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NIST Unveils Prototype Video Imaging System for Remote Detection of Hidden Threats
Release Date: September 30, 2013

By adapting superconducting technology used in advanced telescope cameras, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a prototype video imaging system for … more

NIST Invites Comments on Structure of Forensic Science Guidance Groups
Release Date: September 27, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking input on the structure of guidance groups that would promote scientific validity and reliability in forensic science. NIST is … more

Initial Notification to Contractors - Potential Government Shutdown
Release Date: September 26, 2013

Initial Notification to Contractors  - Potential Government Shutdown more

Researchers Probe the Properties of Novel “Topological Insulators”
Release Date: September 26, 2013

Scanning tunneling microscopy topographic image of a bismuth selenide film grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on a strontium titanate substrate.  Terraces with thicknesses between 2 to 5 … more

CU-Boulder and NIST Joint Institute Physicist Ana Maria Rey Wins 2013 MacArthur Fellowship
Release Date: September 25, 2013

Additional Contact: Malinda Miller-Huey, CU spokesperson, 303-492-3115 Ana Maria Rey, a theoretical physicist and a fellow of JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and … more

Federal Transit Administration Announces Interagency Agreement To Strengthen the ?Buy America? Program and Domestic Manufacturing
Release Date: September 24, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a new Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and … more

NCCoE Launches New Building Block
Release Date: September 23, 2013

REVISED NOV. 15, 2013: The comment period has been extended to January 17, 2014. Comments should be submitted to conmon-nccoe@nist.gov According to one of the fundamentals of cybersecurity, you … more

Grants to Two States Will Support Improved Access to Services and Reduce Fraud
Release Date: September 23, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded more than $2 million in grants to the states of Pennsylvania and Michigan to test new online identity technologies to improve … more

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Researchers Introduce Blind Students to Nanoscale Science
Release Date: September 19, 2013

Physicists Kevin Twedt (left), who is visually impaired, and Vladimir Aksyuk (right) led a two day educational program to introduce a group of blind and visually impaired high school … more

NIST Awards $7.4 Million in Grants for Additive Manufacturing Research
Release Date: September 19, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today* announced the award of two grants totaling $7.4 million to fund research projects aimed at improving measurement and standards for … more

Beyond Quantum Simulation: JILA Physicists Create 'Crystal' of Spin-swapping Ultracold Gas Molecules
Release Date: September 18, 2013

Physicists at JILA have created a crystal-like arrangement of ultracold gas molecules that can swap quantum "spin" properties with nearby and distant partners. The novel structure might be used to … more

Genome in a Bottle
Release Date: September 18, 2013

As new high-throughput “Next Generation” DNA sequencing methods are moving into clinical applications, understanding accuracy of variants is critical.  Numerous recent studies have demonstrated … more

Expanded CSI Guide Now Available
Release Date: September 18, 2013

Cover image of Crime Scene Investigation, A Guide for Law Enforcement. Investigators and first responders can find the latest recommendations on crime scene investigations in the newly … more

NIST Announces Five Grants to Pilot Trusted Identity Technologies
Release Date: September 17, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced more than $7 million in grants to five organizations to fund pilot projects as part of the government’s National Strategy for … more

NIST Nose a Hit When They Smell It: A New Generation of Odor-Releasing Materials for Training Dogs
Release Date: September 17, 2013

Traditionally, the training of bomb-sniffing dogs has been a hazardous job, but newly developed odor-releasing materials could take the risk out of that work. Scientists at the National Institute … more

Dirty Job Made Easier: Microfluidic Technique Recovers DNA for IDs
Release Date: September 17, 2013

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA, Alexandria, Va.) has demonstrated an improved microfluidic technique … more

NIST Awards Grants to Improve Online Security and Privacy
Release Date: September 17, 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced more than $7 million in grants to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in … more

NIST Boulder Reopens Sept. 16, Limited Public Access
Release Date: September 16, 2013

DOC Boulder Labs, including NIST Boulder, will be open Monday, Sept. 16, however public access will be limited. Employees are strongly encouraged to telework if possible, to lower demands on the … more

New Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce Comes Online at Auburn
Release Date: September 16, 2013

Auburn University officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the new Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce. Credit: Auburn University The Commerce … more

NIST Boulder Labs Closed Again Tomorrow, Friday, September 13 Due to Flooding
Release Date: September 12, 2013

DOC Boulder Laboratories, including NIST offices and laboratories, will be closed again on Friday, Sept. 13, due to extensive flooding in Boulder County, Co. Emergency employees should follow … more

NIST Boulder Labs Closed Today Due to Flooding
Release Date: September 12, 2013

DOC Boulder Laboratories, including NIST offices and laboratories, are closed today due to extensive flooding in Boulder County, CO. Emergency employees should report to work if they can do so … more

Cryptographic Standards Statement
Release Date: September 10, 2013

Recent news reports have questioned the cryptographic standards development process at NIST. We want to assure the IT cybersecurity community that the transparent, public process used to rigorously … more

Beyond Peer Review: NIST and Five Journals Find a Way to Manage Errors in Research Data
Release Date: September 9, 2013

Traditional peer review is not enough to ensure data quality amid the recent boom in scientific research findings, according to results of a 10-year collaboration between the National Institute of … more

NIST Announces Award to Create New Manufacturing Support Center in Maryland
Release Date: September 6, 2013

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has awarded a cooperative agreement … more

Federal ID Credential Security Standard Strengthens Authentication, Extends To Mobile Devices
Release Date: September 5, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued an updated version of the standard specification Personal Identification Verification (PIV) Card that federal employees and … more

Knowing Exposure Risks Important to Saving Structures from Wildfires
Release Date: September 3, 2013

A recent study of one of California's most devastating wildland fires by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) strongly suggests that measures … more

Air Conditioner "Evolves" in Novel NIST Study
Release Date: September 3, 2013

Played out on a computer over hundreds of generations, a survival-of-the-fittest programming method adapted by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers has spawned, of all … more

Limestone Powder Enhances Performance of 'Green' Concrete
Release Date: September 3, 2013

Adding limestone powder to "green" concrete mixtures—those containing substantial amounts of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-burning power plants—can significantly improve performance, report* … more

Power of 10: Organizations Move Closer to 2013 Baldrige Award
Release Date: September 3, 2013

Ten U.S. organizations are this year’s top candidates for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest recognition for organizational performance excellence. The Baldrige Panel … more

Learn About Navigating the National Cybersecurity Education Interstate Highway at NIST, Sept. 17-19
Release Date: September 3, 2013

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is hosting its fourth annual “Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity Education Workshop” September 17-19, 2013, at the National Institute of … more

NIST October Workshop to Explore Intersection of Cloud Computing and Mobility
Release Date: September 3, 2013

As part of its ongoing cloud computing forum and workshop series, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting “The Intersection of Cloud and Mobility,” October 1-3, 2013, … more

Two Experts Named to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: September 3, 2013

Two earthquake authorities from academia and the private sector have been appointed by Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National … more

New Grayscale Technique Opens a Third Dimension for Nanoscale Lithography
Release Date: August 28, 2013

Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) showing a top-view along with an SEM (inset) showing a cross-sectional view of grayscale structures fabricated using a combination of e-beam lithography, … more

Two Top-100 Lists This Year Demonstrate Baldrige Impact in U.S. Health Care
Release Date: August 27, 2013

Two prestigious "top 100" lists highlight the impact of the Baldrige framework for performance excellence in U.S. health care today. Most recently, Modern Healthcare’s "100 Most Influential People … more

2014 Baldrige Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available!
Release Date: August 26, 2013

Organizations and individuals are invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program at a turning point in its history. 2014 will be an exciting year as the Baldrige Program … more

NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks Set Record for Stability
Release Date: August 22, 2013

A pair of experimental atomic clocks based on ytterbium atoms at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has set a new record for stability. The clocks act like 21st-century … more

Wideband Wavelength Conversion Using Cavity Optomechanics
Release Date: August 21, 2013

A team of researchers at the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), the University of Maryland, and the California Institute of Technology have demonstrated optical wavelength … more

Collaboration with Industry Leads to Improved Forensics Work and Industry Growth
Release Date: August 20, 2013

Image output from a 3D laser scanning measurement system. (Click image to enlarge.) Three-dimensional (3D) scanners used at crime scenes for forensic investigations are not just the … more

New Explanation for Key Step in Anthrax Infection Proposed by NIST and USAMRIID
Release Date: August 20, 2013

A new hypothesis concerning a crucial step in the anthrax infection process has been advanced by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Army Medical … more

NIST Study Advances Use of Iris Images as a Long-Term Form of Identification
Release Date: August 20, 2013

A new report* by biometric researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) uses data from thousands of frequent travelers enrolled in an iris recognition program to … more

Two Updated Guides Provide Latest NIST Recommendations for System Patches, Malware Avoidance
Release Date: August 20, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated two of its series of computer security guides to help computer system managers protect their systems from hackers and malware. … more

Two NIST Standards Experts Are Honored With 2013 ANSI Leadership and Service Awards
Release Date: August 20, 2013

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has recognized two staff members from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for their significant contributions to national and … more

Spraying Mosquitoes . . . with Gamma Rays
Release Date: August 16, 2013

A paper cup served as an early irradiation enclosure. PML researchers placed dosimeters at various points in the enclosure and also monitored relative dose throughout the entire … more

Fostering Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship
Release Date: August 16, 2013

This week the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) welcomed dozens of representatives from Maryland businesses to learn about collaboration and technology licensing opportunities … more

LED Lifetime Measurements
Release Date: August 15, 2013

Yuqin Zong works on the test chamber within which 480 LEDs are attached to the top of the sphere's interior. The monitor at left shows the image of the test units from a digital camera … more

JILA Researchers Discover Atomic Clock Can Simulate Quantum Magnetism
Release Date: August 8, 2013

Researchers at JILA have for the first time used an atomic clock as a quantum simulator, mimicking the behavior of a different, more complex quantum system.* Artist’s conception of … more

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Releases a New Brochure
Release Date: August 7, 2013

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of its new CNST Brochure. In addition to providing an overview of the CNST as a whole, it features … more

What’s the Matter? Q-Glasses Could Be a New Class of Solids
Release Date: August 6, 2013

There may be more kinds of stuff than we thought. A team of researchers has reported possible evidence for a new category of solids, things that are neither pure glasses, crystals, nor even exotic … more

NIST Announces Funding Opportunity to Support Alaska’s Manufacturers
Release Date: August 6, 2013

Through its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) intends to fund a six-month project in support of Alaska's efforts to … more

13 Companies Receive 2013 NIST Small Business Innovation Research Awards
Release Date: August 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced more than $2.3 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards to 13 U.S. small businesses. … more

NIST Releases 2012 Department of Commerce Technology Transfer Report
Release Date: August 6, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Department of Commerce’s (DOC) 2012 Technology Transfer Report. The annual report summarizes the technology transfer … more

NIST Forensic Science Experts Give Updates in Hot Topic Areas
Release Date: August 6, 2013

A fingerprint image, or the impression left by the ridges and curves on a fingertip. Credit: NIST While television may portray forensic science as able to distill the most complex … more

Next Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework is in Dallas, Sept. 11, 2013
Release Date: August 5, 2013

Registration is now open for the fourth in a series of workshops to bring together representatives from government, industry and academia to establish a voluntary Cybersecurity Framework that will … more

Using FS-ST-FMR for MRAM Research
Release Date: August 5, 2013

Eric Evarts demonstrates the instrument used to take field-swept, spin-torque FMR measurements on devices or films. Click on image for enlarged view. Many in the electronics industry … more

Secretary Pritzker Visits the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Gaithersburg, Md., Campus
Release Date: August 2, 2013

Secretary Pritzker tours the NIST Trace Contraband Detection laboratory with Acting Deputy Secretary and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. Greg Gillen, leader of the NIST Analytical … more

A Step Towards Energy-Efficient Voltage Control of Magnetic Devices
Release Date: July 30, 2013

Scanning electron microscope images of a cobalt film grown on a bismuth ferrite substrate. The color SEMPA image shows the direction of the magnetization in the ferromagnet, and the black … more

The National Cybersecurity Center Seeks Comments on Energy Industry Security Scenarios
Release Date: July 25, 2013

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is inviting industry to help address two information technology challenges faced by the … more

NIST Awards 13 Companies with 2013 Small Business Innovation Research Funding
Release Date: July 24, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that more than $2.3 million in funding for Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects will be … more

NIST AMTech Program Announces Grants for Industry-led Consortia to Explore Issues Hampering Advanced Manufacturing in U.S.
Release Date: July 24, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a competition for grants to support new or existing industry-driven consortia to develop research plans that address … more

New NIST Standard Reference Material to Help Calibrate Hospital CAT Scanners
Release Date: July 23, 2013

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new standard reference material (SRM), the first such measurement tool to enable hospitals to link important … more

New NIST Nanoscale Indenter Takes Novel Approach to Measuring Surface Properties
Release Date: July 23, 2013

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of North Carolina have demonstrated a new design for an instrument, a "instrumented nanoscale … more

NIST Releases Updates to Digital Signature Standard
Release Date: July 23, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a revision to the digital standard used to ensure the integrity of electronic documents, as well as the identity of the … more

Stiffening the Backbone of DNA Nanofibers
Release Date: July 23, 2013

Top: Schematic showing association of two duplex precursors into a quadruplex fiber building block. The duplex regions of the building block are shown in red and blue; the quadruplex region … more

E.U. and U.S. to Extend Scientific Cooperation on Measurements and Standards
Release Date: July 18, 2013

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) yesterday* agreed to expand their current … more

New Nanoscale Imaging Method Finds Application in Plasmonics
Release Date: July 16, 2013

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have shown how to make nanoscale measurements of critical properties of plasmonic … more

Who Are You? NIST Biometric Publication Provides Two New Ways to Tell Quickly
Release Date: July 12, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new publication that broadens agency security options for Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards. Biometric Data … more

NIST Chip Measurement Advance Earns 'Oscar of Innovation'
Release Date: July 12, 2013

A fundamental advance in measurement capabilities that could save semiconductor manufacturers billions of dollars annually has earned a 2013 R&D 100 Award for its National Institute of … more

NIST Shows How to Make a Compact Frequency Comb in Minutes
Release Date: July 11, 2013

Laser frequency combs—high-precision tools for measuring different colors of light in an ever-growing range of applications such as advanced atomic clocks, medical diagnostics and astronomy—are not … more

NIST Offers Guidance on Building 21st-Century Forensic Labs
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Designing and constructing forensic science laboratories to meet today’s more challenging demands is the goal of a new handbook from the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Study Provides Details on Portable Generator Emissions and Carbon Monoxide Exposure
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Despite warnings to the contrary, many people continue to operate portable generators indoors or close to open windows, doors, or vents, resulting in more than 500 deaths since 2005. And each year, … more

NIST Workshop Gets a ‘Grip’ on Robotics Challenge
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Even though modern industrial robots are becoming nimbler and more capable, they still need to get a good grip on things—the equivalent of hands that are as agile and dexterous as the human … more

NIST Releases Draft Outline of Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure
Release Date: July 2, 2013

As part of its efforts to develop a voluntary framework to improve cybersecurity in the nation's critical infrastructure, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted a … more

Standards for Document Encasement
Release Date: July 1, 2013

Mark Luce beside a nearly completed, NIST-fabricated encasement for a privately owned map that will be loaned to the Library of Congress. Support and mounting structures will accompany the … more

CNST Releases the Spring/Summer 2013 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: July 1, 2013

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2013 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more