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New Reference Material Supports Improved Quality Control for Polymers Industry
Release Date: 03/10/2009

NIST polymer reference materials (a variety of polyethelene materials are shown) are used in the calibration and performance evaluation of … more

Probing and Controlling ‘Molecular Rattling’ May Mean Better Preservatives
Release Date: 02/24/2009

Preservatives like sugar surround and protect complex molecules (foreground), but varying degrees of movement within the preservative - symbolized … more

Probing and Controlling ‘Molecular Rattling’ May Mean Better Preservatives
Release Date: 02/24/2009

For centuries, people have preserved fruit by mixing it with sugar, making thick jams that last for months without spoiling. Now scientists at the … more

Toothsome Research: Deducing the Diet of a Prehistoric Hominid
Release Date: 02/10/2009

In an unusual intersection of materials science and anthropology, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and … more

“How To” Guide for AFM-Based Nanomechanics
Release Date: 02/09/2009

MSEL recently published a book chapter on making quantitative nanomechanical measurements using atomic force microscopy (AFM). This practical … more

Taking the Stress Out of Magnetic Field Detection
Release Date: 01/27/2009

Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images show sections of a continuous 400-nanometer-thick magnetic film of a nickle-iron-copper-molybdenum … more

Insights into Polymer Film Instability Could Aid High Tech Industries
Release Date: 01/13/2009

Crystallization (left) occurs as polymers harden into thin films, which are used widely in electronics technology. But when dewetting (right) also … more

'Two-Faced' Bioacids Put a New Face on Carbon Nanotube Self-Assembly
Release Date: 01/13/2009

Single wall carbon nanotubes enclosed in bile acid shells self assembled into a sheaf of long ordered fibrils each composed of several nanotube … more

MML Leads Discussion of Dynamic Fracture Testing
Release Date: 12/02/2008

On May 7, 2008, MML and Mississippi State University co-hosted a workshop to discuss recent advances in fracture toughness testing of structural … more

NIST, NCI Bring Web 2.0 Tools to Nanotechnology Standards Effort
Release Date: 11/12/2008

Federal government and U.S. industry scientists say they are forging ahead with plans for an international, online collaboration to speed up … more

NIST/CSM Sensor Could Help Avert Pipeline Failures
Release Date: 10/01/2008

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Colorado School of Mines (CSM) have developed a prototype sensor that … more

Models of Eel Cells Suggest Electrifying Possibilities
Release Date: 10/01/2008

Engineers long have known that great ideas can be lifted from Mother Nature, but a new paper* by researchers at Yale University and the National … more

Bottoms Up: Better Organic Semiconductors for Printable Electronics
Release Date: 09/03/2008

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

Slippery Customer: A Greener Antiwear Additive for Engine Oils
Release Date: 07/22/2008

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

Toothpick: New Molecular Tag IDs Bone and Tooth Minerals
Release Date: 07/09/2008

Enlisting an army of plant viruses to their cause, materials researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have … more

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