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NIST Seeks Input in Advance of Request for Proposals to Support National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Release Date: December 26, 2013

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is inviting comments on a Partial Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for a contractor to operate a Federally Funded Research and Development … more

OWM Proficiency Testing Success
Release Date: December 23, 2013

Val Miller demonstrates a volume gauge. Americans rely on many measurements of mass and volume in their daily lives, from weighing broccoli at the grocery store to putting gas in the … more

President Obama Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists
Release Date: December 23, 2013

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers Gretchen Campbell, R. Joseph Kline, and Ana Rey were named today among the 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards … more

31,558,149,764 Milliseconds in Review: NIST in 2013
Release Date: December 17, 2013

Milestones on the way to quantum computing. A landmark study of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes. Publication of a draft cybersecurity framework for the nation. Evidence of a … more

New NIST Tests Explore Safety of Nanotubes in Modern Plastics Over Time
Release Date: December 17, 2013

Exposed to intense ultraviolet light and high temperatures, samples of epoxy containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes deteriorated. Exposure tended to destroy the epoxy, but on the surface … more

NIST Programs for Undergraduates, Teachers, Precision Measurements Announced
Release Date: December 17, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is advertising available grants in a pair of programs aimed at undergraduate students and middle school teachers, as well as the latest … more

2014 Cybersecurity Forum to Focus on Trusted Computing, Security Automation and Information Sharing
Release Date: December 17, 2013

The 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum, to be held January 28-30, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md., will focus on the existing threat landscape and provide presentations … more

A Frequency Conversion Interface to the Telecommunications Band Using Nanophotonics
Release Date: December 17, 2013

As shown in the schematic, in frequency downconversion, an input signal at 980 nm is frequency shifted to the 1550 nm wavelength band through the application of two strong pump lasers. The … more

Wineland Elected Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
Release Date: December 17, 2013

David Wineland credit: Burrus/NIST high resolution version National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fellow and Nobel laureate David Wineland has been named a fellow … more

Science and Technology Sampler: NIST Highlights from 2013
Release Date: December 17, 2013

Milestones on the way to quantum computing. A landmark study of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes. Publication of a draft cybersecurity framework for the nation. Evidence of a … more

Steve Blankenship Wins AVS George T. Hanyo Award for Outstanding Performance in Technical Support of Research
Release Date: December 16, 2013

Steve Blankenship holds the Hanyo award certificate at the 2013 AVS International Symposium and Exhibition. Left to right: John Russell, Jr. (Naval Research Laboratory, AVS Trustee), … more

PML Study Supports Validity of Toolmark Identification in Forensics
Release Date: December 13, 2013

Alan Zheng creates a chisel toolmark under controlled conditions with a custom-made rig. (Click image to enlarge and display labels.) Toolmark identification is an important forensic … more

Nanowire Atom Probe Results
Release Date: December 11, 2013

Left: Colorized image shows the manipulator probe used to place a nanowire (blue) into a hole drilled in the mounting post (green). Right: The nanowire is welded in place with platinum and … more

National Institute of Standards and Technology Presents 2013 Awards to Staff
Release Date: December 11, 2013

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recognized current and former employees in an awards ceremony Dec. 11, 2013, at its Gaithersburg campus. Under Secretary … more

Trusted Identities to Secure Critical Infrastructure
Release Date: December 9, 2013

Every week seems to bring news of yet another website hacked, user accounts compromised, or personal data stolen or misused. Just recently, many Facebook users were required to change their … more

Welcome Guests: Added Molecules Allow Metal-Organic Frameworks to Conduct Electricity
Release Date: December 5, 2013

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Sandia National Laboratories have added something new to a family of engineered, high-tech materials called … more

JILA Team Develops ‘Spinning Trap’ to Measure Electron Roundness
Release Date: December 5, 2013

JILA researchers have developed a method of spinning electric and magnetic fields around trapped molecular ions to measure whether the ions' tiny electrons are truly round—research with major … more

Characterizing Solar Cells with Nanoscale Precision Using a Low-Energy Electron Beam
Release Date: December 4, 2013

Electron beam induced current (red) superimposed on a scanning electron micrograph (gray). Bright contrast in the vicinity of grain boundaries indicates that these regions have higher … more

NIST Tornado Reports Urge New Standards for Saving Lives, Property
Release Date: December 3, 2013

Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications can significantly reduce deaths and the steep economic costs of property damage … more

NIST Readies Tests for DARPA Robotics Challenge in December
Release Date: December 3, 2013

‘Twill be nearly the night before Christmas, but at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway many a robotic creature will be stirring, while visions of a $2 million prize and international prestige dance … more

NIST Calibration Tools to Encourage Use of Novel Medical Imaging Technique
Release Date: December 3, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed prototype calibration tools for an experimental medical imaging technique that offers new advantages in diagnosing and … more

MEP Awards Grants to Help Manufacturers "Make it in America"
Release Date: December 3, 2013

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has awarded a total of $3.75 million in Make it in America grants to 10 MEP centers in nine states. The 3-year grant awards are in addition to … more

Three NIST IT Staff Named To Top 15 "Forward-Thinking People in Government IT" List
Release Date: December 3, 2013

Three employees in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were chosen as among top "forward-thinking people working in government IT," … more

$25 Million NIST Award Represents Major Milestone for the Materials Genome Initiative
Release Date: December 3, 2013

Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today an award of $25 million over five years to a Chicago-based consortium that will build a new center of … more

NIST Announces New Center for Materials Research to Advance Manufacturing and Innovation
Release Date: December 3, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it has selected a consortium led by Northwestern University to establish a new NIST-sponsored center of excellence for … more

Baldrige Program Seeks Examiners for 2014 Board
Release Date: December 2, 2013

  The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2014 Award cycle. Serving as an examiner is an … more

Search Underway for Director of New Office of Data and Informatics
Release Date: November 26, 2013

The Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) is seeking a highly experienced and self-motivated individual to lead the new Office of Data and Informatics (ODI), at the National Institute of Standards … more

NIST Demonstrates How Losing Information Can Benefit Quantum Computing
Release Date: November 25, 2013

Suggesting that quantum computers might benefit from losing some data, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have entangled—linked the quantum properties of—two … more

NIST Investigation of Joplin, Mo., Tornado Details Proposed Measures for Saving Lives and Property
Release Date: November 21, 2013

Report and Recommendations Released for Public Comment JOPLIN, Mo.—Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications can … more

Three Organizations Selected for 2013 Baldrige Awards
Release Date: November 20, 2013

On November 13, 2013, two hospitals and a small Wisconsin school district joined an elite club of organizations: winners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award is the nation's … more

2014 Baldrige Award in Your Future? Time to Apply!
Release Date: November 20, 2013

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. Organizations can apply for awards in … more

Fangmeyer Named as New Baldrige Program Director
Release Date: November 20, 2013

Robert (Bob) Fangmeyer, deputy director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been selected to be the program’s new … more

Comments on Updated Guidance for Role-Based IT Security Training for Federal Employees Requested by Nov. 30
Release Date: November 20, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting comments on its updated draft publication on information technology and cybersecurity role-based training for federal … more

NIST to Announce Results of Study of 2011 Joplin, Mo., Tornado Disaster
Release Date: November 19, 2013

Destruction caused by the Joplin, Missouri, tornado that struck on May 22, 2011 causing 161 fatalities and more than 1,000 injuries. The tornado was the deadliest single tornado since … more

Mode Competition in Phonon Laser
Release Date: November 19, 2013

Mode competition in a “phonon laser." A pump power exceeding the threshold level for oscillation of the mechanical modes pictured in the upper half of the figure is turned on, and both modes … more

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Develops and Deploys New NanoFab Management Software
Release Date: November 18, 2013

NEMO's tool reservation calendar allows onsite NanoFab users to make and change reservations with a simple click-and-drag.     The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology … more

High-Tech Measurements for High-Frequency Antennas
Release Date: November 14, 2013

A team of researchers at NIST’s Antenna Metrology Lab in Boulder, CO has devised a first-of-its-kind system – combining a precision 3-meter industrial robot arm with a metrology-grade laser tracker … more

CNST Releases the Fall 2013 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: November 14, 2013

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

Public Comment Requested for Manufacturing Network's Suggested Metrics, IP Guidelines
Release Date: November 14, 2013

The federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) has issued for public comment draft performance metrics and intellectual-property-management guidelines for President … more

Three U.S. Organizations Honored with the 2013 Baldrige National Quality Award
Release Date: November 13, 2013

All Winners from Health Care and Education WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today announced that three U.S. organizations will receive the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National … more

Researchers from U.S. and Korea Collaborate on Graphene Research
Release Date: November 7, 2013

Thermopower image of epitaxial graphene. The three distinct indexed regions correspond to (l) monolayer graphene, (ll) bilayer graphene, and (lll) trilayer graphene.  Researchers from … more

NIST’s New Compact Atomic Clock Design Uses Cold Atoms to Boost Precision
Release Date: November 5, 2013

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a compact atomic clock design that relies on cold rubidium atoms instead of the usual hot atoms, a switch … more

Perfect Faults: A Self-Correcting Crystal May Unleash the Next Generation of Advanced Communications
Release Date: November 5, 2013

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have joined with an international team to engineer and measure a potentially important new class of nanostructured … more

Updating Building Energy Codes: How Much Can Your State Save?
Release Date: November 5, 2013

How much in energy and cost savings would your state realize if it updated its commercial building energy codes? You can find out in a new on-line publication* from the National Institute of … more

Not Just a Pretty Face: Bodies Provide Important Cues for Recognizing People
Release Date: November 5, 2013

Computer recognition of people has focused almost exclusively on faces, but a new study suggests it may be time to take additional information into consideration. A study* published online Sept. … more

NIST Fellow Ron Ross Honored With Inaugural McNulty Information Security Leadership Award
Release Date: November 5, 2013

National Institute for Standards a Technology (NIST) Fellow Ron Ross has been awarded the inaugural Lynn F. McNulty Tribute U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award. The (ISC)2* U.S. … more

NIST Scientists Contribute to Nobel Peace Prize Winning Efforts on Chemical Weapons Detection
Release Date: November 5, 2013

Innovative chemical weapons detection technologies developed by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have played a key role in the Organization for the … more

SIM Metrology School at NIST
Release Date: November 4, 2013

Gregory Strouse of the Sensor Science Division leads a laboratory lesson on temperature metrology. They spanned 140 degrees of latitude  – from Canada to Chile – and varied widely in age … more

White House Blog: Seeking Cybersecurity Framework Comments
Release Date: October 30, 2013

U.S. national and economic security depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure. In recognition of that dependence, President Obama issued an executive order in February 2013 to … more

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Launches Updated NanoFab Website
Release Date: October 28, 2013

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), NIST’s nanotechnology user facility, is pleased to announce a major update to the NanoFab website. The shared-use NanoFab gives researchers … more

NIST Seeks Public Input on Updated Smart Grid Cybersecurity Guidelines
Release Date: October 25, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comments on the first revision to its guidelines for secure implementation of "smart grid" technology. New … more

New Spectrometry Standard for Handheld Chemical Detectors Aids First Responders
Release Date: October 24, 2013

When it comes to detectors for dangerous chemicals, toxins or nefarious germs, smaller and faster is better. But size and speed must still allow for accuracy, especially when measurements by … more

Force to be Reckoned With: NIST Measures Laser Power with Portable Scale
Release Date: October 22, 2013

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a novel method for measuring laser power by reflecting the light off a mirrored scale, which behaves as a … more

NIST/JQI Team 'Gets the Edge' on Photon Transport in Silicon
Release Date: October 22, 2013

Scientists have a new way to edge around a difficult problem in quantum physics, now that a research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Maryland's … more

NIST Carbon Nanotube Chips Go Ballooning for Climate Science
Release Date: October 22, 2013

A huge plastic balloon floated high in the skies over New Mexico on Sept. 29, 2013, carrying instruments to collect climate-related test data with the help of carbon nanotube chips made by the … more

The Reins of Casimir: Engineered Nanostructures Could Offer Way to Control Quantum Effect ... Once a Mystery Is Solved
Release Date: October 22, 2013

You might think that a pair of parallel plates hanging motionless in a vacuum just a fraction of a micrometer away from each other would be like strangers passing in the night—so close but destined … more

NIST Physicists 'Entangle' Microscopic Drum's Beat with Electrical Signals
Release Date: October 22, 2013

Extending evidence of quantum behavior farther into the large-scale world of everyday life, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have "entangled"—linked the … more

NIST MEP Sets Up One-Stop Shop for Manufacturing-Related Research and Reports
Release Date: October 22, 2013

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST MEP) has a new website where users can find a collection of reports and studies on … more

NIST-University of Maryland Conference to Highlight Women in Physics
Release Date: October 22, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is partnering with the University of Maryland to co-host the 2014 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) conference from Jan. 17 … more

Allan Harvey Elected ASME Fellow
Release Date: October 22, 2013

Allan Harvey, a chemical engineer in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Material Measurement Laboratory, has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical … more

Obama Administration Awards $20.5 Million in Make It In America Challenge Grants To Spur Business Investment and Job Creation in the U.S.
Release Date: October 22, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, along with U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, and Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill, today announced the 10 winners of … more

NIST Releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework, Will Seek Comments
Release Date: October 22, 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today released its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (PDF) to help critical infrastructure owners and … more

NTIA and NIST to host Innovative Spectrum Sharing Technology Day Event
Release Date: October 21, 2013

Additional Contact: Juliana Gruenwald, NTIA, 202-482-2145 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Institute … more

NIST Fire Protection Engineer Wins Service to America Medal
Release Date: October 18, 2013

Fire protection engineer Daniel Madrzykowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was honored on Oct. 3, 2013, with a Service to America Medal* for research and outreach … more

2014 Examiner Training Schedule
Release Date: October 18, 2013

As many current Baldrige examiners are planning schedules and budgets for the upcoming year, please note that in 2014 the Baldrige Program will offer three weeks of Baldrige examiner training in … more

New Ion Source for Focused Ion Beams uses Cold Atomic Beam
Release Date: October 17, 2013

Schematic of the LoTIS ion source. A compressed and laser-cooled atom beam is ionized by crossed laser beams. The resulting ion beam has the requisite brightness for creating a focal spot … more

NIST PJVS to BIPM
Release Date: October 17, 2013

Stephane Solve (left) and Sam Benz test the new quantum voltage standard at BIPM's voltage calibration laboratory. Photo: BIPM. A PML team has delivered a state-of-the-art 10 V voltage … more

Notification for Contractors and Grant/Cooperative Agreement Recipients
Release Date: October 17, 2013

Today, October 17, 2013, NIST resumed normal operations.  All contractors/cooperative agreement recipients who perform work on the NIST campus should report to work.  If you have any questions, … more

NIST Unveils Prototype Video Imaging System for Remote Detection of Hidden Threats
Release Date: September 30, 2013

By adapting superconducting technology used in advanced telescope cameras, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a prototype video imaging system for … more

NIST Invites Comments on Structure of Forensic Science Guidance Groups
Release Date: September 27, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking input on the structure of guidance groups that would promote scientific validity and reliability in forensic science. NIST is … more

Initial Notification to Contractors - Potential Government Shutdown
Release Date: September 26, 2013

Initial Notification to Contractors  - Potential Government Shutdown more

Researchers Probe the Properties of Novel “Topological Insulators”
Release Date: September 26, 2013

Scanning tunneling microscopy topographic image of a bismuth selenide film grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on a strontium titanate substrate.  Terraces with thicknesses between 2 to 5 … more

CU-Boulder and NIST Joint Institute Physicist Ana Maria Rey Wins 2013 MacArthur Fellowship
Release Date: September 25, 2013

Additional Contact: Malinda Miller-Huey, CU spokesperson, 303-492-3115 Ana Maria Rey, a theoretical physicist and a fellow of JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and … more

Federal Transit Administration Announces Interagency Agreement To Strengthen the ?Buy America? Program and Domestic Manufacturing
Release Date: September 24, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a new Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and … more

NCCoE Launches New Building Block
Release Date: September 23, 2013

REVISED NOV. 15, 2013: The comment period has been extended to January 17, 2014. Comments should be submitted to conmon-nccoe@nist.gov According to one of the fundamentals of cybersecurity, you … more

Grants to Two States Will Support Improved Access to Services and Reduce Fraud
Release Date: September 23, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded more than $2 million in grants to the states of Pennsylvania and Michigan to test new online identity technologies to improve … more

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Researchers Introduce Blind Students to Nanoscale Science
Release Date: September 19, 2013

Physicists Kevin Twedt (left), who is visually impaired, and Vladimir Aksyuk (right) led a two day educational program to introduce a group of blind and visually impaired high school … more

NIST Awards $7.4 Million in Grants for Additive Manufacturing Research
Release Date: September 19, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today* announced the award of two grants totaling $7.4 million to fund research projects aimed at improving measurement and standards for … more

Beyond Quantum Simulation: JILA Physicists Create 'Crystal' of Spin-swapping Ultracold Gas Molecules
Release Date: September 18, 2013

Physicists at JILA have created a crystal-like arrangement of ultracold gas molecules that can swap quantum "spin" properties with nearby and distant partners. The novel structure might be used to … more

Genome in a Bottle
Release Date: September 18, 2013

As new high-throughput “Next Generation” DNA sequencing methods are moving into clinical applications, understanding accuracy of variants is critical.  Numerous recent studies have demonstrated … more

Expanded CSI Guide Now Available
Release Date: September 18, 2013

Cover image of Crime Scene Investigation, A Guide for Law Enforcement. Investigators and first responders can find the latest recommendations on crime scene investigations in the newly … more

NIST Announces Five Grants to Pilot Trusted Identity Technologies
Release Date: September 17, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced more than $7 million in grants to five organizations to fund pilot projects as part of the government’s National Strategy for … more

NIST Nose a Hit When They Smell It: A New Generation of Odor-Releasing Materials for Training Dogs
Release Date: September 17, 2013

Traditionally, the training of bomb-sniffing dogs has been a hazardous job, but newly developed odor-releasing materials could take the risk out of that work. Scientists at the National Institute … more

Dirty Job Made Easier: Microfluidic Technique Recovers DNA for IDs
Release Date: September 17, 2013

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA, Alexandria, Va.) has demonstrated an improved microfluidic technique … more

NIST Awards Grants to Improve Online Security and Privacy
Release Date: September 17, 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced more than $7 million in grants to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in … more

NIST Boulder Reopens Sept. 16, Limited Public Access
Release Date: September 16, 2013

DOC Boulder Labs, including NIST Boulder, will be open Monday, Sept. 16, however public access will be limited. Employees are strongly encouraged to telework if possible, to lower demands on the … more

New Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce Comes Online at Auburn
Release Date: September 16, 2013

Auburn University officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the new Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce. Credit: Auburn University The Commerce … more

NIST Boulder Labs Closed Again Tomorrow, Friday, September 13 Due to Flooding
Release Date: September 12, 2013

DOC Boulder Laboratories, including NIST offices and laboratories, will be closed again on Friday, Sept. 13, due to extensive flooding in Boulder County, Co. Emergency employees should follow … more

NIST Boulder Labs Closed Today Due to Flooding
Release Date: September 12, 2013

DOC Boulder Laboratories, including NIST offices and laboratories, are closed today due to extensive flooding in Boulder County, CO. Emergency employees should report to work if they can do so … more

Cryptographic Standards Statement
Release Date: September 10, 2013

Recent news reports have questioned the cryptographic standards development process at NIST. We want to assure the IT cybersecurity community that the transparent, public process used to rigorously … more

Beyond Peer Review: NIST and Five Journals Find a Way to Manage Errors in Research Data
Release Date: September 9, 2013

Traditional peer review is not enough to ensure data quality amid the recent boom in scientific research findings, according to results of a 10-year collaboration between the National Institute of … more

NIST Announces Award to Create New Manufacturing Support Center in Maryland
Release Date: September 6, 2013

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has awarded a cooperative agreement … more

Federal ID Credential Security Standard Strengthens Authentication, Extends To Mobile Devices
Release Date: September 5, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued an updated version of the standard specification Personal Identification Verification (PIV) Card that federal employees and … more

Knowing Exposure Risks Important to Saving Structures from Wildfires
Release Date: September 3, 2013

A recent study of one of California's most devastating wildland fires by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) strongly suggests that measures … more

Air Conditioner "Evolves" in Novel NIST Study
Release Date: September 3, 2013

Played out on a computer over hundreds of generations, a survival-of-the-fittest programming method adapted by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers has spawned, of all … more

Limestone Powder Enhances Performance of 'Green' Concrete
Release Date: September 3, 2013

Adding limestone powder to "green" concrete mixtures—those containing substantial amounts of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-burning power plants—can significantly improve performance, report* … more

Power of 10: Organizations Move Closer to 2013 Baldrige Award
Release Date: September 3, 2013

Ten U.S. organizations are this year’s top candidates for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest recognition for organizational performance excellence. The Baldrige Panel … more

Learn About Navigating the National Cybersecurity Education Interstate Highway at NIST, Sept. 17-19
Release Date: September 3, 2013

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is hosting its fourth annual “Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity Education Workshop” September 17-19, 2013, at the National Institute of … more

NIST October Workshop to Explore Intersection of Cloud Computing and Mobility
Release Date: September 3, 2013

As part of its ongoing cloud computing forum and workshop series, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting “The Intersection of Cloud and Mobility,” October 1-3, 2013, … more

Two Experts Named to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: September 3, 2013

Two 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 Grayscale Technique Opens a Third Dimension for Nanoscale Lithography
Release Date: August 28, 2013

Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) showing a top-view along with an SEM (inset) showing a cross-sectional view of grayscale structures fabricated using a combination of e-beam lithography, … more

Two Top-100 Lists This Year Demonstrate Baldrige Impact in U.S. Health Care
Release Date: August 27, 2013

Two prestigious "top 100" lists highlight the impact of the Baldrige framework for performance excellence in U.S. health care today. Most recently, Modern Healthcare’s "100 Most Influential People … more

2014 Baldrige Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available!
Release Date: August 26, 2013

Organizations and individuals are invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program at a turning point in its history. 2014 will be an exciting year as the Baldrige Program … more

NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks Set Record for Stability
Release Date: August 22, 2013

A pair of experimental atomic clocks based on ytterbium atoms at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has set a new record for stability. The clocks act like 21st-century … more

Wideband Wavelength Conversion Using Cavity Optomechanics
Release Date: August 21, 2013

A team of researchers at the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), the University of Maryland, and the California Institute of Technology have demonstrated optical wavelength … more

Collaboration with Industry Leads to Improved Forensics Work and Industry Growth
Release Date: August 20, 2013

Image output from a 3D laser scanning measurement system. (Click image to enlarge.) Three-dimensional (3D) scanners used at crime scenes for forensic investigations are not just the … more

New Explanation for Key Step in Anthrax Infection Proposed by NIST and USAMRIID
Release Date: August 20, 2013

A new hypothesis concerning a crucial step in the anthrax infection process has been advanced by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Army Medical … more

NIST Study Advances Use of Iris Images as a Long-Term Form of Identification
Release Date: August 20, 2013

A new report* by biometric researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) uses data from thousands of frequent travelers enrolled in an iris recognition program to … more

Two Updated Guides Provide Latest NIST Recommendations for System Patches, Malware Avoidance
Release Date: August 20, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated two of its series of computer security guides to help computer system managers protect their systems from hackers and malware. … more

Two NIST Standards Experts Are Honored With 2013 ANSI Leadership and Service Awards
Release Date: August 20, 2013

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has recognized two staff members from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for their significant contributions to national and … more

Spraying Mosquitoes . . . with Gamma Rays
Release Date: August 16, 2013

A paper cup served as an early irradiation enclosure. PML researchers placed dosimeters at various points in the enclosure and also monitored relative dose throughout the entire … more

Fostering Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship
Release Date: August 16, 2013

This week the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) welcomed dozens of representatives from Maryland businesses to learn about collaboration and technology licensing opportunities … more

LED Lifetime Measurements
Release Date: August 15, 2013

Yuqin Zong works on the test chamber within which 480 LEDs are attached to the top of the sphere's interior. The monitor at left shows the image of the test units from a digital camera … more

JILA Researchers Discover Atomic Clock Can Simulate Quantum Magnetism
Release Date: August 8, 2013

Researchers at JILA have for the first time used an atomic clock as a quantum simulator, mimicking the behavior of a different, more complex quantum system.* Artist’s conception of … more

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Releases a New Brochure
Release Date: August 7, 2013

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of its new CNST Brochure. In addition to providing an overview of the CNST as a whole, it features … more

What’s the Matter? Q-Glasses Could Be a New Class of Solids
Release Date: August 6, 2013

There may be more kinds of stuff than we thought. A team of researchers has reported possible evidence for a new category of solids, things that are neither pure glasses, crystals, nor even exotic … more

NIST Announces Funding Opportunity to Support Alaska’s Manufacturers
Release Date: August 6, 2013

Through its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) intends to fund a six-month project in support of Alaska's efforts to … more

13 Companies Receive 2013 NIST Small Business Innovation Research Awards
Release Date: August 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced more than $2.3 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards to 13 U.S. small businesses. … more

NIST Releases 2012 Department of Commerce Technology Transfer Report
Release Date: August 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Department of Commerce’s (DOC) 2012 Technology Transfer Report. The annual report summarizes the technology transfer … more

NIST Forensic Science Experts Give Updates in Hot Topic Areas
Release Date: August 6, 2013

A fingerprint image, or the impression left by the ridges and curves on a fingertip. Credit: NIST While television may portray forensic science as able to distill the most complex … more

Next Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework is in Dallas, Sept. 11, 2013
Release Date: August 5, 2013

Registration is now open for the fourth in a series of workshops to bring together representatives from government, industry and academia to establish a voluntary Cybersecurity Framework that will … more

Using FS-ST-FMR for MRAM Research
Release Date: August 5, 2013

Eric Evarts demonstrates the instrument used to take field-swept, spin-torque FMR measurements on devices or films. Click on image for enlarged view. Many in the electronics industry … more

Secretary Pritzker Visits the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Gaithersburg, Md., Campus
Release Date: August 2, 2013

Secretary Pritzker tours the NIST Trace Contraband Detection laboratory with Acting Deputy Secretary and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. Greg Gillen, leader of the NIST Analytical … more

A Step Towards Energy-Efficient Voltage Control of Magnetic Devices
Release Date: July 30, 2013

Scanning electron microscope images of a cobalt film grown on a bismuth ferrite substrate. The color SEMPA image shows the direction of the magnetization in the ferromagnet, and the black … more

The National Cybersecurity Center Seeks Comments on Energy Industry Security Scenarios
Release Date: July 25, 2013

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is inviting industry to help address two information technology challenges faced by the … more

NIST Awards 13 Companies with 2013 Small Business Innovation Research Funding
Release Date: July 24, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that more than $2.3 million in funding for Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects will be … more

NIST AMTech Program Announces Grants for Industry-led Consortia to Explore Issues Hampering Advanced Manufacturing in U.S.
Release Date: July 24, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a competition for grants to support new or existing industry-driven consortia to develop research plans that address … more

New NIST Standard Reference Material to Help Calibrate Hospital CAT Scanners
Release Date: July 23, 2013

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new standard reference material (SRM), the first such measurement tool to enable hospitals to link important … more

New NIST Nanoscale Indenter Takes Novel Approach to Measuring Surface Properties
Release Date: July 23, 2013

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of North Carolina have demonstrated a new design for an instrument, a "instrumented nanoscale … more

NIST Releases Updates to Digital Signature Standard
Release Date: July 23, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a revision to the digital standard used to ensure the integrity of electronic documents, as well as the identity of the … more

Stiffening the Backbone of DNA Nanofibers
Release Date: July 23, 2013

Top: Schematic showing association of two duplex precursors into a quadruplex fiber building block. The duplex regions of the building block are shown in red and blue; the quadruplex region … more

E.U. and U.S. to Extend Scientific Cooperation on Measurements and Standards
Release Date: July 18, 2013

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) yesterday* agreed to expand their current … more

New Nanoscale Imaging Method Finds Application in Plasmonics
Release Date: July 16, 2013

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have shown how to make nanoscale measurements of critical properties of plasmonic … more

Who Are You? NIST Biometric Publication Provides Two New Ways to Tell Quickly
Release Date: July 12, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new publication that broadens agency security options for Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards. Biometric Data … more

NIST Chip Measurement Advance Earns 'Oscar of Innovation'
Release Date: July 12, 2013

A fundamental advance in measurement capabilities that could save semiconductor manufacturers billions of dollars annually has earned a 2013 R&D 100 Award for its National Institute of … more

NIST Shows How to Make a Compact Frequency Comb in Minutes
Release Date: July 11, 2013

Laser frequency combs—high-precision tools for measuring different colors of light in an ever-growing range of applications such as advanced atomic clocks, medical diagnostics and astronomy—are not … more

NIST Offers Guidance on Building 21st-Century Forensic Labs
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Designing and constructing forensic science laboratories to meet today’s more challenging demands is the goal of a new handbook from the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Study Provides Details on Portable Generator Emissions and Carbon Monoxide Exposure
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Despite warnings to the contrary, many people continue to operate portable generators indoors or close to open windows, doors, or vents, resulting in more than 500 deaths since 2005. And each year, … more

NIST Workshop Gets a ‘Grip’ on Robotics Challenge
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Even though modern industrial robots are becoming nimbler and more capable, they still need to get a good grip on things—the equivalent of hands that are as agile and dexterous as the human … more

NIST Releases Draft Outline of Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure
Release Date: July 2, 2013

As part of its efforts to develop a voluntary framework to improve cybersecurity in the nation's critical infrastructure, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted a … more

Standards for Document Encasement
Release Date: July 1, 2013

Mark Luce beside a nearly completed, NIST-fabricated encasement for a privately owned map that will be loaned to the Library of Congress. Support and mounting structures will accompany the … more

CNST Releases the Spring/Summer 2013 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: July 1, 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

NIST Calls for Suggestions to Speed Computer Incident Teams Responses
Release Date: June 28, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a Request for Information (RFI)* seeking guidance for a new special publication focused on improving coordination between … more

NIST Seeks Proposals to Establish New Center of Excellence on Advanced Materials Research
Release Date: June 28, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition to create an Advanced Materials Center of Excellence to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between NIST … more

NIST Announces Three Funding Opportunities in Engineering Research
Release Date: June 26, 2013

Funding opportunities for research in the areas of disaster-resilient buildings and communities, sustainable construction and manufacturing, and "smart" firefighting have been announced by the … more

New Photon Detector for Advanced Communications Knows When to Not Know
Release Date: June 26, 2013

In some standardized tests, the graders add in a penalty factor for wrong answers to discourage students from randomly guessing. It turns out that there's a lesson here for advanced communications … more

Promoting Nanomaterial Manufacturing by Characterizing and Minimizing Environmental Risks
Release Date: June 26, 2013

Angela Hight Walker, PML, places a sample for Raman Spectroscopic characterization. (Click image for larger version.) While nanomaterials have led to major advances in key U.S. … more

Time to Celebrate: NIST Radio Station WWVB Logs 50 Years of Innovation
Release Date: June 25, 2013

Fifty years ago on July 5, 1963, a modest radio station in Fort Collins, Colo., officially went on the airwaves—a landmark event for U.S. industry and the American public. Then: Engineer … more

Microscopy Technique Could Help Computer Industry Develop 3-D Components
Release Date: June 25, 2013

A technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for improving optical microscopes now has been applied to monitoring the next generation of … more

New NIST Test for Firefighter Breathing Equipment Goes into Effect Sept. 1
Release Date: June 25, 2013

As of Sept. 1, 2013, standard firefighter breathing equipment cannot be certified to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards unless the facepiece lenses pass a new rigorous test … more

High-Efficiency Photon Source Brings Day of Reckoning Closer for a Famous Quantum Test
Release Date: June 25, 2013

Physicists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) are edging ever closer to getting really random. NIST physicist Alan … more

Revised Security Guidelines Provide Strategy for Government Mobile Device Management
Release Date: June 25, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a mobile device management guide for federal agencies seeking secure methods for workers to use smart phones and … more

Three Presidential Innovation Fellows Begin Work at NIST
Release Date: June 25, 2013

Three of this year's Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) began work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on June 18, 2013, helping the institute address issues relating to … more

NIST and NTIA Announce Plans to Establish New Center for Advanced Communications
Release Date: June 25, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have announced plans to establish a national Center for Advanced … more

NIST Announces New Scaffold Reference Material for Tissue Engineering Research
Release Date: June 25, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new reference material—a sort of standardized sample—of cellular scaffolds for use in tissue engineering … more

NIST Announces Plan to Create Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research
Release Date: June 24, 2013

Soft materials such as complex polymers pose particular problems for theory and modeling. This molecular dynamics simulation done at NIST shows interactions in a polymer mixture as it … more

New MRI Phantoms for Diffusion and More
Release Date: June 21, 2013

Katy Keenan holds a diffusion phantom made by colleague Michael Boss. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become an indispensable tool for diagnosing, treating, and understanding a host … more

NIST Seeks Private-Sector Input at Cybersecurity Framework Workshop
Release Date: June 20, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened registration for its 3rd Cybersecurity Framework Workshop, to be held July 10-12, 2013, in San Diego, Calif. The 3rd … more

NIST Office of Weights and Measures Receives Important ‘Continuing Education’ Accreditation
Release Date: June 20, 2013

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Office of Weights and Measures (OWM) an "Authorized … more

Protecting the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
Release Date: June 20, 2013

Guest blog post by Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology Just about everything these days—from … more

New Generation of MJTCs
Release Date: June 18, 2013

Thomas Lipe examines a multijunction thermal converter (MJTC) chip. The new design reduces measurement uncertainties by a factor of three. After years of effort and scores of iterations, … more

NIST and NTIA Announce Plans to Establish New Center for Advanced Communications
Release Date: June 14, 2013

Additional Contact: Juliana Gruenwald NTIA, 202-482-2145 BOULDER, Colo. — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Telecommunications … more

On Demand Video from the Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference
Release Date: June 13, 2013

On June 4 - 5, 2013, NIST hosted the Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference in collaboration with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences-Questioned … more

New Quantum Dot Technique Combines Best of Optical and Electron Microscopy
Release Date: June 12, 2013

It's not reruns of "The Jetsons", but researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new microscopy technique that uses a process similar to how … more

NIST Researchers Offer Tool to Aid Standards Development, Implementation
Release Date: June 11, 2013

The nice thing about standards, it's been said, is that there are so many to choose from.* Though this tongue-in-cheek chestnut might be an exaggeration, it is not grossly so. Thousands of public … more

NIST Publishes Draft Cloud Computing Security Document for Comment
Release Date: June 11, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a draft document on security for cloud computing as used in the federal government. The public comment period runs through … more

Three New NIST Economics Briefs Explore Technology Topics
Release Date: June 11, 2013

Three new Economic and Policy Analysis summaries* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) explore technology's impact on economic growth, policy options for increasing … more

Four New Overseers Appointed to the Board; Rulon Stacey Appointed Chair
Release Date: June 11, 2013

Former Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank recently appointed Robert Hagans, Warren Harris, Terry Holliday, and Liza Nickerson Seltzer to three-year terms on the Board of Overseers of the … more

CNST Hosts Workshop on In Situ Measurements using Transmission Electron Microscopy
Release Date: June 6, 2013

Three aspects of in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). On April 11 and 12, 2013, the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology(CNST) hosted a workshop on “Frontiers of … more

First Observation of Spin Hall Effect in a Quantum Gas Is Step Toward 'Atomtronics'
Release Date: June 5, 2013

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have reported* the first observation of the "spin Hall effect" in a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), a cloud of ultracold … more

CT Standards Save Time and Money
Release Date: June 5, 2013

Larry Hudson with NIST-fabricated examples of test artifacts called out by the new CT image quality standard for security applications. Click on photo for enlarged view. Every month, … more

Survey on NIST Standards Information Services
Release Date: June 5, 2013

The Standards Coordination Office (SCO) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites your participation in a brief survey regarding SCO's standards information services and … more

New NIST Facility Puts Bomb and Urban Search and Rescue Robots to the Test
Release Date: June 4, 2013

Montgomery County Bomb Squad Tests Robots at NIST!   Scroll down to view photos of the new facility and the test methods Photos credit: NIST May 15, 2013 – A sign points the way to the National … more

Closing the Last Loophole for Photons
Release Date: June 3, 2013

Top: The TES package contains the sensor (about one-fourth the width of a human hair) at the center of the circular section. Bottom: A wafer with multiple sensor package substrates. Click on … more

2013 Baldrige Award Process Kicks Off with New Applicants
Release Date: June 3, 2013

The countdown has begun for the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Volunteer examiners will soon tackle the difficult job of choosing America’s best examples of organizational … more

Register Now for the Two-Day Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference Webcast
Release Date: May 29, 2013

Next week, join NIST and our collaborators via the free live webcast for the Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference and facilitated discussion! This event on … more

Novel Metamaterial 'Flat Lens' Creates 3D Images in Free Space
Release Date: May 28, 2013

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated for the first time a new type of lens that bends and focuses ultraviolet (UV) light in such an … more

NIST and Partners Offer Solution to Communications Impasse in Factories
Release Date: May 28, 2013

Once uncommunicative industrial robots and machine tools are now beginning to talk turkey, thanks to a prototype application developed by a team of partner companies led by the National Center for … more

Workshop Identifies Research Priorities to Mitigate Fires in the Wildland-Urban Interface
Release Date: May 28, 2013

Over 46 million residential structures in the United States are in areas at risk of wildfires. A new publication* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) identifies a set of … more

NIST Scientists Win 2014 Rank Prizes for Chip-Scale Atomic Clock
Release Date: May 28, 2013

Physicists John Kitching and Svenja Knappe of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will receive 2014 Rank Prizes in optoelectronics "for the creation and demonstration of the … more

The Better to See You With: Scientists Build Record-Setting Metamaterial Flat Lens
Release Date: May 23, 2013

For the first time, scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a new type of lens that bends and focuses ultraviolet (UV) light in such an … more

New Filtration Material Could Make Petroleum Refining Cheaper, More Efficient
Release Date: May 23, 2013

This view of the molecular structure of the MOF shows the triangular channels that run through the material. The walls of these channels trap the lower-octane components of gas while … more

Video Aims to Answer “What is NIST?”
Release Date: May 23, 2013

What's the most formidable challenge faced by the staff of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)? Designing atomic clocks accurate for billions of years? Manipulating individual … more

Wide-Ranging Expertise Enhanced by 2013 Baldrige Training
Release Date: May 22, 2013

Graduating from the three-day Baldrige Examiner Preparation course, 482 Baldrige examiners and special visitors now find themselves among an elite group—trained evaluators (1) to help organizations … more

Happy World Metrology Day!!
Release Date: May 20, 2013

(Originally published on May 20, 2013.) Measurements define your daily life. From the amount of toothpaste in the tube to the calories in the bagel to your weight on the scale (it’s not our fault … more

NIST Posts Initial Analysis of RFI Comments on Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure
Release Date: May 16, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted an initial analysis of hundreds of comments submitted by industry and the public related to the President's "Improving Critical … more

Terracotta and Cement Roofs Vulnerable in Wildfires, NIST Study Finds
Release Date: May 14, 2013

Although made of fire-resistant materials, terracotta and cement roof tiles are vulnerable to penetration by windblown embers generated in wildfires, according to new research findings* from the … more

Innovation in Spectroscopy Could Improve Greenhouse Gas Detection
Release Date: May 14, 2013

Detecting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could soon become far easier with the help of an innovative technique* developed by a team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), … more

Squishy Hydrogels May Be the Ticket for Studying Biological Effects of Nanoparticles
Release Date: May 14, 2013

A class of water-loving, jelly-like materials with uses ranges ranging from the mundane, such as superabsorbent diaper liners, to the sophisticated, such as soft contact lenses, could be tapped for … more

NIST Demonstrates Significant Improvement in the Performance of Solar-Powered Hydrogen Generation
Release Date: May 14, 2013

Using a powerful combination of microanalytic techniques that simultaneously image photoelectric current and chemical reaction rates across a surface on a micrometer scale, researchers at the … more

New Report Identifies Strategies to Achieve Net-Zero Energy Homes
Release Date: May 14, 2013

Chances are you know how many miles your car logs for each gallon or tankful of gas, but you probably have only a foggy idea of how much energy your house consumes, even though home energy … more

FLC Names Zielinski National Chair, Honors Satterfield with STEM Award
Release Date: May 14, 2013

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), the nationwide network that promotes and strengthens technology transfer from its membership of 300 federal laboratories and … more

Five at NIST Honored with Flemming Awards
Release Date: May 14, 2013

The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University has announced that five researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

New 3D Defect Detection Fills Important Industry Gap
Release Date: May 13, 2013

Bryan Barnes (left) and Rick Silver (right) load a wafer into the NIST-built 193 wavelength microscope. (Click image for larger version.) As device manufacturing technologies sizes … more

CFEB "Rookie of the Year" Award Winner
Release Date: May 9, 2013

The Colorado Federal Executive Board (CFEB) promotes strategic partnering, communication, and collaboration among the Federal agencies located in Colorado. Each year, as part of Public Service … more

SRC, NIST Introduce Second Phase of Nanoelectronics Research Initiative with $5 Million in Annual Funding to Develop Post-CMOS Electronics
Release Date: May 8, 2013

Additional Media Contact: SRC: Dan Francisco 916-293-9030 NRI Second Phase Features Multi-University Network Focused on Research Centers at SUNY's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, … more

New Temporal Filtering Technique Improves Solid-State Single Photon Sources
Release Date: May 8, 2013

Schematic showing a single photon source (SPS) that is created from a quantum dot (QD) by optically pumping it with a periodically pulsed laser.  The output of the QD SPS is temporally … more

NIST Fire Protection Engineer Named Service to America Finalist
Release Date: May 7, 2013

NIST's Daniel Madrzykowski is a finalist for the 2013 Service to America medals. Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image Daniel Madrzykowski, a National Institute of Standards and … more

Shaking Things Up: NIST Researchers Propose New Old Way to Purify Carbon Nanotubes
Release Date: April 30, 2013

An old, somewhat passé, trick used to purify protein samples based on their affinity for water has found new fans at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where materials … more

New NIST Measurement Tool Is On Target for the Fast-Growing MEMS Industry
Release Date: April 30, 2013

As markets for miniature, hybrid machines known as MEMS grow and diversify, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has introduced a long-awaited measurement tool that will help … more

New Guide Details Steps from A-to-Z for Preserving Biological Evidence
Release Date: April 30, 2013

A new handbook by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides forensic laboratories, law enforcement … more

NIST Scientists Wineland and Nesbitt Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Release Date: April 30, 2013

Two National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists, David Wineland and David Nesbitt, have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. David … more

New Manufacturing Extension Centers Planned for Arizona and Rhode Island
Release Date: April 30, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program has awarded cooperative agreements to the Arizona Commerce Authority and the … more

NIST Issues Major Revision of Core Computer Security Guide: SP 800-53
Release Date: April 30, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the fourth revision of the government's foundational computer security guide, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal … more

NIST Demonstrates Transfer of Ultraprecise Time Signals over a Wireless Optical Channel
Release Date: April 30, 2013

By bouncing eye-safe laser pulses off a mirror on a hillside, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have transferred ultraprecise time signals through open air … more

DNA Analyst Training on Mixture Interpretation Webcast Now Posted Online
Release Date: April 29, 2013

On April 12, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a workshop for DNA Analysts at its Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus, which was simultaneously webcast to … more

Nanomagnet Spin Damping
Release Date: April 26, 2013

Tom Silva (left) and Hans Nembach examine the partially disassembled original H-MOMM set-up. The entire configuration is being re-built to measure damping on smaller structures and different … more

Second Cybersecurity Infrastructure Framework Workshop Gathers May 29-31, 2013
Release Date: April 25, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is holding the second of four planned workshops to develop a voluntary framework to reduce cybersecurity risks for critical infrastructure … more

NIST Announces Plan to Sponsor First Cybersecurity FFRDC
Release Date: April 22, 2013

To help the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) address industry's needs most efficiently, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced its intention to … more

In Natural Gas Pipelines, NIST Goes with the Flow
Release Date: April 19, 2013

Aaron Johnson checks an array designed to hold 21 CFVs. The array is inserted into the yellow 8-inch pipeline at left and used to calibrate larger CFVs with the green cylindrical … more

Dehmer to Head NIST Physical Measurement Lab
Release Date: April 19, 2013

Dr. Joseph L. Dehmer, a 40-year veteran of federal science research and administration, has been named Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) of the National Institute of Standards … more

FY 2014 NIST Budget Request Emphasizes Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity
Release Date: April 17, 2013

The President's fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget proposes $928.3 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an increase of $177.5 million from FY 2012 enacted levels. The … more

Landmark NIST Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes in High-Rise Fires
Release Date: April 17, 2013

When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members—instead of three or four—are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing search-and-rescue … more

Eleven Companies Join as Partners in National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Release Date: April 17, 2013

In a ceremony on April 15, 2013, 11 major companies formally established partnerships with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). The center is a public-private partnership hosted … more

Super-Nanotubes: 'Remarkable' Spray-on Coating Combines Carbon Nanotubes with Ceramic
Release Date: April 17, 2013

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Kansas State University have demonstrated a spray-on mixture of carbon nanotubes and ceramic that has unprecedented … more

Prototype Generators Emit Much Less Carbon Monoxide, NIST Finds
Release Date: April 17, 2013

Portable electric generators retrofitted with off-the-shelf hardware by the University of Alabama (UA) emitted significantly lower levels of carbon monoxide (CO) exhaust, according to the results* … more

NIST to Launch New Center to Support Nebraska Manufacturers
Release Date: April 17, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting proposals to establish a new Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center in Nebraska. The award will provide up … more

Fluorescence Technique Measures Photoacid Distribution in Photoresists with Nanoscale Resolution
Release Date: April 17, 2013

Schematic showing fluorescence from UV-activated fluorophores excited by 532 nm light that reveals nanoscale photoacid distribution (left).  Activated fluorophore concentration corresponds … more

NIST Tests in New York City Suggest How to Improve Emergency Radio Communications
Release Date: April 17, 2013

Radio communications can be unreliable in underground tunnels and other large, complicated structures, posing a safety hazard for emergency responders. New tests of wireless emergency safety … more

Webcast Planned for June Workshop on Lyme Disease Measurement
Release Date: April 17, 2013

Getting Lyme disease may be easy—the tick-transmitted illness is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States—but accurately identifying it during the early stages of infection is not. … more

Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Workshop Video Available On Demand
Release Date: April 17, 2013

The video of the April 3, 2013, Cybersecurity Framework Workshop convened by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is now available for streaming on demand. This meeting, held … more

May Conference to Discuss Safeguarding Health Information Through HIPAA Security
Release Date: April 17, 2013

The sixth annual “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security” conference will meet on May 21 and 22, 2013, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade … more

NIST to Host Symposium on 'Ontology Evaluation' May 2-3, 2013
Release Date: April 17, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a symposium on how to develop and evaluate “ontologies”—formal, computer-readable definitions of terms and their … more

Industry Partners Join the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Release Date: April 15, 2013

ROCKVILLE, Md. — In recognition of the critical need to protect private-sector intellectual property and other valuable business data from a growing number of cyber threats 11 major companies have … more

PML Researchers Open Door to Advanced Molecular Electronic Metrology
Release Date: April 12, 2013

Christina Hacker characterizes the individual monolayers prior to flip-chip lamination using a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. (Click image for a larger version.) Continued … more

Nanowire Position and Orientation Precisely Controlled Using Fluid Flow
Release Date: April 11, 2013

Video showing a 10 µm × 1 µm fluorescently labeled rod being controlled using a combination of electric fields and fluid flow to travel along the “NIST” path, graphically underlaid in red.  … more

President’s FY 2014 Budget Request for NIST Supports Research in Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity
Release Date: April 10, 2013

WASHINGTON — The President's fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget released today proposes $928.3 million for the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an increase … more

Landmark High-Rise Fire Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes, Elevator Use
Release Date: April 10, 2013

PHOENIX – When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members—instead of three or four—are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing … more

NFI Publishes White Paper on Trends, Challenges and Strategy in Forensic Science
Release Date: April 9, 2013

The role of forensic science throughout the world is changing due to recent technological development. Whereas forensic science has traditionally supported police work, the field has begun moving … more

U.S. Presidents Convey Tributes at Baldrige 25th Anniversary Celebration and Award Ceremony
Release Date: April 9, 2013

President Obama Conveys a Message at 25th Baldrige Award Ceremony Photo by Eddie Arrossi Current and former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton honored the performance … more

Commerce Deputy Secretary Blank Presents 2012 Baldrige Award to Four Organizations
Release Date: April 8, 2013

On April 8, 2013, U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank presented four U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest honor for … more

Automated Voltage Standard Ready
Release Date: April 4, 2013

Sam Benz demonstrates the relatively small amount of equipment required for the newly automated voltage standard. The chip containing Josephson junctions is at the lower end of the … more

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Featured on National Public Radio Affiliate WAMU
Release Date: April 3, 2013

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) was featured on the Friday, March 22 edition of Metro Connection, a weekly radio broadcast of National Public Radio affiliate WAMU that … more

Light Dynamics in a Quantum Dot
Release Date: April 3, 2013

Plots of photon arrival times at each of two detectors show that the emission of only one photon following an excitation pulse is less likely than had been widely assumed. Click on the image … more

Don’t Call It Vaporware: Scientists Use Cloud of Atoms as Optical Memory Device
Release Date: April 3, 2013

Talk about storing data in the cloud. Scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have taken this to … more

Experts Propose Research Priorities for Making Concrete ‘Greener’
Release Date: April 3, 2013

The challenge of making concrete greener—reducing its sizable carbon footprint without compromising performance—is just like the world's most ubiquitous manufactured material—hard! Hungry … more

Smart Grid R&D Opportunities Outlined in Two New NIST Reports
Release Date: April 3, 2013

The nation's aging power grid is evolving into a modern, "smart" energy distribution network, and with these changes comes a host of challenges for the research and development community, as … more

NIST Goes to the End of the Earth for Measurement Science
Release Date: April 3, 2013

NIST Boulder researcher Johannes (Hannes) Hubmayr recently spent several weeks at the South Pole Telescope, where he optimized the performance of a NIST camera delivered to the telescope in 2011. … more

MOBY calibration
Release Date: April 3, 2013

Seen from the base of the MOBY spar, researchers work on the the facility. MOBY is deployed in clear waters about 1200 meters deep, far enough from shore to be visible to … more

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