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Baldrige Recipients to Share Strategies at Upcoming Regional Conferences
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Senior leaders from the three organizations selected for the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as representatives from past Award recipients, will share their best practices and … more

NIST Seeks Comments on Smart Grid Report
Release Date: June 30, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comment on a draft report* that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing interoperability standards … more

NIST Extends Deadline for 2009 Technology Innovation Program Competition
Release Date: June 30, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is extending the deadline for submitting proposals to its Technology Innovation Program competition to 3 p.m. … more

NIST Develops Novel Ion Trap for Sensing Force and Light
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Miniature devices for trapping ions (electrically charged atoms) are common components in atomic clocks and quantum computing research. Now, a novel ion trap geometry demonstrated at the National … more

NIST Issues Human Milk and Blood Serum SRMs for Contaminant Measurements
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Responding to scientists' need to measure organic contaminants in human body fluids, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently made four new Standard Reference … more

NIST Summer School Passes the Neutron Science Torch
Release Date: June 30, 2009

What do the mystery of how proteins fold, the unexpected behavior of nanoparticles, and the key to making hydrogen fuel cells have in common? All can be investigated with beams of slow-moving … more

Workshop to Aim for Security, Accessibility in Future Voting Systems
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Creating voting machines that are both trustworthy and easy to use is the goal of the End-to-End Voting Systems Workshop, which should interest anyone concerned with ensuring that elections are run … more

Unexpectedly Long-Range Effects in Advanced Magnetic Devices
Release Date: June 30, 2009

A tiny grid pattern has led materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Institute of Solid State Physics in Russia to an unexpected finding—the … more

Genetically Engineered Mice Yield Clues to ‘Knocking Out’ Cancer
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Deleting two genes in mice responsible for repairing DNA strands damaged by oxidation leads to several types of tumors, providing additional evidence that such stress contributes to the development … more

NIST Physicist, Chemist Receive Federal Public Service Award
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Physicist Sae Woo Nam and chemist Stephan Stranick of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among 12 federal employees who were presented with the Arthur S. Flemming Award … more

NIST YouTube Channel Features Ultraprecise Measurement with Lasers
Release Date: June 30, 2009

The latest addition to the growing selection of videos on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/usnistgov) is a look at the agency's new … more

Commerce Secretary Locke Announces Selection of 2009-2010 Commerce Science and Technology Fellows
Release Date: June 23, 2009

WASHINGTON—Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced that 17 federal employees have been selected to participate in the 2009-2010 Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship (ComSci) Program. … more

DOC/NIST Invites Vendors to Participate an Industry Day/Business Fair
Release Date: June 19, 2009

(Gaithersburg, MD)--The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency within the Department of Commerce (DOC), will hold an industry day/business fair at its Gaithersburg, … more

The CNST's 2008 Report Now Available
Release Date: June 19, 2009

NIST's Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) has published its first comprehensive report, covering the period from its establishment in May 2007 through December 2008. The 44-page … more

NIST Releases Report on Smart Grid Development -- EPRI-Developed Report Discusses Priorities, Standards, Architecture
Release Date: June 18, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, MD – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology today released for public review a report* that identifies issues and proposes priorities for … more

NIST, DOD, Intelligence Agencies Join Forces to Secure U.S. Cyber Infrastructure
Release Date: June 16, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), the Intelligence Community (IC), and the Committee on National Security Systems … more

NIST Advisory Committee Issues 2008 Annual Report
Release Date: June 16, 2009

The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the agency’s primary private-sector advisory group, has sent its 2008 annual … more

NIST Issues Latest Guidelines for Teleworking Security
Release Date: June 16, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final version of an updated publication to help organizations and employees secure their computer systems for … more

NIST Seeks Proposals for $20 Million Program to Create Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowships
Release Date: June 16, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is establishing a financial assistance program to help selected institutions develop and implement a NIST measurement … more

Nonstick and Laser-safe Gold Aids Laser Trapping of Biomolecules
Release Date: June 16, 2009

Biophysicists long for an ideal material—something more structured and less sticky than a standard glass surface—to anchor and position individual biomolecules. Gold is an alluring possibility, … more

Nanosoccer Robots Ready to Compete in Upcoming RoboCup Games
Release Date: June 16, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be serving up "soccer under glass" - the glass of a microscope lens - when nanosoccer makes its second appearance at the RoboCup games … more

NIST Finds 'A Touch of Glass' in Metal, Settles Century-Old Question
Release Date: June 16, 2009

Better predictions of how many valuable materials behave under stress could be on the way from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists have recently found … more

Shape Matters in the Case of Cobalt Nanoparticles
Release Date: June 16, 2009

Shape is turning out to be a particularly important feature of some commercially important nanoparticles - but in subtle ways. New studies* by scientists at the National Institute for Standards and … more

NIST Discovers How Strain at Grain Boundaries Suppresses High-Temperature Superconductivity
Release Date: June 16, 2009

Electron microscope image of two superconducting thin films that meet at a 6 degree tilt boundary (the dark line running through the image). The numerous smaller lines that intersect the … more

NIST Study Offers First Detailed Look at the Progress of a Wildland-Urban Fire
Release Date: June 16, 2009

A wildfire rages across southern California wildlands towards residential communities, endangering residents and firefighters and sending property up in smoke. This is an increasingly common story, … more

NIST Researchers 'All Aglow' Over New Test of Toxin Strength
Release Date: June 16, 2009

A new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) assay using a "glow or no glow" technique may soon help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defend the nation against a … more

NIST Seeks Proposals for $20 Million Recovery Act Program -- Grants Will Fund Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowships
Release Date: June 15, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is establishing a financial assistance program to help selected … more

NIST, DOD, Intelligence Agencies Join Forces to Secure U.S. Cyber Infrastructure
Release Date: June 11, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), the Intelligence Community (IC), and the Committee on National Security Systems … more

Laser Pattern Generator Now Available
Release Date: June 11, 2009

The NanoFab has a new capability to enhance its prototype and proof-of-concept capabilities with a Heidelberg DWL-66FS Laser Pattern Generator designed for low volume mask making and direct … more

New NanoFab Tools Coming Soon!
Release Date: June 11, 2009

We will be vastly expanding our capabilities in 2009 by the addition of the following tools purchased in Fiscal Year 2007. We will announce anticipated delivery and availability dates, as well as … more

New Electron Beam Lighography System Now Available
Release Date: June 11, 2009

The NanoFab now has a second electron beam nanolithography system on line, model JEOL JBX-6300FX. The beam deflection unit employs a 19 bit DAC unit for accuracy, it scans and writes at 12 Mhz … more

Announcing DRAFT NIST SP500-267 A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government - Version 1.0 (Draft 2)
Release Date: June 4, 2009

A DRAFT of NIST Special Publication 500-267, A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government - Version 1.0 (Draft 2), is now available for public comment. This publication provides a standards profile to … more

NIST Physicists Demonstrate Quantum Entanglement in Mechanical System
Release Date: June 3, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated entanglement—a phenomenon peculiar to the atomic-scale quantum world—in a mechanical system … more

Commerce Department to Work with ICANN and VeriSign to Enhance the Security and Stability of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System
Release Date: June 3, 2009

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that the … more

NIST Delivers Updated Draft Standards for Electronic Voting Machines
Release Date: June 2, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has delivered to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) a draft revision to the 2005 federal Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) … more

NIST Hosts Two International Materials Research Meetings in June
Release Date: June 2, 2009

For the materials research community, all roads will lead to the Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) during the week of June 21, 2009, when … more

NIST Announces $120 Million Available for Research Construction Grants
Release Date: June 2, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the availability of approximately $120 million in competitive grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific … more

Seventy Apply for 2009 Baldrige Award
Release Date: June 2, 2009

Seventy organizations have taken the first step toward the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for innovation and performance excellence. Applicants … more

NIST Processes to Help Build Next-Generation Nuclear Power Plants
Release Date: June 2, 2009

Information exchange processes developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be at the center of the effort to design and build the next generation of modern, highly … more

NIST Seeks Proposals for $35 Million in Grants for Measurement Science
Release Date: June 2, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced that it will award up to $35 million in grants and cooperative agreements for measurement science and engineering research. … more

Memory with a Twist: NIST Develops a Flexible Memristor
Release Date: June 2, 2009

Electronic memory chips may soon gain the ability to bend and twist as a result of work by engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As reported in the July 2009 issue … more

NIST’s LIDAR May Offer Peerless Precision in Remote Measurements
Release Date: June 2, 2009

By combining the best of two different distance measurement approaches with a super-accurate technology called an optical frequency comb, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

The CNST Welcomes Three New Staff Members
Release Date: June 2, 2009

Robert Celotta, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), welcomed three new research staff members in May … more

Ten Undergraduate Researcher Fellows Gain Hands-On Nanotech Experience
Release Date: June 2, 2009

As part of the CNST's mission to develop the next generation of nanotechnologists, the following NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows will spend June and July participating in cutting-edge … more

NIST Delivers Updated Draft Standards for Electronic Voting Machines -- Guidelines to Assist in Testing Voting System Accuracy, Reliability and Security
Release Date: June 1, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today delivered to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) a draft revision to the 2005 federal … more

High-Order Coherences of Chaotic and Coherent Light
Release Date: June 1, 2009

Researchers in the Optoelectronics Division of EEEL, in collaboration with colleagues at MIT and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, have demonstrated a new way to measure second-,third- and fourth-order … more

ANTD assists in the completion of the IEEE 802.21 Media Independent Handovers (MIH) standard specifications
Release Date: June 1, 2009

January 2009 - The IEEE 802.21 standard was published on January 21, 2009. This is the final realization of a multi-year project to standardize a media independent handover protocol. The scope of … more

Revision for Secure Domain Name System (DNS) Deployment Guide
Release Date: June 1, 2009

March 2009 - NIST has drafted an update to the “Secure Domain Name System (DNS) Deployment Guide” (NIST Special Publication 800-81 Rev 1),the key Secure DNS guidance document for civilian agencies. … more

NIST Announces Competition for Research Construction Grants -- $120 Million in Recovery Act Grants to provide long-term economic benefits
Release Date: May 27, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the availability of approximately $120 million in competitive grants for the … more

NIST Validation Program Tests Next-Generation Internet Products
Release Date: May 20, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is establishing a testing program to assure that the U.S. government purchases new computers and networking products that work properly on … more

NIST Defining the Expanding World of Cloud Computing
Release Date: May 20, 2009

A working definition for cloud computing—a new computer technique with potential for achieving significant cost savings and information technology agility—has been released by a team of computer … more

Congress Approves NIST's Recovery Plan
Release Date: May 20, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received Congressional approval on its spending plan for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. NIST will use its funds to invest … more

Locke, Chu Announce Significant Steps in Smart Grid Development
Release Date: May 20, 2009

On May 18, 2009, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced significant progress that will help expedite development of a nationwide “smart” electric power … more

Graphene Yields Secrets to Its Extraordinary Properties
Release Date: May 20, 2009

Drawing represents a probe scanning and mapping the atomic contours of graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb-like array. Simultaneously applying a magnetic field … more

First Labs Approved for Testing Communications Interoperability
Release Date: May 20, 2009

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) recently announced that it has recognized the first eight laboratories approved to test the … more

NIST Helping Improve Speed Measurements for Cars, Bullets
Release Date: May 20, 2009

While today's law enforcement officers don't wear utility belts full of crimefighting gadgets like Batman, they do rely on a variety of state-of-the-art technologies to do their jobs efficiently … more

NIST Engineers Discover Fundamental Flaw in Transistor Noise Theory
Release Date: May 20, 2009

Pacemakers, like the implanted one shown in this image, are among the low-power devices that could be affected by new NIST findings about transistor noise. The findings indicate unforeseen … more

NIST Study Finds a Decade of High-Payoff, High-Throughput Research
Release Date: May 20, 2009

In its first decade of work, a research effort at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop novel and improved "combinatorial" techniques for polymer research—an effort … more

NIST Public Workshop Set to Advance Smart Grid Development
Release Date: May 14, 2009

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a second major Smart Grid workshop, May 19-20, in metro Washington, DC, to expedite … more

Congress Approves NIST's Recovery Plan to Create Jobs and Foster Innovation
Release Date: May 8, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received Congressional approval on its recovery plan to create jobs, strengthen the … more

New Study: Home Energy Savings Are Made in the Shade
Release Date: May 5, 2009

Trees positioned to shade the west and south sides of a house may decrease summertime electric bills by 5 percent on average, according to a recent study* of California homes by researchers from … more

Terahertz Waves Are Effective Probes for IC Heat Barriers
Release Date: May 5, 2009

By modifying a commonly used commercial infrared spectrometer to allow operation at long-wave terahertz frequencies, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

NIST Issues First Reference Material for Tissue Engineering
Release Date: May 5, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) last week issued its first reference materials to support the new and growing field of tissue engineering for medicine. The new NIST … more

NIST Physicists Win European and Optics Society Awards
Release Date: May 5, 2009

Jun Ye, a NIST Fellow working at JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, has received the 2009 European Frequency and Time Award. Ye was honored for his … more

NIST Researcher Dan Madrzykowski Named Fire Service Instructor of the Year
Release Date: May 5, 2009

Daniel Madrzykowski Credit: NIST Daniel Madrzykowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology was named George D. Post Instructor of the Year for 2009 by the … more

NIST Physicist James Bergquist Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Release Date: May 5, 2009

James C. Bergquist Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image Physicist James C. Bergquist, a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) whose research helped … more

New Nanotube Coating Enables Novel Laser Power Meter
Release Date: May 5, 2009

The U.S. military can now calibrate high-power laser systems, such as those intended to defuse unexploded mines, more quickly and easily thanks to a novel nanotube-coated power measurement device … more

NIST Issues Draft Guide for Automating Computer Security Verification
Release Date: May 5, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public comment a draft publication describing a new method to automate the task of verifying computer security settings. … more

High Rise Fire Study Provides Insight Into Deadly Wind-Driven Fires
Release Date: May 5, 2009

Fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have just published two reports providing details of how wind affects fires in high-rise buildings. A set of … more

Vise Squad: Putting the Squeeze on a Crystal Leads to Novel Electronics
Release Date: May 5, 2009

A clever materials science technique that uses a silicon crystal as a sort of nanoscale vise to squeeze another crystal into a more useful shape may launch a new class of electronic devices that … more

NIST Super-Sensors to Measure ‘Signature’ of Inflationary Universe
Release Date: May 5, 2009

What happened in the first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang? Super-sensitive microwave detectors, built at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Super-Sensors to Measure 'Signature' of Inflationary Universe
Release Date: May 4, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.—What happened in the first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang? Super-sensitive microwave detectors, built at the National Institute of … more

Senator Gillibrand Visits Brookhaven National Laboratory
Release Date: May 4, 2009

U.S. Senator for New York Kirsten Gillibrand paid a first-time visit to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). On April 17, 2009 she was accompanied by U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, and Brookhaven … more

NCNR Expansion
Release Date: April 27, 2009

A significant expansion of the NCNR is underway. The project comprises development of a new cold neutron moderator, and a new guide hall with five state-of-the-art instruments. more

NIST Announces Smart Grid Workshop
Release Date: April 22, 2009

WASHINGTON – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will continue to help develop a smart electrical grid when it holds on April 28-29, in Reston, Va., the first in a series of … more

NIST Develops Powerful Method of Suppressing Errors in Many Types of Quantum Computers
Release Date: April 22, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.—Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a technique for efficiently suppressing errors in quantum computers. The advance could … more

Two NIST Computer Security Professionals Named to 2009 Federal 100 List
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Karen Scarfone Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image Matthew Barrett Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Karen … more

Sandia Lab Executive Joins NIST Advisory Group
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Alton (Al) D. Romig, Jr., a senior executive at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., has been chosen to serve on the primary policy advisory body of the National Institute of … more

Conference Offers Insight Into Exploration of Nano-sized Electronics
Release Date: April 21, 2009

New methods for exploring the behavior of the high-performance electronics materials and devices that will shape the future of the electronics industry will be the focus of the International … more

Measurement of ‘Forbidden’ Collisions Could Improve Atomic Clock Accuracy
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Physicists have measured and controlled seemingly forbidden collisions between neutral strontium atoms, a class of antisocial atoms known as fermions which are not supposed to collide when in … more

NIST Metrology Day Celebrates Measurements in the Market
Release Date: April 21, 2009

The next time you shop for frozen seafood, and the price per pound seems enticingly low, make sure that you are really getting a full 16 ounces of fish. Unethical merchants or suppliers may try to … more

New NIST Guidelines for Organization-Wide Password Management
Release Date: April 21, 2009

When an employee has so many complex passwords to remember that he keeps them on a sticky note attached to his computer screen, that could be a sign that your organization needs a wiser policy for … more

Researchers Give High Marks to New Technology for Fingerprint Identification
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Overworked crime scene investigators can take heart at the results of recent tests at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of new technologies that automate the manual portion … more

Scientists Give a Hand(edness) to the Search for Alien Life
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Light becomes polarized in detectable ways when reflected from chlorophyll and other chiral molecules necessary to life, so scientists working at NIST have built a device that can detect … more

NIST Announces Three-Phase Plan for Smart Grid Standards
Release Date: April 21, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a three-phase plan to expedite development of key standards for a Smart Grid, a nationwide network that uses information … more

Discovery of an Unexpected Boost for Solar Water-Splitting Cells
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Scanning electron microscope image of typical titania nanotubes for a photocatalytic cell to produce hydrogen gas from water. Nanotubes average roughly 90-100 nanometers in diameter. … more

FISMA Project Manager Named to ISSA Hall of Fame
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Ron Ross Credit: NIST Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been named to the … more

JILA/NIST Scientists Get a Grip on Colliding Fermions to Enhance Atomic Clock Accuracy
Release Date: April 16, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicists have measured and controlled seemingly forbidden collisions between neutral strontium atoms—a class of antisocial atoms known as fermions, which are not supposed to … more

CNST's Daniel Pierce Named Outstanding Referee by the APS
Release Date: April 16, 2009

Dr. Daniel Pierce of the CNST has been cited as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society (APS). This lifetime APS award was initiated in 2008 "to recognize scientists who have been … more

CNST Research Features in ACS Nano Perspective
Release Date: April 16, 2009

In a recent report in the journal ACS Nano,* researchers in the CNST Nanofabrication Research Group and Electron Physics Group reported their success at precise, high-speed 3D fluidic nanoparticle … more

Gregory Rutter Wins Best Thesis Award for CNST Research
Release Date: April 16, 2009

Dr. Gregory Rutter, an NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in the CNST, has won a Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology chapter of Sigma Xi. A plaque, certificate, and … more

NIST Announces Three-Phase Plan for Smart Grid Standards, Paving Way for More Efficient, Reliable Electricity
Release Date: April 13, 2009

(See also Vice President Biden Outlines Funding for Smart Grid Initiatives (White House release, 4/16/09)) image copyright Allison Achauer, Shutterstock GAITHERSBURG, Md. – As part … more

NIST Awards Contract for Work on Smart Grid Interim Standards
Release Date: April 7, 2009

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to moving the nation toward energy independence, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contracted with the Electric Power … more

Quantum Computers Will Require Complex Software to Manage Errors
Release Date: April 7, 2009

Highlighting another challenge to the development of quantum computers, theorists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have shown* that a type of software operation, … more

NIST Launches YouTube Channel
Release Date: April 7, 2009

As part of a U.S. government-wide effort to expand the amount of information available to the public about its programs, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a … more

TIP Competition Addresses Civil Infrastructure, Advanced Materials
Release Date: April 7, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a 2009 competition for multiyear research funding in two major areas of national interest, civil infrastructure and advanced … more

NIST Issues Open and Transparent Methods for Testing Electronic Voting Systems
Release Date: April 7, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened for public comment detailed new methods for testing future electronic voting systems’ compliance with voluntary federal … more

Nano Changes Rise to Macro Importance in a Key Electronics Material
Release Date: April 7, 2009

By combining the results of a number of powerful techniques for studying material structure at the nanoscale, a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), … more

X Marks the Spot: Ions Coldly Go Through NIST Trap Junction
Release Date: April 7, 2009

The NIST X-trap is constructed from a sandwich of two diamond-shaped alumina wafers, visible in the right center of the top photo. The bottom photo shows a close-up of the wafers. Ions are … more

World’s First Nanofluidic Device with Complex 3-D Surfaces Built
Release Date: April 7, 2009

(A) Schematic of the NIST-Cornell nanofluidic device with complex 3-D surfaces. Each "step" of the "staircase" seen on the side marks a different depth within the chamber. The letter "E" … more

Vibrationally Robust Frequency Comb
Release Date: April 1, 2009

Optical frequency combs have been vigorously developed over the past seven years at NIST and elsewhere. They provide a uniquely broadband and coherent optical output and are finding ever-increasing … more