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Displaying news from January 01, 2004 To December 31, 2004

Chip-Scale Magnetic Sensor Draws on Mini Clock Design
Release Date: December 29, 2004

Photo of 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 … more

Flame Retardant Exposure Linked to House Dust
Release Date: December 29, 2004

Common house dust may be an important source of a potentially dangerous class of chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), according to an exploratory study* by researchers at the … more

Experiments at Demolition of Old Washington Convention Center Aim to Improve First Responder Communications
Release Date: December 15, 2004

Experiments aimed at improving emergency radio communications will be performed by researchers from the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the old … more

Commerce, Big 3 U.S. Auto Makers Form New Partnership to Improve Manufacturing Competitiveness of U.S. Automotive Industry
Release Date: December 9, 2004

Senior executives of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Technology Administration and the U.S. automotive industry today signed a memorandum of agreement establishing a new partnership to facilitate … more

Ninety-Six Earn NIST Awards
Release Date: December 7, 2004

Ninety-six employees of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards (NIST) were honored with the Departmental Bronze Medal and other NIST awards in ceremonies held Dec. 1, 2004. NIST … more

NIST Demonstrates Data ‘Repair Kit’ for Quantum Computers
Release Date: December 1, 2004

NIST physicists Dietrich Leibfried and David Wineland in the laboratory where they have developed a method for correcting data handling errors for quantum computing. ©Geoffrey Wheeler For … more

Two Manufacturers, Business School, Hospital to Receive Presidential Award for Quality and Performance Excellence
Release Date: November 23, 2004

President George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary Don Evans today announced four organizations as recipients of the 2004 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s only Presidential award … more

Gold Nano Anchors Put Nanowires in Their Place
Release Date: November 10, 2004

[Top] Scanning electron microscope image shows rows of horizontal zinc-oxide nanowires grown on a sapphire surface. The gold nanoparticles are visible on the ends of each row. Click … more

New System ‘Sees’ Crimes on Audiotape
Release Date: October 26, 2004

The Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a real-time magnetic imaging system that enables criminal investigators to "see" signs of tampering … more

Latest Findings from NIST World Trade Center Investigation Released
Release Date: October 19, 2004

Leading Collapse Sequence for Each WTC Tower The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today released the latest findings from its building and fire safety … more

April 2005 Public Briefing on NIST's World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: September 27, 2004

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a public meeting starting at 1 p.m. (EST) on April 5, 2005, at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan (1605 Broadway, Times … more

NIST Tests Provide Fire Resistance Data on World Trade Center Floor Systems
Release Date: September 9, 2004

Fire Resistance Testing of WTC Floor System, Aug. 25, 2004, Presentation by S. Shyam Sunder (Note: Presentation is presented in .pdf. To read this file, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader … more

Scientists Tame 'Hip Hop' Atoms: Precision Placement May Help in Building Nanoscale Devices
Release Date: September 9, 2004

  Joseph Stroscio; Robert Celotta / NIST A 40-nanometer-wide NIST logo made with cobalt atoms on a copper surface. The ripples in the background are made by electrons, which create a … more

NIST Unveils Chip-Scale Atomic Clock
Release Date: August 27, 2004

The heart of a minuscule atomic clock—believed to be 100 times smaller than any other atomic clock—has been demonstrated by scientists at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards … more

Scientists Report First Observation of an “Atomic Air Force”
Release Date: August 18, 2004

The first sighting of atoms flying in formation has been reported by physicists at the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado … more

UL Fire Tests
Release Date: July 26, 2004

The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to sponsor a fire test of a World Trade Center (WTC) tower floor system as part of its building and fire safety … more

Status of Data Collection Efforts
Release Date: July 21, 2004

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is basing its review, analysis, modeling, and testing work for the World Trade Center (WTC) Investigation on a solid foundation of … more

Federal Investigators Classify WTC Victims’ Locations Within Collapsed Buildings
Release Date: July 20, 2004

As part of its building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today released an … more

NIST Testing Method Quickly Tells Whether Thin Films Are Strong Enough for the Job
Release Date: July 12, 2004

The challenge of determining whether thin films—some no thicker than a single molecule—are strong enough for a growing number of important technology jobs just got easier and quicker thanks to an … more

NIST Study Shows Computerized Fingerprint Matching Is Highly Accurate
Release Date: July 6, 2004

Computerized systems that automatically match fingerprints have become so sophisticated that the best of them are accurate more than 99 percent of the time, according to the most comprehensive … more

NIST Research Reveals Tiny Iron Supplement Has ‘Chilling’ Effect That Bodes Well for Magnetic Refrigeration
Release Date: June 23, 2004

A pinch of iron dramatically boosts the cooling performance of a material considered key to the development of magnetic refrigerators, report researchers at the Commerce Department’s National … more

NIST Launches Advanced Measurement Laboratory
Release Date: June 21, 2004

Research Environment Among World’s Best for Nanotech, Leading-Edge Science NIST’s new Advanced Measurement Laboratory is the most technically advanced research facility of its kind in … more

Interim Findings from NIST World Trade Center Building and Fire Safety Investigation Identify Issues with Current Standards, Codes and Practices
Release Date: June 18, 2004

Fact Sheet of Key Interim Findings Presentation by S. Sunder (.pdf) Progress Report The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today issued its second … more

NIST Demonstrates ‘Teleportation’ of Atomic States for Quantum Computing
Release Date: June 16, 2004

© Geoffrey Wheeler NIST physicist David Wineland adjusts an ultraviolet laser beam used to manipulate ions in a high-vacuum "ion trap" used to 'teleport' the quantum state of one atom to … more

Keeping Drugs Stable Without Refrigeration
Release Date: June 16, 2004

A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but it may take only a thin coating of freeze-dried sugar to keep insulin, vaccines and other heat-sensitive, protein-based drugs working reliably … more

A Quantum Mechanical ‘Tune Up’ for Better Measurement
Release Date: June 4, 2004

By exploiting the weird quantum behavior of atoms, physicists at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a new technique that someday could … more

Evans Releases Report on Reducing Standards-Related Barriers to U.S. Exports Through Enhanced Department of Commerce Standards Activities
Release Date: May 18, 2004

Report makes recommendations for strengthening U.S. international competitiveness through coordination with Commerce, industry and other federal agencies WASHINGTON, D.C. – Commerce Secretary … more

System Sets Speed Record for Quantum Encryption
Release Date: May 7, 2004

Physicist Joshua Bienfang sets up the NIST quantum key distribution system to receive a string of photons from colleagues stationed on the top floor of the NIST Administration Building (shown in … more

NIST System Sets Speed Record For Generation of Quantum Keys for ‘Unbreakable’ Encryption
Release Date: May 3, 2004

The fastest known cryptographic system based on transmission of single photons—the smallest pulses of light—has been demonstrated by a team at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of … more

Background on Quantum Key Distribution
Release Date: April 29, 2004

Background on Quantum Key Distribution Quantum encryption systems use lasers to generate individual pulses of light called photons. Each photon is sent in one of two modes, either … more

Better Chemistry Through Nanorings
Release Date: April 12, 2004

Field within and around a 60 nm radius gold nanoring. Enhanced fields inside the nanoring would make the nanoring a useful container for precision nanoexperiments. Gold rings … more

Four New Members Named to NIST’s Technology Advisory Committee
Release Date: April 5, 2004

The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Acting Director Hratch Semerjian has named four distinguished industry and business experts to serve on the … more

NIST Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Investigation Team Calls for Improvements
Release Date: March 3, 2004

Fact Sheet: Key Findings and Recommendations for Improvement; NIST Investigation of The Station Nightclub Fire Presentation on Draft Report on The Station Nightclub Fire Given at March 3, 2005 … more

NIST Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Investigation Team Calls for Improvements
Release Date: March 3, 2004

Fact Sheet: Key Findings and Recommendations for Improvement; NIST Investigation of The Station Nightclub Fire Presentation on Draft Report on The Station Nightclub Fire Given at March 3, 2005 … more

NIST to Hold Public Meeting on WTC Investigation in NYC on February 12
Release Date: February 12, 2004

Location: New York Marriott Financial Center Hotel, 85 West Street, New York, NY Meeting agenda The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has scheduled a … more

NCST Advisory Committee Submits First Annual Report to Congress
Release Date: February 12, 2004

The National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Advisory Committee, the panel of 10 building and fire experts established to advise the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and … more

President Continues to Make Technology a Priority
Release Date: February 2, 2004

More on FY 2005 budget request FY 2005 budget briefing by Undersecretary for Technology Phillip Bond and NIST Director Arden Bement (pdf) President Bush outlined his continued support for science … more

Deborah Jin Remarks - Jan. 28, 2004
Release Date: January 28, 2004

Good morning. I am delighted to be here today to tell you about some exciting new results from our lab. I will start with a brief description of what we see in these experiments after which I will … more

NIST/University of Colorado Scientists Create New Form of Matter: A Fermionic Condensate
Release Date: January 28, 2004

Left to right Deborah Jin, Markus Greiner, Cindy Regal ©Geoffrey Wheeler To obtain a high-resolution copy of this image contact Gail Porter. Opening Statement from Press … more