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Displaying news from January 01, 2006 To December 31, 2006

108 Local Residents Earn Commerce Department, NIST Awards
Release Date: December 22, 2006

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently presented 37 local area staff members of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with Gold and Silver Medal Awards—the two highest … more

Participants Wanted for 2007 Text Retrieval Trials
Release Date: December 21, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking participants for its upcoming Text Retrieval Conference—TREC 2007. Since 1992, TREC has been fostering research to enable more … more

Tool Helps Write Rules for XML Communication
Release Date: December 21, 2006

If you have done an Internet search, bought anything from a Web site or subscribed to a news alert service, chances are you used a special computer document language called XML. Similar to HTML, … more

2007 Baldrige Criteria for Excellence Now Available
Release Date: December 21, 2006

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria are the basis for a Baldrige Award application, but in addition, thousands of organizations use them to assess their performance, guide improvements and … more

December 21, 2006
Release Date: December 21, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a revised version of Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems (NIST Special Publication 800-53). First … more

NIST Laser-Based Method Cleans Up Grubby Nanotubes
Release Date: December 21, 2006

Before and after electron microscope images of a pyroelectric detector coated with single-walled nanotubes (SWNTs) visually demonstrate the effect of the laser cleaning process. In … more

New Targets May Hit Bull’s-Eye for Chip Makers
Release Date: December 7, 2006

The bull’s-eye solution to the semiconductor industry’s hunt for more exact means to measure the relative positions of ever-tinier devices squeezed by the millions onto silicon chips might be new … more

Unusually Stable Glasses May Benefit Drugs, Coatings
Release Date: December 7, 2006

Just spray and chill. That sums up a new approach to making remarkably stable glassy materials from organic (carbon-containing) molecules that could lead to novel coatings and to improvements in … more

NIST Test Fans the Flames for High-Rise Fire Safety
Release Date: November 22, 2006

Members of a research team watch flames erupt from an abandoned Chicago apartment building during a Nov. 10 test of positive pressure ventilation in high-rise fires. Red truck (lower … more

Enhanced Air Quality Modeling Software Available
Release Date: November 22, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced that an enhanced version of its CONTAM indoor air quality modeling software is now available. CONTAM 2.4b is the latest … more

Decimals Score a Point on International Standards
Release Date: November 22, 2006

We're in the end game. It soon may be possible to write international standards documents with decimal points in them. The issue is more than academic—it can affect sales of U.S. exports. The … more

NIST Physicist Wins APS Keithley Award
Release Date: November 22, 2006

The American Physical Society (APS) has named National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Kent Irwin as the recipient of the society's 2007 Joseph F. Keithley Award For Advances … more

December Workshop Focuses on Advancing Telemedicine
Release Date: November 22, 2006

Telemedicine, the electronic exchange of medical information, can have a tremendous impact on the accessibility, quality and cost of healthcare. But the continued advancement and application of … more

Three to Receive Presidential Award for Excellence
Release Date: November 21, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C.—President George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez today announced three organizations as recipients of the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the … more

NIST Physicist Receives APS I.I. Rabi Prize
Release Date: November 9, 2006

The American Physical Society (APS) announced last week the selection of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Jun Ye, to receive the 2007 I.I. Rabi Prize. Named for the … more

NIST Staff Honored in 2006 Presidential Rank Awards
Release Date: November 9, 2006

Five senior members of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) staff have been honored in the 2006 Presidential Rank Awards. The awards recognize exceptional long-term … more

Steven Bellovin to Receive NIST/NSA Security Award
Release Date: November 9, 2006

Steven M. Bellovin, a pioneer researcher on network security, will be presented with the 2007 National Information Systems Security Award by the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

'Tornadoes' Are Transferred From Light to Sodium Atoms
Release Date: November 9, 2006

For the first time, tornado-like rotational motions have been transferred from light to atoms in a controlled way at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The new quantum … more

2006 Machine Translation Evaluation Results Posted
Release Date: November 9, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted at www.nist.gov/speech/tests/mt the results of the NIST 2006 Machine Translation Evaluation (MT-06), part of an ongoing series … more

NIST Issues Info Security Primer for Managers
Release Date: November 9, 2006

Heads of federal agencies, chief information officers and any manager who needs a broad overview on information security practices will be interested in a new information security handbook recently … more

New Measurement Guide Worth ‘Poring Over’
Release Date: November 9, 2006

In industries from textiles to automobiles and from pharmaceuticals to semiconductors, accurately measuring empty spaces—technically speaking, porosity—is a substantial matter, important to efforts … more

New Web-based System Leads to Better, More Timely Data
Release Date: October 26, 2006

After two years of work, an innovative project using Web-based technologies to speed researcher access to a large body of new scientific data has demonstrated that not only access to but also the … more

Vulnerability Database Hits 20,000 Software-Flaw Mark
Release Date: October 26, 2006

Established just a little over a year ago, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) National Vulnerability Database (NVD) now contains information on 20,000 computer system … more

Turning a Nuclear Spotlight on Illegal Weapons Material
Release Date: October 26, 2006

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have demonstrated that they can cheaply, quickly and accurately identify even … more

O’Brian Named Director of NIST Boulder Laboratories
Release Date: October 26, 2006

Thomas R. O'Brian, chief of the Time and Frequency Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been appointed director of the NIST Boulder Laboratories. As NIST … more

NIST Physicists Boost 'Entanglement' of Atom Pairs
Release Date: October 18, 2006

The NIST process for "purifying" an unusual property of quantum physics called entanglement involves illuminating two pairs of beryllium ions (charged atoms) with a series of ultraviolet … more

Molecular Spintronic Action Confirmed in Nanostructure
Release Date: October 12, 2006

NIST researchers made the first confirmed "spintronic" device incorporating organic molecules using a nanoscale pore test structure, which consisted of self-assembled molecules (shown in … more

NIST Issues Four-Pack of Computer Security Pubs
Release Date: October 12, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently issued four publications to provide computer security advice on issues ranging from securing Windows XP Home Edition® computers and … more

NIST Releases New Standard for Semiconductor Industry
Release Date: October 12, 2006

A wide range of optical electronic devices, from laser disk players to traffic lights, may be improved in the future thanks to a small piece of semiconductor, about the size of a button, coated … more

NIST Physicist Awarded Service to America Medal
Release Date: September 28, 2006

Dr. William D. Phillips, the first researcher from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to become a Nobel Laureate, has been awarded the 2006 Career Achievement Medal in the … more

Model Homes Offer National IAQ Impact Results
Release Date: September 28, 2006

Airborne contaminants in homes can range from allergic agents such as mold to potentially lethal threats such as carbon monoxide. Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Emergency Tests Focus on Lab Radioactivity Analyses
Release Date: September 28, 2006

Working under severe time pressure, government laboratories can analyze radioactive samples fairly quickly—in a matter of hours—but with variable accuracy, and sometimes relaxed quality control … more

Firefighter Radios May Fail During High-Temp Fires
Release Date: September 28, 2006

Firefighters sometimes find themselves fighting blazes in temperatures as high as 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Firefighter gear and self-contained breathing apparatus can allow firefighters to … more

Robot Wheelchair May Give Patients More Independence
Release Date: September 28, 2006

NIST research assistants demonstrate two functions of the prototype robotic HLPR chair (left) facilitating leg exercise and (right) lifting the patient to reach high shelves. View a … more

Fifteen Prepare for Baldrige Site Visits
Release Date: September 28, 2006

Starting Oct. 16, teams of business, education and health care experts will visit 13 organizations—one service company, three small businesses, three education organizations and six health care … more

New Standards Portal Focuses on U.S.-China Trade
Release Date: September 28, 2006

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), have launched … more

Comments Sought on New IT Security Guides
Release Date: September 28, 2006

On Sept. 26, 2006, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released three draft information technology security publications for public comment: Special Publication (SP) 800-54, … more

ERCC to Begin Test Rounds for Final RNA Reference Set
Release Date: September 14, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the External RNA Controls Consortium (ERCC), has awarded a contract to Commonwealth Biotechnologies, Inc. (CBI, … more

NIST Guide Details Forensic Practices for Data Analysis
Release Date: September 14, 2006

TV shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" have popularized the role of forensic science in solving crimes. Now, computer security experts at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Nanomanufacturing Meeting to Chart Research Needs
Release Date: September 14, 2006

Experts in manufacturing processes, measurement science and tools, and computational methods will meet Oct. 17-19, 2006, in Gaithersburg, Md., to set research goals and chart other next steps … more

Small, Low-noise Oscillator May Help in Surveillance
Release Date: September 14, 2006

A new design for a microwave oscillator that is smaller, simpler, and produces clearer signals at a single frequency than comparable devices has been invented at the National Institute of Standards … more

New Reference Materials Support Industrial Zeolites
Release Date: September 14, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued three new reference materials to support researchers studying the properties of commercially important … more

Joint Quantum Institute Created by University of Maryland, NIST and NSA
Release Date: September 11, 2006

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Today, the University of Maryland (UM), the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Security Agency (NSA) announced the … more

NIST’s World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: September 8, 2006

(9/8/2006, ARCHIVE, incorporated into 9/19/2011 update) What is NIST? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the Commerce Department’s Technology Administration. … more

New Fact Sheet Addresses Questions on WTC Report
Release Date: August 31, 2006

When the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the final report in October 2005 from its technical investigation of the fires and collapses of the World Trade Center (WTC) … more

October Summit to Focus on Healthcare Technology
Release Date: August 31, 2006

Americans are living longer than ever. As the senior population grows over the coming years, increasing the quality of healthcare while reducing costs will become even more of a priority than it is … more

Meeting to Examine Industry Impact of Chemical Controls
Release Date: August 31, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has co-organized with U.S. industry a workshop to address the increasing pressure on manufacturers from emerging chemical controls and … more

How-To Guide for Removing Data from Storage Media
Release Date: August 31, 2006

Before ditching or donating that used computer, CD or other data-storage media, sensitive or personal information should be properly "sanitized," according to a new guide from the National … more

Workshops Address How to Avoid Progressive Collapse
Release Date: August 31, 2006

The 1995 bombing that triggered the collapse of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., first raised concerns in the United States about the safety of public buildings from … more

Gold Nanoparticles Prove to Be Hot Stuff
Release Date: August 31, 2006

A gold nanobead, trapped with 205 milliwatts of infrared laser light, heats up to about 75 degrees C or 167 degrees F (shown in dark red) and the temperature in the surrounding area … more

Nano-Signals Get a Boost from Magnetic Spin Waves
Release Date: August 31, 2006

This simulation shows how two nano-oscillators, spaced 500 nanometers apart, synchronize their microwave signals by overlapping and merging their "spin waves," magnetic emissions caused by … more

NIST Scientists Use Electron Beam to Unravel the Secrets of an ‘Atomic Switch’: New Findings Improve Construction Tools and Knowhow for Nanoscale Devices
Release Date: August 17, 2006

NIST researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to move a single cobalt atom (blue sphere) in a small molecule back and forth between two positions on a crystal surface … more

Putting Search and Rescue Robots Through Their Paces
Release Date: August 17, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, is sponsoring a workshop and a … more

Draft Guidance on Improving Security of Home Computers
Release Date: August 17, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is  looking for comments on new guidelines aimed at helping end-users, in  particular telecommuting federal employees, improve the security of … more

New Web Database Improves Access to Ionic Liquid Data
Release Date: August 17, 2006

Chemical engineers and others designing "green" industrial processes using new ionic liquid solvents now have an important new resource, an on-line database of physical properties developed by the … more

Structure of Key Enzyme in Plague Bacterium Found
Release Date: August 17, 2006

Ribbon rendering of the structure of AC-IV in Yersina pestis as determined at NIST. The enzyme is a dimer (two identical subunits around a vertical axis), and each of the two subunits … more

NIST’s New Advanced Imaging Facility Peers Inside Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Release Date: August 15, 2006

GAITHERSBURG, MD –Thanks to a new and improved imaging instrument at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), scientists now can conduct detailed … more

Two NIST Researchers Earn Presidential Honors
Release Date: August 3, 2006

The White House has announced that two researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among the 56 recipients of the 2005 Presidential Early Career Awards for … more

Workshop Addresses Imaging Technology in Therapeutics
Release Date: August 3, 2006

Increasingly, medical and pharmaceutical researchers are looking to biomedical imaging as a tool to track disease progress, speed drug discovery and improve patient outcomes. The goal is to … more

NIST Makes Changes to Key Security Publication
Release Date: August 3, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting comments on a draft revision of Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems (NIST Special Publication … more

Links Between DNA Damage and Breast Cancer Studied
Release Date: August 3, 2006

Researchers from the Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have uncovered a pattern of DNA damage in connective tissues in the … more

New X-Ray Microbeam Answers 20-Year-Old Metals Question submicron xray beam
Release Date: August 3, 2006

Novel 3-D microbeam experiment enables direct proof of the Mughrabi model of metal stress. Submicron X-ray beam (broad arrow) penetrates a deformed copper single crystal and is diffracted … more

‘Micro-boxes’ of Water Used to Study Single Molecules
Release Date: July 20, 2006

Prodded by optical tweezers, two "hydrosomes" move together and fuse to mix their contents, in an experiment using water droplets as minuscule boxes for manipulating small numbers of … more

Add Nanotubes and Stir—With the Right Force
Release Date: July 20, 2006

NIST researchers have mapped the relationship between stirring force and nanotube arrangement, an advance key to the processing of new nanocomposite materials. Images show the evolution … more

Novel Nano-Etched Cavity Makes LEDs 7 Times Brighter
Release Date: July 20, 2006

  Etched nanostructured rings around an LED can make it more than seven times brighter. The novel technique developed at NIST may have applications in areas such as in biomedical imaging … more

Mercury Atomic Clock Sets Time-Keeping Record
Release Date: July 20, 2006

NIST physicist Jim Bergquist with the world's most accurate clock. The silver cylinder in the foreground is a magnetically shielded cryogenic vacuum system, which holds the heart of the … more

‘Micro-boxes’ of Water Used to Study Single Molecules
Release Date: July 20, 2006

Prodded by optical tweezers, two "hydrosomes" move together and fuse to mix their contents, in an experiment using water droplets as minuscule boxes for manipulating small numbers of … more

NIST Director Testifies on Voting Machine Standards
Release Date: July 20, 2006

On July 19, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Bill Jeffrey testified before the House Committee on Science and the Committee on House Administration on "Voting … more

NIST Can Help You 'MBARK' onto Better Biometric Systems
Release Date: July 20, 2006

Once a tool primarily used by law enforcement to help identify criminals, biometric technologies increasingly are being used by government and the private sector to authenticate a person's … more

Road to AC Voltage Standard Leads to Important Junction
Release Date: July 20, 2006

After 10 years of research, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has unveiled the world's first precision instrument for directly measuring alternating current (AC) voltages. … more

Mercury Atomic Clock Keeps Time with Record Accuracy
Release Date: July 14, 2006

BOULDER, COLO.—An experimental atomic clock based on a single mercury atom is now at least five times more precise than the national standard clock based on a "fountain" of cesium atoms, according … more

NIST, UM Program To Support Nanotech Development
Release Date: July 6, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland (UM) have joined in a $1.5 million cooperative program that will further NIST's efforts to develop … more

Rust Never Sleeps: New SRM Aids Coated Steel Industry
Release Date: July 6, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a new reference material to aid quality control in the steel coatings industry. The new Standard Reference Material (SRM) … more

Researchers Peg Magnetism as Key Driver of High-Temperature Superconductivity
Release Date: July 6, 2006

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—When it comes to superconductivity, magnetic excitations may top good vibrations. Writing in the July 6, 2006, issue of Nature,* scientists working at the Commerce Department's … more

Stress Management: X-Rays Reveal Si Thin-Film Defects
Release Date: July 6, 2006

X-ray topographs of three different strata of a strained-silicon wafer show close correspondence in defects from the base silicon layer (top) through the final strained-silicon layer … more

NIST Grant to University of Maryland Steps Up the Agency’s Nanotechnology Efforts
Release Date: July 6, 2006

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have joined in a $1.5 million cooperative program that will further … more

NIST RoboCrane® Cuts Aircraft Maintenance Costs
Release Date: July 6, 2006

Click here for hi-res version. A worker in a protective cab on a NIST-developed revolutionary robotic platform strips paint off a U.S. Air Force C-130. The easily maneuverable … more

New Ion Trap May Lead to Large Quantum Computers
Release Date: July 6, 2006

False-color images of 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12 magnesium ions loaded into NIST's new planar ion trap. Red indicates areas of highest fluorescence, or the centers of the ions. As more ions are … more

NIST RoboCrane® Cuts Aircraft Maintenance Costs
Release Date: July 6, 2006

Click here for hi-res version. A worker in a protective cab on a NIST-developed revolutionary robotic platform strips paint off a U.S. Air Force C-130. The easily maneuverable … more

Magnetic Ties May Explain High-Temp Superconductors
Release Date: July 6, 2006

When it comes to superconductivity, magnetic excitations may top good vibrations. Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) … more

Commerce's NIST Sending Experts to Examine Missouri Building Collapse
Release Date: June 27, 2006

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is immediately sending two structural engineers to Clinton, Mo., to gather … more

NIST’s FISMA Team Receives AFFIRM Leadership Award
Release Date: June 22, 2006

The Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) recently awarded a team of NIST employees the Leadership in Service to the Government IT Community award for its outstanding … more

Seventy-Six Apply for Nation’s Top Honor for Excellence
Release Date: June 22, 2006

Seventy-six organizations have sent the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) their applications for the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's Presidential … more

Draft Guide Will Help Make WLANs More Secure
Release Date: June 22, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is requesting comments on a new draft guide that is intended to help organizations make wireless local area networks (WLAN) more secure. The draft … more

Noise Measurement May Boost Cell Phone Performance
Release Date: June 22, 2006

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and industry collaborators have developed improved methods for accurately measuring very faint thermal "noise"—caused by … more

Improved Rating for Residential Fuel Cells
Release Date: June 22, 2006

A new performance rating system for residential fuel cells developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can help prospective buyers assess the economic value of … more

Seventy-Six Apply for Nation’s Top Honor for Excellence
Release Date: June 22, 2006

Seventy-six organizations have sent the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) their applications for the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s Presidential … more

U.S., Singapore Act to Simplify Telecom Trade
Release Date: June 22, 2006

On June 2, new, streamlined regulatory approval procedures came into effect in the United States and Singapore, allowing U.S. makers of telecommunication equipment to certify their products at home … more

Soft Materials Buckle Up for Measurement
Release Date: June 22, 2006

NIST researchers developed a new high-speed method for measuring the stiffness of soft-polymer materials like those used in contact lenses. The test material is covered with a sensor film, … more

Rooftop PV Data for Better Energy Prediction Models
Release Date: June 22, 2006

  NIST’s new Roof Photovoltaic Test Facility duplicates real-life conditions to monitor photovoltaic (PV) systems blended into concrete tile, slate and asphalt shingle roofs. Data from PV … more

NIST Reports Stricter Adherence to Standards and Codes, Recognition of Storm Surge as Keys to Minimizing Structural Damage from Hurricanes
Release Date: June 9, 2006

Performance of Physical Structures in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita: A Reconnaissance Report (NIST Technical Note 1476) (7 mb .pdf file, requires Acrobat Reader) Q&As on the NIST … more

Designer Gradients Speed Surface Science Experiments
Release Date: June 8, 2006

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated an elegantly simple technique for synthesizing a wide variety of complex surfaces that vary in a … more

Three NIST Scientists Receive Flemming Awards
Release Date: June 8, 2006

Three scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be among 11 federal employees to receive the Arthur S. Flemming Awards at an awards ceremony June 13 at The … more

Circuit Board Materials May Like It Hot (or Not)
Release Date: June 8, 2006

Electrical circuits may act differently in Arizona than they do in Alaska—potentially affecting the performance of computers and other electronics. A new technique identifies and quantifies an … more

NIST Software Makes Fire Gear Choice Easier
Release Date: June 8, 2006

Firefighters know that protective "turnout gear" (pants and coats) can save their lives. Yet because there are several different attributes of protective performance, choosing the turnout gear … more

Alliance Donates Health IT Standards Directory to NIST
Release Date: June 8, 2006

The National Alliance for Health Information Technology is donating its directory of health information technology (IT) standards to help the National Institute of Standards and Technology expand … more

NIST Bullet Tests Make Frangibles More Tangible
Release Date: June 8, 2006

Strain waves traveling at 5,000 meters per second in the NIST Kolsky bar apparatus compress a test slice from a frangible bullet to measure the precise amount of stress needed to break it … more

Mass Spectrometry Methods Database Gets Major Update
Release Date: May 25, 2006

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently added 150 new methods—nicknamed "recipes"—to a database already containing 255 procedures for analyzing specific … more

Sample Baldrige Application Available for Non-profits
Release Date: May 25, 2006

Non-profit organizations considering applying for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2007 or using the Baldrige criteria for performance excellence may be interested in an application … more

Registration Open for Biometrics Conference
Release Date: May 25, 2006

Registration is now open for the Biometrics Consortium Conference 2006, one of the nation's largest conferences featuring the latest advances in research, development, testing, standardization and … more

NIST Nobelists Testify on Science Policy
Release Date: May 25, 2006

Three Nobel Laureates from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), William Phillips (1997), Eric Cornell (2001), and John Hall (2005), testified on their physics research and … more

Neuronal Cell Cultures Kept on the Straight and Narrow
Release Date: May 25, 2006

An improved technique for culturing cells, developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), may enable new, fundamental insights into the behavior of neuronal … more

Gulf Coast MEP Centers to Help Manufacturers Recover
Release Date: May 25, 2006

This week the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded grants totaling $4.5 million to five organizations affiliated with NIST’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership … more

Still More Accurate After All These Years
Release Date: May 25, 2006

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed an improved method for measuring basic properties of complex fuel mixtures like gasoline or jet fuel. The new … more

July 'Summit' Aims for U.S. Success in Global Standards
Release Date: May 25, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a national Options for Action Summit to devise ways to strengthen U.S. efforts that help developing nations build their economies … more

Growing Glowing Nanowires to Light Up the Nanoworld
Release Date: May 25, 2006

  NIST "grows" semiconductor nanowires that emit ultraviolet light as part of a project to make prototype nano-lasers and other devices and the measurement tools needed to characterize them. … more

NIST Provides Funding to Help Small Manufacturers in Hurricane Devastated Regions of the Gulf Coast
Release Date: May 23, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla.--The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced grants totaling $4.5 million to five organizations affiliated with NIST’s Hollings … more

Precision Biochemistry Tracks DNA Damage in Fish
Release Date: May 12, 2006

Like coal-mine canaries, fish DNA can serve as a measure of the biological impact of water and sediment pollution—or pollution clean-up. That’s one of the conclusions of a new study* by researchers … more

2005 Baldrige Award Winners Applications Available
Release Date: May 12, 2006

Recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award are respected and widely emulated because of their innovative management practices and exceptional results. To learn more about the six … more

Wearable Sensors to Improve Soldier Post-Action Reports
Release Date: May 12, 2006

Future combat gear may feature wearable sensors, including cameras and audio pick-ups, to enhance the soldier's "situational awareness" and after-action reports as a result of the ASSIST … more

Furlani Named Director of NIST’s IT Lab
Release Date: May 12, 2006

Cita M. Furlani has been named director of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Furlani brings a broad range of management and … more

Low-Cost Microfluidics Can Be a Sticky Problem
Release Date: May 12, 2006

A deceptively simple approach to bonding thermoplastic microchannel plates together with solvent could be used for low-cost, high-volume production of disposable "lab-on-a-chip" devices, according … more

NIST and NCI to Collaborate On Proteomics Assessment
Release Date: May 12, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health have begun a program to develop measurement assessment … more

Laser Trapping of Erbium May Lead to Novel Devices
Release Date: April 28, 2006

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used lasers to cool and trap erbium atoms, a “rare earth” heavy metal with unusual optical, electronic and magnetic … more

Code for ‘Unbreakable’ Quantum Encryption Generated at Record Speed over Fiber
Release Date: April 18, 2006

Gaithersburg, Md.—Raw code for “unbreakable” encryption, based on the principles of quantum physics, has been generated at record speed over optical fiber at the Commerce Department’s National … more

Progressive-Disportionate Collapse Provisions
Release Date: April 14, 2006

The United Kingdom has a progressive collapse standard Standards to avoid progressive collapse Large panel Construction since 1968. The standard lists two methods for mitigating progressive … more

Urban Search and Rescue Robots Nationwide Deploy for Evaluation Exercise at Disaster City
Release Date: March 31, 2006

Ground, aerial and aquatic emergency response robots from across the country will face realistic urban search and rescue challenges April 4-6 at Disaster City near the Texas A&M University … more

Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Announces New Nanotechnology Center; Focus Is on Building Infrastructure for Nanomanufacturing
Release Date: March 20, 2006

DETROIT—U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez today in Detroit announced the launch of a state-of-the-art center for collaborative nanotechnology research at Commerce’s National Institute … more

Algorithm Advance Produces Quantum Calculation Record
Release Date: March 16, 2006

Two theoreticians from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Indiana University (IU) have published the most accurate values yet for fundamental atomic properties of a … more

Record-breaking Detector May Aid Nuclear Inspections (Tech Beat)
Release Date: March 16, 2006

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have designed and demonstrated the world’s most accurate gamma ray detector, which eventually is expected to be useful in … more

"Frequency Comb" Spectroscopy Proves to be Powerful Chemical Analysis Tool
Release Date: March 16, 2006

Boulder, Colo. -- Physicists at JILA have designed and demonstrated a highly sensitive new tool for real-time analysis of the quantity, structure, and dynamics of a variety of atoms and molecules … more

Record-breaking Detector May Aid Nuclear Inspections
Release Date: March 14, 2006

Boulder, Colo.—Scientists at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have designed and demonstrated the world’s most accurate gamma ray detector, which is … more

New Security Standard Is Key to Helping Federal Agencies Protect Information Systems
Release Date: March 14, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez today announced a new standard to help federal agencies improve their information technology security and comply with the Federal Information … more

Telecom Meeting to Focus on Emerging Networks
Release Date: February 16, 2006

Technology in today’s fast-moving telecommunications industry is all about convergence. The “next big thing” are the so-called Next Generation Networks (NGN). The idea behind NGN is to seamlessly … more

Kayser Is New Head of NIST Materials Lab
Release Date: February 16, 2006

Richard Kayser, a chemist with diverse technical and managerial experience, has been named director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL) at the National Institute of Standards … more

Kilmer Named Director of NIST’s MEP Program
Release Date: February 16, 2006

Roger D. Kilmer has been appointed director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Since 1993, Kilmer has … more

Boettinger Elected to Engineering Academy
Release Date: February 16, 2006

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) metallurgist William J. Boettinger has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), an honor recognizing research accomplishments … more

Helping Small Manufacturers Do Business with Government
Release Date: February 16, 2006

A new Memorandum of Understanding aimed at helping small manufacturers better understand how to do business with federal, state and local governments was signed on Feb. 13, 2006, by Roger Kilmer, … more

Site Tracks Implementation of Trade Center Suggestions
Release Date: February 16, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has implemented a Web-based system (http://www.nist.gov/el/disasterstudies/wtc/wtc_recommendations.cfm) so that the public can track the … more

Commerce Department’s NIST to Focus on Research Initiatives for President’s Innovation Agenda
Release Date: February 6, 2006

Budget table GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is slated for $535 million for its laboratory research and facility upgrades under … more

Enhanced LIDAR Improves Range, Vibration Measures
Release Date: February 2, 2006

Conventional laser ranging systems would fail to produce usable data on the range to a target about 1 kilometer away (false color image, top). By contrast, the NIST system obtains a clear … more

New Design for Transistors Powered by Single Electrons
Release Date: February 2, 2006

Colorized micrograph of three tunable gates across an electrical channel in a single electron tunneling (SET) transistor. Credit: NTT/NIST View high resolution of this … more

Fire Panel Changes Offer Real-Time Fire Status Data
Release Date: February 2, 2006

Fire panels, or “annunciators,” are electronic devices that display data on building conditions in one easily accessible location. When used by first responders during emergencies, the devices can … more

Stable Polymer Nanotubes May Have a Biotech Future
Release Date: February 2, 2006

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created polymer nanotubes that are unusually long (about 1 centimeter) as well as stable enough to maintain their shape … more

NIST Issues Final Federal Biometric Specs
Release Date: February 2, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) yesterday issued the final publication describing how biometrics should be stored on Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards. These … more

Helping Small Firms Run Large Supply Chains
Release Date: January 17, 2006

Big manufacturing jobs, especially those in the defense industry that involve management of extensive supply chains, often require resources and expertise that many believe are beyond the capacity … more

Simulation Program Predicts Resistivity in Nanodevices
Release Date: January 17, 2006

As nanoscale circuits continue to shrink, electrical resistivity increases in the wiring and limits the maximum circuit speed. A new simulation program developed by researchers at the National … more

NIST Names Hockert Chief of Weights and Measures
Release Date: January 17, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced Jan. 10 that Carol Hockert has been selected as the new chief of the NIST Weights and Measures Division. The division promotes … more

NIST Summer Research Jobs, Applications Due Feb. 15
Release Date: January 17, 2006

This summer the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will again provide about 125 full-time undergraduate research fellowships for college students majoring in physics, chemistry, … more

Updated Federal Guide on Cryptography Available
Release Date: January 17, 2006

In an increasingly open environment of interconnected computer systems and networks, security is essential to ensure that information remains confidential, is not modified or destroyed and is … more

Draft SOW for Structural Analysis of WTC 7
Release Date: January 4, 2006

NIST is interested in receiving technical comments about the scope of work and technical approach for The draft statement of work for structural analysis of WTC 7. Background This solicitation … more