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Faster CARS, Less Damage: NIST Chemical Microscopy Shows Potential for Cell Diagnostics
Release Date: 10/13/2010

A paper by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may breathe new life into the use of a powerful—but … more

Micro Rheometer is Latest Lab On a Chip Device
Release Date: 08/31/2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a microminiaturized device that can make complex … more

Depth Charge: Using Atomic Force Microscopy to Study Subsurface Structures
Release Date: 06/23/2010

Over the past couple of decades, atomic force microscopy (AFM) has emerged as a powerful tool for imaging surfaces at astonishing … more

'Instant Acid' Method Offers New Insight into Nanoparticle Dispersal in the Environment and the Body
Release Date: 06/09/2010

Using a chemical trick that allows them to change the acidity of a solution almost instantly, a team at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Scaffold Gradients: Finding the Right Environment for Developing Cells
Release Date: 05/25/2010

People often have strong opinions on the "right" firmness of mattresses for themselves, and, as it turns out, some cell types have similar … more

New Study Helps Explain the Surprising Behavior of Tiny 'Artificial Muscles'
Release Date: 04/27/2010

Using neutron beams and atomic-force microscopes, a team of university researchers working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Scientists Address ‘Wrinkles’ in Transparent Film Development
Release Date: 03/30/2010

A closer look at a promising nanotube coating that might one day improve solar cells has turned up a few unexpected wrinkles, according to new … more

NIST Scientists Study How to Stack the Deck for Organic Solar Power
Release Date: 07/28/2009

A new class of economically viable solar power cells - cheap, flexible and easy to make - has come a step closer to reality as a result of recent … more

NIST Finds 'A Touch of Glass' in Metal, Settles Century-Old Question
Release Date: 06/16/2009

Better predictions of how many valuable materials behave under stress could be on the way from the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Study Finds a Decade of High-Payoff, High-Throughput Research
Release Date: 05/20/2009

In its first decade of work, a research effort at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop novel and improved … more

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

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

New Process Creates 3-D Nanostructures with Magnetic Materials
Release Date: 06/24/2008

Materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a process to build complex, three-dimensional … more

Microwave Synthesis Connects With the (Quantum) Dots
Release Date: 06/10/2008

Materials researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a simplified, low-cost process for producing … more

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