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NIST Encasement Now Protecting ‘America’s Birth Certificate’
Release Date: December 12, 2007

NIST technician Dana Strawbridge bolts the top frame of the map encasement to its base during a test sealing of the encasement prior to shipping to the Library of Congress. Credit: … more

New Accreditation Program for Body Armor Testing Laboratories
Release Date: December 12, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), has established a new accreditation program for laboratories that test … more

‘Combinatorial’ Approach Squashes Software Bugs Faster, Cheaper
Release Date: December 12, 2007

A team of computer scientists and mathematicians from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Texas, Arlington is developing an open-source tool that catches … more

NIST Helps Beam Time to TV Viewers in the Middle East
Release Date: December 12, 2007

Millions of satellite television and radio users in North Africa and the Middle East can now see and hear the precise time of day, thanks to technical assistance and a custom-built time signal … more

New Paper Reveals Nanoscale Details of Photolithography Process
Release Date: December 12, 2007

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made the first direct measurements of the infinitesimal expansion and collapse of thin polymer films used in the … more

NIST Imaging System Maps Nanomechanical Properties
Release Date: December 12, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed an imaging system that quickly maps the mechanical properties of materials—how stiff or stretchy they are, for example—at … more

NIST Helps Preserve the 500-year-old Waldseemüller Map
Release Date: December 7, 2007

This map shows the outline of North and South America, as well as the Isthmus of Panama, and was the first to depict clearly a separate Western Hemisphere, with the Pacific as a separate … more

Thirteen Earn NIST Awards
Release Date: December 5, 2007

Thirteen local employees of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were honored with the Departmental Bronze Medal and other NIST awards in ceremonies held … more

Fifty Earn NIST Bronze Medals
Release Date: December 5, 2007

Fifty local employees of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were honored with the Departmental Bronze Medal in ceremonies held Dec. 5, 2007. NIST Acting … more

Forty-five Earn NIST Awards
Release Date: December 5, 2007

Forty-five local employees of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were honored with awards in ceremonies held Dec. 5, 2007. NIST Acting Director James … more

NIST Announces First Observation of 'Persistent Flow' in a Gas
Release Date: November 27, 2007

Using laser light to stir an ultracold gas of atoms, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (NIST/University of Maryland) have … more

Presidential Award for Excellence Honors Five U.S. Organizations
Release Date: November 27, 2007

On November 20, President George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez named five organizations as the recipients of the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s … more

Job-Related Stress: NIST Demonstrates Fatigue Effects in Silicon
Release Date: November 27, 2007

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a mechanical fatigue process that eventually leads to cracks and breakdown in bulk silicon crystals—a … more

NIST Measures Performance of Auto Crash Warning Systems
Release Date: November 27, 2007

Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed and tested a laser-based ranging system to assess the performance of automobile collision warning systems. … more

'High Q' NIST Nanowires May be Practical Oscillators
Release Date: November 27, 2007

Nanowires grown at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have a mechanical “quality factor” at least 10 times higher than reported values for other nanoscale devices such as … more

Presidential Award for Excellence Honors Five U.S. Organizations
Release Date: November 20, 2007

Two Nonprofits Recognized in First Year of Category WASHINGTON, D.C.—President George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez today announced that five organizations are the recipients … more

33 Local Employees Earn DOC Awards
Release Date: November 13, 2007

The U.S. Department of Commerce has presented 33 local employees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with Gold and Silver Medal Awards—the two highest honors from the … more

NIST Researchers Receive Early Career Presidential Awards
Release Date: November 8, 2007

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers Kathryn L. Beers and Joshua C. Bienfang have been awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers … more

NIST Issues Call for a New 'Hash' Algorithm
Release Date: November 8, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened a competition to develop a new cryptographic "hash" algorithm, a tool that converts a file, message or block of data to a short … more

Mini Magnetic Sensor May Have Biomedical, Security Applications
Release Date: November 8, 2007

In NIST’s new mini-magnetometer, light from a laser (small gray cylinder at left) passes through a small container (green cube) containing atoms in a gas. The cell and any sample being … more

New Scoring System Protects Credit Card Transactions
Release Date: November 8, 2007

As this year’s holiday season approaches, your credit card transactions may be a little more secure thanks to standards adopted by the payment card industry. The latest incarnation of these … more

Micro Microwave Does Pinpoint Cooking for Miniaturized Labs
Release Date: November 8, 2007

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and George Mason University have demonstrated what is probably the world’s smallest microwave oven, a tiny mechanism that … more

Bug-Zapper: A Dose of Radiation May Help Knock Out Malaria
Release Date: November 8, 2007

How are physicists helping an effort to eradicate malaria, the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than one million people every year? Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Posts Online Database of Cryogenic Materials Properties
Release Date: November 8, 2007

In response to numerous inquiries from academia, industry, and other government labs, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published a new database on the properties … more

Wanted: Expert Reviewers for 2008 Baldrige Award
Release Date: November 8, 2007

Each year the Baldrige National Quality Program recruits experts from businesses, education organizations, health care providers, nonprofits and other groups to serve as members of the Board of … more

New NIST Mini-Sensor May Have Biomedical and Security Applications
Release Date: November 1, 2007

Boulder, Colo. – A tiny sensor that can detect magnetic field changes as small as 70 femtoteslas—equivalent to the brain waves of a person daydreaming—has been demonstrated at the National … more

Reminder: Turn Your Clocks Back on Sunday, November 4
Release Date: October 26, 2007

©Shutterstock Daylight Saving Time (DST) will end on Sunday, November 4, 2007, as determined by new rules implemented this year. On November 4 at 2 AM local time, clocks should be set … more

NIST Physicist Honored for Measuring Forces between Ultra-cool Atoms
Release Date: October 25, 2007

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named NIST physicist Paul D. Lett as one of its new fellows. AAAS cites Lett for his work in developing a technique that can be … more

NIST Licenses Systems to Help the Blind ‘See’ Images
Release Date: October 25, 2007

Researchers John Roberts (right) and Oliver Slattery (left) using the tactile graphic display device to depict the NIST logo. Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image A recently … more

NIST Staff Honored in 2007 Presidential Rank Awards
Release Date: October 25, 2007

Four members of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) staff have been honored in the 2007 Presidential Rank Awards. The awards recognize exceptional long-term accomplishments in … more

Framework Document on Cybersecurity Open for Public Comment
Release Date: October 25, 2007

Widely recognized as the engine that drives the U.S. economy, information technology enables the vast majority of organizations to carry out their missions and business operations more efficiently … more

New SRM Allows Accurate Accounting of Forensic DNA
Release Date: October 25, 2007

Thanks to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a method for making multiple copies of DNA fragments, even tiny bits of biological evidence (in the form of hair, tissue, bones, teeth, blood or other … more

Elevators Seen as Playing Hi-Rise Fire Evacuation Role
Release Date: October 25, 2007

“In case of fire use the stairs, not the elevator”—appears on signs posted in elevator lobbies throughout the United States. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, however, experts are starting to … more

NIST Demos Industrial-Grade Nanowire Device Fabrication
Release Date: October 25, 2007

In the growing catalog of nanoscale technologies, nanowires—tiny rows of conductor or semiconductor atoms—have attracted a great deal of interest for their potential to build unique atomic-scale … more

Showcase - Focus on Microfluidics
Release Date: October 12, 2007

A TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND FEDERAL MARKETPLACE EVENT NIST Presents Its Microfluidics Technologies For Commercial Adoption On Tuesday, October 9, 2007, NIST presented some of its novel technologies … more

Celebrating the Physics Nobel Prize Winners
Release Date: October 11, 2007

This week scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have joined colleagues around the world in congratulating Albert Fert of France and Peter Grünberg of Germany for … more

NIST Official Testifies on Fire Research Program
Release Date: October 11, 2007

On Oct. 2, 2007, S. Shyam Sunder, director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), testified before the Subcommitte on Technology … more

Biopharmaceutical Infrastructure Key to Lower Drug Development Costs
Release Date: October 11, 2007

Improvements to the technology infrastructure for researching and developing new biopharmaceuticals would be expected to save the industry hundreds of millions of dollars annually, according to a … more

Home Sprinklers Score ‘A’ in NIST Cost-Benefit Study
Release Date: October 11, 2007

Sometimes life-saving technologies seem beyond the reach of the average person. If you put residential fire sprinklers in that category, think again. National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Light Source Illuminates Fusion Power Diagnostics
Release Date: October 11, 2007

Using a device that can turn a tiny piece of laboratory space into an ion cloud as hot as those found in a nuclear fusion reactor, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

New Quantum Dot Transistor Counts Individual Photons
Release Date: October 11, 2007

A transistor containing quantum dots that can count individual photons (the smallest particles of light) has been designed and demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

How to Protect Your Web Server from Attacks
Release Date: October 11, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new publication that provides detailed tips on how to make web servers more resistant to potential attacks. Called … more

‘Dead Time’ Limits Quantum Cryptography Speeds
Release Date: September 27, 2007

Quantum cryptography is potentially the most secure method of sending encrypted information, but does it have a speed limit? According to a new paper* by researchers at the National Institute of … more

Fourteen Prepare for Baldrige Site Visits
Release Date: September 27, 2007

Starting in mid-October, teams of business, education, health care and nonprofit experts will visit 14 organizations as the final review stage for the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, … more

NIST Announces 56 New Awards For Innovative Technology R&D
Release Date: September 27, 2007

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced 56 new awards for innovative industrial research and development projects under the agency’s Advanced … more

Experts to Review Life-Saving Homeland Security Standards
Release Date: September 27, 2007

The terrorist threat to the global transportation system, private-sector implementation of the preparedness provisions of the 9/11 Commission recommendations and a review of standards-based … more

High-Speed Quantum Key System Wins Research Award
Release Date: September 27, 2007

A high-speed quantum cryptography system that allows “Alice” and “Bob” to discuss things in absolute secrecy earned a 2007 R&D 100 Award for a team of researchers at the National Institute of … more

Measurements from the Edge: Magnetic Properties of Thin Films
Release Date: September 27, 2007

Spectroscopic image showing the microwave-frequency magnetic resonances of an array of parallel, metallic thin film nanowires ("stripes"). The peak in the center is due to resonances … more

NIST Helps Plan Measurement Standards for the Hydrogen Economy
Release Date: September 27, 2007

How do you conveniently measure something that not only is 14 times lighter than air but also invisible? That’s just one of the tasks National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Weights … more

NIST Debuts Superconducting Quantum Computing Cable
Release Date: September 27, 2007

Artist's rendition of the NIST superconducting quantum computing cable. Illustration by:Michael Kemper View hi-resolution version Physicists at the National Institute of Standards … more

Digital Cable Goes Quantum: NIST Debuts Superconducting Quantum Computing Cable
Release Date: September 26, 2007

Artist's rendition of the NIST superconducting quantum computing cable. Illustration by:Michael Kemper View hi-resolution version BOULDER, Colo.— Physicists at the National … more

NIST Firebrand Device Could Save U.S. and Japanese Homes
Release Date: September 13, 2007

Crackling embers and glowing firebrands might make for a romantic evening in front of the fireplace, but for homeowners in high fire-risk areas, windborne fire material is the stuff of nightmares. … more

JILA Finds Flaw in Model Describing DNA Elasticity
Release Date: September 13, 2007

DNA, the biomolecule that provides the blueprint for life, has a lesser-known identity as a stretchy polymer. JILA scientists have found a flaw in the most common model for DNA elasticity, a … more

NIST, SRC-NRI Enter Partnership to Drive Search for Next-Generation Computer Technology
Release Date: September 13, 2007

Collaboration Aims to Strengthen the Nation's Lead in Nanoelectronics   Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world’s leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related … more

'Radio Wave Cooling' Offers New Twist on Laser Cooling
Release Date: September 13, 2007

Visible and ultraviolet laser light has been used for years to cool trapped atoms—and more recently larger objects—by reducing the extent of their thermal motion. Now, applying a different form of … more

NIST Team Develops Novel Method for Nanostructured Polymer Thin Films
Release Date: September 13, 2007

All researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wanted was a simple, quick method for making thin films of block copolymers or BCPs (chemically distinct polymers linked … more

Probing a Rare Material Spin State at NIST
Release Date: September 13, 2007

A team of international physicists that includes researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found experimental evidence of a highly sought-after type of … more

New Guide Available for Fractography of Ceramics and Glasses
Release Date: September 13, 2007

Optical profilometer image of the broken surface of a glass rod shows height of peaks (yellows and reds) and valleys (blues and purples) of the fracture surface in millionths of a meter. … more

"Guide to Secure Web Services" Provides Blueprint to Safer Web 2.0
Release Date: September 13, 2007

Many Web-based services, from shopping to online word processing, allow computer programs to talk to each other and exchange user data across several Web sites without human intervention. Many of … more

Voting Standards Guidance Sent to Election Commission
Release Date: September 13, 2007

Recommendations for a new set of requirements intended to make future voting systems more “secure, reliable, and easier for all voters to use” have been submitted in a 598-page report by an … more

NIST, SRC-NRI Partner to Advance Next-Generation Computer Technology
Release Date: September 13, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, today announced … more

Tech Transfer Event to Showcase NIST Microfluidics Technologies
Release Date: September 13, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the MIT Enterprise Forum™ and TEDCO, will host a technology transfer workshop on Oct. 9, 2007, to showcase several of … more

NIST Votes for U.S. 'Approval with Comments' on Office Open XML Standard to Meet International Voting Deadline
Release Date: August 31, 2007

In preparation for the September 2 international voting deadline, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has supported a U.S. national body consensus … more

Fire Tests Examine Structural Collapse Hazards and Warning Devices
Release Date: August 30, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducted experiments this week in Sharon Hill, Pa., on the hazards of fires under residential floors, which can surprise firefighters by … more

Longer is Better for Nanotube Optical Properties
Release Date: August 30, 2007

If you want to exploit the ability of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) to absorb, fluoresce and scatter light, take the advice of a sandlot quarterback and “go long.” In the Aug. 29, 2007, … more

NIST Measures Challenges for Wireless in Factories
Release Date: August 30, 2007

Factories have much to gain from wireless technology, such as robot control, RFID tag monitoring, and local-area network (LAN) communications. Wireless systems can cost less and offer more … more

Upgraded Software Makes ID Verification Testing Easier
Release Date: August 30, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released an improved version of its Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Data Generator, a downloadable Java application … more

JILA Physicist is Finalist for Service to America Medal
Release Date: August 30, 2007

Konrad Lehnert, a physicist at JILA, is a finalist for the 2007 Service to America medals, presented annually by the non-profit, non-partisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence … more

Workshop Focuses on Digital Exchange of Biometric Info
Release Date: August 16, 2007

“America’s Most Wanted” meets Web 2.0 as researchers develop an additional implementation of a data format that allows disparate law enforcement agencies to exchange fingerprints and other … more

Commerce Department to Host National Summit on Competitiveness
Release Date: August 16, 2007

Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez will host a national meeting of private and public sector officials that will focus on promoting innovation and economic development across the United States. … more

NIST, UMBI to Expand Cooperation in Bioresearch
Release Date: August 16, 2007

Officials from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Aug. 10 designed to … more

America COMPETES Act Brings Immediate Changes to NIST
Release Date: August 16, 2007

On Aug. 9, the President signed the America COMPETES Act (Public Law Number 110-69), which authorizes funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the next three years. … more

New NIST Calibration Service 'Arms' Phasors for More Reliable Power Grids
Release Date: August 16, 2007

While the new calibration service for phasor measurement units (PMUs) offered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sounds like it would appeal to Star Trek fans, it’s … more

SRMs Track Fire Retardants in Humans and Environment
Release Date: August 16, 2007

If only the flame retardant chemicals routinely added to consumer products from carpets to cell phones just did their job and nothing more. Health officials, however, are concerned that one class … more

Layered Approach May Yield Stronger, More Successful Bone Implants
Release Date: August 16, 2007

High-magnification scanning electron microscopy shows (center of micrograph) the leg of an osteoblast (bone precursor), called a cytoplasmic extension, attaching to nano-sized … more

Ginkgo SRMs: Tools for Product Analysis/Quality
Release Date: August 16, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a suite of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for ginkgo biloba, one of the most popular dietary supplements in the … more

Nanoscale Blasting Adjusts Resistance in Magnetic Sensors
Release Date: August 16, 2007

A new process for adjusting the resistance of semiconductor devices by carpeting a small area of the device with tiny pits, like a yard dug up by demented terriers, may be the key to a new class of … more

NIST Votes for U.S. Conditional Approval of Office Open XML Standard
Release Date: August 10, 2007

August 10, 2007--The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has voted for conditional approval of a proposed international standard for open documents. The … more

Comments Sought on New Security Publications
Release Date: August 3, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released three draft Special Publications (SP) documents for public comment. Revision 1, Wireless Network Security: IEEE 802.11a/b/g, … more

Improved NIST SRM Aids Lead Poisoning Detection
Release Date: August 3, 2007

Lead in goat blood might not be on the top of your shopping list, but for U.S. medical personnel who each year perform more than 2 million human blood measurements, Standard Reference Material … more

New Tools to Help Configure Secure Operating Systems
Release Date: August 3, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is making available “virtual machine images” of secure configurations of the Microsoft Windows XP and VISTA operating systems (OSs) to … more

Changing the Rings: A Key Finding for Magnetics Design
Release Date: August 3, 2007

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have done the first theoretical determination of the dominant damping … more

Thousands of Atoms Swap 'Spins' in Quantum Square Dance
Release Date: August 3, 2007

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have induced thousands of atoms trapped by laser beams to swap “spins” with partners simultaneously. The repeated exchanges, … more

Neutrons Reveal Quantum Order in Solid-State System
Release Date: August 3, 2007

It’s a truism that the world looks very different through the eyes of quantum mechanics. In a new paper appearing in Science,* an international team of scientists working at the National Institute … more

Nano-layer of Ruthenium Stabilizes Magnetic Sensors
Release Date: August 3, 2007

A layer of ruthenium just a few atoms thick can be used to fine-tune the sensitivity and enhance the reliability of magnetic sensors, tests at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Thousands of Atoms Swap ‘Spins’ with Partners in Quantum Square Dance
Release Date: July 25, 2007

NIST Advance Is Step Toward Quantum Computing with Neutral Atoms GAITHERSBURG, MD—Physicists at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have induced … more

NIST Begins Technical Study of S.C. Warehouse Fire
Release Date: July 20, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is beginning a technical study of the June 18, 2007, fire at the Super Sofa Store furniture store/warehouse in … more

Magnetic Tape Analysis "Sees" Tampering in Detail
Release Date: July 20, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed an improved version of a real-time magnetic microscopy system that converts evidence of tampering on magnetic audio and video … more

New NIST Measurement Office Focuses on Innovation
Release Date: July 20, 2007

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director William Jeffrey has named Clare Allocca as the chief of NIST’s new United States Measurement System (USMS) Office. The creation of the … more

Tailoring Computer Security for Industrial Controls
Release Date: July 20, 2007

Electricity, power, water, communications, waste treatment—we call the facilities that supply these services our “critical” infrastructures because they truly are critical to the health, safety and … more

Evaluations Aim to Advance Translation Technology
Release Date: July 20, 2007

Wartime military patrols and civilian encounters can be especially dangerous if neither group understands the other’s language. To help American forces secure critical information and communicate … more

Speed Bumps Less Important Than Potholes for Graphene
Release Date: July 20, 2007

For electrical charges racing through an atom-thick sheet of graphene, occasional hills and valleys are no big deal, but the potholes—single-atom defects in the crystal—they’re killers. That’s one … more

NIST Begins Technical Study of South Carolina Warehouse Fire
Release Date: July 16, 2007

GAITHERSBURG, MD—The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is beginning a technical study of the June 18, 2007, fire at the Super Sofa … more

NIST RoboCrane® Cuts Aircraft Maintenance Costs
Release Date: July 2, 2007

A revolutionary robotic platform developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been adapted for the U.S. Air Force to address the critical, expensive,and nasty work of … more

NIST Status Update on World Trade Center 7 Investigation
Release Date: June 29, 2007

A team of scientists and engineers at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that is investigating the collapse of New York City's World Trade Center 7 (WTC … more

Fans Clear High-Rise Stairwells of Smoke
Release Date: June 21, 2007

High pressure fans that direct air flow up the stairway of a burning high-rise building can increase the effectiveness of firefighters and the survivability of occupants by ridding the stairwell of … more

Coming Soon! Baldrige Awardees Share Successes
Release Date: June 21, 2007

Leaders from the three organizations selected for the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as from past award recipients, will share their best practices and results at one-day … more

NIST/Industry Quality Measurement Data Standard
Release Date: June 21, 2007

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers, together with colleagues from the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), key manufacturing companies, and quality software … more

Catching Waves: Measuring Self-Assembly in Action
Release Date: June 21, 2007

By making careful observations of the growth of a layer of molecules as they gradually cover the surface of a small silicon rectangle, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Fire Experts Examine Charleston Building Collapse
Release Date: June 21, 2007

On June 19, 2007, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sent four fire experts to Charleston, S.C., to gather information and examine the site of the previous night’s fire and … more

NIST WTC Recommendations Spur New Model Building Codes
Release Date: June 21, 2007

Safer buildings—especially tall structures—that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal of the first comprehensive set of building code changes recently … more

First Comprehensive Set of Model Code Changes Adopted Based on Recommendations from Commerce's NIST World Trade Center Investigation
Release Date: June 20, 2007

GAITHERSBURG, Md.-Safer buildings-especially tall structures-that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal of the first comprehensive set of building code … more

Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Announces Selection of 2007-2008 Commerce Science and Technology Fellows
Release Date: June 14, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC —Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez today announced that 16 individuals have been selected to participate in the Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship (ComSci) Program. Open … more

Three NIST Researchers Receive Flemming Awards
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Three scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were among the eight federal employees who received the Arthur S. Flemming Award in ceremonies held June 4 at George … more

Calling All D.C. Area Post Docs!
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Postdoctoral fellows currently working in the Greater Washington, D.C., area have a unique opportunity to advance their research careers at the Second Annual Post-Doc Conference: Access to STEM … more

84 Apply for Nation’s Top Honor for Excellence
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Eighty-four organizations have started down the path they hope will lead to their being honored with the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for … more

Building Retrofits Reduce Chem/Bio Hazards Risks
Release Date: June 8, 2007

A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers building owners and managers information on retrofit options to … more

Fluorescent Glass SRMs Are New Tool for Spectroscopy
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed two new calibration tools to help correct and validate the performance of analytic instruments that identify … more

Computer Guide May Boost Security Testing Efficiency
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Providing strong security for complex federal information systems is a challenging job. But now there’s a new version of a draft guide* for assessing the effectiveness of security of controls in … more

Rescue Robot Tests To Offer Responders High-Tech Help
Release Date: June 8, 2007

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) engineers are organizing the fourth in a series of Response Robot Evaluation Exercises for urban search and rescue (US&R) responders to be … more

New Quantum Key System Combines Speed, Distance
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a prototype high-speed quantum key distribution (QKD) system, based on a new detector system that achieves … more

Silicon Nanowires Upgrade Data-Storage Technology
Release Date: June 8, 2007

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with colleagues at George Mason University and Kwangwoon University in Korea, have fabricated a memory device that … more

Long-Distance Record: ‘Quantum Keys’ Sent 200 Kilometers
Release Date: June 1, 2007

Schematic represents cryogenic packaging system constructed at NIST for the single-photon detector used in a record-setting quantum key distribution experiment. Orange area represents a … more

New Fabrication Technique Yields Nanoscale UV LEDs
Release Date: May 24, 2007

[Top] Micrograph of a complete nanowire LED with the end contact. The long nanowire (A) is about 110 micrometers long, a shorter nanowire (B) crosses it. The bright circular section is … more

Fiftieth Anniversary of First Digital Image Marked
Release Date: May 24, 2007

[Top] The room-sized Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) was used to create the first scanned image. View hi-resolution image [Bottom L.] National Bureau of Standards (NBS) … more

DNA Sieve: Nanoscale Pores Can Be Tiny Analysis Labs
Release Date: May 10, 2007

Imagine being able to rapidly identify tiny biological molecules such as DNA and toxins using less than a drop of salt water in a system that can fit on a microchip. It’s closer than you might … more

NIST Nanoscale Science and Technology Center Now Accepting Proposals
Release Date: May 1, 2007

CNST and its Nanofabrication Facility are housed in NIST’s new Advanced Measurement Laboratory, one of the most advanced research facilities in the world. Photo courtesy HDR Architecture, … more

NIST Issues Guidelines for Ensuring RFID Security
Release Date: April 26, 2007

Gaithersburg, MD – Retailers, manufacturers, hospitals, federal agencies and other organizations planning to use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to improve their operations should … more

Placing Single Nanowires: NIST Makes the Connection
Release Date: April 26, 2007

(a) Schematic of NIST single nanowire manipulation system.(b) Scanning electron microscope image shows a single silicon nanowire positioned in an etched trench using NIST's nanowire … more

Commerce’s NIST and Montgomery County Public Schools Partner to Strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education
Release Date: April 19, 2007

Statement from Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski on the NIST-MCPS Agreement GAITHERSBURG, MD—The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Montgomery County … more

Study: Cells Selectively Absorb Short Nanotubes
Release Date: March 30, 2007

DNA-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) shorter than about 200 nanometers readily enter into human lung cells and so may pose an increased risk to health, according to scientists at the … more

New JILA Apparatus Measures Fast Nanoscale Motions
Release Date: March 16, 2007

A new nanoscale apparatus developed at JILA—a tiny gold beam whose 40 million vibrations per second are measured by hopping electrons—offers the potential for a 500-fold increase in the speed of … more

Fifteen Named to Earthquake Hazards Reduction Advisory Committee
Release Date: February 28, 2007

William Jeffrey, director of the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has named 15 distinguished academic, industry and government experts to serve on the … more

NIST Report Addresses Scientific and Technical Measurement Challenges Key to Sustaining U.S. Innovation
Release Date: February 12, 2007

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—A new report based on an analysis of more than 700 scientific and technical measurement challenges facing U.S. industry today, calls on the public and private sectors to address … more

First 2D Pictures of a 'Frequency Comb' Transform It into a Brush
Release Date: February 7, 2007

Technique Reveals Colors and Intensity of All Lightwaves Simultaneously False-color images of the "fingerprints" of molecular iodine, each taken under different experimental conditions … more

Opening Statement FY 2008 NIST Budget Press Briefing Teleconference
Release Date: February 5, 2007

Good afternoon. This is a great day for NIST. The President’s 2008 budget request calls for an 11 percent increase in funding for the NIST core (which consists of our research and facilities) over … more

Budget Request Promotes National Competitiveness Through Research and Facilities at Commerce Department’s NIST
Release Date: February 5, 2007

Budget table Opening Statement from FY 2008 NIST Budget Press Briefing Teleconference by William Jeffrey, Director, NIST Washington, D.C. — President George W. Bush’s fiscal year (FY) 2008 … more

NIST Issues Draft IPv6 Technical Profile
Release Date: February 1, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) yesterday issued a draft profile that will assist federal agencies in developing plans to acquire and deploy products that implement … more