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Displaying news from July 01, 2010 To September 30, 2010

Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Awards $50 Million in Grants for the Construction of Five Science Facilities
Release Date: September 29, 2010

Research Institutions in California, Maine, Michigan, Nevada and New York to Receive Funding WASHINGTON, D.C.–The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

NIST Strengthens Laboratory Mission Focus with New Structure
Release Date: September 28, 2010

After 20 years with its research components organized largely by scientific disciplines, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is realigning its laboratories according to a … more

NIST 'Vision Science Facility' Aims for Lighting Revolution
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have become popular with backpackers and cyclists who mount them on headbands for a reliable, hands-free source of illumination. Now, a new lab at the National … more

New NIST 'Standard Cigarette' Available for Fire-Resistance Testing
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Cigarettes are the most frequent cause of fatalities from residential fires in the United States. So, it might seem surprising to learn that a cigarette that burns stronger than others has been … more

Ileana Martinez Astin-Polk Medal
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Ileana Martinez, International Affairs Advisor with the Standards Services Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is the recipient of the American National Standards … more

Growing Nanowires Horizontally Yields New Benefit: 'Nano-LEDs'
Release Date: September 28, 2010

While refining their novel method for making nanoscale wires, chemists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) discovered an unexpected bonus—a new way to create nanowires that … more

NIST Clock Experiment Demonstrates That Your Head is Older Than Your Feet
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Scientists have long known that time passes faster at higher elevations—a curious aspect of Einstein’s theories of relativity that previously has been measured by comparing clocks on the Earth’s … more

NIST Residential Fire Study Education Kit Now Available
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the International Association of Fire Fighters have prepared an educational resource for fire chiefs, firefighters, … more

NIST to Award Up to $15 Million to UMD to Support Nanotechnology Research
Release Date: September 28, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) will award a five-year cooperative agreement totaling $15 million to the University of … more

Metric Week Begins 10/10/10!
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Every day is a metric day at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). But that won’t stop the agency from celebrating Metric Week, held annually the week of Oct. 10—the tenth day … more

NIST Names 15 to New Smart Grid Advisory Committee
Release Date: September 28, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named 15 leaders from a cross section of U.S. industry, academia and trade and professional organizations to serve on its newly formed … more

DuPont Scientist Joins NIST Advisory Group
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Patrick Gallagher, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has named Uma Chowdhry of DuPont to serve on the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the … more

NIST Announces Members of Newly Formed Smart Grid Advisory Committee
Release Date: September 27, 2010

Committee will advise NIST director on Smart Grid programs and activities The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named 15 leaders from a cross-section of U.S. industry, … more

NIST Pair of Aluminum Atomic Clocks Reveal Einstein's Relativity at a Personal Scale
Release Date: September 23, 2010

BOULDER, Colo. – Scientists have known for decades that time passes faster at higher elevations—a curious aspect of Einstein's theories of relativity that previously has been measured by comparing … more

Pete Stewart Birthday Commemorated
Release Date: September 23, 2010

G.W. (Pete) Stewart, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Maryland and long-time faculty appointee in ITL's Applied and Computational Mathematics … more

Puzzling New Physics from Graphene Quartet’s Quantum Harmonies
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Using a one-of-a-kind instrument designed and built at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an international team of researchers have unveiled a quartet of graphene’s electron … more

NIST Data: Enabling the Technical-Basis for Evacuation Planning of High-Rise Buildings
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are stepping up the pace for designing safer building evacuations by releasing large, numerical data sets that track the … more

NIST to Host Third Annual Maryland Stem Cell Research Symposium
Release Date: September 14, 2010

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the Third Annual Maryland Stem Cell Research Symposium at NIST’s main campus in Gaithersburg, Md. … more

NIST Finalizes Initial Set of Smart Grid Cyber Security Guidelines
Release Date: September 14, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued its first Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security, which includes high-level security requirements, a framework for assessing … more

New Wave: Spin Soliton Could Be a Hit in Cell Phone Communication
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have found theoretical evidence* of a new way to generate the high-frequency waves used in modern communication devices such … more

Research Shows Radiometric Dating Still Reliable (Again)
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Recent puzzling observations of tiny variations in nuclear decay rates have led some to question the science of using decay rates to determine the relative ages of rocks and organic materials. … more

New GSI Web site Experience Puts Product Standards on the Map
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Those looking for the latest product standards-related news, regulatory developments, events and workshops around the world now can turn to the new Global Standards Information (GSI) Web site … more

16 Organizations Chosen to Receive Site Visits for 2010 Baldrige Award
Release Date: September 10, 2010

The Panel of Judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for organizational performance excellence, has selected 16 organizations for the final review … more

NIST Researchers Hear Puzzling New Physics from Graphene Quartet's Quantum Harmonies
Release Date: September 8, 2010

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Using a one-of-a-kind instrument designed and built at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an international team of researchers have "unveiled" a quartet … more

NIST Finalizes Initial Set of Smart Grid Cyber Security Guidelines
Release Date: September 2, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued today its first Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security, which includes high-level security requirements, a … more

NIST Researchers Create 'Quantum Cats' Made of Light
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created "quantum cats" made of photons (particles of light), boosting prospects for manipulating light in new ways to … more

Yikes! NIST Sensor Measures Yoctonewton Forces Fast
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used a small crystal of ions (electrically charged atoms) to detect forces at the scale of yoctonewtons. Measurements of … more

Glasperlenspiel: NIST Scientists Propose New Test for Gravity
Release Date: August 31, 2010

A new experiment proposed* by physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may allow researchers to test the effects of gravity with unprecedented precision at very short … more

Micro Rheometer is Latest Lab On a Chip Device
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a microminiaturized device that can make complex viscosity measurements—critical data for a wide variety … more

The Perfect Nanocube: Precise Control of Size, Shape, and Composition
Release Date: August 31, 2010

With growing interest in using nanoparticles for everything from antibacterial socks to medical imaging to electronic devices, the need to understand the environmental, health and safety risks of … more

Manufacturing Extension Partnership Awards Grant to Support Green Building Technologies
Release Date: August 31, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has awarded a grant of $1.5 million over 3 years to the Delaware Valley Industrial … more

Annual IT Security Automation Conference Runs Sept. 27-29
Release Date: August 31, 2010

The Sixth Annual IT Security Automation Conference, co-hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), focuses on applying and integrating emerging cyber security automation … more

New Material May Reveal Inner Workings of Hi-temp Superconductors
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Measurements taken* at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help physicists develop a clearer understanding of high-temperature superconductors, whose behavior remains in … more

NIST Ultraviolet Source Helps NASA Spacecraft Measure the Origins of Space Weather
Release Date: August 31, 2010

With a brilliant, finely tuned spark of ultraviolet (UV) light, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) helped NASA scientists successfully position a crucial UV … more

Washington Metro Region Nanotechnology Partnership Forum at NIST
Release Date: August 31, 2010

On Sept. 13, 2010, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Laboratory Consortium, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) and the Montgomery County … more

Extreme Darkness: Carbon Nanotube Forest Covers NIST’s Ultra-dark Detector
Release Date: August 17, 2010

Harnessing darkness for practical use, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a laser power detector coated with the world's darkest material—a … more

NIST to Frame the Magna Carta
Release Date: August 17, 2010

Fabrication specialists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are joining forces with conservators at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to protect and … more

MEP ExporTech: Supporting Manufacturing Growth Through Export
Release Date: August 17, 2010

For the past four years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), along with the U.S. Commercial Service, and local MEP and export assistance … more

NIST Technology Called Upon to Clean Up Chernobyl Disaster Site
Release Date: August 17, 2010

A modified version of the RoboCrane®, a unique floating platform developed by manufacturing research engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will be helping cleanup … more

From Hydrogen Fuel Stations to Bean Counters, NIST Weights and Measures Works to Meet Market Needs
Release Date: August 17, 2010

State regulators, meter manufacturers and hydrogen gas producers concerned with developing markets for hydrogen fuel; farmers seeking to more precisely plan their plantings; and consumers and … more

NIST Publishes Approved Testing Procedures for Electronic Health Records
Release Date: August 17, 2010

In efforts to help the nation's health care industry make the transition to the digital age in an effective and meaningful fashion, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has … more

JILA Frequency Comb System Detects Gas Impurities to Aid Semiconductor Manufacturing
Release Date: August 3, 2010

Purity of ingredients is a constant concern for the semiconductor industry, because a mere trace of contaminants can damage or ruin tiny devices. In a step toward solving a long-standing problem in … more

Beware the Dim Laser Pointer: NIST Researchers Measure High Infrared Power Levels from Some Green Lasers
Release Date: August 3, 2010

Green laser pointers have become a popular consumer item, delivering light that’s brighter to the eye than red lasers, but stories have circulated on the Web about the potential hazards of … more

NIST Nanofluidic 'Multi-tool' Separates and Sizes Nanoparticles
Release Date: August 3, 2010

A wrench or a screwdriver of a single size is useful for some jobs, but for a more complicated project, you need a set of tools of different sizes. Following this guiding principle, researchers at … more

New NIST Report Advises: Securing Critical Computer Systems Begins at the Beginning
Release Date: August 3, 2010

Nothing beats the feeling of starting up a new computer – be it a laptop, desktop or a major, custom-designed computing system. A new system is a blank slate with no worry of botnets, viruses or … more

NIST Seeks New Members for Nine Advisory Committees
Release Date: August 3, 2010

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

Commerce Department Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity and Its Impact on Innovation
Release Date: August 3, 2010

The Commerce Department has published a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on "Cybersecurity, Innovation, and Internet Policy." The department seeks comments from all stakeholders, including the commercial, … more

Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy
Release Date: July 27, 2010

A comprehensive review of the nexus between cybersecurity challenges in the commercial sector and innovation in the Internet economy that is being conducted by The Department of Commerce's Internet … more

Efficient Optical Fiber Technique Shown to Probe Individual Emitters
Release Date: July 26, 2010

Using electromagnetic simulations, researchers from the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have shown that fiber taper waveguides can be a very efficient tool for optical spectroscopy on … more

Breaking the Language Barrier: NIST Tests Afghan Language Translation Devices for U.S. Troops
Release Date: July 21, 2010

At dusk, a car stops at a checkpoint in Afghanistan. It is a tense moment for all. Because an interpreter is not available, U.S. Marines use hand gestures to ask the driver to step out of the car … more

Nano 'Pin Art': NIST Arrays Are Step Toward Mass Production of Nanowires
Release Date: July 21, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have cultivated many thousands of nanocrystals in what looks like a pinscreen or "pin art" on silicon, a step toward … more

Body of Evidence: New Fast, Reliable Method to Detect Gravesoil
Release Date: July 21, 2010

Nothing against bloodhounds, but finding bodies buried by someone who wanted them to stay undiscovered can be difficult. However a new technique developed by scientists at the National Institute of … more

Some Like It Hot: How to Heat a 'Nano Bathtub' the JILA Way
Release Date: July 21, 2010

Researchers at JILA have demonstrated the use of infrared laser light to quickly and precisely heat the water in "nano bathtubs"—tiny sample containers—for microscopy studies of the biochemistry of … more

New Draft Computer Security Document Focuses on Cloud Computing and Virtualization Technology
Release Date: July 21, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued draft recommendations for securely configuring and using full virtualization technologies, which, by means of software, … more

Economy, Energy and Environment: Going Green in the Black
Release Date: July 21, 2010

The Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) Initiative, a collaborative effort involving five federal agencies, state and local governments, utilities, and manufacturers to support sustainability, … more

Baldrige Fellows Programs Selects 14 Executives for First Class
Release Date: July 21, 2010

The Baldrige Fellows, an executive development program centered on forming relationships with and learning from Baldrige National Quality Award recipient organizations and their senior executives, … more

NIST Aids Enhancement of the Security and Stability of the Internet’s Domain Name System
Release Date: July 21, 2010

On July 15, 2010, two Department of Commerce Agencies—the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)—announced … more

NIST Nanoscale Dimensioning Technique Wins R&D 100 Award
Release Date: July 21, 2010

A radical, new method developed at NIST that transforms the humble, ubiquitous and inexpensive optical microscope into a powerful three-dimensional nanoscale and microscale measurement device has … more

Best Practices in Innovation, Leadership, and Employee Engagement Featured at 2010 Baldrige Regional Conferences
Release Date: July 13, 2010

The program is set for the 2010 Baldrige Regional Conferences. The conferences will feature more than 12 current and former Baldrige Award Recipients presenting on their best practices in areas … more

Measuring the Temperature Dependence of Current Spin Polarization in Permalloy
Release Date: July 12, 2010

A team of NIST researchers from the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL) and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have measured the current spin polarization of … more

Novel Ion Trap with Optical Fiber Could Link Atoms and Light in Quantum Networks
Release Date: July 6, 2010

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated an ion trap with a built-in optical fiber that collects light emitted by single ions (electrically charged … more

NIST Software Security Patent to Help Improve Health IT Privacy
Release Date: July 6, 2010

A computer security invention patented* a decade ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now poised to help safeguard patient privacy in hospitals. Photo … more

JILA Team Finds New Parallel Between Cold Gases and ‘Hot’ Superconductors
Release Date: July 6, 2010

Scientists at JILA, working with Italian theorists, have discovered another notable similarity between ultracold atomic gases and high-temperature superconductors, suggesting there may be a … more

Baldrige Program Seeks Input During 2010 Improvement Events
Release Date: July 6, 2010

Inspired by last year’s successful first try at a “virtual improvement day,” the Baldrige National Quality Program (BNQP) is planning two online events this July and August when interested parties … more

Updated Computer Security Publication Focuses on Security Assessment Plans
Release Date: July 6, 2010

After a public comment period, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published an updated set of guidelines for developing security assessment plans and associated security … more