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Displaying news from April 01, 2007 To June 30, 2007

NIST Status Update on World Trade Center 7 Investigation
Release Date: June 29, 2007

A team of scientists and engineers at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that is investigating the collapse of New York City's World Trade Center 7 (WTC … more

Fans Clear High-Rise Stairwells of Smoke
Release Date: June 21, 2007

High pressure fans that direct air flow up the stairway of a burning high-rise building can increase the effectiveness of firefighters and the survivability of occupants by ridding the stairwell of … more

Coming Soon! Baldrige Awardees Share Successes
Release Date: June 21, 2007

Leaders from the three organizations selected for the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as from past award recipients, will share their best practices and results at one-day … more

NIST/Industry Quality Measurement Data Standard
Release Date: June 21, 2007

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers, together with colleagues from the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), key manufacturing companies, and quality software … more

Catching Waves: Measuring Self-Assembly in Action
Release Date: June 21, 2007

By making careful observations of the growth of a layer of molecules as they gradually cover the surface of a small silicon rectangle, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Fire Experts Examine Charleston Building Collapse
Release Date: June 21, 2007

On June 19, 2007, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sent four fire experts to Charleston, S.C., to gather information and examine the site of the previous night’s fire and … more

NIST WTC Recommendations Spur New Model Building Codes
Release Date: June 21, 2007

Safer buildings—especially tall structures—that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal of the first comprehensive set of building code changes recently … more

First Comprehensive Set of Model Code Changes Adopted Based on Recommendations from Commerce's NIST World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: June 20, 2007

GAITHERSBURG, Md.-Safer buildings-especially tall structures-that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal of the first comprehensive set of building code … more

Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Announces Selection of 2007-2008 Commerce Science and Technology Fellows
Release Date: June 14, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC —Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez today announced that 16 individuals have been selected to participate in the Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship (ComSci) Program. Open … more

Three NIST Researchers Receive Flemming Awards
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Three scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were among the eight federal employees who received the Arthur S. Flemming Award in ceremonies held June 4 at George … more

Calling All D.C. Area Post Docs!
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Postdoctoral fellows currently working in the Greater Washington, D.C., area have a unique opportunity to advance their research careers at the Second Annual Post-Doc Conference: Access to STEM … more

84 Apply for Nation’s Top Honor for Excellence
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Eighty-four organizations have started down the path they hope will lead to their being honored with the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for … more

Building Retrofits Reduce Chem/Bio Hazards Risks
Release Date: June 8, 2007

A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers building owners and managers information on retrofit options to … more

Fluorescent Glass SRMs Are New Tool for Spectroscopy
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed two new calibration tools to help correct and validate the performance of analytic instruments that identify … more

Computer Guide May Boost Security Testing Efficiency
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Providing strong security for complex federal information systems is a challenging job. But now there’s a new version of a draft guide* for assessing the effectiveness of security of controls in … more

Rescue Robot Tests To Offer Responders High-Tech Help
Release Date: June 8, 2007

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) engineers are organizing the fourth in a series of Response Robot Evaluation Exercises for urban search and rescue (US&R) responders to be … more

New Quantum Key System Combines Speed, Distance
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a prototype high-speed quantum key distribution (QKD) system, based on a new detector system that achieves … more

Silicon Nanowires Upgrade Data-Storage Technology
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with colleagues at George Mason University and Kwangwoon University in Korea, have fabricated a memory device that … more

Long-Distance Record: ‘Quantum Keys’ Sent 200 Kilometers
Release Date: June 1, 2007

Schematic represents cryogenic packaging system constructed at NIST for the single-photon detector used in a record-setting quantum key distribution experiment. Orange area represents a … more

New Fabrication Technique Yields Nanoscale UV LEDs
Release Date: May 24, 2007

[Top] Micrograph of a complete nanowire LED with the end contact. The long nanowire (A) is about 110 micrometers long, a shorter nanowire (B) crosses it. The bright circular section is … more

Fiftieth Anniversary of First Digital Image Marked
Release Date: May 24, 2007

[Top] The room-sized Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) was used to create the first scanned image. View hi-resolution image [Bottom L.] National Bureau of Standards (NBS) … more

DNA Sieve: Nanoscale Pores Can Be Tiny Analysis Labs
Release Date: May 10, 2007

Imagine being able to rapidly identify tiny biological molecules such as DNA and toxins using less than a drop of salt water in a system that can fit on a microchip. It’s closer than you might … more

NIST Nanoscale Science and Technology Center Now Accepting Proposals
Release Date: May 1, 2007

CNST and its Nanofabrication Facility are housed in NIST’s new Advanced Measurement Laboratory, one of the most advanced research facilities in the world. Photo courtesy HDR Architecture, … more

NIST Issues Guidelines for Ensuring RFID Security
Release Date: April 26, 2007

Gaithersburg, MD – Retailers, manufacturers, hospitals, federal agencies and other organizations planning to use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to improve their operations should … more

Placing Single Nanowires: NIST Makes the Connection
Release Date: April 26, 2007

(a) Schematic of NIST single nanowire manipulation system.(b) Scanning electron microscope image shows a single silicon nanowire positioned in an etched trench using NIST's nanowire … more

Commerce’s NIST and Montgomery County Public Schools Partner to Strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education
Release Date: April 19, 2007

Statement from Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski on the NIST-MCPS Agreement GAITHERSBURG, MD—The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Montgomery County … more