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Displaying news from August 02, 2014 To October 01, 2014

NIST Scientists Improve Microscopic Batteries with Homebuilt Imaging Analysis
Release Date: September 26, 2014

In a rare case of having their cake and eating it too, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other institutions have developed* a toolset that allows them to … more

Generating Numbers of Photons
Release Date: September 25, 2014

A NIST team is at work on what promises to be one of the world’s most accurate methods for generating a specified number of photons, and has devised a method to precisely estimate the uncertainty … more

World’s Smallest Reference Material is Big Plus for Nanotechnology
Release Date: September 24, 2014

If it's true that good things come in small packages, then the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can now make anyone working with nanoparticles very happy. NIST recently issued … more

Benchmarking Fluorescence Microscopy
Release Date: September 24, 2014

Would your laboratory or company benefit from having an easy method to track fluorescence microscopy performance? Can you compare your imaging results to those from last week? Are your fluorescence … more

NIST Awards Contract to MITRE to Support Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Release Date: September 24, 2014

Initial Tasks under IDIQ Contract Total $29 Million to Operate Newly Established Federally Funded Research and Development Center The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and … more

NCCoE Seeks Comments on Mobile Device Security Building Block
Release Date: September 17, 2014

NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has posted a revised draft of a building block to help enterprises address security issues that result from the use of mobile devices to … more

Three Pilot Projects Receive Grants to Improve Online Security and Privacy
Release Date: September 17, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced nearly $3 million in grants that will support projects for online identity protection to … more

Calibrating Radiation Beams with Light
Release Date: September 17, 2014

Ronald Tosh with the most recent setup for measuring temperature changes with optical light, using a cyclic configuration for the interferometer. A block of acrylic glass (PMMA), another … more

NIST Megacities Carbon Project Named 'Project to Watch' by United Nations
Release Date: September 15, 2014

A greenhouse gas field measurement research program developed by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several collaborating institutions has been named a … more

NIST Announces FY 2014 Small Business Innovation Research Awards
Release Date: September 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded more than $2.2 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards … more

Three's a Charm: NIST Detectors Reveal Entangled Photon Triplets
Release Date: September 15, 2014

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have directly entangled three photons in the most technologically useful state for the first time, thanks in part to superfast, super-efficient … more

Measuring Absorption Maps and Spectra of Plasmonic Resonators with Nanoscale Resolution
Release Date: September 10, 2014

Schematic showing the photothermal induced resonance (PTIR) technique, which combines the lateral resolution o more

NIST Helps Develop New Standard for Microsensor Technology
Release Date: September 9, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contributed to the development of a new standard for defining the performance of micromechanical sensors—a field that is expected to … more

Polonium's Most Stable Isotope Gets Revised Half-Life Measurement
Release Date: September 9, 2014

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have determined* that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this radioactive heavy element, has a half-life about 25 … more

New Forensic Subcommittee on Digital Evidence Added to Organization of Scientific Area Committees
Release Date: September 8, 2014

Digital evidence, one of the fastest growing areas of forensic science, will now have its own subcommittee in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-administered Organization of … more

"Making an Elephant Dance": How the Baldrige Criteria Helped Transform a Global Conglomerate
Release Date: September 5, 2014

The Tata group—today a large Indian conglomerate whose many well-known brands include Jaguar Land Rover, Taj Hotels, Tetley, and Eight O’Clock Coffee—transformed itself from a $4 billion domestic … more

Nine Organizations Selected for Site Visits for 2014 Baldrige Award
Release Date: September 5, 2014

Nine U.S. organizations have been selected by the Baldrige Panel of Judges to receive site visits for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest recognition for … more

Save the Date: NIST to Host International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, July 20-24, 2015
Release Date: September 3, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is planning to host the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management: Detection, Measurement and Mitigation from … more

NIST Team Honored for Work on Military Smartphone Apps, Security
Release Date: September 3, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have earned a 2014 GCN Award for Information Technology Excellence* for speeding development and delivery of secure, … more

Forensic Science Standards Effort Takes Shape as NIST Appoints Scientific Area Committees Members
Release Date: September 3, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today named nearly 70 new members to the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), the NIST-administered body that is seeking to … more

Scientists Shed Light on Organic Photovoltaic Characteristics
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Organic photovoltaic sample under test. (Click image to enlarge.) Photovoltaic devices, also known as solar cells, produce electrical power when exposed to light, and that technology has … more

Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available to Support Baldrige Program
Release Date: August 28, 2014

Organizations and individuals are invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program through high-level sponsorships, which will provide program supporters with the greatest degree … more

Impact of Baldrige Leaders in Health Care Highlighted in Top-100 List
Release Date: August 27, 2014

Modern Healthcare’s annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list includes six U.S. health care leaders with direct connections to the Baldrige Program, highlighting the continued impact of … more

Optical Microscope Technique Confirmed as Valid Nano-Measurement Tool
Release Date: August 26, 2014

Recent experiments have confirmed* that a technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can enable optical microscopes to measure the … more

Lighten Up! New NIST Research Facility Gives Material Help to Automakers
Release Date: August 26, 2014

Want to make more fuel-efficient cars and trucks? Build them out of lighter materials. Feeling the heat. New NIST instrument in the Center for Automotive Lightweighting captures temperature … more

For the Sake of Energy Efficiency, New "Intelligent Agents Lab" Doubles As a Building
Release Date: August 25, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is converting one of its laboratories into the equivalent of a small office building—not because of an increase in administrative overhead, … more

EUV calibration for solar studies
Release Date: August 25, 2014

Rob Vest at the section of the EUV beam line where the degradation-free spectrometers were calibrated. Image: Sean Kelley/NISTThanks to precision calibration measurements recently performed … more

NIST Seeks Info on User Experiences with Cybersecurity Framework
Release Date: August 22, 2014

Six months ago, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released version 1.0 of its voluntary Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, a methodical approach … more

Technology Commercialization Support for Small Businesses
Release Date: August 22, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking an organization to support its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awardees by providing technical and business expertise … more

JILA Team Finds First Direct Evidence of 'Spin Symmetry' In Atoms
Release Date: August 21, 2014

Just as diamonds with perfect symmetry may be unusually brilliant jewels, the quantum world has a symmetrical splendor of high scientific value. Illustration of symmetry in the magnetic … more

NIST Vetting Guide Helps in Testing Mobile Apps to Learn What They Really Do
Release Date: August 20, 2014

While many mobile device apps such as a calendar or collaboration tools are very handy and can improve productivity, they can also introduce vulnerabilities that can put sensitive data and network … more

NIST to Establish Research Center of Excellence for Forensic Science
Release Date: August 19, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition to create a Forensic Science Center of Excellence dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary research. The … more

Guidelines for Enhancing Solar Cells Using Surface Plasmon Polaritons
Release Date: August 15, 2014

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have established guidelines for using surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) to improve absorption in both photovoltaic or … more

Scale Model Smokestack
Release Date: August 15, 2014

Construction is nearly complete on one of the world's more unusual precision measurement facilities: A 50 meter horizontal smokestack located on NIST's Gaithersburg, MD campus. Once it is fully … more

Forensics@NIST 2014 to Take Place Dec. 3-4
Release Date: August 13, 2014

Registration: No Charge Location: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md. NIST, known for advancing measurement science, standards and technology, will host the … more

NIST, IAPP Host Privacy Engineering Workshop in September 2014
Release Date: August 12, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold its second Privacy Engineering Workshop in San Jose, Calif., Sept. 15 and 16, 2014. The event is co-sponsored by the … more

It's a Match: NIST and Prince George's County Crime Lab Team Up on Ballistics Research
Release Date: August 11, 2014

 NIST researchers show Prince George's County crime lab staff one of the ballistics labs. L to R: Jaime Smith/PG County, Brian Renegar/NIST, Deion Christophe/University of Central Oklahoma, Robert … more

Enriched Silicon: Beyond Six Nines
Release Date: August 11, 2014

Inside the silicon deposition chamber. The glowing piece of unenriched silicon in the center can be heated above 1200 °C to clean the crystal and aid the process of growing layers of … more

NIST Therapy for Ultraviolet Laser Beams: Hydrogen-treated Fibers
Release Date: August 11, 2014

To make a better optical fiber for transmitting laser beams, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not a nice long hydrogen bath. Micrograph of an optical fiber that has been … more

NIST Ion Duet Offers Tunable Module for Quantum Simulator
Release Date: August 6, 2014

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a pas de deux of atomic ions that combines the fine choreography of dance with precise individual control. … more

NIST 'Global City Teams Challenge' to Create Smart Cities
Release Date: August 5, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several partners today are kicking off the year-long Global City Teams Challenge to help communities … more

MEP Launches Competition to Fund Manufacturing Centers in 10 States
Release Date: August 4, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today opened a competition to award new cooperative funding agreements for its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers … more