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Displaying news from October 01, 2006 To December 31, 2006

108 Local Residents Earn Commerce Department, NIST Awards
Release Date: December 22, 2006

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently presented 37 local area staff members of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with Gold and Silver Medal Awards—the two highest … more

Participants Wanted for 2007 Text Retrieval Trials
Release Date: December 21, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking participants for its upcoming Text Retrieval Conference—TREC 2007. Since 1992, TREC has been fostering research to enable more … more

Tool Helps Write Rules for XML Communication
Release Date: December 21, 2006

If you have done an Internet search, bought anything from a Web site or subscribed to a news alert service, chances are you used a special computer document language called XML. Similar to HTML, … more

2007 Baldrige Criteria for Excellence Now Available
Release Date: December 21, 2006

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria are the basis for a Baldrige Award application, but in addition, thousands of organizations use them to assess their performance, guide improvements and … more

December 21, 2006
Release Date: December 21, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a revised version of Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems (NIST Special Publication 800-53). First … more

NIST Laser-Based Method Cleans Up Grubby Nanotubes
Release Date: December 21, 2006

Before and after electron microscope images of a pyroelectric detector coated with single-walled nanotubes (SWNTs) visually demonstrate the effect of the laser cleaning process. In … more

New Targets May Hit Bull’s-Eye for Chip Makers
Release Date: December 7, 2006

The bull’s-eye solution to the semiconductor industry’s hunt for more exact means to measure the relative positions of ever-tinier devices squeezed by the millions onto silicon chips might be new … more

Unusually Stable Glasses May Benefit Drugs, Coatings
Release Date: December 7, 2006

Just spray and chill. That sums up a new approach to making remarkably stable glassy materials from organic (carbon-containing) molecules that could lead to novel coatings and to improvements in … more

NIST Test Fans the Flames for High-Rise Fire Safety
Release Date: November 22, 2006

Members of a research team watch flames erupt from an abandoned Chicago apartment building during a Nov. 10 test of positive pressure ventilation in high-rise fires. Red truck (lower … more

Enhanced Air Quality Modeling Software Available
Release Date: November 22, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced that an enhanced version of its CONTAM indoor air quality modeling software is now available. CONTAM 2.4b is the latest … more

Decimals Score a Point on International Standards
Release Date: November 22, 2006

We're in the end game. It soon may be possible to write international standards documents with decimal points in them. The issue is more than academic—it can affect sales of U.S. exports. The … more

NIST Physicist Wins APS Keithley Award
Release Date: November 22, 2006

The American Physical Society (APS) has named National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Kent Irwin as the recipient of the society's 2007 Joseph F. Keithley Award For Advances … more

December Workshop Focuses on Advancing Telemedicine
Release Date: November 22, 2006

Telemedicine, the electronic exchange of medical information, can have a tremendous impact on the accessibility, quality and cost of healthcare. But the continued advancement and application of … more

Three to Receive Presidential Award for Excellence
Release Date: November 21, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C.—President George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez today announced three organizations as recipients of the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the … more

NIST Physicist Receives APS I.I. Rabi Prize
Release Date: November 9, 2006

The American Physical Society (APS) announced last week the selection of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Jun Ye, to receive the 2007 I.I. Rabi Prize. Named for the … more

NIST Staff Honored in 2006 Presidential Rank Awards
Release Date: November 9, 2006

Five senior members of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) staff have been honored in the 2006 Presidential Rank Awards. The awards recognize exceptional long-term … more

Steven Bellovin to Receive NIST/NSA Security Award
Release Date: November 9, 2006

Steven M. Bellovin, a pioneer researcher on network security, will be presented with the 2007 National Information Systems Security Award by the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

'Tornadoes' Are Transferred From Light to Sodium Atoms
Release Date: November 9, 2006

For the first time, tornado-like rotational motions have been transferred from light to atoms in a controlled way at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The new quantum … more

2006 Machine Translation Evaluation Results Posted
Release Date: November 9, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted at www.nist.gov/speech/tests/mt the results of the NIST 2006 Machine Translation Evaluation (MT-06), part of an ongoing series … more

NIST Issues Info Security Primer for Managers
Release Date: November 9, 2006

Heads of federal agencies, chief information officers and any manager who needs a broad overview on information security practices will be interested in a new information security handbook recently … more

New Measurement Guide Worth ‘Poring Over’
Release Date: November 9, 2006

In industries from textiles to automobiles and from pharmaceuticals to semiconductors, accurately measuring empty spaces—technically speaking, porosity—is a substantial matter, important to efforts … more

New Web-based System Leads to Better, More Timely Data
Release Date: October 26, 2006

After two years of work, an innovative project using Web-based technologies to speed researcher access to a large body of new scientific data has demonstrated that not only access to but also the … more

Vulnerability Database Hits 20,000 Software-Flaw Mark
Release Date: October 26, 2006

Established just a little over a year ago, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) National Vulnerability Database (NVD) now contains information on 20,000 computer system … more

Turning a Nuclear Spotlight on Illegal Weapons Material
Release Date: October 26, 2006

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have demonstrated that they can cheaply, quickly and accurately identify even … more

O’Brian Named Director of NIST Boulder Laboratories
Release Date: October 26, 2006

Thomas R. O'Brian, chief of the Time and Frequency Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been appointed director of the NIST Boulder Laboratories. As NIST … more

NIST Physicists Boost 'Entanglement' of Atom Pairs
Release Date: October 18, 2006

The NIST process for "purifying" an unusual property of quantum physics called entanglement involves illuminating two pairs of beryllium ions (charged atoms) with a series of ultraviolet … more

Molecular Spintronic Action Confirmed in Nanostructure
Release Date: October 12, 2006

NIST researchers made the first confirmed "spintronic" device incorporating organic molecules using a nanoscale pore test structure, which consisted of self-assembled molecules (shown in … more

NIST Issues Four-Pack of Computer Security Pubs
Release Date: October 12, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently issued four publications to provide computer security advice on issues ranging from securing Windows XP Home Edition® computers and … more

NIST Releases New Standard for Semiconductor Industry
Release Date: October 12, 2006

A wide range of optical electronic devices, from laser disk players to traffic lights, may be improved in the future thanks to a small piece of semiconductor, about the size of a button, coated … more