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Displaying news from July 01, 2005 To September 30, 2005

Meeting on New Technologies and Radiation Measurements
Release Date: September 23, 2005

The impact of new technologies on radiation measurements and standards will be the focus of the 14th annual conference of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards, to be held … more

Like Fireflies and Pendulum Clocks, Nano-oscillators Synchronize Their Behavior
Release Date: September 14, 2005

A simulation made with NIST micromagnetic software shows the interaction of "spin waves" emitted by two nano-oscillators that generate microwave signals. The ability of these tiny … more

NIST Improves Accuracy of ‘Watt Balance’ Method for Defining the Kilogram
Release Date: September 13, 2005

Physicist Richard Steiner adjusts the electronic kilogram, an experimental apparatus for defining mass in terms of the basic properties of nature. ©Robert Rathe For a high-resolution … more

Experts To Examine Virtual Enterprise Uses of Info Tech
Release Date: September 9, 2005

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Enterprise Integration Inc. (EII) are sponsoring a conference on how computer programs for business models, modeling and simulation … more

Comments Sought on Revision of Federal ID Standard
Release Date: September 9, 2005

The National Institute of Standards and Technology would like comments on proposed changes to a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) issued in February for a smart-card-based form of … more

A New Structural View of Organic Electronic Devices
Release Date: September 9, 2005

Although still in the qualifying rounds, U.S. researchers are helping manufacturers win the race to develop low-cost ways to commercialize a multitude of products based on inexpensive organic … more

Novel Material May Demonstrate Long-Sought 'Liquid' Magnetic State
Release Date: September 8, 2005

A crystal diagram shows the triangle-shaped atomic structure of nickel gallium sulfide, which may have an unusual magnetic "liquid" state at low temperatures. Red spheres represent nickel, … more

Improving Security of Handheld IT Devices
Release Date: August 26, 2005

Handheld devices such as personal digital assistants are becoming indispensable tools for today’s highly mobile workforce. Small and relatively inexpensive, these devices can be used for many … more

Consortium Seeks Comment on Gene Expression Roadmap
Release Date: August 26, 2005

The External RNA Controls Consortium (ERCC) has issued for comment a draft plan for the selection and qualification of candidate RNA sequences, to be used as controls for assessing the performance … more

Evaluation Gauges Results from Machine Translation
Release Date: August 26, 2005

The National Institute of Stanards and Technology has posted at www.nist.gov/speech/tests/mt the results of the NIST 2005 Machine Translation Evaluation (MT-05), part of an ongoing series assessing … more

IT Program Hopes to Foster Better Security Checklists
Release Date: August 26, 2005

Widespread electronic attacks on computer systems have become commonplace with threats ranging from remotely launched attacks on network services to malicious code spread through e-mails. To make … more

NIST Develops 'Toolbox' for Manufacturing Systems
Release Date: August 26, 2005

Ask any handyman what's the most important thing he needs to get the job done and he'll probably say his toolbox. Thanks to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), there's now a … more

Practice Guide Describes Engineering Standards
Release Date: August 26, 2005

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the ASM International Surface Engineering Committee, has issued a guide to published standards for the measurement and … more

Industrial Physics Forum: Innovation Infrastructure
Release Date: August 26, 2005

Industry executives, research managers, academics and science policy decision makers are invited to attend The Industrial Physics Forum on Nov. 6-8, 2005, at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Conference to Highlight New Biometric Technologies
Release Date: August 26, 2005

The Biometrics Consortium Conference 2005 will address the latest trends in research, development, testing and application of biometric technologies, especially in the area of homeland security. … more

New Guide Is Timely for Radio Controlled Clocks, Watches
Release Date: August 10, 2005

Got the correct time? Radio controlled clocks and watches that automatically synchronize to official U.S. time provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have become more … more

Guidelines Issued for Certifying, Accrediting PIV Card Issuers
Release Date: August 10, 2005

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed guidelines for federal agencies to use in planning and designing certification and accreditation procedures for issuing … more

NIST Workshop to Help Industry Meet New EU Regulations
Release Date: August 10, 2005

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a workshop this coming October to assist U.S. manufacturers and their supply chain partners in meeting new environmental … more

First Large-Scale Evaluation of Iris Recognition Under Way
Release Date: August 10, 2005

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is running the Iris Challenge Evaluation (ICE), the first large-scale evaluation of iris recognition. Iris … more

Comprehensive Database of Computer Vulnerabilities Now Available
Release Date: August 10, 2005

Cyber attackers are constantly scanning the Internet looking for vulnerabilities in computer systems that will enable them to take control and use the systems for illegal or unethical activities … more

NIST Demonstrates Better Memory with Quantum Computer Bits
Release Date: August 10, 2005

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used charged atoms (ions) to demonstrate a quantum physics version of computer memory lasting longer than 10 … more

Compact JILA System Stabilizes Laser Frequency
Release Date: July 26, 2005

A compact, inexpensive method for stabilizing lasers that uses a new design to reduce sensitivity to vibration and gravity 100 times better than similar approaches has been demonstrated by … more

Bioagent Detector Guide Aids First Responder Purchasing
Release Date: July 26, 2005

Ever since envelopes containing anthrax bacteria were mailed to Congressional and media offices in 2001 causing several deaths, many first responder departments have worked to improve their ability … more

Usability Standard Achieves International Status
Release Date: July 26, 2005

Software that is poorly designed, inappropriate for specific tasks or just difficult to use can be frustrating, unproductive and costly for both businesses and individuals. To help remedy the … more

NIST’s Manufacturing Lab Prints 2005 Program Guide
Release Date: July 26, 2005

With a value-added contribution of $1.4 trillion, U.S. manufacturing directly accounts for approximately 13 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. The National Institute of Standards and … more

Draft Guidelines Released for IT Security Controls
Release Date: July 26, 2005

To help federal agencies comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued Special Publication 800-53, … more

Measurement Challenges In Detecting Cancer Biomarkers
Release Date: July 26, 2005

In cancer research, biomarkers are molecules that indicate the presence of cancer in the body. Most are based on abnormal changes or mutations in genes, RNA, proteins and metabolites. Since the … more

Comments Sought on Draft Federal IT Security StandardComments Sought on Draft Federal IT Security Standard
Release Date: July 26, 2005

To help federal agencies improve their information technology security and comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002, the National Institute of Standards and … more

Jeffrey Confirmed by Senate as 13th NIST Director
Release Date: July 22, 2005

Click here for a high resolution version of this photo. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today confirmed William Alan Jeffrey, a veteran manager of federal science and technology … more

Commerce’s NIST Seeks Comments on Draft Information Security Standard
Release Date: July 15, 2005

Publication Provides Minimum Security Requirements for Federal Agencies GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Computer scientists at the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Predicting the Lifetime of Extreme UV Optics
Release Date: July 13, 2005

Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) may be the next-generation patterning technique used to produce smaller and faster microchips with feature sizes of 32 nanometers and below. However, durable … more

NIST Finds Rough Spot in Surface Measurement
Release Date: July 13, 2005

For makers of computers, disk drives and other sophisticated technologies, a guiding principle is the smoother the surfaces of chips and other components, the better these devices and the products, … more