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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