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CT calorimetry
Release Date: December 21, 2012

Heather Chen-Mayer at the PET/CT scanner with HDPE phantoms. The large sections are for whole-torso measurements; the small cylinder is one of two other sizes tested in the course of the … more

2013-2014 Business/Nonprofit Criteria Now Available
Release Date: December 20, 2012

The 2013–2014 Criteria for Performance Excellence for businesses and nonprofit organizations are now available for sale on the Baldrige Web site. The Web site also contains valuable free content … more

Photons Emitted by Quantum Dots Can be Made Indistinguishable Through Quantum Frequency Conversion
Release Date: December 19, 2012

The quantum frequency conversion system uses two pump lasers whose frequency difference is matched to the difference between the two input photon streams, causing the new photons from a … more

Ultraviolet Water Treatment
Release Date: December 19, 2012

Placing a water sample for irradiation by UV beams. A group of researchers from PML’s Sensor Science Division is part of a project that will have a direct effect on improved safety of … more

For Newly Discovered 'Quantum Spin Liquid', the Beauty Is in Its Simplicity
Release Date: December 19, 2012

A research team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has confirmed long-standing suspicions among physicists that electrons in a crystalline structure … more

JILA Physicists Achieve Elusive 'Evaporative Cooling' of Molecules
Release Date: December 19, 2012

Achieving a goal considered nearly impossible, JILA physicists have chilled a gas of molecules to very low temperatures by adapting the familiar process by which a hot cup of coffee … more

Uses and Users of NIST's Atomic Spectra Database
Release Date: December 19, 2012

Alexander Kramida (center) talks with Montgomery College students Thomas Carpentier (left) and Eric Carpentier (right). The online Atomic Spectra Database (ASD) provides the most … more

The Year in Patents
Release Date: December 18, 2012

NIST scientists and engineers have been recognized as inventors in a variety of research areas, including the biosciences, building and fire research, materials science and manufacturing. This past … more

Electron Spin Transport Demonstrated for First Time in an Organic Device
Release Date: December 14, 2012

Richter (left) and Jang (right) measuring the spin-valve effect of a device. (Click image for a larger version.)   Researchers in the Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology … more

NIST, Forest Service Propose System to Help Communities Resist Wildfires
Release Date: December 12, 2012

Federal researchers have developed the first-ever rating system that allows communities to assess their risk from wildfires—on a building-by-building basis—and then ties that assessment to improved … more

Novel NIST Process Is a Low-Cost Route to Ultrathin Platinum Films
Release Date: December 12, 2012

A research group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a relatively simple, fast and effective method of depositing uniform, ultrathin layers of platinum atoms … more

New NIST Document Offers Guidance in Cryptographic Key Generation
Release Date: December 12, 2012

Protecting sensitive electronic information in different situations requires different types of cryptographic algorithms, but ultimately they all depend on keys, the cryptographic equivalent of a … more

NIST and Dutch Agency Team to Improve Forensic Science
Release Date: December 12, 2012

NIST Associate Director for Laboratory Programs Willie May watches as Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi, Chief Executive Officer of the Netherlands Forensic Institute, signs an agreement for the two … more

Science.gov Web Portal Celebrates the Power of 10 (Years of Service)
Release Date: December 12, 2012

Did you know there is a smart phone application for first responders to use in detecting bomb threats? Or that the first animals to return to the Mount St. Helens area after its 1980 eruption were … more

NIST's Liddle, Spielman Elected APS Fellows
Release Date: December 12, 2012

Two scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Alex Liddle and Ian Spielman, have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). The status of fellow is … more

NIST Engineer Remley Named IEEE Fellow
Release Date: December 12, 2012

Kate A. Remley, an engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Kate A. … more

Martzloff Cited for Lifetime Achievement by IEEE Standards Association
Release Date: December 12, 2012

If you've ever had your house lights flicker alarmingly during a bad electrical storm but found that your prized home computing network survived just fine, you may wish to pay silent tribute to … more

New Platform Developed to Measure and Exploit Optomechanical Interactions
Release Date: December 12, 2012

A pair of nanobeams is held side-by-side and separated by a nanoscale gap, with one beam supporting a mechanical mode, and the other supporting a confined optical mode. The properties of the … more

National Institute of Standards and Technology Recognizes Staff Achievements
Release Date: December 5, 2012

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recognized current and former employees in an awards ceremony Dec. 5 at its Gaithersburg campus. Under Secretary of … more

Finding Magic Wavelengths
Release Date: December 5, 2012

JQI researcher Creston Herold examines part of the experimental apparatus.   Scientists from a PML-Joint Quantum Institute (JQI)* group have devised and demonstrated a novel method** … more

NIST and Forest Service Create World’s First Hazard Scale for Wildland Fires
Release Date: December 5, 2012

USFS Contact: Yasmeen Sands 360-753-7716 GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Two federal agencies have teamed to create the first-ever system for linking accurate assessments of risk from wildland fires to improved … more

Baldrige and Health Care: New Survey Reaffirms a Proven Partnership for Success
Release Date: December 4, 2012

For the second time in two years, Truven Health Analytics, a major health care survey research and data analysis organization, has linked hospitals that adopt and use the Baldrige Criteria for … more

Jan. 16 Workshop to Review Design for National Manufacturing Innovation Network
Release Date: December 3, 2012

The first public workshop devoted to reviewing and refining the suggested design for a new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), an initiative proposed by President Obama, will be … more

NIST-VA Agreement Leads to New Research on Hearing Aids
Release Date: November 30, 2012

Randy Wagner prepares a standardized manikin for hearing aid testing in the team's largest anechoic chamber. (Click image for larger version.) Randy Wagner and the rest of the … more

Cloud Computing and Big Data Intersect at NIST, January 15-17
Release Date: November 29, 2012

Two major new technologies come together for the Cloud Computing and Big Data Workshop, hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at its Gaithersburg, Md., campus Jan. … more

Photonic Thermometers
Release Date: November 28, 2012

Click here for animation of how the ring resonator is used as a photonic thermometer. For nearly a century, the instrument of choice for accurate temperature measurements in the range … more

NIST Experiments Challenge Fundamental Understanding of Electromagnetism
Release Date: November 27, 2012

Observations made with NIST's Electron Beam Ion Trap indicate that in ions with a strongly positive charge, electrons can behave in ways inconsistent with quantum electrodynamics (QED) … more

Mix Masters: NIST Scientists Image the Molecular Structure of Polymer Blends
Release Date: November 27, 2012

Using an enhanced form of "chemical microscopy" developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), researchers there have shown that they can peer into the structure of blended … more

U.S., Brazil Publish Compliance Requirement Guides for Selected Industries
Release Date: November 27, 2012

New publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its counterpart in Brazil can help manufacturers in several industries successfully navigate the landscape of … more

NIST Publishes Methods to Manage Risk in the Federal ICT Supply Chain
Release Date: November 27, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems. This guide offers an … more

NIST Releases Annual Report on Federal Technology Transfer
Release Date: November 27, 2012

With new treatments for disease, test suites that safeguard computers, and even expertise to rescue miners trapped thousands of feet underground, federal laboratories have a wealth of technologies … more

New York Taps NIST's Sunder for Post-Sandy Review of Critical Systems and Services
Release Date: November 27, 2012

S. Shyam Sunder, director of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has agreed to serve on the New York State Ready Commission, formed by Governor … more

Construction Industry Honors JILA X-Wing
Release Date: November 27, 2012

JILA's new X-Wing addition has received two construction industry awards—best project in higher education/research and special judges' recognition—from the Engineering News-Record, a trade … more

Baldrige Program Seeks Examiners
Release Date: November 27, 2012

12/6/12 update to this News item: Leadership Excellence magazine has ranked the Baldrige Program #8 in its top government / military training programs . . . read more It’s been said that the one … more

CNST Releases the Fall 2012 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: November 21, 2012

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the fall 2012 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent accomplishments … more

1000 Calibration Reports . . . And Counting
Release Date: November 21, 2012

Igor Vayshenker works with the tunable laser system. The U.S. Internet – and indeed any communication system that sends information by fiber-optic cable – depends critically on strong, … more

Enriched Silicon: Going for Four Nines
Release Date: November 20, 2012

The outside of the deposition chamber with researcher Kevin Dwyer looking on, and a close-up of the inside showing the silicon target (glowing orange) where incoming ions will form epitaxial … more

Silver Anniversary Baldrige Awards Honor Organizations in Four Sectors
Release Date: November 14, 2012

The U.S. Commerce Department today named four U.S. organizations as recipients of the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance … more

'Cloning' Could Make Structurally Pure Nanotubes for Nanoelectronics
Release Date: November 14, 2012

Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a technique for growing virtually pure samples of … more

Four U.S. Organizations Honored with the 2012 Baldrige National Quality Award
Release Date: November 14, 2012

Silver Anniversary Group Features Winners in Four Different Sectors WASHINGTON, D.C.—Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today named four U.S. organizations as recipients of the 2012 … more

NIST Study Suggests Carbon Nanotubes May Protect DNA from Oxidation
Release Date: November 14, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have provided evidence in the laboratory that single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) may help protect DNA molecules from … more

Key Property of Graphene Sustained Over Wide Ranges of Density and Energy
Release Date: November 14, 2012

A collaboration led by researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology  has shown for the first time that charge carriers in graphene continue to behave as massless particles, … more

Coming Soon: Tabletop Molecular Movies
Release Date: November 5, 2012

Close-up of water-jet target (vertical line, ~ 0.2 mm wide) used to produce picosecond x-ray pulses. Credit: Jens Uhlig One of the most urgently sought-after goals in modern science is … more

New Boulder Clean Room Open for Business
Release Date: November 2, 2012

Clean room manager John Nibarger examines a wafer carrier on a new load-locked deposition tool for sputtering noble-metal materials. After months of construction, installation, … more

The First Controllable Atom SQUID
Release Date: November 2, 2012

Researcher Kevin Wright checks part of the experimental apparatus. Scientists have created the first controllable atomic circuit that functions analogously to a superconducting quantum … more

NVLAP Accredits Laboratories for DHS Identity and Privilege Credential Management (DHSIPCM) Testing
Release Date: November 1, 2012

The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) announces the accreditation of three laboratories in its Cryptographic and Security Testing (CST) Laboratory Accreditation Program … more

Cellular Landscaping: Predicting How, and How Fast, Cells Will Change
Release Date: October 31, 2012

A research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a model* for making quantifiable predictions of how a group of cells will react and change in response to … more

NIST, UMD Celebrate 25 Years of Research Partnership at IBBR
Release Date: October 31, 2012

Officials and researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) gathered on Oct. 25, 2012, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the two … more

NIST Provides Draft Guidelines to Secure Mobile Devices
Release Date: October 31, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published draft guidelines that outline the baseline security technologies mobile devices should include to protect the information … more

New NIST Web Resource Hosts Federal Research Technology Transfer Plans
Release Date: October 31, 2012

A new website has been launched by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to serve as a central resource for technology transfer plans developed by agencies with federal research … more

A Very Fond Farewell to Letitia Baldrige
Release Date: October 31, 2012

It is with heavy hearts that members of the Baldrige community say farewell to Letitia Baldrige, sister of Malcolm Baldrige, who passed away on Monday, October 29, at the age of 86. In announcing … more

Researchers Observe, Control, and Optimize the Growth of Individual Carbon Nanotubes
Release Date: October 31, 2012

Bright field transmission electron micrograph showing carbon nanotubes grown from an array of equally-sized iron catalyst particles created by electron beam-induced decomposition of a diiron … more

NIST Gaithersburg campus is closed Monday, October 29
Release Date: October 29, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is closed Tuesday, October 30. Non emergency employees should not report to work and will not be admitted to the facility. Emergency employees are … more

CANCELED: National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) conference
Release Date: October 28, 2012

Due to expected severe weather from Hurricane Sandy, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) conference scheduled for Oct. 30, 31, and Nov. 1 at NIST Gaithersburg has been … more

NIST Handbook 44 - 2012 Edition
Release Date: October 26, 2012

NIST Handbook 44 - 2012 Edition Specifications, Tolerances, and Other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices as adopted by the 96th National Conference on Weights and Measures … more

Researchers Develop Versatile Optomechanical Sensors for Atomic Force Microscopy
Release Date: October 24, 2012

Top: Scanning electron micrograph of the chip-based optomechanical sensor. Bottom: Schematic of the disk-cantilever sensor geometry. Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale … more

Deborah Jin of JILA Selected for 2013 Women in Science Award
Release Date: October 22, 2012

Deborah Jin, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who works at JILA, has been selected as the North American recipient for the 2013 For Women in Science … more

Princeton/NIST Collaboration Puts Wheels on the Quantum Bus
Release Date: October 19, 2012

In yet another step toward the realization of a practical quantum computer, scientists working at Princeton and the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have shown how a major hurdle in transferring … more

NIST Researcher David Wineland Wins 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
Release Date: October 16, 2012

David J. Wineland, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics. The honor is NIST’s fourth Nobel … more

New Reference Material to Help Get the Lead Out of Paints for Children's Products
Release Date: October 16, 2012

To help manufacturers adhere to new regulations intended to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in children, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed … more

NRI to Lead New Five-Year Effort to Develop Post-CMOS Electronics
Release Date: October 16, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today the selection of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a collaboration of several key firms in the semiconductor … more

Slip Sliding Our Way: At the Nanoscale, Graphite Can Turn Friction Upside Down
Release Date: October 16, 2012

If you ease up on a pencil, does it slide more easily? Sure. But maybe not if the tip is sharpened down to nanoscale dimensions. A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

New Method Measures Movements of Tiny Devices-At Every Step
Release Date: October 16, 2012

Makers of minuscule moving machines—the kind being eyed for nanomanufacturing and assembly as well as other uses—do you know where your micro- and nanorobots really are? A micromachine … more

New NIST Software Checks Performance of Biometrics Applications Against 2011 Standard
Release Date: October 16, 2012

A new software test suite developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) allows local and federal agencies and other users of the NIST's revised biometric standard to gain … more

EUV beam line moves to PML
Release Date: October 15, 2012

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New Measurement Technique to Fill Critical Need for Fiber Optic Cable Industry
Release Date: October 15, 2012

New target station developed by PML which uses a camera and digital display instead of the conventional microscope. In consumer-driven industries, it is critically important to provide … more

Video of Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Firearms Analysis Now Available
Release Date: October 12, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) and the Scientific Working Group for Firearms and Toolmarks … more

Obama Administration Announces $20 Million for 10 Public-Private Partnerships to Support American Manufacturing and Encourage Investment in the US
Release Date: October 9, 2012

Investments will promote job creation and economic growth in local industry clusters in AZ, CA, MI, NY, OK, OR, PA, TN and WA WASHINGTON — The Obama administration today announced that 10 … more

Congratulations to David Wineland! 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Release Date: October 9, 2012

We are thrilled at the news that NIST's David Wineland has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Professor Serge Haroche of the Collège de France and Ecole Normale Supérieure. … more

NIST's David J. Wineland Wins 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
Release Date: October 9, 2012

David J. Wineland, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics. The honor is NIST’s fourth Nobel … more

NIST Revises Software Patch Management Guide for Automated Processes
Release Date: October 5, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published for public comment a revised draft of its guidance for managing computer patches to improve overall system security for large … more

Researchers Determine Critical Factors for Improving Performance of a Solar Fuel Catalyst
Release Date: October 3, 2012

False-color scanning electron micrographs of cross-sectioned hematite films grown by sputter deposition and then annealed at two different temperatures.  The physical structure and the tin … more

NIST, Columbia Engineering Collaborate on Inexpensive DNA Sequencing Method
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Rapid, accurate genetic sequencing soon may be within reach of every doctor's office if recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Columbia University's … more

NIST Selects Winner of Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-3) Competition
Release Date: October 2, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced the winner of its five-year competition to select a new cryptographic hash algorithm, one of the fundamental tools of … more

Oct. 18 Colorado Workshop to Explore Plans For National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Boulder, Colo., will be the site of the fourth and final public workshop to gather input on the design of the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), on Oct. 18, 2012, at the … more

NIST Special Publications 1200: New Means of Disseminating Lab Procedures
Release Date: October 2, 2012

When scientists and engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) want to tell their peers about experimental methods they have “road-tested” for reliability and consistent … more

November Symposium Focuses on Forensics at NIST
Release Date: October 2, 2012

The link between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and forensic science dates back to 1913 when the agency’s predecessor, the National Bureau of Standards, served as the … more

Third Annual NICE Workshop Adds a Virtual Cyber Threat Training and Competition Track
Release Date: October 2, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering a strong finale to National Cybersecurity Awareness month with its the third annual National Initiative for Cybersecurity … more

Three Experts Named to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Three earthquake authorities from academia and the private sector have been appointed by Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National … more

New Way To Realize Pressure
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Glass-enclosed cavity for prototype pressure device. In 1643, Evangelista Torricelli, in the course of solving a Tuscan plumbing problem, made the first barometer with a meter-long tube … more

Quantum Random Number Generator
Release Date: October 1, 2012

Schematic diagram of loophole-free Bell test, with time on the vertical axis and space on the horizontal axis. Two entangled photons are generated by a source. Each proceeds on a separate … more

Near-Field Scanning Microwave Microscope: Big at the Nanoscale
Release Date: September 28, 2012

The larger of the two alternating images above shows the topography of a nanowire bundle. The smaller image is the same bundle, but without the p-doped portion. The position of the p-n … more

Shaking Up Biomolecules with Light
Release Date: September 28, 2012

PML scientist Zeeshan Ahmed lowers a sample into the instrument chamber for analysis. In living organisms, biomolecules such as proteins are constantly in complex motion, bending and … more

PML central role in T-and-E standards
Release Date: September 27, 2012

Some of the kinds of radiation detectors affected by the new standards. PML researchers played a central role in the establishment of new testing and evaluation (T&E) standards for … more

NIST Handbook 156 - 2012 Edition
Release Date: September 26, 2012

NIST Handbook 156 - Program Handbook for Engine Fuels, Petroleum and Lubricant Laboratories Introduction This handbook provides guidance on how to establish a management system for Fuel Quality … more

Five Pilot Projects Receive Grants to Promote Online Security and Privacy
Release Date: September 20, 2012

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced more than $9 million in grant awards to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities … more

2013 Award Process Fees to Change
Release Date: September 20, 2012

The fees for the 2013 Baldrige Award cycle will increase in order to recover costs associated with administering the award process and to reduce the annual financial commitment needed from the … more

A Fast and Sensitive Nanophotonic Motion Sensor Developed for Silicon Microdevices
Release Date: September 19, 2012

False-color scanning electron micrograph of a nanophotonic motion sensor. Vertical motion of the silicon nitride ring (pink) changes an evanescent light field of the silicon disk optical … more

Manufacturing Day Gaining Momentum: More than 150 Manufacturers Participating
Release Date: September 19, 2012

Additional Contact: Patricia Lee Director of Marketing Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. 815-227-8286 ROCKFORD, Ill., September 18, 2012 – Manufacturing companies from across the … more

Register For Forensics@NIST
Release Date: September 19, 2012

  Online registration is now open for Forensics@NIST 2012, a three-day symposium on cutting-edge forensic science research being performed at NIST. The symposium will run from Wednesday, … more

New NCNR Guide Hall Opens, Expands NIST Resources for Neutron Research
Release Date: September 18, 2012

With the opening of the new guide hall addition at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), neutron scientists will have nearly twice as much space … more

New NIST Screening Method Identifies 1,200 Candidate Refrigerants to Combat Global Warming
Release Date: September 18, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new computational method for identifying candidate refrigerant fluids with low "global warming potential" … more

New NIST Publication Provides Guidance for Computer Security Risk Assessments
Release Date: September 18, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a final version of its risk assessment guidelines that can provide senior leaders and executives with the information they … more

October Workshop to Consider Future of Information and Communication Technology Supply Chain Risk Management
Release Date: September 18, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a workshop at its Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters October 15 and 16, 2012, to discuss ways NIST can focus its work to help … more

2013-2014 Criteria Coming Soon: Readers Can Expect Leading Practices, User-Friendly Changes, and Cost-Recovery Fees
Release Date: September 18, 2012

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is preparing to release by early 2013 three new versions of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. What changes will readers of the 2013–2014 Criteria … more

Jacob Taylor, NIST Physicist, Receives Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Public Service
Release Date: September 14, 2012

On September 13, 2012, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Jacob Taylor received a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) for his advanced scientific … more

Home Sweet Lab: Computerized House to Generate as Much Energy as It Uses
Release Date: September 12, 2012

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 12, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home … more

Researchers Introduce New Method for Imaging Defects in Magnetic Nanodevices
Release Date: September 12, 2012

Top: Scanning electron micrograph of an array of magnetic nanodisks with a oval-shaped “defect” structure at center.  Middle: Ferromagnetic resonance force microscopy (FMRFM) image of the … more

The World's Most Stable Laser
Release Date: September 10, 2012

The world’s most stable laser – with frequency variation of no more than 2 parts in 10,000 trillion – has been developed and tested by an international collaboration of scientists at NIST/JILA in … more

New NIST Strategic Roadmap Aims to Reduce the Nation's Preventable Fire Burden by a Third
Release Date: September 5, 2012

The United States already has one of the highest direct fire loss rates among developed nations, and progress in reducing this tremendous burden is slowing. Controlled experiment at NIST’s … more

NIST ‘Hybrid Metrology’ Method Could Improve Computer Chips
Release Date: September 5, 2012

A refined method developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for measuring nanometer-sized objects may help computer manufacturers more effectively size up the myriad … more

New NIST Reference Material Could Aid Nanomaterial Toxicity Research
Release Date: September 5, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new nanoscale reference material for use in a wide range of environmental, health and safety studies of industrial … more

September Workshop to Explore the Measurement Needs of the Flexible Electronics Industry
Release Date: September 5, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in concert with the FlexTech Alliance, will hold a workshop on “Flexible Printed Electronics Metrology — The Status and Needs” on Sept. 12 … more

Mars Robot, Curiosity, Tethered to NIST Measurements
Release Date: September 5, 2012

Sometimes the chain of measurement traceability—the unbroken series of links between a calibrated instrument and the official standard maintained by the National Institute of Standards and … more

CNST Researchers Demonstrate Low-Noise, Chip-Based Optical Wavelength Converter
Release Date: September 5, 2012

Scanning electron micrograph of the cross-section of a silicon nitride waveguide designed for the low-noise frequency conversion with a simulation of the device's optical field profile … more

Lost and Found: Audiotape Surfaces of President Eisenhower's 1954 Dedication of NIST Boulder
Release Date: September 5, 2012

Almost exactly 58 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke at the 1954 dedication ceremony for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder, Colo. Now you can … more

Twelve Companies Win NIST SBIR Awards
Release Date: September 5, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced nearly $2 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards to 12 U.S. businesses. These … more

NIST Announces 12 Small Business Innovation Research Awards
Release Date: August 31, 2012

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced nearly $2 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research … more

Excellence by the Dozen: 12 Organizations Vie for 2012 Baldrige Award
Release Date: August 31, 2012

Twelve U.S. organizations have reached the next step on the road to a possible silver anniversary Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest recognition for organizational … more

PML on Mars: Far-out Thermal Calibration
Release Date: August 29, 2012

PML physicist Michal Chojnacky (right) demonstrates the method used to calibrate platinum resistance thermometers. At left is sensor designer Chris Albert. Sometimes the chain of … more

Simulating the Sun for Photovoltaic Research
Release Date: August 29, 2012

Collimated output of the solar simulator illuminates a small solar cell. Electrical probes are used to measure cell efficiency. PML researchers have devised a novel source of portable … more

Researchers Determine the Optimum Path for Tracking Fluorescent Nanoparticles Using a Laser
Release Date: August 29, 2012

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology  researchers Gregg Gallatin and Andrew Berglund (now at Quantifind in Palo Alto, CA) have determined the optimum path in which to scan a laser beam … more

Disseminating the Kilogram, No Strings Attached
Release Date: August 24, 2012

Patrick Abbot inspects the upper (vacuum) section of the apparatus. The impending redefinition of the kilogram presents a weighty dilemma. Methods to be used to realize the redefined … more

Sept. 27 California Workshop to Explore Plans for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Release Date: August 21, 2012

The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), in partnership with state and national organizations, is inviting interested parties to the third in a series of regional workshops to … more

National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute Announced
Release Date: August 21, 2012

On August 15, 2012, the White House announced the launch of a new public-private institute for manufacturing innovation in Youngstown, Ohio. The new partnership, the National Additive Manufacturing … more

Security First: New NIST Guidelines on Securing BIOS for Servers
Release Date: August 21, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting comments on new draft guidelines for securing BIOS systems for server computers. BIOS—Basic Input/output System—is the first … more

NIST Co-Sponsors the 2012 Biometrics Consortium Conference
Release Date: August 21, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will co-sponsor the 2012 Biometric Consortium Conference (BCC 2012), September 18-21, 2012, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. … more

Baldrige Program Celebrates 25 Years of Performance Excellence
Release Date: August 20, 2012

Not many 25-year-olds can boast that in their short lifetime they have helped thousands of organizations develop and maintain world-class operations, innovative management, efficient procedures, … more

Obama Administration Announces New Public-Private Partnership to Support Manufacturing Innovation, Encourage Investment in America
Release Date: August 18, 2012

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers of Ohio and Pennsylvania will be part of a new public-private partnership aimed at revitalizing American manufacturing and encouraging companies to … more

Administration Announces $20 Million for 10 Public-Private Partnerships to Support American Manufacturing and Encourage Investment in the U.S.
Release Date: August 18, 2012

Investments will promote job creation and economic growth in local industry clusters in AZ, CA, MI, NY, OK, OR, PA, TN AND WA The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers of California, … more

We Can't Wait: Obama Administration Announces New Public-Private Partnership to Support Manufacturing Innovation, Encourage Investment in America
Release Date: August 16, 2012

Consortium of Businesses, Universities, and Community Colleges from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania Co-Invest with Federal Government in a Manufacturing Innovation Institute WASHINGTON, DC – … more

PML Uses Combined Optical Techniques to Provide Important Answers on Graphene Structures
Release Date: August 13, 2012

Nhan Nguyen demonstrates how he performs optical measurements on a graphene-insulator-semiconductor sample structure. That graphene is the hot new material in the world of future … more

CNST Releases the Summer 2012 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: August 8, 2012

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the summer 2012 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more

Shelling Out Evidence: NIST Ballistic Standard Helps Tie Guns to Criminals
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Thanks to a new reference standard developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), law enforcement agencies will have an easier time linking the nearly 200,000 cartridge … more

NIST's Speedy Ions Could Add Zip to Quantum Computers
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Take that, sports cars! Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can accelerate their beryllium ions from zero to 100 miles per hour and stop them in just a few … more

Seeing the Light with NIST's New Noiseless Optical Amplifier
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Most devices that amplify light suffer from the same problem: making the image brighter also adds muddying distortion. Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Shows New Device Could Improve Fiber-Optic Quantum Data Transmission
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Tests performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show that a new method for splitting photon beams could overcome a fundamental physical hurdle in transmitting … more

Long-Predicted Fluctuations in Cell Membranes Observed for First Time
Release Date: August 8, 2012

A long-standing mystery in cell biology may be closer to a solution thanks to measurements taken at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and France's Institut Laue-Langevin … more

NIST Focuses on Testing Standards to Support Lab on a Chip Commercialization
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Lab on a chip (LOC) devices—microchip-size systems that can prepare and analyze tiny fluid samples with volumes ranging from a few microliters (millionth of a liter) to sub-nanoliters (less than a … more

Updated NIST Guide is a How-To for Dealing With Computer Security Incidents
Release Date: August 8, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of its guide for managing computer security incidents. Based on best practices from government, academic … more

Steering Group for Identity Ecosystem Hosts First Meeting
Release Date: August 8, 2012

The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group Kickoff Meeting to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) will be held Aug. 15 and 16, 2012, in Chicago, Ill. In April … more

Four at NIST Honored with Flemming Awards
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Four National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) employees were among the 12 recipients of the annual Arthur S. Flemming Award that recognizes outstanding service to the federal … more

Sponsorship Opportunities Available to Support Baldrige Program
Release Date: August 7, 2012

Organizations and individuals are being invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program during its 25th-anniversary year by becoming sponsors of various initiatives and events.  … more

New Baldrige Collaborative Assessment Announced
Release Date: August 6, 2012

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program announces the opportunity to participate in the pilot of an exciting new assessment service.  The Baldrige Collaborative Assessment is designed to help … more

Obama Administration Announces $9 Million Investment in Rural Communities to Foster Job Creation and Innovation
Release Date: August 1, 2012

Winners of the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Will Strengthen Regional Industry Clusters and Rural Economies Across 12 States The Obama Administration today announced the winners … more

Researchers Track Nanoparticle Dynamics in Three Dimensions
Release Date: August 1, 2012

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have used three-dimensional single-particle tracking to measure the dynamic behavior of individual nanoparticles adsorbed at … more

New Performance Standards for Public-Safety RF Devices
Release Date: July 27, 2012

A PASS unit and air pack are placed in an anechoic chamber for testing. First responders rely increasingly on wireless communication devices, and in emergencies they cannot afford major … more

Probing Atoms' Disorderly Behavior
Release Date: July 26, 2012

A close-up photo of the center of the experimental set-up. The small transparent chamber that holds the ultracold rubidium atoms is surrounded by a dotted line. Since their discovery in … more

NIST Measurement Advance Could Speed Innovation in Solar Devices
Release Date: July 25, 2012

A new versatile measurement system devised by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) accurately and quickly measures the electric power output of solar energy … more

NIST Updates Guidance on Network Attacks and Malware
Release Date: July 25, 2012

Detecting and stopping malicious attacks on computer networks is a central focus of computer security these days. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is asking for comments on … more

Software Features and Inherent Risks: NIST's Guide to Rating Software Vulnerabilities from Misuse
Release Date: July 25, 2012

A new guide from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) describes a "scoring system" that computer security managers can use to assess the severity of security risks arising from … more

NIST Study of Hazard to Firefighters Leads to Safety Alert
Release Date: July 25, 2012

Results of "live burn" studies and laboratory tests conducted by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire researchers helped to prompt a safety alert warning of heat-caused damage … more

NIST Official Testifies on Threat Detection Science for National Security
Release Date: July 25, 2012

On July 19, 2012, Richard Cavanagh, Director of the Office of Special Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, … more

Three NIST Researchers Earn Presidential Honor
Release Date: July 25, 2012

The White House has announced that three researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will receive the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers … more

Three at NIST Honored by ANSI
Release Date: July 25, 2012

Three staff members of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among the 17 recipients of the 2012 Leadership and Service Awards presented by the American National Standards … more

MEMS Reference Material Released
Release Date: July 23, 2012

  PML researcher Janet Cassard examines samples of the two new Reference Materials to be used for calibrating microscale measurements on MEMS devices. Over the past two decades, … more

New SRM for Bullet Casings
Release Date: July 23, 2012

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Baldrige Health Care in the News
Release Date: July 23, 2012

Yesterday’s New York Times editorial A Formula for Cutting Health Costs highlights 2011 Baldrige Award recipient Southcentral Foundation and how it has achieved “startling efficiencies: emergency … more

Healthcare IT Accreditations Announced by NVLAP
Release Date: July 18, 2012

The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) announces the accreditation of five laboratories in the HIT LAP. Information regarding these accredited laboratories can be located … more

University, Industry Experts Recommend Steps to 'Invigorate' U.S. Manufacturing
Release Date: July 17, 2012

A new report by a national committee of U.S. industry and university leaders details 16 recommendations "aimed at reinventing manufacturing in a way that ensures U.S. competitiveness, feeds into … more

NIST Releases Test Framework for Upgrading Smart Electrical Meters
Release Date: July 11, 2012

Next-generation "smart" electrical meters for residential and commercial buildings will have computerized operating systems just as laptops or mobile devices do. On July 10, 2012, the National … more

NIST Releases Second Draft of Federal ID Credential Security Standard for Comment
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the second-round draft version of its updated security standard for identity credentials in the Personal Identity Verification … more

JILA Named 'Physics Historic Site' on its 50th Anniversary
Release Date: July 11, 2012

JILA, a Colorado laboratory known around the world for creating new states of matter and novel laser designs and applications, turns 50 this year and will receive a gratifying anniversary … more

New NIST-led Consortium Aims to Improve Process for Making ‘Soft Materials’
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching a new consortium that will take the measure of a growing and increasingly important class of materials—so-called soft … more

Baldrige Executive Fellows Program Highlighted in Leadership Magazine
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The Baldrige Executive Fellows Program is featured in the July 2012 issue of Leadership Excellence magazine, which has a national circulation of about 200,000 who are primarily C-suite or aspiring … more

SGIP Governing Board Votes to Support New Business Sustainment Plan
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board voted on July 10, 2012 to support the new business sustainment plan for the SGIP. The plan outlines the SGIP's transition to a … more

Learn from the Latest Baldrige Case Study
Release Date: July 11, 2012

What can you learn for your organization from the evaluation of a fictional health care organization conducted by an actual team of Baldrige examiners this year? See a sample applicant’s responses … more

Live Fire Tests with FDNY Will Guide Improvements in Fire Department Tactics
Release Date: July 11, 2012

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing property losses, members of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) spent much of the first two weeks in July … more

NIST Issues Guidance for Pediatric Electronic Health Records
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a guide to help improve the design of electronic health records for pediatric patients so that the design focus is on the … more

Prices are Down, Value is Up: The Newly Expanded ACerS-NIST Database
Release Date: July 11, 2012

One of the most influential collections of materials data at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now not only bigger than ever but also—thanks to a 68 percent price … more

NIST Updates Guidelines for Mobile Device Security
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a proposed update to its guidelines for securing mobile devices—such as smart phones and tablets—that are used by the federal … more

Researchers Demonstrate and Explain Surface Conduction in a Topological Insulator
Release Date: July 11, 2012

Researchers at the University of Maryland and the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have for the first time experimentally demonstrated surface-only charge conduction in a … more

Measurement Science and Standards in Forensics Firearms Analysis Conference
Release Date: July 9, 2012

  The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with The Association of more

Manufacturing Day Slated for Oct. 5, 2012
Release Date: July 2, 2012

Additional Contact: Patricia Lee Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. 815-227-8286 Factory Tours Urged to Raise Awareness of Skilled Career Options Rockford, Ill.,– To highlight … more

NIST Goes the Distance for the Olympics
Release Date: June 27, 2012

In yet another Olympian feat of measurement, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently calibrated a tape that will be used to measure out the distance of … more

'Tuning' Graphene Drums Might Turn Conductors to Semiconductors
Release Date: June 27, 2012

Tightening or relaxing the tension on a drumhead will change the way the drum sounds. The same goes for drumheads made from graphene, only instead of changing the sound, stretching graphene … more

Not-So-Precious: Stripping Gold From AFM Probes Allows Better Measurement of Picoscale Forces
Release Date: June 27, 2012

Gold is not necessarily precious—at least not as a coating on atomic force microscope (AFM) probes. Artist's conception of JILA's advance in atomic force microscope (AFM) design. To … more

Baldrige Award Applicants Can Now Receive Recognition for Best Practices
Release Date: June 27, 2012

For the first time in the 25-year history of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, high-performing organizations that are candidates for the award will be eligible for recognition of their … more

Shaffique Adam Receives Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship
Release Date: June 27, 2012

In July, Shaffique Adam will join the inaugural faculty of Yale-NUS College as an Assistant Professor of Science, with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics at the National … more

NIST Announces Up to $3M in Funding for Three New Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers
Release Date: June 27, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting proposals to establish three new Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers in Arizona, Maryland and Rhode … more

Novel Clay-based Coating May Point the Way to New Generation of Green Flame Retardants
Release Date: June 27, 2012

In searching for better flame retardants for home furnishings—a large source of fuel in house fires—National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers defied the conventional wisdom … more

Hark! Group Demonstrates First Heralded Single Photon Source Made from Silicon
Release Date: June 27, 2012

In an important step towards more practical quantum information processing, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of California, San Diego; and … more

Pollutants Could Pose Health Risks for Five Sea Turtle Species
Release Date: June 27, 2012

Researchers at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) and four partner organizations have measured for the first time concentrations of 13 perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) in five different endangered … more

CEA and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Announce New Collaboration
Release Date: June 25, 2012

Contact: James F. Groelinger, CEA Executive Director 609-516-7669 Partnership will expedite commercialization of clean energy technologies Golden, Colo. – Clean Energy Alliance, Inc. (CEA), … more

Graphene Drumheads Tuned to Make Quantum Dots
Release Date: June 21, 2012

NIST researchers showed that straining graphene membrane creates pseudomagnetic fields that confines the graphene's electrons and creates quantized quantum dot-like energy levels. The … more

Graphene Drumheads Tuned to Make Quantum Dots
Release Date: June 21, 2012

NIST researchers showed that straining graphene membrane creates pseudomagnetic fields that confines the graphene's electrons and creates quantized quantum dot-like energy levels. The … more

Energy and Commerce Departments Announce New Centers for Building Operations Excellence
Release Date: June 19, 2012

Part of administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, Centers Will focus on energy efficiency workforce development for building operations professionals Today, the U.S. Department of Energy and … more

First Observation of the Hall Effect in a Bose-Einstein Condensate
Release Date: June 19, 2012

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have observed for the first time the Hall effect in a gas of ultracold atoms. The Hall effect is an important interaction of … more

NIST: Creating Jobs with Innovation
Release Date: June 15, 2012

Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, participates in a "Best Practice Tour" sponsored by … more

JILA Frequency Comb Helps Evaluate Novel Biomedical Decontamination Method
Release Date: June 14, 2012

Like many new measurement tools, the laser frequency comb seemed at first a curiosity but has found more practical uses than originally imagined. The technique for making extraordinarily precise … more

Submit Your Criteria Revision Suggestions
Release Date: June 13, 2012

The 2013–2014 Criteria for Performance Excellence are now under development. We invite you to submit your suggestions for improving the Criteria from now until July 2.   There are two ways to … more

NIST Effort Could Improve High-Tech Medical Scanners
Release Date: June 12, 2012

A powerful color-based imaging technique is making the jump from remote sensing to the operating room—and a team of scientists* at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have … more

NIST Launches New Website to Educate Industry About Alternatives to Mercury Thermometers
Release Date: June 12, 2012

As part of a larger effort to reduce the amount of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, in the environment, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a new website to help … more

July 9 Ohio Workshop Seeks Ideas on Design of National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Release Date: June 12, 2012

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and partner organizations of the federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) are sponsoring the second in a … more

Thirty-Nine Organizations Seek Silver Anniversary Baldrige Award
Release Date: June 12, 2012

2012, the 25th anniversary year of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, will see 39 organizations vying for the honor. Applicants for the Baldrige Award, the nation's highest recognition … more

New Quantum Computing Algorithm Could Simulate Giant Particle Accelerators
Release Date: June 12, 2012

A trio of theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have described how a future quantum computer could be used to simulate complex, high-energy … more

NIST Releases Final Version of Revised Bluetooth Security Guide
Release Date: June 12, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued the final version of the Guide to Bluetooth Security (NIST Special Publication 800-121 Rev. 1). The publication is a revision of … more

NIST Will Hold ‘Big Data’ Workshop June 13-14, 2012
Release Date: June 12, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a workshop on the use of "big data"—a term referring to massive amounts of stored and streaming digital information—at its … more

Laser Radiometry: Powering Up
Release Date: June 11, 2012

Chris Cromer examines one of PML’s next-generation power meters, built for the Air Force, that is capable of handling inputs as high as 100 kW. In the center of the frame are the stacked, … more

Looking At and Into the Ultra-Small
Release Date: June 8, 2012

PIF's Aric Sanders demonstrates imaging options on the FIB/SEM instrument.      NIST is taking a huge step into the ultra-small with the Precision Imaging Facility (PIF) now being … more

Energy & Commerce Departments Announce New Centers for Building Operations Excellence
Release Date: June 6, 2012

Part of administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, Centers Will focus on energy efficiency workforce development for building operations professionals As outlined in June 19, 2012 Department of … more

Thirty-Nine Organizations Seek Silver Anniversary Baldrige Award
Release Date: June 5, 2012

2012, the 25th anniversary year of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, will see 39 organizations vying for the honor. Applicants for the Baldrige Award, the nation's highest recognition … more

Forensics@NIST 2012
Release Date: June 4, 2012

On November 28 – 30, 2012, OLES will be hosting Forensics@NIST 2012, a symposium for industry, government, and academic representatives to learn about cutting-edge forensic science research being … more

Quantum Computers Will Be Able to Simulate Particle Collisions
Release Date: May 31, 2012

Quantum computers are still years away, but a trio of theorists has already figured out at least one talent they may have. According to the theorists, including one from the National Institute of … more

Federal Funding for Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnerships
Release Date: May 29, 2012

On Thursday, May 24, 2012, the Obama Administration announced a $26 million federal funding opportunity for the multiagency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. The … more

New NIST SRM Supports the Fight Against Terrorist Bombings
Release Date: May 29, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new standard reference material (SRM) to aid in the detection of two explosive compounds that are known to be used by … more

Report Details Efforts to Improve, Advance Indoor Microbial Sampling
Release Date: May 29, 2012

Humans spend greater than 90 percent of their time indoors, but we're never alone there. Bacteria and viruses, scientists estimate, make up half of the world's biomass—some 10 nonillion (1 followed … more

Nationwide Adoption of NIST-Developed Test Predicted to Cut Death Toll Due to Cigarette-Caused Fires
Release Date: May 29, 2012

In 2003, New York became the first state requiring cigarettes sold within its borders to pass a fire safety standard based on a test developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Special Publication Helps to Demystify Cloud Computing
Release Date: May 29, 2012

For a clear view of cloud computing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new publication that explains cloud systems in plain language. The final version of … more

New Cybersecurity Center Kicks Off with Workshop
Release Date: May 29, 2012

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) will host a kickoff workshop on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The workshop’s goal is to introduce the center, which will bring together experts … more

Intel Executive Joins NIST Advisory Committee
Release Date: May 29, 2012

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Patrick Gallagher has selected William M. Holt, senior vice president and … more

NIST Earns Honor for Work Supporting Information Exchange Across Supply Chains
Release Date: May 29, 2012

The Open Application Integration Group (OAGi), a U.S.-based, nonprofit consortium, has recognized the Systems Integration Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an … more

CNST Releases the Spring 2012 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: May 25, 2012

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the spring 2012 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more

Improving Safety Measures and Measures of Safety for World Metrology Day 2012
Release Date: May 17, 2012

World Metrology Day celebrates the signing of the Treaty of the Meter on May 20, 1875.* By signing the treaty, representatives from 17 nations, including the United States, recognized the … more

Call for Proposals to Create Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Release Date: May 15, 2012

The federal government issued on May 9, 2012, a solicitation for proposals from teams led by non-profit organizations or universities to establish an Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, … more

NIST Hydrogen Fuel Materials Test Facility Starts Delivering Data
Release Date: May 15, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have published their first archival paper based on data from the institute’s new hydrogen test facility.* The paper examines … more

June Conference Highlights Latest in Metabolomics
Release Date: May 15, 2012

Researchers, health care professionals, academics, industry representatives and others interested in the advanced diagnostic and disease treatment options possible from the analysis of metabolites … more

Locascio, Cavanagh Assume New NIST Leadership Roles
Release Date: May 15, 2012

Laurie E. Locascio has been named as the new director of the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) while Richard Cavanagh, who had … more

New Commitments Support Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative
Release Date: May 14, 2012

Today, at a White House event, leaders from industry, academia, national labs, and government announced more than a dozen new commitments to advance the Administration’s Materials Genome … more

NIST Forensic Measurement Challenge
Release Date: May 14, 2012

Recently, NIST announced the availability of $2.5 million for funding criminal justice applications that use new scientific discoveries. Thirty-six proposals were received, and the judges found it … more

Spin Polarized Supercurrents Optimized with a Simple Flip
Release Date: May 11, 2012

Using SEMPA, the magnetic structures in the top and bottom layers of a cobalt-ruthenium-cobalt sandwich contained within a superconducting device were imaged, both before (left) and after … more

New Point for Dew Point
Release Date: May 10, 2012

Peter Huang of PML's Sensor Science Division. Peter Huang of the Sensor Science Division’s Temperature and Humidity group has devised a new humidity generator that enables dew-point … more

Manufacturing: Key to an Innovation-Based Economy
Release Date: May 9, 2012

Scientists, industry leaders and public officials came together this week for a dialogue on innovation at The Atlantic's "From Inspiration to Innovation Summit," held at Ronald Reagan Washington … more

Experts to Discuss Botnet Challenges, Steps for Prevention at May 30 Workshop
Release Date: May 9, 2012

Botnet activity is on the rise around the globe, and to help understand this problem the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a free, day-long workshop May 30, 2012, at … more

Manufacturers Learn Keys to Success at MEP's Manufacturing Innovation 2012
Release Date: May 8, 2012

Roger Kilmer, director of NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program speaks to more than 800 manufacturers and other industry experts at the Manufacturing Innovation 2012 conference. … more

New Vacuum Calibration System: Better, Faster, and Cheaper
Release Date: May 8, 2012

The new, automated Vacuum Comparison Standard can accommodate up to 10 customer gauges of different types at once, with calibration times in the two- to three-hour range. In the vacuum … more

Beaming Up on the Way to Space
Release Date: May 7, 2012

A SURF beam line (foil-wrapped cylinder at right) ends at a vacuum chamber in which the MAVEN EUV filter radiometer was tested. At left, plastic drapes form a clean room in which the … more

NIST Contributes to Discovery of Novel Quantum Spin-Liquid
Release Date: May 7, 2012

Gaithersburg, Md.—An international team of researchers including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found what may be the first known example of a … more

A User-Centered Approach to Designing Electronic Health Records
Release Date: May 7, 2012

On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will host “Creating Usable Electronic Health … more

Teaching the Next Generation of Scientists: PML Reaches out at USA Science and Engineering Festival
Release Date: May 7, 2012

Vincent Lee prepares a demonstration for visiting students. For the second consecutive year, PML played a major role in NIST’s contributions to the Science and Engineering Festival in … more

Petroleum Volume: Getting Calibrations in the Can
Release Date: May 7, 2012

PML technician Sherry Sheckels uses a flashlight and magnification loupe to take exact water-level measurements on a stainless steel container. (Click image for a larger version.) The … more

Interagency Manufacturing Office Asks for Ideas on Design of Proposed Innovation Network
Release Date: May 4, 2012

The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) today* issued a formal "request for information" on a new public-private partnership proposed by President Obama: the National Network for … more

Comments Requested on Strategies to Mitigate Risk in the Federal ICT Supply Chain
Release Date: May 4, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has extended until May 25, 2012, the comment period for the second draft of a publication intended to help federal departments and agencies … more

No Strings Attached: NIST Protocol Helps Communicate Biometrics from Anywhere
Release Date: May 2, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed and published a new protocol for communicating with biometric sensors over wired and wireless networks—using … more

Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Firearms Analysis Conference
Release Date: May 2, 2012

Forensic Firearms Analysis Conference 2012 Since the early 1900s, forensic scientists have been using firearms analysis to associate bullets and cartridge cases left at crime scenes to … more

Researchers Find Reducing Fishmeal Hinders Growth of Farmed Fish
Release Date: May 2, 2012

When it comes to the food used to raise fish in aquaculture "farms," it seems that you may get what you pay for. In a new study,* researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

First Light: NIST Researchers Develop New Way to Generate Superluminal Pulses
Release Date: May 2, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a novel way of producing light pulses that are "superluminal"—in some sense they travel faster than the speed … more

Fabrication Method Can Affect the Use of Block Copolymer Thin Films
Release Date: May 2, 2012

A new study by a team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) indicates that thin polymer films can have different properties depending on the method by … more

Ultrasound Idea: Prototype NIST/CU Bioreactor Evaluates Engineered Tissue While Creating It
Release Date: May 2, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a prototype bioreactor—a device for culturing cells to create engineered tissues—that both stimulates and … more

Light Touch Keeps a Grip on Delicate Nanoparticles
Release Date: May 2, 2012

Using a refined technique for trapping and manipulating nanoparticles, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have extended the trapped particles' useful life more … more

Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop V Meets June 5-7 at the Department of Commerce
Release Date: May 2, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop V on June 5-7, 2012, at the Department of Commerce’s Herbert C. Hoover Building in … more

NIST Fire Research Earns Honors
Release Date: May 2, 2012

Fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently were honored by the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), while the Fire Department of New … more

NIST Mass Masters Challenge at USA Science & Engineering Festival
Release Date: April 30, 2012

Congratulations to the three winners of the NIST Mass Masters challenge conducted Friday April 27-29, 2012, at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. By correctly selecting … more

Next Generation Rail Forums Head to Kansas City and Orlando
Release Date: April 27, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will host two forums next month designed to connect manufacturers with more than 34,000 … more

NIST Physicists Benchmark Quantum Simulator with Hundreds of Qubits
Release Date: April 25, 2012

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a quantum simulator that can engineer interactions among hundreds of quantum bits (qubits)—10 times more than … more

Commerce Secretary Bryson Presents Baldrige Award to 11 Organizations
Release Date: April 24, 2012

On April 15, 2012, U.S. Commerce Department Secretary John Bryson presented 11 U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest honor for organizational … more

The Critical Economics of Manufacturing Workforce
Release Date: April 19, 2012

On April 17, 2012, Roger Kilmer, Executive Director of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership testified, along with colleagues at the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, about the … more

NIST Mini-sensor Measures Magnetic Activity in Human Brain
Release Date: April 19, 2012

A miniature atom-based magnetic sensor developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has passed an important research milestone by successfully measuring human brain … more

Imaging Complex Domain Wall Structures in Magnetic Nanostripes
Release Date: April 18, 2012

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used the scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis (SEMPA) … more

Two New Advanced Laboratories Open at NIST Boulder and JILA
Release Date: April 17, 2012

Two new advanced laboratory buildings for high-precision science and measurements have officially opened in Boulder, Colo., providing upgraded facilities to support technology innovation and … more

NIST/UMass Study Finds Evidence Nanoparticles May Increase Plant DNA Damage
Release Date: April 17, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) have provided the first evidence that engineered nanoparticles are able … more

Iris Recognition Report Evaluates 'Needle in Haystack' Search Capability
Release Date: April 17, 2012

Identifying people by acquiring pictures of their eyes is becoming easier, according to a new report* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST researchers evaluated the … more

JILA Superradiant Laser Is 'A New Way of Lasing'
Release Date: April 17, 2012

Physicists at JILA have demonstrated a novel "superradiant" laser that works on a subtly different principle than ordinary lasers. In principle, the new JILA laser could be 100 to 1,000 times more … more

X-Ray Probe Finds New Organic Transistors Do Well in Hot Water
Release Date: April 17, 2012

Materials scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with an international research team, have helped prove the stability of a novel—and rugged—thin-film … more

May Workshop Examines Impact of Advanced Imaging Technology on Tissue Engineering Research
Release Date: April 17, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the Multi-Agency Tissue Engineering Science (MATES) working group, is sponsoring a two-day workshop on imaging … more

Fifth Annual Health Information Security Conference Runs June 6-7
Release Date: April 17, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is co-hosting the fifth annual Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security conference on June 6 and 7, 2012, … more

NIST Proposes Update to Digital Signature Standard
Release Date: April 17, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced proposed changes to a standard that specifies how to implement digital signatures, which can be used to ensure the integrity … more

NIST Advisory Committee Issues 2011 Annual Report
Release Date: April 17, 2012

The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has sent its 2011 annual report to Congress. The VCAT is the agency's primary … more

NIST Team Receives Commerce Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award
Release Date: April 17, 2012

A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received the 2012 Energy and Environmental Stewardship award from the Department of Commerce for the design and … more

New Business Plan, New Funding Help Baldrige Program Move Forward
Release Date: April 13, 2012

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP), managed for 25 years by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with the private sector, has announced that it … more

New laboratories for world-renowned science
Release Date: April 11, 2012

JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology that has produced three Nobel Prize winners since 2001, has opened a new wing … more

In-Situ Observations Reveal How Nanoparticle Catalysts Lower Operating Temperatures in Fuel Cells
Release Date: April 10, 2012

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and Arizona State University have used environmental transmission electron microscopy (ETEM) to explain the role of nickel … more

Hyperspectral Imaging: Shedding New Light on Wound Healing
Release Date: April 9, 2012

David Allen takes readings using a NIST standard reflectance diffuser prior to scanning a wound area on an anesthetized pig. Illumination comes from the broadband lights on the hyperspectral … more

First, Fast and Faster
Release Date: April 6, 2012

Figure 1. Schematic diagram of the fast light experiment in PML’s Laser Cooling and Trapping Group. Inset at top right shows the rubidium energy levels more

Micromechanical Mirror Performs Under Pressure
Release Date: April 6, 2012

Top: The gratings are fabricated with approximately 700 nm between ridges. Each has slightly different spacing and thickness, affecting reflectivity and mechanical performance. Bottom: A … more

New Detector Design Improves Gamma-rays Measurements
Release Date: April 6, 2012

The newly designed ionization chambers, in two sizes.   In the pursuit of precision measurements, nothing is simple, even when the apparatus employed appears to be utterly … more

JILA Team Demonstrates 'A New Way of Lasing': A 'Superradiant' Laser
Release Date: April 4, 2012

BOULDER, Colo. – Physicists at JILA have demonstrated a novel “superradiant” laser design, which has the potential to be 100 to 1,000 times more stable than the best conventional visible lasers. … more

Nanoscale Magnetic Media Diagnostics by Rippling Spin Waves
Release Date: April 3, 2012

Memory devices based on magnetism are one of the core technologies of the computing industry, and engineers are working to develop new forms of magnetic memory that are faster, smaller, and more … more

April Workshop Focuses on Cybersecurity for Cyber-Physical Systems and Industrial Controls
Release Date: April 3, 2012

Securing computers against unlawful and malicious attacks is always important, but it’s especially vital when the computers in question control major physical systems—manufacturing plants, … more

April Workshop at RPI Is Opportunity to Help Design the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Release Date: April 3, 2012

The first of a planned series of regional workshops to design a proposed $1 billion federal initiative, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), will be held on April 25, 2012, at … more

Online Tool Helps You Assess Your Intellectual Property Awareness
Release Date: April 3, 2012

A new online tool can help small companies and entrepreneurs evaluate their awareness of intellectual property (IP)—trade secrets, company data and more—and learn how to protect it. The National … more

McFadden Named 2012 SIAM Fellow
Release Date: April 3, 2012

Mathematician Geoffrey McFadden of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Applied and Computational Mathematics Division has been named a fellow of the Society for Industrial and … more

Wu Elected SPIE Fellow
Release Date: April 3, 2012

H. Felix Wu, a mechanical engineer and research manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been named a fellow of SPIE, the international professional society for … more

Foundation Approves Baldrige Funding Through 2015
Release Date: April 2, 2012

Consistent with its purpose, the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Inc., has committed funds to sustain the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) through fiscal … more

Novel Filter Material Could Cut Natural Gas Refining Costs
Release Date: March 29, 2012

Measurements taken by a team including National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists show that a newly devised material has the ability to separate closely related components of … more

Researchers Validate Simplified Lateral Force Calibration Technique for Atomic Force Microscopy
Release Date: March 28, 2012

In the diamagnetic lateral force calibration method, an AFM cantilever (shown here is a NIST HammerHead cantilever) presses against the surface of a piece of graphite that levitates in a … more

New Industry Commitments to Give 15 Million Households Tools to Shrink Their Energy Bills
Release Date: March 26, 2012

Washington, D.C. -- Responding to President Obama's call for an "all-of-the-above" strategy to help consumers reduce their energy costs, the Administration announced on March 22 that nine major … more

Farewell, Mr. Sandy McDonnell
Release Date: March 22, 2012

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is saying farewell to Mr. Sandy McDonnell, a friend and leader who was critical to the program's start-up. Mr. McDonnell, 89, died on March 19 in the St. … more

Nanopower: Avoiding Electrolyte Failure in Nanoscale Lithium Batteries
Release Date: March 20, 2012

It turns out you can be too thin—especially if you’re a nanoscale battery. Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, College Park, and … more

NIST Findings Awaken Age-Old Anesthesia Question
Release Date: March 20, 2012

Why does inhaling anesthetics cause unconsciousness? New insights into this century-and-a-half-old question may spring from research performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

'Nanoslinky': A Novel Nanofluidic Technology for DNA Manipulation and Measurement
Release Date: March 20, 2012

Remember Slinky®, the coiled metal spring that “walks” down stairs with just a push, momentum and gravity? Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed … more

NIST Releases Technical Guidance for Evaluating Electronic Health Records
Release Date: March 20, 2012

An important aspect of any product is how easily someone can use it for its intended purpose, also known as usability. Electronic health records (EHR) that are usable have the potential to improve … more

NIST Announces $2.6 Million in Funding for Novel Semiconductor Research
Release Date: March 20, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting proposals to support long-term research in next-generation semiconductor technology, which is critical to the future of the … more

NIST April Workshop to Examine Federal Conformity Assessment Practices
Release Date: March 20, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a free public workshop on best practices in federal conformity assessment activities Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at NIST’s … more

Combining Centuries-Old Mathematical Theorems Provides an Efficient Approach for Characterizing the Shape of Nanoparticles
Release Date: March 14, 2012

Gregg Gallatin, a researcher at the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, has shown that combining a nineteenth century flux theorem with an eighteenth century mathematical operation … more

USTPO and NIST Unveil New IP Awareness Assessment Tool
Release Date: March 13, 2012

The new Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool developed by NIST MEP in collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office is now available for use. The tool is designed to guide … more

Enterprise Meeting Underscores Spirit of Collaboration
Release Date: March 13, 2012

With a great deal of optimism and the spirit of collaboration, as well as the acknowledgement of a great deal of work ahead, the senior leaders of the Baldrige Enterprise met on February 29 to … more

NIST Announces Funding to Form Steering Group to Support Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
Release Date: March 12, 2012

On March 9, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that it is soliciting proposals to establish a steering group in support of the National Strategy for Trusted … more

Federal Committee Seeks Information on Domestic Forging Capabilities
Release Date: March 9, 2012

Does the United States have sufficient industrial capabilities to produce adequate supplies of forged-quality metal parts to meet the needs of the Defense Department and other federal … more

President Proposes National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Release Date: March 9, 2012

President Obama announced today his proposal for a new initiative focused on strengthening and ensuring the long-term competitiveness and job-creating power of U.S. manufacturing. After touring … more

NIST/CU 'Star Comb' Joins Quest for Earthlike Planets
Release Date: March 6, 2012

If there is life on other planets, a laser frequency comb developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help find it. NIST researchers and collaborators … more

NIST Measurements May Help Optimize Organic Solar Cells
Release Date: March 6, 2012

Organic solar cells may be a step closer to market because of measurements taken at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where a … more

The Shape of Things to Come: NIST Probes the Promise of Nanomanufacturing Using DNA Origami
Release Date: March 6, 2012

In recent years, scientists have begun to harness DNA’s powerful molecular machinery to build artificial structures at the nanoscale using the natural ability of pairs of DNA molecules to assemble … more

Two for One: Simultaneous Size and Electrochemical Measurement of Nanomaterials
Release Date: March 6, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have done a mash-up of two very different experimental techniques—neutron scattering and electrochemical measurements—to … more

NIST Releases Gulf of Mexico Crude Oil Reference Material
Release Date: March 6, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new certified reference material to support the federal government’s Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) in the wake … more

NIST to Expand Work on Emergency Communications to Support FirstNet
Release Date: March 6, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will significantly expand its work in support of an advanced wireless communications system for the nation’s first responders and emergency … more

Baldrige Award Ceremony is Bonus for Attendees at Quest for Excellence
Release Date: March 6, 2012

Register today for the 24th annual Quest for Excellence® conference and you’ll get something extra: an invitation to attend the ceremony and reception honoring the 2010 and 2011 recipients of the … more

Guidance on Wireless Local Area Network Security is Close at Hand
Release Date: March 6, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released in final form a guide to enhanced security for wireless local area networks (WLAN). A WLAN is a group of wireless networking … more

NIST Announces Up to $1M in Funding for Two New Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers
Release Date: March 1, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is soliciting proposals to establish two new Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers in South Dakota and … more

NIST Releases Final Smart Grid 'Framework 2.0' Document
Release Date: February 28, 2012

An updated roadmap for the Smart Grid is now available from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which recently finished reviewing and incorporating public comments into the … more

Revision of SP 800-53 Addresses Current Cybersecurity Threats, Adds Privacy Controls
Release Date: February 28, 2012

A major revision of a Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) publication released today by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) adds guidance for combating new … more

Argon Cleaning Helps Trapped Ions Chill Out
Release Date: February 27, 2012

This colorized photo shows trap cleaning in progress. The trap (shown from the side) is atop the gold-colored pedestal in the center and measures 8 mm across. The vertical stripes on the … more

The Great Gravity Showdown
Release Date: February 27, 2012

The 2012 participants, from left: David Newell of PML, Jacques Liard of NRCan, Dave Inglis of NRC, Jason Silliker of NRCan, and Mark Eckl of NOAA. (Click image for a larger … more

Plans for Advanced Manufacturing Research Highlight President's Budget Request for NIST
Release Date: February 21, 2012

The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget for the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) submitted to Congress proposes an appropriations funding level of … more

Experts Recommend Measures to Reduce Human Error in Fingerprint Analysis
Release Date: February 21, 2012

A new report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has documented 149 potential sources of human error in … more

Celebrating Another Golden Year in Legal Metrology with Weights and Measures Week 2012
Release Date: February 21, 2012

Weights and measures are indispensable. From the grocery store to the gas pump, all kinds of consumer products are sold by some measurable quantity, whether it’s length, count, volume or weight. … more

Shopper's Special: NIST Seeking Consumer, Industry Input on Unit Pricing Labels
Release Date: February 21, 2012

The Office of Weights and Measures (OWM) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking volunteers to participate in a workgroup that will develop industry best practice … more

NIST Reveals Switching Mechanism in Promising Computer Memory Device
Release Date: February 21, 2012

Sometimes knowing that a new technology works is not enough. You also must know why it works to get marketplace acceptance. New information from the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Requests Comments on Updated Guide to Handling Computer Security Incidents
Release Date: February 21, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published for public comment a draft update to a guide for organizations managing their responses to computer security incidents such … more

NIST Establishes National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Release Date: February 21, 2012

State of Maryland and Montgomery County Join Partnership The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a new partnership to establish the National Cybersecurity Center … more

Laying the Groundwork for 3D Stacked Integrated Circuits
Release Date: February 17, 2012

Graphical representation of a stack of individual chips connected by vertical pipelines or through-silicon vias (TSVs). Credit: IBM. Could three-dimensional stacked integrated circuits … more

NIST Seeks Health Record System Manufacturers to Assist in Usability Testing
Release Date: February 16, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks manufacturers of electronic health record (EHR) systems to participate in a research effort to develop methods for assessing the … more

NIST Announces Funding Opportunity to Increase Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Release Date: February 16, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and the Department of Energy have announced the availability of up to $1.3 million for … more

CNST and Sandia Researchers Publish a Detailed Review of Electrical Contacts in One and Two Dimensional Nanomaterials
Release Date: February 15, 2012

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and Sandia National Laboratories have published a detailed review of recent experimental and theoretical work highlighting the … more

President's FY 2013 Budget Request for NIST Targets Advanced Manufacturing, Critical Science and Technology Programs
Release Date: February 13, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget for the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) submitted today to Congress proposes an … more

NIST OLES Enhancing Collaboration Between NIST and Law Enforcement
Release Date: February 9, 2012

NIST OLES Enhancing Collaboration Between NIST and Law Enforcement NIST OLES has partnered with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Office of Cheltenham Operations … more

CNST Releases the Winter 2012 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: February 8, 2012

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the winter 2012 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more

NIST Announces Program to ID Human Cell Lines for Research
Release Date: February 7, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is launching a project to collect and catalog DNA identification data for up to 1,500 human cell lines used in … more

Unusual 'Collapsing' Iron Superconductor Sets Record for Its Class
Release Date: February 7, 2012

A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland has found an iron-based superconductor that operates at the highest known temperature for a … more

Good Timing: NIST/CU Collaboration Adds Timing Capability to Living Cell Sensors
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Individual cells modified to act as sensors using fluorescence are already useful tools in biochemistry, but now they can add good timing to their resumé, thanks in part to expertise from the … more

Charter Service: Encasing the Magna Carta
Release Date: February 7, 2012

You often hear about the Framers of the Constitution, but not so much the framers of the Magna Carta. They work for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Not the authors, of … more

NIST Provides Octagonal Window of Opportunity for Carbon Capture
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Filtering carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from factory smokestacks is a necessary, but expensive part of many manufacturing processes. However, a collaborative research team from the National … more

New NIST 'Cell Assay on a Chip': Solid Results from Simple Means
Release Date: February 7, 2012

The great artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci once said that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) research engineer Javier Atencia … more

NIST Report on Texas Fire Urges Firefighters to Consider Wind Effects
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Wind conditions at a fire scene can make a critical difference on the behavior of the blaze and the safety of firefighters, even indoors, according to a new report by the National Institute of … more

NIST Seeks Proposals for Projects to Improve Trust in Cyberspace
Release Date: February 7, 2012

On Feb. 1, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched a competition for pilot projects to accelerate progress toward improved systems for interoperable, trusted online … more

NIST Report Recommends New Privately Led Steering Group to Drive Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
Release Date: February 7, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its recommendations for a new, privately led steering group to tackle the complex policy and technical issues necessary to create … more

Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association Conference Meets March 27-29
Release Date: February 7, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the 25th annual conference of the Federal Information Systems Security Educator’s Association (FISSEA) March 27-29, 2012, at its … more

NIST Advisory Committee Recommends Non-Profit Guide for Next-Gen Public Safety Communications Net
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Creation of a next-generation public safety communications network requires leadership from a single non-profit organization devoted to this purpose, according to a Jan. 31, 2012, report released … more

NIST Cloud Computing Videos Available Online
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Video recordings of the Nov. 2-4, 2011 Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop IV hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are now available for on-line viewing. The … more

Toward a Global Microwave Standard
Release Date: February 6, 2012

Much of what is known about decadal climate change – and much of what appears on the evening weather forecast as well – comes from satellite-based remote sensing of microwave radiation at different … more

Progress and Promise in DIAL LIDAR
Release Date: February 6, 2012

Click image for larger version. For climatologists and environmental policy makers who need to determine the flux of greenhouse gases (GHG), there are three paramount questions: Where … more

PML's Pernstich Develops Open-Source Software to Automate Test Equipment
Release Date: February 6, 2012

Graphical user interface of Instrument Control (iC).Click image for larger version. A free, easily customizable software program for automating test equipment via GPIB or RS232 bus may … more

New Colors: JILA Scientists Confirm First 'Frequency Comb' to Probe Ultraviolet Wavelengths
Release Date: February 1, 2012

Physicists at JILA have created the first “frequency comb” in the extreme ultraviolet band of the spectrum, high-energy light less than 100 nanometers (nm) in wavelength. Laser-generated frequency … more

NIST to Fund Pilot Projects that Advance Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Proposers’ Conference Set for Feb. 15
Release Date: February 1, 2012

Proposers’ Conference Set for Feb. 15 WASHINGTON - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a competition to award a total of approximately $10 million for pilot … more

Public-Private Standards Efforts to Make America Strong
Release Date: February 1, 2012

Office of Science and Technology Blog Post by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher Standards—agreed upon parameters such as the size and shape of … more

CNST Researchers Efficiently Couple Light from a Plane Wave into a Surface Plasmon Mode
Release Date: February 1, 2012

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have made a grating coupler that transmits over 45 % of the incident optical energy from a plane wave into a single surface … more

New Report Outlines Key Features of Next-Generation Public Safety Communications
Release Date: January 31, 2012

WASHINGTON—Creation of a next-generation public safety communications network requires leadership from a single non-profit organization devoted to this purpose, according to a report released today … more

Cool Nano Loudspeakers Could Make for Better MRIs, Quantum Computers
Release Date: January 24, 2012

A team of physicists from the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), the Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Harvard University has developed a theory describing how to both detect weak … more

Hacking the SEM: Crystal Phase Detection for Nanoscale Samples
Release Date: January 24, 2012

Top: Transmission electron diffraction pattern from from a segment of an indium gallium nitride (InGaN) nanowire about 50 nanometers in diameter taken with an SEM using the new NIST … more

NIST to Support Federal Agencies as They Implement Best Practices for Standards Activities
Release Date: January 24, 2012

Last week, the White House issued a memorandum recognizing the role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in helping agencies implement best practices for standards … more

NIST Publishes Draft Implementation Guidance for Continuously Monitoring an Organization's IT System Security
Release Date: January 24, 2012

Three new draft reports published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are designed to help both public and private organizations improve the security of their information … more

NIST Issues Cloud Computing Guidelines for Managing Security and Privacy
Release Date: January 24, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has finalized its first set of guidelines for managing security and privacy issues in cloud computing.* Guidelines on Security and Privacy … more

International Community Gathers at NIST in March to Discuss Biometric Performance and Testing
Release Date: January 24, 2012

The International Biometric Performance Conference 2012, to be held March 5-9 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will bring together evaluators, users and technology … more

NIST Accepting Applications for Two Summer Programs for Middle School Science Teachers
Release Date: January 24, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers and the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) … more

Inc.com Features Baldrige Award Winner MidwayUSA
Release Date: January 24, 2012

A brand-new article on Inc.com, "We Will Be the Best-Run Business in America," features MidwayUSA, a 2009 Baldrige Award winner in small business, and its founder Larry Potterfield. Writer Leigh … more

March Workshop to Support Trusted IDs in Cyberspace
Release Date: January 24, 2012

The National Strategy for a Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office will host the 2012 NIST/NSTIC IDtrust Workshop “Technologies and Standards Enabling the Identity … more

Call for Nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Release Date: January 24, 2012

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by … more

Updated Guidelines to Help Ensure Electrical Devices are Smart Grid Ready
Release Date: January 24, 2012

Taking a step closer to ensuring that new electrical devices will be ready to plug into the nation's next-generation power grid, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Smart … more

Administration Announces New Tools to Help Consumers Manage Electricity Use and Shrink Bills
Release Date: January 18, 2012

SANTA CLARA, CA – Today, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra joined utility and technology executives in Silicon Valley to announce several new online tools that will allow consumers in … more

CNST Collaboration Produces Ultra-Short Light Pulses Using On-Chip Microresonator
Release Date: January 18, 2012

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and Purdue University have designed and fabricated an on-chip microresonator that converts continuous laser light into … more

Economic Study Shows Value of Baldrige-Based Performance Excellence
Release Date: January 18, 2012

The news in 2001 was impressive, but it’s even more emphatically evident a decade later: the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) significantly benefits the U.S. economy. That’s the … more

February Forums Help Manufacturers Get on Track to Build Next Generation Rail
Release Date: January 12, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will host two forums in February 2012 to help U.S. manufacturers prepare for upcoming … more

NIST Industry Day 2012
Release Date: January 11, 2012

DOC/NIST Invites Vendors to Attend an Industry Day at NIST! The NIST Acquisition Management Division will partner with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) to host an Industry Day at … more

CNST Collaboration Models Ionic Conductivity in Doped Ceria for use as a Fuel Cell Electrolyte
Release Date: January 11, 2012

Optimizing the conductivity of ceria based oxides, or doped ceria, is crucial to their use as electrolytes in future solid oxide fuel cells. Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science … more

Slippery When Stacked: NIST Theorists Quantify the Friction of Graphene
Release Date: January 10, 2012

Similar to the way pavement, softened by a hot sun, will slow down a car, graphene—a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon with wondrous properties—slows down an object sliding across its surface. But … more

NIST Standard Available for Better Diagnosis, Treatment of Cytomegalovirus
Release Date: January 10, 2012

A new clinical Standard Reference Material (SRM) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will help health care professionals more accurately diagnose and treat … more

Stretching Exercises: Using Digital Images to Understand Bridge Failures
Release Date: January 10, 2012

With a random-looking spatter of paint specks, a pair of cameras and a whole lot of computer processing, engineer Mark Iadicola of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been … more

NIST Releases Two New SRMs for Monitoring Human Exposure to Environmental Toxins
Release Date: January 10, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has developed two new Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for … more

NIST SBIR Program Soliciting Proposals to Solve Manufacturing and IT Challenges
Release Date: January 10, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) needs American innovators and entrepreneurs to help solve technological problems and develop NIST technologies into marketable products. … more

New DOC Report Examines the Federal Role in U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness
Release Date: January 10, 2012

On Jan. 6, 2012, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a new report highlighting key policy priorities to sustain and promote American innovation and economic competitiveness. The report, … more

Text Retrieval Conference 2012 Seeks Information Retrieval Experts for Data Digging
Release Date: January 10, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is conducting the 21st annual Text Retrieval Conference (TREC), the premier experimental effort in the field, to encourage research in … more

Four at NIST Elected AAAS Fellows
Release Date: January 10, 2012

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, has elected four researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Technologies Contribute to Top Science Stories of 2011
Release Date: January 10, 2012

The top science stories of 2011, as selected by several science magazines, include two experiments and a famous computer, that relied on technology from the National Institute of Standards and … more

CNST Researchers Measure and Model Inhomogeneous Energy Landscapes in Graphene
Release Date: January 4, 2012

If graphene is to live up to its promise as a revolutionary component of future electronics, the interactions between graphene and the surrounding materials in a device must be understood and … more