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Nanoscale Edge Variations Observed with Record-breaking Resolution in Magnetic Nanodevices
Release Date: March 27, 2013

Ferromagnetic resonance force microscopy image of the precession of an edge mode in a 500 nm diameter permalloy disk.  The disk appears as a blue region, and the precession of the edge mode … more

NIST Guides Seek Interoperability for Automated Fingerprint ID Systems
Release Date: March 20, 2013

A new set of publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could make it easier, faster, and most importantly, more reliable, for forensic examiners to match a set of … more

NIST Advisory Committee Issues 2012 Annual Report
Release Date: March 20, 2013

The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has sent its 2012 annual report to Congress. The committee report supports NIST’s … more

CNST Director Robert Celotta Featured in European Innovation Publication
Release Date: March 20, 2013

Robert Celotta, Director, NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.  Robert Celotta, Director of the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), was interviewed in … more

NIST Tests Underscore Potential Hazards of Green Laser Pointers
Release Date: March 20, 2013

Using a low-cost apparatus designed to quickly and accurately measure the properties of handheld laser devices, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers tested 122 laser … more

PML Scientists Make Better SEM Imaging and Measurements in the Nano Era Possible
Release Date: March 14, 2013

Dr. András Vladár operates the NIST dimensional metrology reference SEM. (Click image for larger version.) Since the inception of the scanning electron microscope (SEM), users have … more

New NIST Microscope Measures Nanomagnet Property Vital to 'Spintronics'
Release Date: March 14, 2013

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new microscope able to view and measure an important but elusive property of the nanoscale magnets used in … more

NIST Mechanical Micro-Drum Used as Quantum Memory
Release Date: March 13, 2013

One of the oldest forms of computer memory is back again—but in a 21st century microscopic device designed by physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for possible … more

CNST Releases the Winter 2013 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: March 11, 2013

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2013 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more

Some older radio-controlled clocks may adjust for Daylight Saving Time early
Release Date: March 9, 2013

Due to an unexpected technical issue, some older radio controlled clocks may have made the change to Daylight Saving Time (DST) up to a day earlier than intended. Daylight Saving Time begins on … more

Workshop on Understanding Nations' Resilience to CBRNE Incidents - 2013
Release Date: March 7, 2013

SAVE THE DATE All-of-Government Approaches to International Consequence Management for CBRNE Incidents The National Research Council (NRC), through a grant sponsored by NIST OLES, is organizing a … more

Progress in MRI Contrast Agents
Release Date: March 5, 2013

At the center of the cylinder is a microcapillary tube used to study single-particle measurement capability in magnetic contrast agents for MRI. Click on photo for enlargement of capillary … more

New Player in Electron Field Emitter Technology Makes for Better Imaging and Communications
Release Date: March 5, 2013

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland, College Park, have built a practical, high-efficiency nanostructured electron source. … more

NIST Quantum Refrigerator Offers Extreme Cooling and Convenience
Release Date: March 5, 2013

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a solid-state refrigerator that uses quantum physics in micro- and nanostructures to cool a much larger … more

New NIST Time Code to Boost Reception for Radio-Controlled Clocks
Release Date: March 5, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is changing the way it broadcasts time signals that synchronize radio-controlled "atomic" clocks and watches to official U.S. time in ways … more

NIST Panel Expands Recommendations for Use of Electronic Health Records in Pediatrics
Release Date: March 5, 2013

To speed development and adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) for pediatrics, a group of experts from industry, academia and government convened by the National Institute of Standards and … more

Temp-Controlled 'Nanopores' May Allow Detailed Blood Analysis
Release Date: March 5, 2013

Tiny biomolecular chambers called nanopores that can be selectively heated may help doctors diagnose disease more effectively if recent research by a team at the National Institute of Standards and … more

A Baldrige Message of Hope and Celebration
Release Date: March 5, 2013

Debbie Collard is immediate past chair of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Foundation, who served as chair from 2011 to 2012. She is currently Director, Quality, Safety, Continuous … more

NIST, Stanford Collaborate to Catalog Early Microcomputing Software Data
Release Date: March 5, 2013

When you hear the term “cultural heritage,” what springs to mind? The dramas of Tennessee Williams, the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe? Software from the early 1980s? The National Institute of … more

Nanoelectronics Conference Will Focus on Semiconductor Industry's Future
Release Date: March 5, 2013

How the semiconductor industry can create the next generations of nanoscale computing technology will be one of the themes of the 2013 International Conference on Frontiers of Characterization and … more

NIST Offers Forensic Science Education and Training Webcasts
Release Date: March 5, 2013

Building upon the success of last November’s “Forensics@NIST 2012” symposium, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering three upcoming educational and skills-building … more

March Conference Focuses on New Trends in Cybersecurity and Information Security Education
Release Date: March 5, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the 26th annual conference of the Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA) March 19-21, 2013, at its … more

Three NIST IT Leaders' Are Honored with 2013 Federal 100 Awards
Release Date: March 5, 2013

Three members of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Information Technology Laboratory were named to the 2013 list of the top 100 government, industry and academic leaders … more

Large Mass Calibration
Release Date: March 5, 2013

Paul Emanuel (left) and Kevin Chesnutwood carefully hoist a container off its floor mount atop the platform of the large-mass balance-beam scale. The PML reference masses used for the … more

In High Gear: Weights and Measures Week 2013
Release Date: March 4, 2013

From the fuel for your vehicle to a cab ride to the airport, all kinds of consumer products and services are sold by some measurable quantity. The methods for measuring these quantities and the … more

NIST Solicits Views, Ideas from Stakeholders for Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure
Release Date: February 26, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register as its first step in the process to develop a Cybersecurity Framework, … more

Dr. George Arnold to Take on New Role as Director of the Standards Coordination Office
Release Date: February 20, 2013

Dear Colleagues, I am excited to share this news with you. NIST Director Pat Gallagher has asked me to take on a new role as Director of the Standards Coordination Office. I will lead NIST’s … more

NIST, DOJ Form Commission to Develop Guidelines for Forensic Labs
Release Date: February 20, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced the establishment of a National Commission on Forensic Science as part of a new … more

Green and Gold: NIST Boulder’s New Laboratory Achieves LEED Gold Certification
Release Date: February 20, 2013

The new Precision Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder, Colo., has received LEED Gold certification. The Precision … more

January 15-16 Cloud and Big Data Conference Video Available On Demand
Release Date: February 20, 2013

The January 15-16, 2013, Cloud Computing and Big Data Conference webinar video is now available on demand. This meeting, held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), explored … more

Baldrige-Driven Performance Excellence Helps Grow Revenue and Jobs
Release Date: February 20, 2013

Take a tip from the six two-time winners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award: If your organization wants to achieve growth in both revenue and jobs, the Baldrige Criteria for Performance … more

High Efficiency Single Photon Detector
Release Date: February 19, 2013

Francesco Marsili at the SPD experiment. The metal cylinder at top left is the device's cryogenic enclosure. A single photon may not seem like much of a catch. But detecting photons … more

Department of Justice and National Institute of Standards and Technology Announce Launch of National Commission on Forensic Science
Release Date: February 15, 2013

DOJ Contact: Office of Public Affairs 202-514-2007  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

Save the Date for the Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis
Release Date: February 14, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the free Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference on its Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus on … more

National Institute of Standards and Technology Initiates Development of New Cybersecurity Framework
Release Date: February 13, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced the first step in the development of a Cybersecurity Framework, which will be a set of voluntary standards and best … more

NIST Captures Chemical Composition with Nanoscale Resolution
Release Date: February 12, 2013

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have demonstrated that a new spectroscopy technique* can simultaneously measure a material's … more

Save the Date for the free Emerging Trends in Synthetic Drugs Workshop
Release Date: February 11, 2013

On April 30 - May 1, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a free workshop on the NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus to … more

Gauging the Needs of the Petroleum Industry
Release Date: February 8, 2013

Dennis Everett selecting a gauge from the NIST-housed Grand Master set. When he looked at the dramatic increase in his laboratory’s thread gauge calibration income – a 50 % increase over … more

Calculating Quantum Vacuum Forces in Nanostructures
Release Date: February 7, 2013

One of the surprising predictions of quantum mechanics is that uncharged conductors can attract each other over small distances, even in empty space.  While the resulting “Casimir force” has been … more

Second Annual National Manufacturing Day Slated for Oct. 4, 2013
Release Date: February 7, 2013

Additional Contacts: Patricia Lee Director of Marketing Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. 815-227-8286 Jeff Ostermayer Senior Media Strategist National Association of … more

New Reports Define Strategic Vision, Propose R&D Priorities for Future Cyber-Physical Systems
Release Date: February 6, 2013

If designed and built efficiently, flexibly and securely, next-generation cyber-physical systems (CPS) now sprouting from interconnections that join the digital and engineered physical worlds will … more

Report from the Field: Using Internally Cured Concrete in Indiana Bridges
Release Date: February 6, 2013

A recent news story from Purdue University describes how Indiana state transportation officials are making concrete use of concrete research to extend the service life of bridge decks in the state … more

NIST to Host Three Presidential Innovation Fellows
Release Date: February 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) expects to host three new Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) from the latest round announced yesterday by the White House.* The PIF … more

New Guide Will Allow Electric Utilities to Develop Green Button Web Tools
Release Date: February 6, 2013

A new guide* for Web developers recently released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will make it easier for electric utilities and vendors to give customers convenient, … more

Celebrate 25 Years of Baldrige ... and Learn Something, Too!
Release Date: February 6, 2013

For organizations seeking insight toward improved performance and results, the annual Quest for Excellence® conference is the definitive showcase of best practices from the previous year's winners … more

NIST Issues Call for Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grant Proposals
Release Date: February 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a call for grant proposals for a broad range of potential research projects covering the institute's interests in the physical … more

NIST Seeks Comments to Final Public Draft of Major Federal Cybersecurity Document
Release Date: February 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting comments on the final public draft of Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations, … more

NIST SBIR Technology Commercialization Program to Assist Small Business
Release Date: February 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is in search of a partner organization to help small businesses commercialize the technologies they develop as part of NIST's Small … more

States Realize Big Benefits by Keeping Current with Energy Standards for Buildings
Release Date: February 6, 2013

States that have not adopted the latest energy-efficiency standard for commercial buildings are foregoing an average reduction of almost 10 percent in energy consumed by new structures over 10 … more

Cybersecurity Center Project to Secure Health Information
Release Date: February 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites organizations to participate in a National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) effort to integrate commercially available … more

NIST Solicits Proposals for 2013 Grants to Advance Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
Release Date: February 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a new competition for grants to create pilot projects for online secure identity systems that advance the vision of the … more

2013 Summer Programs for Science Teachers
Release Date: February 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications for the 2013 NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers and the Research Experience for Teachers … more

NIST to Host February 2013 Symposium on the Future of Voting Systems
Release Date: February 6, 2013

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are sponsoring a symposium to explore emerging trends in voting system technology, Feb. 26-28, … more

Current Shunt Calibrations
Release Date: January 28, 2013

Marlin Kraft of PML's Quantum Measurement Division adjusts connections on a current shunt resistor that dates from 1899. At left is NIST's Direct Current 3000 Ampere Measurement System. Each … more

Non-Human Cell Line Authentication
Release Date: January 25, 2013

Many journals now require cell line authentication prior to publication of research results. Are you ready? How are you authenticating your non-human cell lines? Are you confident in the … more

NSTC Releases Planned Design for Manufacturing Innovation Network
Release Date: January 24, 2013

The Administration's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has released a report based on the input of nearly 900 stakeholders that describes an approach to implementing and managing a … more

NIST's 'Nanotubes on a Chip' May Simplify Optical Power Measurements
Release Date: January 24, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a novel chip-scale instrument made of carbon nanotubes that may simplify absolute measurements of laser power, especially … more

DNA and Quantum Dots: All That Glitters is Not Gold
Release Date: January 24, 2013

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has shown that by bringing gold nanoparticles close to the dots and using a DNA template to control the distances, … more

'Live Burns' in Spartanburg, S.C., Will Benefit Research and Firefighter Training
Release Date: January 24, 2013

Firefighters in Spartanburg, S.C., battle a 'test burn' of an abandoned house in an experiment to demonstrate new techniques for combatting flashover, an extremely dangerous phenomenon in … more

Two New MEP Centers Will Serve Kentucky and South Dakota Manufacturers
Release Date: January 24, 2013

Small and mid-size manufacturers in Kentucky and South Dakota have new resources to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money, thanks to funding from the National … more

NIST Accepting Proposals for Fundamental Measurement Grants
Release Date: January 24, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting proposals to support significant research in the field of fundamental measurement or the determination of fundamental … more

NIST Seeks Partners to Establish Graduate Fellowship Programs in Science, Engineering, Math
Release Date: January 24, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking one or more qualified institutions or organizations to work with it in developing and implementing a fellowship program to … more

NIST Offers Support for Development of Educational Materials, Courses on Standards
Release Date: January 24, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering support to qualified institutions interested in developing teaching materials and curricula that instruct students in the … more

NIST SBIR Program Soliciting Proposals to Solve Cybersecurity and Manufacturing Challenges
Release Date: January 24, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, invites small businesses to propose solutions to specific challenges in the … more

Neutron Spin Filters
Release Date: January 18, 2013

Thomas Gentile holds one of the new wide-angle neutron spin-filter cells. Each spans about 120 degrees of arc and has a volume of approximately 1 liter. For most Americans, neutron … more

Controlling Particles for Directed Self-Assembly of Colloidal Crystals
Release Date: January 17, 2013

Optical micrographs showing the assembly of a 2D colloidal crystal composed of approximately 200 particles. Top:  The initial configuration is a fluid weakly held by negative … more

Administration Unveils Initial Design Plans for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Release Date: January 16, 2013

The Administration's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) today released a report based on the input of nearly 900 stakeholders that describes an approach to implementing and managing a … more

NIST Biometric Workshop Studies Voice, Dental, Oral Standards
Release Date: January 14, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a workshop to discuss proposed supplements to the biometric data format standard that support voice recognition, dental and oral … more

Now Available: 2013-2014 Health Care Criteria and Education Criteria Publications
Release Date: January 14, 2013

Now available for purchase on the Baldrige Web site: the 2013–2014 Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence and the 2013–2014 Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. These … more

'Standard Quantum Limit' Smashed, Could Mean Better Fiber-Optic Comms
Release Date: January 8, 2013

Communicating with light may soon get a lot easier, hints recent research* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute … more

NIST Patent Could Give 'Lab on a Chip' Technology Long Shelf Life
Release Date: January 8, 2013

Having blood drawn and analyzed to diagnose disease is a process that can take a few days, but what if your doctor could perform this analysis in moments, right before your eyes? That’s the promise … more

Organizations Can Now Apply for the 2013 Baldrige Quality Award
Release Date: January 8, 2013

With the launch of the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) application process, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is ready to help U.S. organizations usher in a quality … more

Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates at NIST
Release Date: January 8, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications for its Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at its Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo., … more

NIST Workshop Seeks Manufacturers' Ideas on Using Multipurpose Robots
Release Date: January 8, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants to help turn manufacturing robots into dexterous, nimble-fingered machines—affordable mechanical helpers that can easily handle … more

Boeing Company Executive Joins NIST Advisory Committee
Release Date: January 8, 2013

John J. Tracy, chief technology officer of The Boeing Company and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations and Technology, has joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology's … more

NIST Contributes to Top Science Stories of 2012
Release Date: January 8, 2013

Two media lists of top science stories of 2012 highlight cosmology discoveries that relied on contributions from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Both discoveries were … more

Forensics@NIST 2012 Webcast Now Available
Release Date: January 7, 2013

On November 28 -30, 2012, NIST hosted the Forensics@NIST symposium at its Gaithersburg, Maryland campus. The symposium featured three days of presentations and discussions on forensic science … more

Save the Date for DNA Analyst Training on Mixture Interpretation
Release Date: January 7, 2013

On Friday, April 12, 2013, NIST will host a free, one-day workshop on interpreting forensic DNA mixtures in casework. Participants may attend this workshop hosted at the NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland … more