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Mapping Nanoscale Variations in the Photoresponse of an Organic Solar Cell
Release Date: June 28, 2010

CNST Researchers have combined scanning probe microscopy with novel nanofabrication and microtomy approaches to measure photocurrent variations with nanoscale spatial resolution in an organic solar … more

Your Improvement Suggestions Requested
Release Date: June 25, 2010

Have you ever wanted to suggest changes or improvements to the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence? Do you have ideas for improving the Baldrige Award process, Examiner training, or other … more

NIST Team Advances in Translating Language of Nanopores
Release Date: June 23, 2010

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists have moved a step closer to developing the means for a rapid diagnostic blood test that can scan for thousands of disease markers … more

Depth Charge: Using Atomic Force Microscopy to Study Subsurface Structures
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Over the past couple of decades, atomic force microscopy (AFM) has emerged as a powerful tool for imaging surfaces at astonishing resolutions—fractions of a nanometer in some cases. But suppose … more

Blast Resistance Standards For Trash Receptacles
Release Date: June 23, 2010

With summer travel season hard upon us, specialists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have helped create two new standards* designed to increase safety as we rush from … more

Proposed Rules Would Allow Metric Only Labeling for Some Products
Release Date: June 23, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued two publications calling for the amendment of labeling laws to allow the voluntary use of only metric units on some consumer … more

July 27 Stakeholder Meeting Addresses Cybersecurity and Innovation
Release Date: June 23, 2010

As part of its initiative to ensure that the Internet continues to spawn growth and innovation, the Department of Commerce will hold a symposium on "Cybersecurity and Innovation in the Information … more

National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education (NICE)ly Comes to You
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Cybersecurity training is spreading from high-tech and government offices into high schools, libraries and workplaces near you. Called the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and … more

Baldrige Recipients to Share 'Keys to Excellence' at Regional Conferences
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Senior leaders from the five organizations selected for the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as representatives from previous Award recipients, will share their best practices … more

Pioneer NIST Computer Remembered on 60th Anniversary
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Ethel Marden, National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) computer programmer, operates the Standards Electronic Automatic Computer (SEAC) during … more

NIST Fellow Applications Now Being Accepted
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Applications for National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) measurement science and engineering fellowships—for graduate, post-doctoral and senior researchers—are now being accepted by … more

Five NIST Scientists Win Flemming Awards
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Five National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers are among the winners of the prestigious 2009 Arthur S. Flemming Awards. The winners were honored at a ceremony on June 14, … more

Baldrige is "A Huge Return on Your Investment"
Release Date: June 10, 2010

Jerry Rose, Vice President, Cargill, Inc. At Quest for Excellence XXII in April 2010, Jerry Rose discussed the return on investment of using Baldrige. Jerry said Cargill businesses with a high … more

NIST/JILA 'Dark Pulse Laser' Produces Bursts of … Almost Nothing
Release Date: June 9, 2010

In an advance that sounds almost Zen, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have … more

'Instant Acid' Method Offers New Insight into Nanoparticle Dispersal in the Environment and the Body
Release Date: June 9, 2010

Using a chemical trick that allows them to change the acidity of a solution almost instantly, a team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a simple and … more

Liposome-Hydrogel Hybrids: No Toil, No Trouble for Stronger Bubbles
Release Date: June 9, 2010

People have been combining materials to bring forth the best properties of both ever since copper and tin were merged to start the Bronze Age. In the latest successful merger, researchers at the … more

Walls Falling Faster for Solid-State Memory
Release Date: June 9, 2010

After running a series of complex computer simulations, researchers have found that flaws in the structure of magnetic nanoscale wires play an important role in determining the operating speed of … more

NIST Helps Accelerate the Federal Government's Move to the Cloud
Release Date: June 9, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been designated by Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra to accelerate the federal government’s secure adoption of cloud … more

NIST WTC Recommendations Are Basis for New Set of Revised Codes
Release Date: June 9, 2010

Faster and more efficient emergency evacuations from buildings—especially tall structures—and better communications between first responders during an emergency are among the safety improvements … more

Eighty-Three Organizations Seek the 2010 Baldrige Award
Release Date: June 9, 2010

Eighty-three organizations are in the running for the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for organizational performance excellence through innovation and … more

Robots Big and Small Showcase Their Skills at NIST Alaskan Events
Release Date: June 9, 2010

Make room, Bender, Rosie and R2D2! Your newest mechanical colleagues are a few steps closer to reality, thanks to lessons learned during two robotics events hosted by the National Institute of … more

Teams Gearing Up for Two NIST Robotic Competitions in Alaska
Release Date: June 7, 2010

The recruitment period is over. The competitors have been selected. Let the games begin! Photomicrograph shows Mag-µBot, the entry from Carnegie-Mellon University in the NIST Mobile … more

NDE Methods for Evaluating Ancient Coins Could be Worth Their Weight in Gold
Release Date: May 25, 2010

Demonstrating that chemistry sometimes can inform history, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Colorado College and Mount Saint Mary's University in … more

Robots Big and Small Showcase Their Skills at NIST Alaskan Events
Release Date: May 25, 2010

Make room, Bender, Rosie and R2D2! Your newest mechanical colleagues are a few steps closer to reality, thanks to lessons learned during two robotics events hosted by the National Institute of … more

Time Is Money: SIM Time Network Has Far-Reaching Benefits
Release Date: May 25, 2010

Clocks in the Americas and the Caribbean Islands are now ticking in unison thanks to the work of the Sistema Interamericano de Metrologia (SIM), a regional metrology organization that works to … more

NIST to Sponsor Greenhouse Gas Emissions Workshop
Release Date: May 25, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is sponsoring a workshop on June 2 and 3 to discuss technical barriers to our ability to accurately measure, report and verify greenhouse … more

July Workshop Devoted to Improving Usability of Health Care IT
Release Date: May 25, 2010

Improving the ease of use of information systems for the health care industry could significantly facilitate the adoption of technology that has great potential to improve the quality of health … more

NIST Scientists Gain New 'Core' Understanding of Nanoparticles
Release Date: May 25, 2010

While attempting to solve one mystery about iron oxide-based nanoparticles, a research team working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) stumbled upon another one. But once … more

Scaffold Gradients: Finding the Right Environment for Developing Cells
Release Date: May 25, 2010

People often have strong opinions on the "right" firmness of mattresses for themselves, and, as it turns out, some cell types have similar preferences for their support structures. Now a research … more

CMIL Meeting
Release Date: May 14, 2010

We are pleased to inform you that the web site for the 45th CIML Meeting to be held from 21 through 24 September 2010 in Orlando (FL, USA) is now open: http://orlando.oiml.org The site gives … more

Awards Help Set Standards for Healthcare Excellence
Release Date: May 12, 2010

Read this article to learn more about using Lean Six Sigma, and the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence to improve health care organizations and their results. (Note: This … more

NIST Physicist Named Outstanding Young Scientist of 2010 by Maryland Academy of Sciences
Release Date: May 11, 2010

Ian Spielman, a physicist at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland at College Park, has been … more

Two NIST Researchers Nominated for Service to America Medals
Release Date: May 11, 2010

Two researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been nominated for prestigious Service to America medals. The finalists are contenders for two of the eight awards, … more

Comments Sought on Updated Guide for Assessing Federal IT Security Controls
Release Date: May 11, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued the final draft of Special Publication 800-53A, Revision 1, Guide for Assessing Security Controls in Federal Information Systems … more

Meet Phannie, NIST's Standard 'Phantom' for Calibrating MRI Machines
Release Date: May 11, 2010

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)--a widely used medical tool that relies on magnetic fields and radio waves to visualize the body's internal structures, especially soft tissues--may soon become … more

NIST Releases Successor to Venerable Handbook of Math Functions
Release Date: May 11, 2010

GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- After a decade of preparation, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions … more

Landmark Study Shows How Size of Fire Crew Influences Saving Lives and Property
Release Date: May 11, 2010

A landmark study coordinated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is the first to put numbers to the effect of changing the size of fire-fighting crews responding to … more

Baldrige is "A Huge Return on Your Investment"
Release Date: May 10, 2010

Jerry Rose, Vice President, Cargill, Inc. At Quest for Excellence XXII in April 2010, Jerry Rose discussed the return on investment of using Baldrige.   Jerry said  Cargill businesses with a high … more

FY 2008 Summary Federal Tech Transfer
Release Date: April 30, 2010

Report highlights upward trends in technology transfer activities at 11 federal laboratories Licenses, income bearing licenses, income from licenses, and earned royalty income resulting from … more

Landmark Residential Fire Study Shows How Crew Sizes and Arrival Times Influence Saving Lives and Property
Release Date: April 28, 2010

WASHINGTON D.C.--A landmark study issued today by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that the size of firefighting crews has a substantial … more

It's Electrifying: JILA Scientists Use Electric Fields to Control Chemical Reactions of Ultracold Molecules
Release Date: April 28, 2010

BOULDER, Colo. - Physicists at JILA have demonstrated a new tool for controlling ultracold gases and ultracold chemistry: electric fields. Schematic depiction of an energy barrier between … more

Baldrige Among Nation’s Best Leadership Programs for Last Three Years
Release Date: April 27, 2010

For the third straight year, Leadership Excellence magazine has named the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to its list of the … more

Seeing Moiré in Graphene
Release Date: April 27, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Georgia Institute of Technology have demonstrated* that atomic scale moiré patterns, an interference pattern that … more

To Improve Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Good Medicine Is a Polymer Pill
Release Date: April 27, 2010

In the top image, Zachary Levine (at left) and Joe Chen prepare to load a boxful of polymer ellipsoids into a CT scanner to test its ability to measure lung tumors' volumes. The … more

Lollipops and Ice Fishing: Molecular Rulers Used to Probe Nanopores
Release Date: April 27, 2010

Using a pair of exotic techniques including a molecular-scale version of ice fishing, a team of researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed … more

NIST Joins Task Force to Study Nexus Between Innovation and Privacy Policy
Release Date: April 27, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has joined a Commerce-Department-wide Internet Policy Task Force to identify leading issues in the United States affecting the private … more

New Study Helps Explain the Surprising Behavior of Tiny 'Artificial Muscles'
Release Date: April 27, 2010

Using neutron beams and atomic-force microscopes, a team of university researchers working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may have resolved a 10-year-old question … more

National Conference on Weights and Measures 95th Annual Meeting Agenda Released
Release Date: April 27, 2010

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) will hold their annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn., from July 11-15, 2010. The theme of this year's annual meeting is "Breaking Molds to Shape … more

Major Residential Fire Study to be Issued April 28
Release Date: April 27, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will issue the results of a multi-institutional landmark national study on the effects of firefighter staffing levels and crew arrival … more

Teams Gearing Up for Two NIST Robotic Competitions in Alaska
Release Date: April 27, 2010

The recruitment period is over. The competitors have been selected. Let the games begin! Photomicrograph shows Mag-µBot, the entry from Carnegie-Mellon University in the NIST Mobile … more

NIST Develops 'Dimmer Switch' for Superconducting Quantum Computing
Release Date: April 27, 2010

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed the first "dimmer switch" for a superconducting circuit linking a quantum bit (qubit) and a quantum … more

USGv6 Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Testing Program and Updated Protocol
Release Date: April 27, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a public meeting on May 20, 2010 at the NIST site in Gaithersburg, Md., to review a compliance testing program and upcoming … more

NIST, Maryland Researchers COMMAND a Better Class of Liposomes
Release Date: April 27, 2010

Pop a bubble while washing the dishes and you're likely to release a few drops of water trapped when the soapy sphere formed. A few years ago, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

2010 Examiner Training Kicks Off
Release Date: April 26, 2010

Tuesday April 27th will start the annual month long training period for the 2010 Board of Examiners. Week 1 will see a total of 117 Examiners pass through the classrooms at the National Institute … more

Striving for Quality Has Real Payoffs
Release Date: April 22, 2010

Read this COMPUTERWORLD.com article by Al Kuebler on how using the Baldrige Criteria and process paid off for his IT department, the company, and its customers. more

He3 Statement
Release Date: April 22, 2010

Neutron facility directors met in Grenoble on March 5, 2010 to discuss alternative technologies for neutron detectors. statement more

Rob Dimeo Appointed NCNR Director
Release Date: April 16, 2010

Announcement from Pat Gallagher, NIST Director, April 5, 2010 I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rob Dimeo to the position of Director of the NCNR. I know from personal … more

2010 TIP Competition Focuses on Manufacturing Technologies
Release Date: April 15, 2010

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a new competition for high-risk, high-reward research funding under the Technology Innovation … more

FISMA Project Manager Ron Ross Named to 2010 Federal 100 List
Release Date: April 13, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Ron Ross has received the 2010 Federal 100 Award. Presented by Federal Computer Week, the award honors the top professionals in the … more

New MEP Advisory Board White Paper Assesses the Present and Future of American Manufacturing
Release Date: April 13, 2010

A new white paper prepared by the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Board discusses the state of domestic manufacturing and the characteristics of good manufacturers, and plots a … more

NIST Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency
Release Date: April 13, 2010

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed* the world's most efficient single photon detector, which is able to count individual particles of light … more

Knowing When Poultry Goes Foul
Release Date: April 13, 2010

Mom's trusty nose may be good, but researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have gone her one better by designing an instrument that quickly and precisely sniffs … more

Lloyd Whitman Wins NRL Edison Award for Nanotechnology Patent
Release Date: April 12, 2010

Lloyd Whitman, the Deputy Director of the CNST, has won a Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Edison Award for U.S. Patent 7,541,062, "Thermal Control of Deposition in Dip Pen Nanolithography." The … more

2009 Baldrige Award Recipient Profiles Now Available
Release Date: April 6, 2010

Profiles are now available for the 2009 Baldrige Award Recipients. The profiles highlight the exceptional performance practices and accomplishments for each Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award … more

The Quest for Excellence Goes Virtual
Release Date: April 6, 2010

If you're not among the more than 700 people who will be in DC for The Quest for Excellence® on Monday April 12, you can participate at your home or office. Or wherever you have a computer and an … more

View Updated Baldrige Video Playlist
Release Date: April 5, 2010

Watch clips and videos from Baldrige Award Recipients, Quest for Excellence® attendees, and Baldrige Examiners and discover ways to improve your organization. View the updated Baldrige YouTube … more