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Displaying news from July 01, 2008 To September 30, 2008

JILA Scientists Create First Dense Gas of Ultracold 'Polar' Molecules
Release Date: September 18, 2008

Scientists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder), have applied their expertise in ultracold … more

NIST Physicists are Finalists for Service to America Medals
Release Date: September 16, 2008

Two physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been named finalists for the 2008 Service to America Medals, presented by the nonprofit Partnership for Public … more

NSF Physics Frontier Center Created at Joint Quantum Institute
Release Date: September 16, 2008

The National Science Foundation has awarded the Joint Quantum Institute $12.5 million over five years to create and operate a Physics Frontier Center (PFC) at the University of Maryland (UMD) … more

New Profile Lays Out Roadmap, Standards for Government Use of IPv6
Release Date: September 16, 2008

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published version 1 of a standards profile to support government agencies as they implement Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6). IPv6 is … more

Upgraded Vulnerability Database Enables Advances in Security Automation
Release Date: September 16, 2008

Facilitating efforts to automate important computer security tasks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has upgraded the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), a comprehensive … more

NIST Seeks Suggestions for Future R&D Funding Areas
Release Date: September 16, 2008

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting suggestions on areas of critical national and societal needs that could be addressed by transformative new technologies. The … more

NIST and Partners Identify Tiny Gold Clusters as Top-Notch Catalysts
Release Date: September 16, 2008

For most of us, gold is only valuable if we possess it in large-sized pieces. However, the "bigger is better" rule isn't the case for those interested in exploiting gold's exceptional ability to … more

Thirteen to Receive Baldrige Site Visits
Release Date: September 16, 2008

Starting in mid-October, teams of business, education, health care and nonprofit experts will visit 13 organizations as the final review stage for the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, … more

NIST Research Leads to Revisions in California Building Code
Release Date: September 16, 2008

This Virtual Cybernetic Building Test Bed is used to test the automated fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) technology. The commercial building HVAC control equipment is linked to … more

Information Update: September 16, 2008: NIST Takes Additional Steps to Strengthen Safety at Its Boulder Laboratories
Release Date: September 16, 2008

Boulder, Colo. -- Acting upon several internal and external investigations and reports, including a recent safety audit conducted with the assistance of the Department of Energy (DOE), the National … more

NIST Extends Deadline for TIP Proposals
Release Date: September 10, 2008

GAITHERSBURG, MD — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is extending the deadline for submitting proposals to its Technology Innovation Program (TIP) … more

Bottoms Up: Better Organic Semiconductors for Printable Electronics
Release Date: September 3, 2008

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Seoul National University (SNU) have learned how to tweak a new class of polymer-based semiconductors to better … more

NIST Physicist Wineland Awarded 2007 National Medal of Science
Release Date: September 3, 2008

Physicist David J. Wineland of NIST Boulder Laboratories in Colorado Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image Physicist David J. Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and … more

Coming Soon! Baldrige Recipients Share Successes
Release Date: September 3, 2008

Senior leaders from the five organizations selected for the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as representatives from past Award recipients, will share their best practices and … more

Biometric Consortium Conference 2008 Will Be Held Sept. 23-25
Release Date: September 3, 2008

The Biometric Consortium Conference 2008, to be held in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 23-25, will focus on biometric technologies for homeland security, identity management, border crossing, electronic … more

NIST To Host 4th Security Automation Conference and Workshop
Release Date: September 3, 2008

From Sept. 22-25, 2008, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a conference and accompanying workshops demonstrating the use of open standards to automate computer … more

New NIST Publication Series Addresses Design of Earthquake-Resistant Structures
Release Date: September 3, 2008

Where can you find some of the latest insights in designing earthquake-resistant buildings joined together with current information on building codes? As part of its support for the National … more

NIST Releases WTC 7 Investigation Report for Public Comment
Release Date: September 3, 2008

The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, was primarily due to fires, the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Studies How New Helium Ion Microscope Measures Up
Release Date: September 3, 2008

Just as test pilots push planes to explore their limits, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are probing the newest microscope technology to further improve … more

Students SURF for Graphene at NIST
Release Date: September 1, 2008

More than 120 science, mathematics and engineering college students and recent college graduates were given a chance to ride the next wave in cutting-edge science as part of the 2008 Summer … more

NIST Physicist David J. Wineland Awarded 2007 National Medal of Science
Release Date: August 25, 2008

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicist David J. Wineland of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been awarded the 2007 National Medal of Science. President George … more

NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse
Release Date: August 21, 2008

Report and Recommendations for Improving Building Safety Released for Comment GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the … more

Oxygen Data is a Best Seller for Atmospheric Research
Release Date: August 19, 2008

The paper currently holding the top spot for most downloaded paper in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy is the densely titled “Experimental intensity and lineshape parameters of the oxygen … more

Stop the Waste: Making Measurements Measure Up to Standards
Release Date: August 19, 2008

Information standards enable common activities. For instance, bring your laptop anywhere in the world and you will quickly and cheaply find a wireless Internet connection--due to the globally … more

NIST Requests Comments on Next Generation C/A Process for Information Systems
Release Date: August 19, 2008

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released for public review and comment a major revision to its security certification and accreditation (C&A) guidelines for … more

Candy-Coating Keeps Proteins Sweet
Release Date: August 19, 2008

Sugar-frosting isn’t just for livening up boring bran flakes; it can also preserve important therapeutic proteins. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have … more

Light Touch: Controlling the Behavior of Quantum Dots
Release Date: August 19, 2008

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a collaborative center of the University of Maryland and NIST, have reported a new … more

NIST to Release Report and Recommendations from Investigation of World Trade Center Building 7
Release Date: August 18, 2008

*** Agency Will Hold Public Webcast on August 21 *** Gaithersburg, Md. -- The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a media briefing and live public … more

Information Update: August 14, 2008 Ultra-sensitive Tests Confirm No Significant Health Risks Expected from Plutonium Exposures
Release Date: August 14, 2008

Boulder, Colo. — Confirming earlier assessments, new results from ultrasensitive medical tests and related dose analyses indicate that none of the 29 personnel tested to date for internal exposure … more

NIST Advisory Group Welcomes Berkeley Professor
Release Date: August 6, 2008

Ruzena Bajcsy, an electrical engineering and computer science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has been chosen to serve on the primary private-sector policy advisory body of the … more

Three Experts Named to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: August 6, 2008

Three new experts have been tapped to serve on the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) by James Turner, deputy … more

Updated Information Security Performance Measurement Guide Published
Release Date: August 6, 2008

The quintessential guide to evaluating the effectiveness of security controls applied to information systems and information security programs has been updated to reflect recent security advances. … more

NIST, UMBI Host October Conference to Spur Bioscience Innovation
Release Date: August 6, 2008

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) will co-sponsor an international conference on “Accelerating Innovation in … more

Vegas ‘Quantum Spookshow’ Demos On-the-Fly Encryption of Streaming Video
Release Date: August 6, 2008

Las Vegas shows often are on the cutting edge. Following this tradition, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their colleagues at the National University … more

NIST Debuts New Approach to Ad Hoc Networks for First Responders
Release Date: August 6, 2008

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers successfully demonstrated a prototype approach to maintain two-way communications with first responders as they make their way in … more

Skipping Atomic-scale Stones to Study Some Chemistry Basics
Release Date: August 6, 2008

Thought experiment: a carbon dioxide molecule--think of a cheerleader's baton--comes slanting in at high speed over a dense liquid, strikes the surface and ricochets. How does it tumble? Fast or … more

Improved Reaction Data Heat Up the Biofuels Harvest
Release Date: August 6, 2008

High food prices, concern over dwindling supplies of fossil fuels and the desire for clean, renewable energy have led many to seek ways to make ethanol out of cellulosic sources such as wood, hay … more

New Technique Reveals Hidden Properties of Ultracold Atomic Gases
Release Date: August 6, 2008

Physicists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have demonstrated a powerful new technique that reveals … more

New JILA Technique Reveals Hidden Properties of Ultracold Atomic Gases
Release Date: August 6, 2008

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have demonstrated a powerful new … more

Information Update: July 30, 2008 NIST Commits to Action for Strengthening Safety NIST Responds to Investigative Report, City of Boulder Regarding Safety Improvements
Release Date: July 30, 2008

Gaithersburg, Md. – Responding to shortcomings highlighted by a June 9 spill of plutonium at its Boulder, Colo., laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced … more

NIST Extends Proposal Deadline for Construction Grant Program
Release Date: July 28, 2008

GAITHERSBURG, MD -- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is extending the deadline of a solicitation for grant proposals for the construction of science … more

NIST Seeks New Members for Eight Advisory Committees
Release Date: July 22, 2008

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting nominations of qualified individuals for its eight existing Federal Advisory Committees. Nominations for all committees will … more

Slippery Customer: A Greener Antiwear Additive for Engine Oils
Release Date: July 22, 2008

Titanium, a protean element with applications from pigments to aerospace alloys, could get a new role as an environmentally friendly additive for automotive oil, thanks to work by materials … more

DVD Showcases 2007 Baldrige Award Recipients
Release Date: July 22, 2008

A new set of eight videos on a single DVD can help organizations large and small learn about the outstanding management practices and successful strategies of the five recipients of the 2007 … more

How Secure Is Your Network? NIST Model Knows
Release Date: July 22, 2008

Data breaches are a recurring nightmare for IT managers responsible for securing not only their company’s confidential data, but possibly also sensitive information belonging to their clients, such … more

NIST Trumps the Clumps: Making Biologic Drugs Safer
Release Date: July 22, 2008

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a technique to measure the formation of clumps of proteins in protein-based pharmaceuticals. This first … more

NIST Membrane Model May Unlock Secrets of Early-Stage Alzheimer's
Release Date: July 22, 2008

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and three collaborating institutions are using a new laboratory model of the membrane surrounding neurons in the brain to … more

Cool! Nanoparticle Research Points to Energy Savings
Release Date: July 22, 2008

Adding just the right dash of nanoparticles to standard mixes of lubricants and refrigerants could yield the equivalent of an energy-saving chill pill for factories, hospitals, ships, and others … more

Reports from Five Radiation Safety and Health Experts on the June 9 Plutonium Incident
Release Date: July 11, 2008

NIST is conducting an internal investigation into the causes of a June 9 incident in which a vial containing a 1/4 gram (1/100th ounce) of plutonium cracked, spilling the material. The … more

Information Update: July 10, 2008 No Significant Health Risks Expected from Plutonium Exposures
Release Date: July 10, 2008

Blue Ribbon Panel to Review NIST Health and Safety, Preliminary Review Identifies Factors Contributing to Incident BOULDER, Colo. – According to new dose analyses and lifetime risk estimates … more

New NIST Pub Can Help IT Managers Assess Security Controls
Release Date: July 9, 2008

A new publication released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on June 30 can help information system managers negotiate the often complex process of assessing security … more

Software Helps Developers Get Started with PIV Cards
Release Date: July 9, 2008

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed two demonstration software packages that show how Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards can be used with Windows and … more

Wake-Up Call: Draft Security Pub Looks at Cell Phones, PDAs
Release Date: July 9, 2008

In recent years cell phones and PDAs—“Personal Digital Assistants”—have exploded in power, performance and features. They now often boast expanded memory, cameras, Global Positioning System … more

R&D 100 Award for New NIST/UMD Neutron Detector
Release Date: July 9, 2008

NIST Lyman alpha neutron detector (LAND), shown with a U.S. dollar coin for scale. Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image A new ultrasensitive, high bandwidth neutron detector … more

NIST Assists in Solar Stake-Out to Improve Space Weather Forecasts
Release Date: July 9, 2008

The sun is about to undergo unremitting scrutiny. About six times each minute of every hour for at least five years, a soon-to-be launched NASA satellite will measure the sun's quirky—and sometimes … more

Toothpick: New Molecular Tag IDs Bone and Tooth Minerals
Release Date: July 9, 2008

Enlisting an army of plant viruses to their cause, materials researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have identified a small biomolecule that binds specifically to … more

R&D Proposals Sought for New Sensing Technologies to Monitor Infrastructure
Release Date: July 9, 2008

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is seeking proposals for high-risk research projects to develop innovative technologies for inspecting, monitoring … more

New Program to Fund Monitoring, Inspection Technologies for Public Infrastructure
Release Date: July 9, 2008

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is seeking proposals for high-risk research projects to develop innovative technologies for … more

NIST Response to NRC Confirmatory Action Letter
Release Date: July 2, 2008

Statement from James M. Turner, Deputy Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology We take our responsibility for protecting our personnel's and the public's health and safety very … more