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Displaying news from October 01, 2014 To December 31, 2014

Ocean Color Standard Developed
Release Date: November 24, 2014

The color of reflected light from sunlit seawater contains important information about ocean health and the amount of dissolved carbon dioxide. But taking color measurements from ships has been … more

spring transport mechanism
Release Date: November 21, 2014

Neutron radiographs of the spring-transport mechanism taken at the NIST Neutron Imaging Facility. Top: Valve closed. The mechanism captures the rotor in the thimble. Bottom: Valve open. PML … more

NIST Study Suggests Light May Be Skewing Lab Tests on Nanoparticles' Health Effects
Release Date: November 18, 2014

Truth shines a light into dark places. But sometimes to find that truth in the first place, it’s better to stay in the dark. That’s what recent findings* at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Filling the Gap: NIST Document to Protect Federal Information in Nonfederal Information Systems
Release Date: November 18, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published for public review draft recommendations to ensure the confidentiality of sensitive federal information residing on the … more

Four U.S. Organizations Honored With 2014 Baldrige National Quality Award
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Honorees Include Two Texas Health Care Organizations WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today announced that four U.S. organizations are recipients of the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige … more

Cyber Security: Your Mother Was Right, Sharing is Good, And NIST Has Some Help on How
Release Date: November 10, 2014

Time is not your friend when your information systems are under cyber attack, but sharing threat information before, during, and after an attack with a trusted group of peers can help. Not only … more

Underperforming? Energy Efficiency of HVAC Equipment Suffers Due to Poor Installation
Release Date: November 7, 2014

The push for more efficient air conditioners and heat pumps aims to trim the 30 percent share of residential electrical energy use devoted to cooling and heating. But the benefits of improved … more

Harary Appointed Director of NIST Engineering Lab
Release Date: November 5, 2014

Howard Harary has been appointed director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Engineering Laboratory, which develops the measurement tools and standards needed to support … more

Novel Sodium-Conducting Material Could Improve Rechargeable Batteries
Release Date: November 4, 2014

Rechargeable battery manufacturers may get a jolt from research performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several other institutions, where a team of scientists has … more

2014 Cybersecurity Education Meeting Emphasizes Presidential Ready to Work Initiative
Release Date: November 4, 2014

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is hosting its fifth annual workshop November 5-6, 2014, in Columbia, Md. The theme is “Ready to Work: Equipping Our Cybersecurity Workers … more

HyTrust Executive Joins NIST Advisory Committee
Release Date: November 4, 2014

Hemma Prafullchandra, chief technology officer and senior vice president of products at HyTrust, has been named to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Visiting Committee … more

UMD and NIST Announce the Creation of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science
Release Date: October 31, 2014

Abby Robinson, UMD301-405-4575 Center researchers aim to understand how quantum systems can store, transport, process information The University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Department of … more

NIST Awards Six Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Grants to Advance Standards Education
Release Date: October 30, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded six grants totaling over $400,000 to support the integration of standards education into undergraduate and graduate curricula. The … more

NIST Launches New Calibration Service for High-Power Lasers
Release Date: October 29, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a new calibration service for high-power lasers of the sort used by manufacturers for applications such as cutting and welding … more

First Photonic Pressure Sensor
Release Date: October 29, 2014

For almost 400 years, mercury gauges have prevailed as the most accurate way to measure pressure. Now, within weeks of seeing “first light,” a novel pressure-sensing device has surpassed the … more

NIST 'Combs' the Atmosphere to Measure Greenhouse Gases
Release Date: October 29, 2014

By remotely "combing" the atmosphere with a custom laser-based instrument, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with researchers from the … more

402 Members Named to Forensic Science Standards Organization
Release Date: October 29, 2014

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today the final appointments to the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), established to … more

Manufacturing Extension Partnership Director Vacancy
Release Date: October 29, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hiring for a new director for the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership(MEP), a growing nationwide assistance program for … more

Building Better Body Armor: PML Provides Standards for US Army
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Project team members Vincent Lee (left) and Craig Shakarji hold a body armor size check standard and an actual body armor plate, respectively. NIST’s Dimensional Metrology Group (DMG) in … more

Learn How to Apply for the 2015 Baldrige Award Now
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Application forms and guidance are now available online for the 2015 Baldrige Award. The prestigious, Presidential award honors high-performing organizations in all sectors of the U.S. economy. … more

Trouble with a Capital G
Release Date: October 27, 2014

Clash of Galaxies: Measuring the gravitational constant G with greater precision could have implications for cosmology and astrophysics. Source: NASAClick here for larger version.NIST has … more

X-ray Detector for Synchrotron Beamlines
Release Date: October 24, 2014

TES detector (at top of device) mounted for use in a beam line. Click on image for enlarged view. Photos: Dan Schmidt/NIST NIST scientists have pioneered a technology that may speed the … more

Phantoms for Traumatic Brain Injury
Release Date: October 23, 2014

NIST-developed diffusion phantom placed in a "head coil" used for magnetic resonance imaging of the human brain. Image-calibration technology designed and developed by scientists at the … more

Evidence Says: December Symposium Showcases Forensics at NIST
Release Date: October 22, 2014

Forensic science research goes back a long way at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—more than a century. In fact, the agency served as the nation’s federal crime laboratory … more

NIST Offers Electronics Industry Two Ways to Snoop on Self-Organizing Molecules
Release Date: October 22, 2014

A few short years ago, the idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize themselves in useful nanoscale shapes seemed … well, cool, sure, but also a little … more

NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap Details Research Requirements and Action Plans
Release Date: October 22, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. The roadmap focuses on strategic … more

NIST Taps Nine Experts to Help Craft Disaster Resilience Framework for Communities
Release Date: October 21, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has engaged nine experts in fields ranging from transportation and water infrastructure to societal dimensions of disasters to further its … more

Strengthening Thin-Film Bonds with Ultrafast Data Collection
Release Date: October 17, 2014

When studying extremely fast reactions in ultrathin materials, two measurements are better than one. A new research tool invented by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), … more

James Olthoff Named Director of NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory
Release Date: October 15, 2014

James Olthoff, a 27-year veteran of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been named director of the agency's Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML). James OlthoffCredit: … more

Baldrige Program Receives Award for Communications
Release Date: October 14, 2014

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is 1 of 12 public-sector organizations from throughout the United States recently selected to receive a 2014 GovDelivery Outreach and Impact Award for … more

NIST’s 3rd Disaster Resilience Workshop Set for Oct. 27-28, in Norman, Okla.
Release Date: October 7, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)will hold the third in a series of regional workshops devoted to developing a community-centric "disaster resilience framework" to reduce … more

NIST Laser Comb System Maps 3D Surfaces Remotely for Manufacturing, Forensics
Release Date: October 7, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a laser-based imaging system that creates high-definition 3D maps of surfaces from as far away as 10.5 … more

NIST Quantum Probe Enhances Electric Field Measurements
Release Date: October 7, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a technique based on the quantum properties of atoms that directly links … more

BIRDS Is for Sustainability: New NIST Tool for Evaluating Building Performance, Trade-offs
Release Date: October 7, 2014

Designing a building that simply meets local code requirements is not necessarily the optimal way to do it when you consider all the long-term costs. Now, building professionals in more than 200 … more

Introducing the League of SI Superheroes: The New Champions of Metric
Release Date: October 6, 2014

To celebrate Metric Week (Oct. 5-11), the National Institute of Standards and Technology would like to introduce you to the League of SI Superheroes. The League of SI Superheroes use their … more

Eligibility Requirements Revised for 2015 Baldrige Award
Release Date: October 6, 2014

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the component of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that manages the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in cooperation with … more

Pre- Vacancy Announcement Director, Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program
Release Date: October 2, 2014

NIST to Hire New Manufacturing Extension Partnership Director The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is about to hire a new director for the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension … more

NIST Releases Final Version of Smart Grid Framework, Update 3.0
Release Date: October 1, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published its NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0, a document that reflects advances in … more

Simultaneous Imaging of Ferromagnetic and Ferroelectric Domains
Release Date: October 1, 2014

SEMPA image of a 15 µm-diameter cobalt iron disc on a bismuth ferrite substrate. The image shows the measured in-plane magnetization direction, ?xy. The magnetization direction is given by … more