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Displaying news from December 02, 2014 To January 31, 2015

NIST Modeling Study Reveals the Lethal Dynamics of a San Francisco House Fire
Release Date: January 30, 2015

A new computer-based fire-dynamics study by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has helped to clarify the circumstances and violent fire behavior of a lethal … more

NIST Announces New Center to Support Florida Manufacturers
Release Date: January 30, 2015

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will fund a new center in Florida … more

Public-Private Sector Partners Launch $2 Million Open Innovation Challenge to Find Advanced Energy Absorbing Materials
Release Date: January 29, 2015

NFL, GE & Under Armour collaborate with U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Head Health Challenge III NEW YORK (January 29, 2015) – The NFL, … more

Neutron Beams Reveal How Two Potential Pieces of Parkinson's Puzzle Fit
Release Date: January 29, 2015

To understand diseases like Parkinson’s, the tiniest of puzzles may hold big answers. That’s why a team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have … more

NIST Forensic Science Standards Committees to Hold First Public Meetings in February 2015
Release Date: January 27, 2015

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), which coordinates the development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community under the auspices of the National Institute … more

Restoration Begins on NIST's Million-Pound Deadweight Machine
Release Date: January 27, 2015

For the first time in half a century, NIST’s 4.45-million newton (equivalent to one million pounds-force) deadweight machine – the largest in the world – is being disassembled for cleaning, … more

NIST Security Guide Walks Organizations Through the Mobile App Security Vetting Process
Release Date: January 26, 2015

A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides guidance for organizations to improve security as employees move to mobile devices such as phones and … more

Prototype for First Traceable PET-MR Phantom
Release Date: January 23, 2015

A fused PET-CT image of the new phantom with its traceably calibrated amount of fluorine-18 (orange). The circular objects are the MR-visible test spheres; in this PET-CT image they appear … more

Hybrid Memory Device for Superconducting Computing
Release Date: January 23, 2015

A team of NIST scientists has devised and demonstrated a novel nanoscale memory technology for superconducting computing that could hasten the advent of an urgently awaited, low-energy alternative … more

Weighing Gas with Sound and Microwaves
Release Date: January 23, 2015

Schematic diagram of a gas-filled pressure vessel. The red-to-blue shading represents the temperature gradient in the gas, with the higher (red) temperatures near the top. The ovals … more

Open-Source Software for Quantum Information
Release Date: January 23, 2015

The software allows real-time experiment control for quantum information systems realized in trapped ions. NIST has partnered with the private sector to develop the next-generation … more

New Portable Vacuum Standard
Release Date: January 23, 2015

The PVS is housed within the white “igloo” enclosure at left. At right is an auxiliary vacuum system used for pressure calibrations. A novel Portable Vacuum Standard (PVS) has been added to … more

NIST Requests Round Two Comments on its Cryptographic Standards Process
Release Date: January 23, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking comments on a revised draft document that details the principles and processes it will follow to develop its cryptographic … more

Symposium to Focus on Future of Voting Systems
Release Date: January 21, 2015

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are sponsoring a two-day symposium to explore emerging trends in voting. The symposium will … more

Supercomputer Simulations Yield Method for Predicting Behavior of New Concrete Formulas
Release Date: January 21, 2015

Just because concrete is the most widely used building material in human history doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. A recent study conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Standards … more

NIST Meeting: Cybersecurity Is a Key Ingredient In the Manufacturing Mix
Release Date: January 20, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is bringing experts together to discuss the cybersecurity challenges faced by the rapidly developing field of direct digital manufacturing … more

PML scientists discover a better metal contact that improves two-dimensional transistor performance
Release Date: January 16, 2015

Two-dimensional (2D) materials* such as molybdenum-disulfide (MoS2) are attracting much attention for future electronic and photonic applications ranging from high-performance computing to flexible … more

Liquids and Glasses Relax, Too. But Not Like You Thought.
Release Date: January 15, 2015

A new insight into the fundamental mechanics of the movement of molecules recently published* by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a surprising view of … more

2015-2016 Baldrige Education and Health Care Framework and Criteria Now Available
Release Date: January 15, 2015

Now available for purchase on the Baldrige website; the Baldrige Excellence Framework and Criteria (Education) and the Baldrige Excellence Framework and Criteria (Health Care). These publications, … more

Mountaintop Sensor Finds High Methane over LA
Release Date: January 14, 2015

From NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jan. 13, 2015 A study using two years of observations from a novel mountaintop instrument finds that Los Angeles' annual emissions of methane, an important … more

2015 Baldrige Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available!
Release Date: January 12, 2015

Organizations and individuals are invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program by becoming Baldrige sponsors, who support a range of products and services, including the 27th … more

President Obama Announces New Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Knoxville, Tennessee
Release Date: January 9, 2015

A Knoxville-area based consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, universities and research laboratories is partnering with the Department of Energy to create a more than $250 million manufacturing … more

NIST Announces Two Grant Programs for Middle School Teachers
Release Date: January 7, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced two grant programs for middle school science teachers. Public school districts or accredited private educational institutes … more

NIST Contributes to Media’s Top Science Stories of 2014
Release Date: January 7, 2015

Cool instruments—literally—made by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) contributed to the media's top science stories of 2014. NIST sensor chip to be installed in an … more

NIST Grants for Undergraduate Research Announced
Release Date: January 7, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications for its annual NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. First established in 1993, the NIST … more

New Collaborative Project Will Give Manufacturing Some New Digital Threads
Release Date: January 6, 2015

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers and their industrial partners aim to add a new dimension to manufacturing capabilities. In a new project, they will demonstrate the … more

4th NIST Disaster Resilience Workshop, San Diego, Feb. 18-19, 2015
Release Date: January 6, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host, on Feb. 18 and 19, 2015, its fourth regional workshop devoted to developing a first-generation framework that will help U.S. … more

NIST Announces Initial Members of Forensic Science Digital Evidence Subcommittee
Release Date: December 22, 2014

Digital evidence plays a growing role in a wide variety of crimes as cell phones, computers, GPS and other digital devices carry increasing amounts of information about our everyday lives. To … more

Cybersecurity Center Invites Feedback on Securing Medical Devices
Release Date: December 22, 2014

Hospitals are increasingly using networked technology to improve the accuracy and efficiency of medical care by connecting medical devices to a central system. A networked infusion pump—a device … more

Graphene Offers X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy a Window of Opportunity
Release Date: December 22, 2014

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is one of the most sensitive and informative surface analysis techniques available. However, XPS requires a high vacuum to operate, which makes analyzing … more

In Tests of Promising Flame Retardants, Opposites Pair Off—And the Challenger Wins
Release Date: December 19, 2014

In a face-off between two promising flame retardants, the challenger—a nanomaterial that maintains a positive façade while sheltering a negative interior—outperformed its chemical antithesis. And … more

CNST Releases the Fall 2014 Edition of the CNST News
Release Date: December 18, 2014

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the Fall 2014 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent accomplishments … more

Innovating to Protect our Waterways
Release Date: December 17, 2014

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is today announcing that a coalition of Federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and … more

Ultrasonic Thermometers for Medical Dosimetry
Release Date: December 16, 2014

PML researchers are exploring whether ultrasound can be used as a faster, more efficient way to take three-dimensional images of radiation dose profiles in water. Medical clinics that treat … more

NIST Sensor Could Improve One of Nano Research’s Most Useful Microscopes
Release Date: December 16, 2014

Spotting molecule-sized features—common in computer circuits and nanoscale devices—may become both easier and more accurate with a sensor developed at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Issues New Revision of Guide to Assessing Information Security Safeguards
Release Date: December 16, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final version of the 2014 update to its core guide to assessing the security and privacy safeguards for federal … more

Register Now for NIST Symposium on Biometric and Forensic Technology
Release Date: December 16, 2014

Registration is now open to attend a NIST symposium on one of the biggest challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology – the development of large research … more

2015-2016 Baldrige Excellence Framework and Criteria (Business/Nonprofit) Now Available
Release Date: December 16, 2014

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program has released the 2015-2016 Baldrige Excellence Framework (Business/Nonprofit) booklet. The Baldrige Excellence Framework (Education) and Baldrige … more

Cloud Metrics Could Provide the Goldilocks Solution to Which Cloud Vendor Is 'Just Right'
Release Date: December 15, 2014

As government agencies and other organizations invest in cloud computing services, they are challenged to determine which cloud provider and service will best meet their needs. As the nation’s … more

Lighting the Path to Smaller, Tougher Thermometers
Release Date: December 15, 2014

A chip on which the photonic thermometer devices are etched. Click image for a close-up view. Two new prototypes for tiny chip-based thermometers are illuminating light’s potential to … more

Defining Operational Excellence One Person at a Time
Release Date: December 12, 2014

When you’re striving for excellence, it helps to have an example. It’s much easier to work hard on something when you’ve seen others succeed despite obstacles. A highlight each year at the National … more

NIST Forensic Science Standards Inventory Now Available Online
Release Date: December 12, 2014

NIST’s Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) is taking the first steps toward developing an OSAC Registry of Approved Standards and an OSAC Registry of Approved Guidelines. Independent … more

Neutron CT Helps Solve Puzzle
Release Date: December 10, 2014

In NIST’s neutron CT scans, the battery cells were rotated in the neutron beam, and radiographs were acquired at several angles. The data were reconstructed into 3D volumetric images. This … more

New Time-Stamp Service for NASDAQ
Release Date: December 10, 2014

The NIST disciplined oscillator (far right) is a NIST-supplied clock that can be installed at any location worldwide and that is synchronized to the official U. S. time, UTC(NIST), through … more

National Institute of Standards and Technology Presents 2014 Awards to Outstanding Employees
Release Date: December 10, 2014

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Today, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recognized current and former employees for their efforts to push the frontiers of science and measurement, as … more

iNEMI Board of Directors Visits NIST
Release Date: December 10, 2014

NIST hosted the Board of Directors of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, for a half-day overview on NIST programs. This visit to NIST … more

PML Outreach Promotes STEM Excitement
Release Date: December 10, 2014

Michael Postek of PML's Semiconductor & Dimensional Metrology Division has been an instrumental part of an outreach to bring access to tabletop scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) to students. … more

NIST Tests: Firefighters Portable Radios May Fail at Elevated Temperatures
Release Date: December 9, 2014

New test results* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) confirm that portable radios used by firefighters can fail to operate properly within 15 minutes when exposed to … more

NIST Study 'Makes the Case' for RFID Forensic Evidence Management
Release Date: December 4, 2014

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags—devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people—have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from … more

NIST-Funded Researcher Wins Honor for Food Safety Test
Release Date: December 4, 2014

News article courtesy the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering University of Maryland (UMD) Fischell Department of Bioengineering Research Assistant Professor Javier Atencia … more

NIST-Intel Partnership Workshop
Release Date: December 3, 2014

In November, 2014, NIST hosted the seventh in a series of workshops in a NIST-Intel partnership effort on Emerging Nanoscale Interface and Architecture Characterization (ENIAC). The nanoscale … more

Better Cargo Inspection Standards at Border Crossings
Release Date: December 2, 2014

An x-ray image showing a standard test object (upper left) held aloft by support apparatus and a forklift. In this case, the test object is a wedge of steel with steps of various … more

Thin, Strong Bond for Vacuum Seal
Release Date: December 2, 2014

Silicate bonds are so thin they are transparent.An ultra-stable, ultra-thin bonding technology has been adapted by researchers in PML’s Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division for … more

NIST Report and Video Detail Dynamics of Deadly Chicago House Fire
Release Date: December 2, 2014

A new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) computer-modeling study of a 2012 Chicago house fire reveals the conditions that unleashed a surge of searing gases, leading to the death … more

NIST Awards $2.5 Million in Grants to MEP Centers for Pilot Business-to-Business Networks
Release Date: December 2, 2014

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $2.5 million in grants to 10 Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers to pilot … more

NIST Fires Up Extended Calibration Service for Laser Welding and More
Release Date: December 2, 2014

The new service could be employed to calibrate high-power lasers used for applications such as cutting metals.NIST PML’s Sources and Detectors Group has launched a new multikilowatt laser … more

NISTAR Radiometer Scheduled to Fly
Release Date: December 2, 2014

The NISTAR instrument prior to mounting on the DSCOVR spacecraft. The NIST Advanced Radiometer (NISTAR), mothballed for more than a decade, is slated to make its space debut very soon about … more

Reliable RNA Analysis Now Easier with NIST 'Dashboard' Tool
Release Date: December 2, 2014

A new, innovative “dashboard” from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) won’t help you drive your car, but it will help enable reproducible research in biology. Artist’s … more

Progress in Nanowire Arrays
Release Date: December 2, 2014

Scanning electron microscope image of an array of GaN nanowires with a spacing of 800 nm. Defect-free nanowires with diameters in the range of 100 nanometers (nm) hold significant promise … more

Low Error-Rate Detectors for Telecom
Release Date: December 2, 2014

NIST scientists have devised an experimental photon-detection system for communications with error rates far below even the most ideal conventional designs. Telecom networks need to move trillions … more

Ensuring Quality: NIST Suggests New Purity Test for Biotech Products
Release Date: December 2, 2014

To avoid contaminating their experiments, biomedical researchers want to know that the scientific products they buy are pure. But how pure does something need to be to really be pure? Using a new … more

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