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Displaying news from April 01, 2006 To June 30, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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