development priorities at the first public meetings of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) earlier this month can now … more

Recapping the First Public OSAC Meetings: What is an SDO?
Release Date: March 2, 2015

 The five Scientific Area Committees within the NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees held their first public meetings in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 16-17, coinciding with the American Academy … more

NIST Gaithersburg Will Open at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2015
Release Date: March 2, 2015

On Monday, March 2, NIST Gaithersburg will have a delayed opening due to ice/snow. The site is closed for business until 11 a.m.  Gates A (Main Gate) and F (Muddy Branch Road) will open at 10 a.m. … more

NIST Gaithersburg Will Open at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015
Release Date: February 26, 2015

On Thursday, February 26, NIST Gaithersburg will have a delayed opening due to snow. The site is closed for business until 11 a.m.  Gates A (Main Gate) and F (Muddy Branch Road) will open at 10 … more

NIST Boulder Site Will Open at 10:00 a.m. (MST), Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Release Date: February 26, 2015

The Department of Commerce Labs site in Boulder, Colo., including NIST, NOAA, and NTIA, will open at 10:00 a.m. today. Designated emergency employees should report to work as scheduled. Employees … more

PML to Help Automated Precision Incorporated Improve Laser Tracker Measurement Testing
Release Date: February 25, 2015

Laser trackers are state-of-the-art measuring machines that are capable of measuring the dimensions of large objects (up to approximately 120 meters in length) with uncertainties as small as … more

NIST Awards $26 Million to Support Manufacturing in 10 States
Release Date: February 24, 2015

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced the award of new cooperative agreements to 10 nonprofit organizations and … more

NIST's Michael Boss to Receive Tech Transfer Award for MRI Calibration Standard
Release Date: February 24, 2015

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Michael Boss will receive the 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, according to the … more

MedImmune and NIST Partner to Advance Development of Biological Therapies
Release Date: February 20, 2015

Additional Contact: Tracy Rossin (MedImmune) 301-398-1468 GAITHERSBURG, Md.—MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s … more

Computing for Better Radiation Therapy
Release Date: February 19, 2015

A photograph of the free-air chamber used for the physical measurements (left) and the corresponding model used in the computational simulations (right). Doctors devising a plan of attack on a … more

A New MAP for LED Lighting
Release Date: February 19, 2015

Ben Tsai (left) and Maria Nadal demonstrate one kind of solid-state light that can be mounted in the integrating sphere for measurements. Click on image for wider view of laboratory area. LED … more

Accelerometer Calibration Service
Release Date: February 19, 2015

In a few weeks, NIST will begin offering a new, state-of-the-art calibration service for accelerometers. Based on a technique called laser interferometry, the system will be sensitive enough to … more

NIST Awards $20 Million for Research Center to Help Communities Increase Resilience to Disaster
Release Date: February 19, 2015

San Diego—The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it has awarded a $20 million cooperative agreement to Colorado State … more

New NIST Tools to Help Boost Wireless Channel Frequencies and Capacity
Release Date: February 18, 2015

Smartphones and tablets are everywhere, which is great for communications but a growing burden on wireless channels. Forecasted huge increases in mobile data traffic call for exponentially more … more

Seeking Excellence? All Roads Lead to 2015 Quest Conference in April
Release Date: February 18, 2015

Look up the origin of the word “quest” and you’ll find it comes from a Latin verb to “seek or ask.” For organizations seeking insight toward improved performance and results, there’s no better … more

CNST Releases the Winter 2015 Edition of the CNST News
Release Date: February 18, 2015

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2015 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more

Last Call for 2015 Baldrige Sponsorship Opportunities for the Quest Conference!
Release Date: February 17, 2015

The sponsor application process closes February 27. Organizations and individuals are invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program by becoming Baldrige sponsors, who support … more

NIST Gaithersburg Will Be Closed Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Release Date: February 17, 2015

On Tuesday, February 17, NIST Gaithersburg is closed with limited access due to snow. All meetings and conferences are canceled for today. No public access will be permitted. Telework ready … more

Autonomous Atom Assembly of Nanostructures using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope
Release Date: February 13, 2015

Automated assembly of individual cobalt atoms on an atomically flat copper surface into simple geometric shapes, a square, a triangle, and a circle. From left to right, each figure shows the … more

First Scientific Area Committee Meetings for Forensic Science to be Webcast
Release Date: February 13, 2015

Forensic scientists interested in watching the first public meetings of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees will be able to see them online via a NIST webcast. The meetings will take … more

NIST Drafts Plug-and-Pay Standards
Release Date: February 12, 2015

Photos: Ted Bohn, Argonne National Laboratory Plug-in electric vehicles make up a growing share of the nation’s rolling stock and are prompting increased demand for the electrical equivalent … more

NIST Announces Pilot Grants Competition to Improve Security and Privacy of Online Identity Verification Systems
Release Date: February 12, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching a competition for a fourth round of grants to pilot online identity verification systems that help improve the privacy, … more

NIST Shows Crystal Pattern Mapping Can Recover Obliterated Serial Numbers in Metals
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a technique for mapping deformation in metals that can recover destroyed serial numbers on metal objects … more

More Evidence that Baldrige Criteria Help Organizations Perform Better
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Several recent articles in national journals support the validity of the Baldrige approach across several sectors, including health care and manufacturing.First, "Understanding High-Reliability … more

Vendors Sought to Develop Model System to Monitor Security of Energy Industry Networked Control Systems
Release Date: February 10, 2015

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is seeking collaborators on an effort to help energy companies improve the security of the networked technologies they rely upon to control … more

NIST Releases Update of Industrial Control Systems Security Guide for Final Public Review
Release Date: February 10, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued proposed updates to its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security (NIST Special Publication 800-82) for final public … more

NIST Scientists to Give Latest Results at American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting
Release Date: February 5, 2015

Whether they're analyzing fingerprints at a murder scene or digital clues on a criminal's cell phone, forensic laboratories use research, standards and data from the U.S. National Institute of … more

NIST Advisory Committee Welcomes New Member
Release Date: February 5, 2015

Michael Garvey, president and CEO of M-7 Technologies, an engineering, manufacturing and research organization, has joined the primary advisory committee for the National Institute of Standards and … more

New Best Practices Guide Shows Unit Pricing Is a Great Deal
Release Date: February 3, 2015

In an effort to help shoppers everywhere get the best value for their money, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have produced a best practices guide for the … more

Flip Out! Noncommittal Material Could Make For Hypersensitive Magnetic Direction Detector
Release Date: February 3, 2015

While the mysterious, unseen forces magnets project are now (mostly) well-understood, they can still occasionally surprise us. For instance, thin films of cobalt have been observed to spontaneously … more

President’s FY 2016 Budget Request for NIST Seeks a Safer, More Secure and Smart Tech Future
Release Date: February 3, 2015

The U.S. Department of Commerce today released details of the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2016 for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The total discretionary … more

Hidden Uncertainties Uncovered in Nuclear Forensic Measurement
Release Date: February 2, 2015

A visualization of the detectors used for anticoincidence counting, the popular method for precisely measuring radioactive nuclides that was the subject of this work. The image depicts the … more

NIST Modeling Study Reveals the Lethal Dynamics of a San Francisco House Fire
Release Date: January 30, 2015

A new computer-based fire-dynamics study by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has helped to clarify the circumstances and violent fire behavior of a lethal … more

NIST Announces New Center to Support Florida Manufacturers
Release Date: January 30, 2015

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will fund a new center in Florida … more

Public-Private Sector Partners Launch $2 Million Open Innovation Challenge to Find Advanced Energy Absorbing Materials
Release Date: January 29, 2015

NFL, GE & Under Armour collaborate with U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Head Health Challenge III NEW YORK (January 29, 2015) – The NFL, … more

Neutron Beams Reveal How Two Potential Pieces of Parkinson's Puzzle Fit
Release Date: January 29, 2015

To understand diseases like Parkinson’s, the tiniest of puzzles may hold big answers. That’s why a team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have … more

NIST Forensic Science Standards Committees to Hold First Public Meetings in February 2015
Release Date: January 27, 2015

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), which coordinates the development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community under the auspices of the National Institute … more

Restoration Begins on NIST's Million-Pound Deadweight Machine
Release Date: January 27, 2015

For the first time in half a century, NIST’s 4.45-million newton (equivalent to one million pounds-force) deadweight machine – the largest in the world – is being disassembled for cleaning, … more

NIST Security Guide Walks Organizations Through the Mobile App Security Vetting Process
Release Date: January 26, 2015

A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides guidance for organizations to improve security as employees move to mobile devices such as phones and … more

Prototype for First Traceable PET-MR Phantom
Release Date: January 23, 2015

A fused PET-CT image of the new phantom with its traceably calibrated amount of fluorine-18 (orange). The circular objects are the MR-visible test spheres; in this PET-CT image they appear … more

Hybrid Memory Device for Superconducting Computing
Release Date: January 23, 2015

A team of NIST scientists has devised and demonstrated a novel nanoscale memory technology for superconducting computing that could hasten the advent of an urgently awaited, low-energy alternative … more

Weighing Gas with Sound and Microwaves
Release Date: January 23, 2015

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a novel method to rapidly and accurately calibrate gas flow meters, such as those used to measure natural gas … more

Open-Source Software for Quantum Information
Release Date: January 23, 2015

The software allows real-time experiment control for quantum information systems realized in trapped ions. NIST has partnered with the private sector to develop the next-generation … more

New Portable Vacuum Standard
Release Date: January 23, 2015

The PVS is housed within the white “igloo” enclosure at left. At right is an auxiliary vacuum system used for pressure calibrations. A novel Portable Vacuum Standard (PVS) has been added to … more

NIST Requests Round Two Comments on its Cryptographic Standards Process
Release Date: January 23, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking comments on a revised draft document that details the principles and processes it will follow to develop its cryptographic … more

Symposium to Focus on Future of Voting Systems
Release Date: January 21, 2015

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are sponsoring a two-day symposium to explore emerging trends in voting. The symposium will … more

Supercomputer Simulations Yield Method for Predicting Behavior of New Concrete Formulas
Release Date: January 21, 2015

Just because concrete is the most widely used building material in human history doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. A recent study conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Standards … more

NIST Meeting: Cybersecurity Is a Key Ingredient In the Manufacturing Mix
Release Date: January 20, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is bringing experts together to discuss the cybersecurity challenges faced by the rapidly developing field of direct digital manufacturing … more

PML scientists discover a better metal contact that improves two-dimensional transistor performance
Release Date: January 16, 2015

Two-dimensional (2D) materials* such as molybdenum-disulfide (MoS2) are attracting much attention for future electronic and photonic applications ranging from high-performance computing to flexible … more

Liquids and Glasses Relax, Too. But Not Like You Thought.
Release Date: January 15, 2015

A new insight into the fundamental mechanics of the movement of molecules recently published* by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a surprising view of … more

2015-2016 Baldrige Education and Health Care Framework and Criteria Now Available
Release Date: January 15, 2015

Now available for purchase on the Baldrige website; the Baldrige Excellence Framework and Criteria (Education) and the Baldrige Excellence Framework and Criteria (Health Care). These publications, … more

Mountaintop Sensor Finds High Methane over LA
Release Date: January 14, 2015

From NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jan. 13, 2015 A study using two years of observations from a novel mountaintop instrument finds that Los Angeles' annual emissions of methane, an important … more

2015 Baldrige Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available!
Release Date: January 12, 2015

Organizations and individuals are invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program by becoming Baldrige sponsors, who support a range of products and services, including the 27th … more

President Obama Announces New Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Knoxville, Tennessee
Release Date: January 9, 2015

A Knoxville-area based consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, universities and research laboratories is partnering with the Department of Energy to create a more than $250 million manufacturing … more

NIST Announces Two Grant Programs for Middle School Teachers
Release Date: January 7, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced two grant programs for middle school science teachers. Public school districts or accredited private educational institutes … more

NIST Contributes to Media’s Top Science Stories of 2014
Release Date: January 7, 2015

Cool instruments—literally—made by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) contributed to the media's top science stories of 2014. NIST sensor chip to be installed in an … more

NIST Grants for Undergraduate Research Announced
Release Date: January 7, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications for its annual NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. First established in 1993, the NIST … more

New Collaborative Project Will Give Manufacturing Some New Digital Threads
Release Date: January 6, 2015

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers and their industrial partners aim to add a new dimension to manufacturing capabilities. In a new project, they will demonstrate the … more

4th NIST Disaster Resilience Workshop, San Diego, Feb. 18-19, 2015
Release Date: January 6, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host, on Feb. 18 and 19, 2015, its fourth regional workshop devoted to developing a first-generation framework that will help U.S. … more

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