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NCCoE Seeks Comments on Mobile Device Security Building Block
Release Date: September 17, 2014

NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has posted a revised draft of a building block to help enterprises address security issues that result from the use of mobile devices to … more

Three Pilot Projects Receive Grants to Improve Online Security and Privacy
Release Date: September 17, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced nearly $3 million in grants that will support projects for online identity protection to … more

Calibrating Radiation Beams with Light
Release Date: September 17, 2014

Ronald Tosh with the most recent setup for measuring temperature changes with optical light, using a cyclic configuration for the interferometer. A block of acrylic glass (PMMA), another … more

NIST Megacities Carbon Project Named 'Project to Watch' by United Nations
Release Date: September 15, 2014

A greenhouse gas field measurement research program developed by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several collaborating institutions has been named a … more

NIST Announces FY 2014 Small Business Innovation Research Awards
Release Date: September 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded more than $2.2 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards … more

Three's a Charm: NIST Detectors Reveal Entangled Photon Triplets
Release Date: September 15, 2014

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have directly entangled three photons in the most technologically useful state for the first time, thanks in part to superfast, super-efficient … more

Measuring Absorption Maps and Spectra of Plasmonic Resonators with Nanoscale Resolution
Release Date: September 10, 2014

Schematic showing the photothermal induced resonance (PTIR) technique, which combines the lateral resolution o more

NIST Helps Develop New Standard for Microsensor Technology
Release Date: September 9, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contributed to the development of a new standard for defining the performance of micromechanical sensors—a field that is expected to … more

Polonium's Most Stable Isotope Gets Revised Half-Life Measurement
Release Date: September 9, 2014

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have determined* that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this radioactive heavy element, has a half-life about 25 … more

New Forensic Subcommittee on Digital Evidence Added to Organization of Scientific Area Committees
Release Date: September 8, 2014

Digital evidence, one of the fastest growing areas of forensic science, will now have its own subcommittee in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-administered Organization of … more

"Making an Elephant Dance": How the Baldrige Criteria Helped Transform a Global Conglomerate
Release Date: September 5, 2014

The Tata group—today a large Indian conglomerate whose many well-known brands include Jaguar Land Rover, Taj Hotels, Tetley, and Eight O’Clock Coffee—transformed itself from a $4 billion domestic … more

Nine Organizations Selected for Site Visits for 2014 Baldrige Award
Release Date: September 5, 2014

Nine U.S. organizations have been selected by the Baldrige Panel of Judges to receive site visits for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest recognition for … more

Save the Date: NIST to Host International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, July 20-24, 2015
Release Date: September 3, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is planning to host the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management: Detection, Measurement and Mitigation from … more

NIST Team Honored for Work on Military Smartphone Apps, Security
Release Date: September 3, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have earned a 2014 GCN Award for Information Technology Excellence* for speeding development and delivery of secure, … more

Forensic Science Standards Effort Takes Shape as NIST Appoints Scientific Area Committees Members
Release Date: September 3, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today named nearly 70 new members to the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), the NIST-administered body that is seeking to … more

Scientists Shed Light on Organic Photovoltaic Characteristics
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Organic photovoltaic sample under test. (Click image to enlarge.) Photovoltaic devices, also known as solar cells, produce electrical power when exposed to light, and that technology has … more

Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available to Support Baldrige Program
Release Date: August 28, 2014

Organizations and individuals are invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program through high-level sponsorships, which will provide program supporters with the greatest degree … more

Impact of Baldrige Leaders in Health Care Highlighted in Top-100 List
Release Date: August 27, 2014

Modern Healthcare’s annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list includes six U.S. health care leaders with direct connections to the Baldrige Program, highlighting the continued impact of … more

Optical Microscope Technique Confirmed as Valid Nano-Measurement Tool
Release Date: August 26, 2014

Recent experiments have confirmed* that a technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can enable optical microscopes to measure the … more

Lighten Up! New NIST Research Facility Gives Material Help to Automakers
Release Date: August 26, 2014

Want to make more fuel-efficient cars and trucks? Build them out of lighter materials. Feeling the heat. New NIST instrument in the Center for Automotive Lightweighting captures temperature … more

For the Sake of Energy Efficiency, New "Intelligent Agents Lab" Doubles As a Building
Release Date: August 25, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is converting one of its laboratories into the equivalent of a small office building—not because of an increase in administrative overhead, … more

EUV calibration for solar studies
Release Date: August 25, 2014

Rob Vest at the section of the EUV beam line where the degradation-free spectrometers were calibrated. Image: Sean Kelley/NISTThanks to precision calibration measurements recently performed … more

NIST Seeks Info on User Experiences with Cybersecurity Framework
Release Date: August 22, 2014

Six months ago, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released version 1.0 of its voluntary Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, a methodical approach … more

Technology Commercialization Support for Small Businesses
Release Date: August 22, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking an organization to support its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awardees by providing technical and business expertise … more

JILA Team Finds First Direct Evidence of 'Spin Symmetry' In Atoms
Release Date: August 21, 2014

Just as diamonds with perfect symmetry may be unusually brilliant jewels, the quantum world has a symmetrical splendor of high scientific value. Illustration of symmetry in the magnetic … more

NIST Vetting Guide Helps in Testing Mobile Apps to Learn What They Really Do
Release Date: August 20, 2014

While many mobile device apps such as a calendar or collaboration tools are very handy and can improve productivity, they can also introduce vulnerabilities that can put sensitive data and network … more

NIST to Establish Research Center of Excellence for Forensic Science
Release Date: August 19, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition to create a Forensic Science Center of Excellence dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary research. The … more

Guidelines for Enhancing Solar Cells Using Surface Plasmon Polaritons
Release Date: August 15, 2014

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have established guidelines for using surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) to improve absorption in both photovoltaic or … more

Scale Model Smokestack
Release Date: August 15, 2014

Construction is nearly complete on one of the world's more unusual precision measurement facilities: A 50 meter horizontal smokestack located on NIST's Gaithersburg, MD campus. Once it is fully … more

Forensics@NIST 2014 to Take Place Dec. 3-4
Release Date: August 13, 2014

Registration: No Charge Location: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md. NIST, known for advancing measurement science, standards and technology, will host the … more

NIST, IAPP Host Privacy Engineering Workshop in September 2014
Release Date: August 12, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold its second Privacy Engineering Workshop in San Jose, Calif., Sept. 15 and 16, 2014. The event is co-sponsored by the … more

It's a Match: NIST and Prince George's County Crime Lab Team Up on Ballistics Research
Release Date: August 11, 2014

 NIST researchers show Prince George's County crime lab staff one of the ballistics labs. L to R: Jaime Smith/PG County, Brian Renegar/NIST, Deion Christophe/University of Central Oklahoma, Robert … more

Enriched Silicon: Beyond Six Nines
Release Date: August 11, 2014

Inside the silicon deposition chamber. The glowing piece of unenriched silicon in the center can be heated above 1200 °C to clean the crystal and aid the process of growing layers of … more

NIST Therapy for Ultraviolet Laser Beams: Hydrogen-treated Fibers
Release Date: August 11, 2014

To make a better optical fiber for transmitting laser beams, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not a nice long hydrogen bath. Micrograph of an optical fiber that has been … more

NIST Ion Duet Offers Tunable Module for Quantum Simulator
Release Date: August 6, 2014

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a pas de deux of atomic ions that combines the fine choreography of dance with precise individual control. … more

NIST 'Global City Teams Challenge' to Create Smart Cities
Release Date: August 5, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several partners today are kicking off the year-long Global City Teams Challenge to help communities … more

MEP Launches Competition to Fund Manufacturing Centers in 10 States
Release Date: August 4, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today opened a competition to award new cooperative funding agreements for its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers … more

Updated NIST Guide Provides Computer Security Assessment Procedures for Core Security Controls
Release Date: August 1, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public comment a draft update of its primary guide to assessing the security and privacy controls that safeguard federal … more

It's a Dynamic World, Now NIST Can Help You Measure Its Changes
Release Date: August 1, 2014

Crash-test dummies, yarn-spinning machines and steel girders in bridges. What do they have in common? Look inside them all and you find transducers, devices that measure the forces that push, pull, … more

Registration Opens for the Next Cybersecurity Framework Workshop
Release Date: July 31, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a workshop on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, Oct. 29 and 30, 2014, hosted by the Florida … more

NIST Announces New Competition for Advanced Manufacturing Planning Awards
Release Date: July 30, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a new competition for planning awards to support industry-driven consortia in developing research plans and charting … more

NIST Corrosion Lab Tests Suggest Need for Underground Gas Tank Retrofits
Release Date: July 29, 2014

A hidden hazard lurks beneath many of the roughly 156,000 gas stations across the United States. A NIST study found that corrosion may pose a hazard at underground gas storage tanks at … more

Readying Your Community to Deal with Disaster
Release Date: July 29, 2014

This week, experts are meeting at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Hoboken to discuss how communities can prepare themselves to minimize the impacts of major disasters like Hurricane … more

NIST, HHS Sponsor 7th Annual Conference on Healthcare Information Security
Release Date: July 29, 2014

The seventh annual “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security” conference will be held September 23-24, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The meeting is co-hosted by the … more

Latest NIST Mass Spectral Library: Expanded Coverage, Features
Release Date: July 29, 2014

The world’s most widely used and trusted resource for identifying mass spectra, the “fingerprints” of molecules, has undergone a major expansion, according to its managers at the National Institute … more

Enhanced NIST Instrument Enables High-speed Chemical Imaging of Tissues
Release Date: July 22, 2014

A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Cleveland Clinic, has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells … more

'Comb on a Chip' Powers New NIST/Caltech Atomic Clock Design
Release Date: July 22, 2014

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a … more

Airport Backscatter Scanner Reexamined
Release Date: July 21, 2014

The system’s scanning capabilities are illustrated on a phantom, a life-size dummy made of tissue-equivalent plastic, meaning it absorbs, transmits, and scatters x rays in a similar way to … more

NIST Shows Ultrasonically Propelled Nanorods Spin Dizzyingly Fast
Release Date: July 21, 2014

Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they'll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits. Why? No one yet knows exactly. But researchers at the … more

Fill ‘er Up: NIST Develops Prototype Meter Test for Hydrogen Refueling Stations
Release Date: July 21, 2014

To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a prototype field test standard to test the … more

Overseers Board Chair Promotes Baldrige Program before House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Release Date: July 17, 2014

Dr. Rulon Stacey, chair of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, spoke of the value of the Baldrige approach to performance improvement Wednesday before the House … more

NIST Names Members of Forensic Science Resource Committees
Release Date: July 16, 2014

 An initiative to strengthen and bring uniformity to forensic science standards took another step forward today as the National Institute of Standards and Technology appointed 35 new members to the … more

NIST Webinar to Cover Validation of Forensic DNA Testing Technologies
Release Date: July 16, 2014

 Forensic DNA analysts and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in a free NIST webinar on validation concepts and resources on Aug. 6, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., ET. In … more

Learn Using the Latest Baldrige Education Case Study
Release Date: July 16, 2014

The Baldrige Program is often asked for examples of how organizations use the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence to improve—whether the organization wants to improve just one area, a … more

Researchers Find Organic Pollutants Not Factor in Turtle Tumor Disease
Release Date: July 15, 2014

For nearly four decades, scientists have suspected that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) contributed to a green turtle's susceptibility to the virus that causes fibropapilomatosis (FP), a … more

Digital Crime-Fighters Face Technical Challenges with Cloud Computing
Release Date: July 14, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public review and comment a draft report summarizing 65 challenges that cloud computing poses to forensics investigators who … more

NIST Advisory Group Releases Report on Cryptography Expertise and Standards Process
Release Date: July 14, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s primary external advisory board today released a report calling for the agency to increase its staff of cryptography experts and … more

New NIST Web Tool Makes Working with Glycan Sugars a Lot Sweeter
Release Date: July 11, 2014

When researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) need a special tool to do their work more effectively, they often prove that necessity is truly the mother of … more

Manipulating Magnetic Field Effects in Organic Semiconductors
Release Date: July 10, 2014

Illustration of bias voltage controlled magnetoresistance enabled in an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) structure (bottom) due to the charge trapping induced by the insertion of SAM … more

NIST Announces Competition for Community Resilience Center of Excellence
Release Date: July 9, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition to create a Community Resilience Center of Excellence dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary research … more

The Vivid Realism of 3D Functions, Right There on Your Browser
Release Date: July 1, 2014

A classic online mathematical reference offered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) now features a better way for users to view its most complicated … more

Seeing Your True Colors: Standards for Hyperspectral Imaging
Release Date: July 1, 2014

Today, doctors who really want to see if a wound is healing have to do a biopsy or some other invasive technique that, besides injuring an already injured patient, can really only offer information … more

New NIST Metamaterial Gives Light a One-Way Ticket
Release Date: July 1, 2014

The light-warping structures known as metamaterials have a new trick in their ever-expanding repertoire. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a … more

NIST Names Members to First Forensic Science Standards Board
Release Date: July 1, 2014

Forensic firearms and toolmarks: Members of the new Forensic Science Standards Board will coordinate development of consensus standards by committees dedicated to various forensic science … more

Supreme Court Cites NIST Mobile Forensics Guide in Ruling on Cell Phone Searches
Release Date: July 1, 2014

As digital technology transforms 21st century life, questions about privacy rights abound. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on one such question in late June: if you are arrested, can the police search … more

NIST Test House Exceeds Goal; Ends Year with Energy to Spare
Release Date: July 1, 2014

The net-zero energy test house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its … more

New York Area Disaster Resilience Workshop Set for July 30, 2014
Release Date: July 1, 2014

The second in a series of regional workshops devoted to developing a community-centric "disaster resilience framework" to minimize the impacts of hazards and quickly restore vital functions and … more

Call for Comments: A Strategic Plan for the Materials Genome Initiative
Release Date: June 27, 2014

The federal government is looking for public comment on a draft strategic plan for the Obama administration's Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). The draft 2014 Materials Genome Initiative Strategic … more

NIST to Award up to $2.5 Million for Business-to-Business Matching Systems
Release Date: June 27, 2014

Through 25 years of working with small and mid-size U.S. manufacturers, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers across … more

NIST Names Members to First Forensic Science Standards Board
Release Date: June 26, 2014

As part of its efforts to improve the scientific basis of forensic evidence used in courts of law, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the … more

New Math Technique Improves Atomic Property Predictions to Historic Accuracy
Release Date: June 25, 2014

[This article was revised on July 23, 2014, to clarify the relationship between the work reported here and the related problem of calculating relativistic and quantum effects on electron energy … more

NIST Seeks Members for Three New Cloud Computing Working Groups
Release Date: June 23, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cloud Computing Program (NCCP) is forming three public working groups to provide solutions to cloud computing challenges. A … more

NIST Analytic Technique Offers Arson Investigators Faster, More Accurate Results
Release Date: June 17, 2014

A research group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a new method for detecting ignitable liquids that could change the way arson fires are investigated. … more

Accelerating Green Technology Transfer to Impact American Lives
Release Date: June 17, 2014

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog Post by Colleen V. Chien, senior advisor to the Chief Technology Officer, Intellectual Property and Innovation at OSTP and Paul Zielinski, … more

New Report Addresses International Disaster Resilience for U.S. and Partner Countries
Release Date: June 17, 2014

While national security efforts seek to prevent terrorist attacks, the United States and partner countries should also prepare to work together to mitigate the effects of a terrorist attack, should … more

NIST Technique Could Make Sub-wavelength Images at Radio Frequencies
Release Date: June 17, 2014

Imaging and mapping of electric fields at radio frequencies (RF)* currently requires the use of metallic structures such as dipoles, probes and reference antennas. To make such measurements … more

New Members Appointed to Baldrige Advisory Board
Release Date: June 16, 2014

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently reappointed Rulon Stacey as chair of the Baldrige Program’s Board of Overseers. She also appointed three new members to three-year terms and … more

NIST to Establish New Centers of Excellence for Work in Forensics, Disaster Resilience
Release Date: June 13, 2014

Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced plans to establish two new research Centers of Excellence to work with academia and industry on issues in … more

The Internet's Next Big Idea: Connecting People, Information, and Things
Release Date: June 11, 2014

Blog by Chris Greer, Senior Executive for Cyber-Physical Systems at the National Institute of Standards and Technology In the early 1990s, a Web page consisted of crude, rainbow-colored, … more

Snowballs to Soot: The Clumping Density of Many Things Seems to Be a Standard
Release Date: June 10, 2014

Particles of soot floating through the air and comets hurtling through space have at least one thing in common: 0.36. That, reports a research group at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Two NIST Researchers Honored with Flemming Awards
Release Date: June 9, 2014

Two researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among 12 federal employees being honored today* as recipients of the 2013 Arthur S. Flemming Awards. The Flemming … more

Lithium Sulfur: A Battery Revolution on the Cheap?
Release Date: June 3, 2014

Whip together an industrial waste product and a bit of plastic and you might have the recipe for the next revolution in battery technology. Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and … more

All-Natural Mixture Yields Promising Fire Retardant
Release Date: June 3, 2014

What sounds like fixings for a wizard’s potion—a dash of clay, a dab of fiber from crab shells, and a dollop of DNA—actually are the ingredients of promising green fire retardants invented by … more

NIST: Performance of Facial Recognition Software Continues to Improve
Release Date: June 3, 2014

Who is that stranger in your social media photo? A click on the face reveals the name in seconds, almost as soon as you can identify your best friend. While that handy app is not quite ready for … more

Proposed Risk Management Guidelines Aim to Bolster Security of Federal ICT Supply Chains
Release Date: June 3, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a second public draft of Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Management Systems and Organizations* … more

Robotics Pioneer Joins NIST Advisory Committee
Release Date: June 3, 2014

Rodney Brooks, founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Rethink Robotics, Inc., has joined the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the primary advisory committee of the … more

Countdown to Net Zero: NIST Test House Pursues Energy Surplus in Final Month
Release Date: June 2, 2014

Heading into the final stretch of a year-long trial run, the experimental net-zero energy house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md., must overcome an … more

President's Council Recommends Building on the Baldrige Award for U.S. Health Care
Release Date: June 2, 2014

On May 29, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to President Obama, Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement through Systems … more

Better Materials for Safer Sports: Time to Use Our Heads
Release Date: May 30, 2014

On May 29, 2014, at the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, President Obama highlighted both the need for greater national awareness of the risks our young athletes face … more

Rush a Light Wave and You'll Break Its Data, say Scientists
Release Date: May 29, 2014

Quantum information can't break the cosmic speed limit, according to researchers* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum … more

NIST Requests Public Comment on Proposed SHA-3 Cryptographic
Release Date: May 29, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has requested public comments on its newly proposed "Secure Hash Algorithm-3" (SHA-3) Standard, which is designed to protect the integrity … more

CNST Releases the Winter/Spring 2014 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: May 28, 2014

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the Winter/Spring 2014 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more

Novel NIST Laser System Mimics Sunlight to Test Solar Cell Efficiency
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a laser-based instrument that generates artificial sunlight to help test solar cell properties and find ways … more

New Members and Chair for the Baldrige Panel of Judges
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently appointed four new members to the Panel of Judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The new judges are as follows:Michael DockeryLaura … more

GaN Nanowires as AFM Tips
Release Date: May 22, 2014

A single GaN nanowire is removed from a "forest" of wires grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Click on the image for an enlargement showing the nanowire being placed into a hole drilled in an AFM … more

Baldrige Trainees Prepared to Advance Excellence in All Sectors
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Participants in the recent 2014 Baldrige Examiner Preparation course expressed appreciation for the enriched learning and cross-sector fellowship they experienced in and outside their classrooms. … more

Thermal Conductivity of MoS2
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Angela Hight Walker of PML’s Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division and colleagues have succeeded in measuring a previously unknown but essential property - thermal conductivity -of an … more

From Separation to Transformation: Metal-Organic Framework Shows New Talent
Release Date: May 20, 2014

This gift from science just keeps on giving. Measurements taken at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show why a material already known to be good at separating components of … more

Don't Blink! NIST Studies Why Quantum Dots Suffer from 'Fluorescence Intermittency'
Release Date: May 20, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working in collaboration with the Naval Research Laboratory, have found that a particular species of quantum dots that … more

Capillary Device Significantly Improves Manufacture of Quality Liposomes
Release Date: May 20, 2014

When the English author Sir Francis Bacon wrote "The world's a bubble" in 1629, it's a safe bet he wasn't thinking about microfluidics. However, for a research team led by scientists at the … more

NCNR Neutrons Highlight Possible Battery Candidate
Release Date: May 20, 2014

Analysis of a manganese-based crystal by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has produced the first clear … more

NIST Improves Performance, Capabilities of Its Computer Fire Modeling Tools
Release Date: May 20, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists and engineers recently enhanced the capabilities of NIST's computer fire modeling software, a powerful suite of tools used worldwide … more

22 Organizations Seek the 2014 Baldrige Award
Release Date: May 20, 2014

Twenty-two top-level candidates are lining up for a shot at being named one of America's best examples of performance excellence and innovation via the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. … more

Automated Guided Vehicles Ripe for Standardized Performance Tests
Release Date: May 20, 2014

Automated guided vehicles—or AGVs—are robotic versions of draft animals, hauling heavy loads and navigating their way in factories, distribution centers, ports and other facilities. These modern … more

JILA Study Finds Crowding Has Big Effects on Biomolecules
Release Date: May 20, 2014

Crowding has notoriously negative effects at large size scales, blamed for everything from human disease and depression to community resource shortages. But relatively little is known about the … more

NIST Chip Produces and Detects Specialized Gas for Biomedical Analysis
Release Date: May 20, 2014

A chip-scale device that both produces and detects a specialized gas used in biomedical analysis and medical imaging has been built and demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and … more

World Metrology Day 2014: Measurements and the Global Energy Challenge
Release Date: May 19, 2014

The theme of this year's World Metrology Day, "Measurements and the Global Energy Challenge," speaks to one of the defining issues of our time. One that is as far-reaching as any challenge we have … more

High Performance SPADs
Release Date: May 16, 2014

Alessandro Restelli demonstrates the new detector control system. By employing a technique analogous to the operation of noise-canceling headphones, PML researchers have created an … more

NIST Seeks Comments on Major Revision to Industrial Control Systems Security Guide
Release Date: May 15, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public review and comment a proposed major update to its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) … more

NIST Digital Forensic Resource Honored with a National Innovation Award
Release Date: May 15, 2014

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group is honoring NIST for a software archive that has proven highly valuable to digital forensic investigators and is also paying off … more

Forensic Committee Application Closes for 2014; Candidates May Apply for 2015
Release Date: May 14, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received more than 1300 applications for new committees and subcommittees it is establishing to help strengthen forensic science. NIST … more

NIST RPKI Test and Measurement Tool
Release Date: May 14, 2014

 The NIST-developed RPKI-Monitor (http://rpki-monitor.antd.nist.gov/) provides continuous test and measurement of the emerging Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) and its relationship to … more

Independent Committee Begins Review of NIST’s Cryptographic Material and Development Process
Release Date: May 14, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that its primary advisory committee, the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), has begun its review of the … more

Spartanburg, S.C., Fire Experiments Will Test New Firefighting Tactics
Release Date: May 13, 2014

NIST engineer works with a member of the South Carolina Fire Training Academy staff to conduct a pressure test on one of the instrumented structures that will be burned in tests of … more

FDNY Says ‘Thanks’ to NIST Engineers
Release Date: May 13, 2014

Most New Yorkers may not realize it, but their first responders are better equipped for search and hazmat operations thanks, in part, to standard test methods developed by the National Institute of … more

New NIST Guidelines Aim to Help IT System Developers Build Security In From the Ground Up — Public Comments Welcomed
Release Date: May 13, 2014

A new initiative by computer security experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks to bring widely recognized systems and software engineering principles to bear on … more

NIST Awards 19 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Planning Grants
Release Date: May 8, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today awarded 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants totaling $9 million to new or existing industry-driven consortia to … more

Register Now for NIST Mobile Forensics Workshop and Webcast
Release Date: May 7, 2014

Registration is now open for the free NIST Mobile Forensics Workshop and Webcast to be held Wednesday, June 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in … more

NIST Invites Forensic DNA Analysts to Webinar on Mixture Interpretation
Release Date: May 7, 2014

Forensic DNA analysts are invited to participate in a webinar on DNA mixture interpretation on Wednesday, May 28, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. ET. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is … more

This FIB Doesn’t Lie: New NIST Microscope Sees What Others Can’t
Release Date: May 6, 2014

Microscopes don't exactly lie, but their limitations affect the truths they can tell. For example, when operated in their most typical high-energy modes, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) can … more

Nanotube-Infused Clothing May Protect Against Chemical Weapons
Release Date: May 6, 2014

Nerve agents are among the world's most feared chemical weapons, but scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a way to engineer carbon nanotubes to … more

NIST Releases 2013 Department of Commerce Technology Transfer Report
Release Date: May 6, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Department of Commerce's (DOC) 2013 Technology Transfer Report. The annual report summarizes the technology transfer … more

NCCoE Seeks Vendors to Develop Model IT Asset Management System for Financial Services Companies
Release Date: May 6, 2014

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is seeking collaborators to provide products and technical expertise to create a model, standards-based system that companies in the … more

We're Making Our Web Site More Useful for You!
Release Date: May 1, 2014

Recent enhancements to the Web site of the Baldrige Program make it easier for online visitors to find useful information. Here are three key changes: We’ve added search fields to the page on … more

NIST Revises Guide to Use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) in Networks
Release Date: April 30, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released an update to a document that helps computer administrators maintain the security of information traveling across their … more

PML Leadership Prominent Throughout Newly Released ITRS
Release Date: April 24, 2014

George Orji, PML's Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division When the semiconductor industry received the eagerly awaited annual update of the International Technology Roadmap … more

NIST Scientists Demonstrate Career Options for Earth Science Students
Release Date: April 24, 2014

NIST rocks!  Dickinson College earth science students visited the NIST Test Stonewall, which NIST scientists use to study the effects of weathering on stone building materials, April 15, 2014. … more

NIST Helps Cancer Treatment Drugs Get Past Their Sticking Point
Release Date: April 22, 2014

Potentially valuable drugs slowed down by sticky molecules may get another shot at success. Joint research by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Genentech, the University of … more

New Online Course Based on NIST Research Highlights Insights on Modern Firefighting
Release Date: April 22, 2014

A new, free, online course offered by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) highlights the tactical application of nearly two decades of research at the National Institute of … more

NIST Seeks Applicants to Join Forensic Science Committees
Release Date: April 22, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications from members of the forensic science, criminal justice and academic research communities to serve on a new … more

Free NIST Web-Based Program Manages the App Vetting Workflow
Release Date: April 22, 2014

The first open source web application for managing the mobile app vetting process is available for free from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).Because mobile "apps" on smart … more

NIST Brings ASEAN Leaders Together to Focus on Standards and Conformity Assessment
Release Date: April 22, 2014

On March 24-27, 2014, leaders in standards and conformity assessment from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) came to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in … more

NIST Conference Will Explore the Role of New Information Systems in Organizations, May 22, 2014
Release Date: April 22, 2014

Computers were once "just" tools to improve worker productivity, now information systems are recognized as an essential component of a successful organization. The best example is the rise of … more

NIST Removes Cryptography Algorithm from Random Number Generator Recommendations
Release Date: April 21, 2014

Following a public comment period and review, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has removed a cryptographic algorithm from its draft guidance on random number generators. … more

Executives Embark on Year-Long Fellowship
Release Date: April 17, 2014

Embarking on a year-long fellowship to dialogue on all aspects of leadership and how it relates to a visionary focus, operational intelligence, engagement, and sustainability, fourteen executives … more

Graduating Baldrige Fellows Vow to Continue Peer Engagement
Release Date: April 16, 2014

The Baldrige Program is proud to announce the completion of the year-long Baldrige Executive Fellows Program by ten senior leaders exploring all aspects of leadership through the lens of the … more

NIST Requests Comments on Smart Grid Framework Update
Release Date: April 16, 2014

The primary guiding document for creating the next-generation "smart" energy grid is getting its first major update in two years. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is … more

Excimer Neutron Detection
Release Date: April 15, 2014

In a truly scintillating set of experiments, scientists at NIST and the University of Maryland have demonstrated that a process called excimer* scintillation can be controlled and characterized … more

NIST Researchers Honored with Presidential Award
Release Date: April 15, 2014

Three National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers were among those honored April 14, 2014, at a White House reception as winners of Presidential Early Career Awards. The award … more

Baldrige Program Named Top Leadership Developer in Government
Release Date: April 14, 2014

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program has received the first place award in the government and military category of the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards, an annual recognition of the world's … more

Calling Forensic Scientists: Apply Now to Join the NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees
Release Date: April 11, 2014

The application process for positions in the new NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) is now open. NIST is welcoming members of the forensic science, criminal justice and … more

SSM Health Care Leader Receives Baldrige Foundation Award
Release Date: April 10, 2014

At a ceremony during the Baldrige Program's Quest for Excellence Conference® in Baltimore, Sister Mary Jean Ryan, board chair of SSM Health Care (SSMHC), received the Harry S. Hertz Leadership … more

Now You See It: Electromagnetically Induced Transparency in a Silicon Nitride Optomechanical Crystal
Release Date: April 9, 2014

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have observed electromagnetically induced transparency at room temperature and atmospheric pressure in a silicon nitride … more

Take F2: NIST's Latest, Most Accurate Time Standard Debuts
Release Date: April 8, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, to serve as a new U.S. civilian time and frequency standard, along with the … more

No Compromises: JILA's Short, Flexible, Reusable AFM Probe
Release Date: April 8, 2014

JILA researchers have engineered a short, flexible, reusable probe for the atomic force microscope (AFM) that enables state-of-the-art precision and stability in picoscale force measurements. … more

NIST Advisory Committee 2013 Annual Report Highlights Cybersecurity and Manufacturing
Release Date: April 8, 2014

The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has sent its 2013 annual report to Congress. The committee focused its primary … more

President Obama, Secretary Pritzker Honor 2013 Baldrige Award Recipients
Release Date: April 8, 2014

In a letter honoring 2013 Baldrige Award recipients Pewaukee School District and Sutter Davis Hospital, President Barack Obama wrote, When our organizations maximize efficiency, enhance services … more

Save the Date for Mobile Forensics Workshop 2014
Release Date: April 8, 2014

Join digital evidence experts from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and partners for the NIST Mobile Forensics Workshop and Webcast on June 18, 2014. There is no cost to … more

Graphene Carrier Density
Release Date: April 7, 2014

Configuration of the QHE device showing dimensions. The blue-gray rectangle in the center is the open face of the Hall bar. The locations of graphene components are outlined by white lines. … more

Commerce Secretary Pritzker Honors Two Organizations with the 2013 Baldrige Award
Release Date: April 7, 2014

On April 6, 2014, U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker presented two U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest honor for organizational … more

New Data Analysis Finds Baldrige Framework Improves Management
Release Date: April 4, 2014

A recent study, "Insights from the Baldrige Award Item-Level Applicant Scoring Data," found strong evidence of scoring reliability as well as validity in the use of the Baldrige Criteria for … more

NIST Launches a New U.S. Time Standard: NIST-F2 Atomic Clock
Release Date: April 3, 2014

NIST-F2 Atomic Clock News Briefing: Opening Statement by Tom O’Brian, Chief, Time and Frequency Division Opening Statement by Steve Jefferts, NIST Project Leader, Primary Frequency StandardsWebinar … more

NIST's Simple Microfluidic Devices Now Have Valves
Release Date: April 2, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have added yet another innovation—miniature valves—to their ever-growing collection of inexpensive, easy-to-manufacture and … more

Value of Baldrige Criteria Affirmed at Conference of U.S. Health Care Executives
Release Date: March 31, 2014

U.S. hospitals and other health care organizations can raise the quality of health care while reducing costs by improving their performance using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as … more

NIST Issues Final Joplin Tornado Report, Begins Effort to Improve Standards and Codes
Release Date: March 28, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final report on its technical investigation into the impacts of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. The … more

Explaining Interactions between Light, Heat, and Charge Carriers in Silicon Photonic Microresonators
Release Date: March 27, 2014

In an article appearing in the March 28th issue of Physical Review Letters, researchers from Northwestern University working with researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and … more

FY 2015 Budget Request for NIST Focuses on Innovation, Technology Transfer and Economic Growth
Release Date: March 26, 2014

On March 13, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce released details about the President's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request to Congress for the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Gives Astronomers a Better Ruler in the Search for Extrasolar Planets
Release Date: March 26, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have rejuvenated a technique for finding planets near distant stars.* New measurements of light from special lamps could … more

New Roadmap Outlines Research Path to Reduce Storm Impacts
Release Date: March 26, 2014

A new measurement science research and development (R&D) roadmap,* prepared for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) over the past two years by a private-sector group of … more

NCCoE Invites Collaboration on Energy Sector Cybersecurity Challenge
Release Date: March 26, 2014

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology seeks collaborators to address key security challenges in identity verification and … more

NIST: The Year in Patents
Release Date: March 26, 2014

Scientists and engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invent tools, technologies and techniques applicable to a spectrum of disciplines, including the biosciences, … more

Engineering for Privacy: NIST Workshop Meets April 9-10, 2014
Release Date: March 26, 2014

On April 9 and 10, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a workshop that focuses on developing "privacy engineering" to ensure that privacy is an integral part … more

Weighing Atoms to Apples
Release Date: March 26, 2014

New NIST watt balance, open for assembly and testing. In its final operating configuration, it will be covered and operate in vacuum.Very soon, the International System of Units (SI) may be … more

NIST Information Technology Professionals Recognized for Excellence
Release Date: March 26, 2014

Three employees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently received awards for their national and international contributions to information technology.Naomi … more

Rochford Chosen to Head New Joint NIST/NTIA Communications Lab
Release Date: March 25, 2014

Officials of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced the selection of Kent Rochford to head NIST's new Communication Technology Laboratory (CTL) in Boulder, Colo. … more

PML Scientists Develop 3D SEM Metrology for 10 nm Structures
Release Date: March 21, 2014

Dr. András Vladár operates the NIST dimensional metrology reference scanning electron microscope. PML researchers have devised an idea for determining the three-dimensional shape of … more

Portable Frequency Comb Rolls Out of the Lab
Release Date: March 20, 2014

Co-developers Laura Sinclair (left) and Ian Coddington with a test version of the newly miniaturized portable frequency comb that fits in two small metal cases for a total volume of about 1 … more

Cell Phones and Cable Signals: Interference Can Happen
Release Date: March 20, 2014

Jason Coder (left) and John Ladbury in the reverberation chamber used for studying interference between cell phones and various kinds of telecommunications equipment. The angled metal … more

Magnetization Dynamics on the Femtosecond Time Scale
Release Date: March 20, 2014

The photon beam line of a HHG experiment to observe the dynamics of exchange interactions in a ferromagnetic alloy. X-ray pulses generated in the case at left travel to the right and are … more

NIST Chips Help BICEP2 Telescope Find Direct Evidence of Origin of the Universe
Release Date: March 18, 2014

The view back in time—way back to the origins of the universe—just got clearer. Much clearer. NIST chip identical to the 16 chips integrated into the BICEP2 telescope camera at the South Pole. Each … more

Application Form for NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees Coming Soon
Release Date: March 18, 2014

The NIST Forensic Science Program expects to open the application process for members of the forensic science, criminal justice and academic research communities to join the new Organization of … more

NIST Gaithersburg Will Be Closed Monday, March 17, 2014
Release Date: March 17, 2014

On Monday, March 17, NIST Gaithersburg is closed with limited access due to snow and ice. All meetings and conferences are canceled for today. No public access will be permitted. Telework ready … more

NIST’s FY 2015 Budget Request Focuses on Innovation, Expands Technology Transfer and Economic Growth Priorities
Release Date: March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Commerce released details today about the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request to Congress for the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Top-100 List Again Demonstrates Baldrige Impact in U.S. Health Care
Release Date: March 12, 2014

In early March, Truven Health Analytics released its annual study identifying the 100 top hospitals (PDF) based on their overall organizational performance. As in previous years, health care … more

Magnetic Attraction: Physicists Pay Homage to the SQUID at 50
Release Date: March 11, 2014

From humble beginnings in a series of accidental discoveries, SQUIDs have invaded and enhanced many areas of science and medicine, thanks, in part, to the National Institute of Standards and … more

Over 6 Months, NIST Zero-Energy House Gives Back to the Grid
Release Date: March 11, 2014

Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kilowatt hours of electricity … more

NIST's April 7 Workshop Launches Effort to Improve Disaster Resilience of Communities
Release Date: March 11, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md., will host the first of six workshops devoted to developing a comprehensive, community-based disaster resilience … more

Akron to Host Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Regional Meeting, April 2, 2014
Release Date: March 11, 2014

The second regional meeting of President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership initiative—AMP 2.0—will be held Wednesday, April 2, at the InfoCision Stadium on the campus of The University of … more

Looking Inside: Assessing the Chemical Composition of a Metal-Organic Framework with Nanoscale Resolution
Release Date: March 11, 2014

Mixed-linker metal–organic frameworks were characterized using photothermal induced resonance (PTIR), a novel technique that combines the lateral resolution of atomic force microscopy with … more

March Cloud Computing Meetings at NIST Discuss Impact on Mobile Devices, Forensic Science
Release Date: March 7, 2014

As part of its cloud computing forum and workshop series, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting two meetings in March at its Gaithersburg, Md. Campus, "The … more

NIST Issues Guidance for Federal Use of Secure Mobile Technology
Release Date: March 7, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published two draft documents for public comment that describe processes that federal employees and contractors could use to provide … more

Pilot Projects to Launch Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Centers
Release Date: March 6, 2014

To improve small U.S. manufacturers' supply chain competitiveness and the rates at which they adopt technology, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded nearly $2.5 … more

Normalizing Aerosol Method of Sale
Release Date: March 5, 2014

Different methods of sale -- one by net weight, one by fluid volume -- may make consumer comparisons difficult.The work of NIST can be found in many unexpected places in American life -- … more

PML Contributes to Formation of Landmark IEEE Standards Committee and Working Group for MEMS Sensor Performance Parameters
Release Date: March 5, 2014

MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) devices are everywhere, from automobiles (airbag sensors, tire-pressure monitoring systems, vehicle stabilization control) to movie theaters and conference … more

NIST Forensic Science Efforts Take Center Stage in Seattle
Release Date: March 5, 2014

A half dozen of the NIST Forensic Science Planning Committee members: (standing, left to right) John Paul Jones II, Richard Cavanagh, Mark Stolorow; (seated, left to right) John Butler, Melissa … more

Funding Available for a New Center to Support Manufacturing in Florida
Release Date: March 4, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking proposals for a new Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center in Florida. The award will provide up to $3.5 … more

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
Release Date: March 4, 2014

Commerce Department budget focuses on the key attributes of a globally competitive economy, including promoting U.S. trade and investment, spurring innovation, and fueling data-driven economyU.S. … more

President Obama Announces Two New Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes and Launches the First of Four New Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competitions
Release Date: February 26, 2014

A Detroit-area based consortium of 60 companies, nonprofits, and universities and a Chicago based consortium of 73 companies, nonprofits, and universities are partnering with the federal government … more

JILA Physicists Discover 'Quantum Droplet' in Semiconductor
Release Date: February 26, 2014

JILA physicists used an ultrafast laser and help from German theorists to discover a new semiconductor quasiparticle—a handful of smaller particles that briefly condense into a liquid-like … more

'How Well Did You Sequence that Genome?' NIST, Consortium Partners Have Answer
Release Date: February 25, 2014

In December 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first high-throughput DNA sequencer (also known commonly as a "gene sequencer"), an instrument that allows laboratories to … more

NIST SBIR Program Soliciting Proposals
Release Date: February 25, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, invites small businesses to submit proposals for solutions to technology … more

Perspective: Weights and Measures Week 2014—Making Sure the Marketplace Measures Up
Release Date: February 25, 2014

Commentary by Mark Esser. Scales condemned by the Seattle Department of Weights and Measures, 1917. Credit: Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives/Creative Commons Every year, we hear … more

Find the Path to Performance Excellence at 2014 Quest Conference
Release Date: February 25, 2014

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

NIST Invites Applications for the 2014 Standards Services Curricula Development Program
Release Date: February 25, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering financial support for the development of curricula with standards and standardization content at colleges and … more

NCCoE Launches Building Blocks for Access Control and Mobile Devices
Release Date: February 25, 2014

NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has proposed two new building blocks, one to help organizations develop capabilities for attribute based access control, the other to help … more

2013 Improvement Survey Results Available
Release Date: February 24, 2014

In fall 2013, the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award sponsored a survey of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program’s customers and stakeholders. The purpose of the … more

NIST Microanalysis Technique Makes the Most of Small Nanoparticle Samples
Release Date: February 24, 2014

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have demonstrated that they can make sensitive chemical analyses of minute … more

Baylor Plano Announcement
Release Date: February 21, 2014

Today, February 21, 2014, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, a 2013 Baldrige Award honoree, officially notified us that it is withdrawing from the process and will not be accepting the award. … more

NIST Requests Comments on its Cryptographic Standards Process
Release Date: February 19, 2014

As part of a review of its cryptographic standards development process, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comment on a new draft document that describes … more

Stirred, Then Shaken: NIST Atomtronic Study May Pave the Way for New Devices
Release Date: February 19, 2014

While pursuing the goal of turning a cloud of ultracold atoms into a completely new kind of circuit element, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have … more

Hysteresis in a Quantized BEC Superfluid
Release Date: February 14, 2014

Project leader Gretchen Campbell with part of the experimental apparatus. The bright yellow glow at rear is produced by sodium atoms in a magneto-optical trap. These atoms form the … more

NIST webcast on New Forensic Scientific Area Committees Set for Feb. 18, 2014
Release Date: February 14, 2014

The NIST forensics science team is holding a public presentation and live webcast on its new Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual … more

NIST Scientists to Present Research at Forensic Science Conference
Release Date: February 13, 2014

What's new in forensic science research? NIST scientists will be presenting recent research results – from fingerprint examination to biological evidence handling – at the American Academy of … more

NIST Releases Cybersecurity Framework Version 1.0
Release Date: February 12, 2014

To help organizations charged with providing the nation's financial, energy, health care and other critical systems better protect their information and physical assets from cyber attack, the … more

CNST Deputy Director Lloyd Whitman Serving as Interim Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
Release Date: February 12, 2014

Lloyd Whitman, Deputy Director of the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, has been detailed to serve as the Interim Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office … more

New NIST Method Evaluates Response to Oxidation in Live Cells
Release Date: February 11, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new method for accurately measuring a key process governing a wide variety of cellular functions that may … more

Clever NIST/JPL Technology Decodes More Information from Single Photons
Release Date: February 11, 2014

It's not quite Star Trek communications—yet. But long-distance communications in space may be easier now that researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Jet … more

NIST to Hold Cryptographic Key Management Workshop March 4-5
Release Date: February 11, 2014

A workshop aimed at improving federal cryptographic key management systems will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Gaithersburg, Md., campus on March 4-5, 2014. … more

Statement from Willie May, Associate Director of Laboratory Programs concerning the Appointment of Patrick Gallagher to be the Next Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh
Release Date: February 10, 2014

"Pat Gallagher will be sorely missed at NIST. As Director of NIST for the last several years and a 20-year veteran of the organization, he has been a model of leadership and passion for our … more

NIST Study Suggests Ways to Improve Common Furniture Fire Test
Release Date: February 10, 2014

The bench-scale test widely used to evaluate whether a burning cigarette will ignite upholstered furniture may underestimate the tendency of component materials to smolder when these materials are … more

NIST Presents an Infrastructure Plan to Strengthen Forensic Science Committees
Release Date: February 7, 2014

NIST forensic science experts presented a plan for a new Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) at the first meeting of the National Commission on Forensic Science in Washington, D.C., … more

Shape-Sifting: NIST Categorizes Bio Scaffolds by Characteristic Cell Shapes
Release Date: February 7, 2014

Getting in the right shape might be just as important in a biology lab as a gym. Shape is thought to play an important role in the effectiveness of cells grown to repair or replace damaged tissue … more

NIST Awards Funding to Support Manufacturing in Nebraska and Alaska
Release Date: February 6, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has announced two funding awards that will support small and mid-sized manufacturers … more

2014 Baldrige Examiner Training Experience
Release Date: February 5, 2014

Have you—or someone else in your organization—ever wanted to learn what Baldrige examiners learn but thought you didn’t have enough time to commit to being an examiner? If so, you are in luck. This … more

Researchers Develop Framework for Understanding Current-Switched Magnetic Devices
Release Date: February 5, 2014

An international collaboration led by researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) has made significant progress in modelling how electric currents affect the … more

A New Era for Atomic Clocks
Release Date: February 4, 2014

A revolution is under way in timekeeping. Precision timekeeping based on atomic clocks already underpins much of our modern technology—telecommunications, computer networks and satellite-based … more

New Precision for Neutron Lifetime Measurements
Release Date: February 3, 2014

A team of PML scientists and collaborators* has achieved a five-fold reduction in the dominant uncertainty in an experiment that measured the mean lifetime of the free neutron (exceptionally long … more

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
Release Date: February 3, 2014

Scenes from the first day of MACUWiP, in which participants came to NIST for lunch, lectures, and lab tours. “If the profession of physics is to thrive, we must make it our goal to achieve a … more

Seeking Your Input on the Criteria for Performance Excellence
Release Date: February 3, 2014

What are the top five leading-edge strategic and competitiveness challenges you are facing in your organization (or seeing in the organizations you work with)?What are your specific, actionable … more

Baldrige Program Director Receives Commerce Department Honor Award
Release Date: January 30, 2014

Robert (Bob) Fangmeyer received a silver medal award at a Department of Commerce ceremony honoring selected employees for exceptional federal service. Fangmeyer was cited in the ceremony program … more

Studying the Why and How of Mass Variation
Release Date: January 30, 2014

The DPO (gray) mounted face-down before placement in the vacuum chamber. Both symmetrical paddles and the center spine oscillate in response to electrical excitation. An increase (decrease) in … more

2014 Baldrige Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available!
Release Date: January 30, 2014

Organizations and individuals are being invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program by becoming Baldrige sponsors. Baldrige sponsors support a range of products and … more

Nearly Everyone Uses Piezoelectrics. Be Nice to Know How They Work.
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Piezoelectrics—materials that can change mechanical stress to electricity and back again—are everywhere in modern life. Computer hard drives. Loud speakers. Medical ultrasound. Sonar. Though … more

NIST Cell Membrane Model Studied as Future Diagnostic Tool
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and in Lithuania have used a NIST-developed laboratory model of a simplified cell membrane to accurately detect and measure … more

NIST March Meeting Showcases Advanced Technologies to Help Manage the Nation's Infrastructure
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Tiny, self-powered sensors that can be embedded in bridge structures and networked wirelessly to continuously monitor the structure's health. Little fly-by-wire vehicles that can flit around … more

Rita Colwell Joins NIST Advisory Committee
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Rita R. Colwell has joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the agency's primary private-sector policy advisory group. She is … more

JILA/NIST Fellow Deborah Jin to Receive 2014 Comstock Prize in Physics
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Physicist Deborah Jin of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been named the recipient of the 2014 Comstock Prize in Physics. Deborah Jin Credit: University of … more

NIST Director Recognized by the National Safety Council
Release Date: January 29, 2014

The National Safety Council has named Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher one of 2014's "CEOs Who 'Get It.'" The annual recognition honors … more

Mikulski Tours Auto Lightweighting Center at NIST
Release Date: January 28, 2014

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher hear a presentation from NIST researcher Mark Iadicola as part of tour of the NIST Center for Automotive … more

It’s About Time – But Also Much More
Release Date: January 23, 2014

40° 0.435', -105° 16.116'—that’s where I work. I know this because my smart phone says so. The same phone that woke me up in the morning, reminded me to give my dog his heartworm medication, and … more

JILA Strontium Atomic Clock Sets New Records in Both Precision and Stability
Release Date: January 22, 2014

Heralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist has unveiled an experimental strontium atomic clock that has … more

PML Measurements Drive Development of New Length Artifact
Release Date: January 17, 2014

Vincent Lee adjusts the laser target tracker on the prototype length artifact, a hollow carbon-fiber beam approximately 2.5 meters long. (Click image to enlarge.)Laser trackers are … more

MML Researcher R. Joseph Kline Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Release Date: January 15, 2014

Material Measurement Laboratory researcher R. Joseph Kline was recently named among the 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest … more

President Obama Announces New Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Release Date: January 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The President today will announce new steps with the private sector to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract the good paying jobs that a … more

Layered Security: Nanotubes Promise Improved Flame-Resistant Coating
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Using an approach akin to assembling a club sandwich at the nanoscale, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have succeeded in crafting a uniform, multi-walled … more

Quantum Physics Could Make Secure, Single-Use Computer Memories Possible
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Computer security systems may one day get a boost from quantum physics, as a result of recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Computer scientist Yi-Kai Liu … more

NIST-MEP Supply Chain Optimization Program to Aid U.S. Manufacturers
Release Date: January 14, 2014

After a successful pilot project held in five states, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has launched a new supply chain … more

First Members of New National Commission on Forensic Science Named
Release Date: January 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced the appointment of 33 individuals to a newly created National Commission on Forensic … more

NIST Stars in Media’s Top Science and Technology Stories of 2013
Release Date: January 14, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) advances in atomic clocks and telescope cameras made it into five magazines' lists of the top science and technology stories of 2013.NIST's … more

A New Value for the Planck Constant, and More to Come
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Stephan Schlamminger examines a mass tray and associated apparatus for the prototype of NIST's new watt balance. (Click image to enlarge.)After two years of difficult and meticulous work … more

Illegal Laser Strikes on Aircraft
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Simulated laser flashes at three levels -- distraction, glare, and flash blindness -- as they would be seen by the pilot of an aircraft. Images: FAA Joshua Hadler and colleagues in PML’s … more

26th Quest for Excellence Registration Open
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Registration is now open for the 26th annual Quest for Excellence® conference hosted by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The conference will showcase the best practices and lessons … more

U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce Name Experts to First-Ever National Commission on Forensic Science
Release Date: January 10, 2014

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

NIST Researchers Develop a Novel Approach for the Measurement of a Crucial DNA Repair Enzyme in Human Cells
Release Date: January 7, 2014

NIST researchers, in collaboration with researchers at the National Institute on Aging, NIH, recently reported a novel approach for identifying and quantifying an important DNA repair enzyme in … more

NIST Analysis Helps the U.S. Chemical Safety Board Pinpoint Root Cause of Pressure Vessel Failure
Release Date: January 7, 2014

 In 2009, a violent rupture of a 50-foot pressure vessel used to produce synthetic crystals at the NDK Crystal facility in Belvidere, Illinois fatally injured a member of the public and caused … more

A New NIST Online Database: The NIST Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Structure Index
Release Date: January 6, 2014

 Recently, a new website containing a wealth of information on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was made publicly available by NIST. PAHs are compounds that are produced during the … more