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Joseph Stroscio Receives AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award
Release Date: December 21, 2009

NIST Fellow Joseph Stroscio was honored with the 2009 Nanotechnology Recognition Award at the AVS 56th International Symposium in San Jose, California on November 10, 2009. This award recognizes a … more

Twenty-Two NIST Boulder Employees Receive Awards
Release Date: December 16, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has honored 22 employees of its Boulder Laboratories with the NIST Bronze Medal and other prestigious … more

NIST Updates Automated Computer Security Validation Guidelines
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft publication for public comment that describes changes to the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). SCAP is a … more

Deadline Extended for Entering NIST Microrobotics Challenge
Release Date: December 15, 2009

An article in the Oct. 20, 2009, issue of NIST Tech Beat, “Is Your Microrobot Up for the (NIST) Challenge?”, invited university and collegiate student teams currently engaged in microrobotic, … more

NIST Seeks Comments on Cryptography Standards Publication
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released for public comment a new revision of one of its key computer security documents, a set of information processing standards … more

New Automated Technique with Online Verification Eases Network Analyzer Calibration
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Verifying the accuracy of network analyzers--instruments that are used to measure key performance characteristics of electronic networks--was once an awkward process involving multiple steps and … more

Demonstration Network Planned for Public Safety 700 MHz Broadband
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have announced plans to create a demonstration broadband … more

Five Organizations Honored with 2009 Baldrige National Quality Award
Release Date: December 15, 2009

President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced on Dec. 7, 2009, that five organizations have been named the recipients of the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the … more

Everlasting Quantum Wave: NIST Physicists Predict New Form of Soliton in Ultracold Gases
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Solitary waves that run a long distance without losing their shape or dying out are a special class of waves called solitons. These everlasting waves are exotic enough, but theoreticians at the … more

Web Site Highlights 50 Years of NIST Contributions to Laser Science
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The year 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the first demonstration of the laser, one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. Lasers now touch almost every aspect of modern life, from … more

Text Retrieval Expert Named Distinguished Scientist by Computing Group
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Ellen Voorhees, leader of the text retrieval group in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was recently recognized as a “Distinguished … more

Among Apes, Teeth Are Made for the Toughest Times
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The teeth of some apes are formed primarily to handle the most stressful times when food is scarce, according to new research* performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Handheld Touch Screen Device May Lead to Mobile Fingerprint ID
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team had a problem--they needed a small, portable tool to identify fingerprints and faces, but couldn't get anyone interested in building a … more

NIST Team Demystifies Utility of Power Factor Correction Devices
Release Date: December 15, 2009

If you've seen an Internet ad for capacitor-type power factor correction devices, you might be led to believe that using one can save you money on your residential electricity bill. However, a team … more

NIST Technology Program Announces 20 Research Project Awards
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced funding for 20 new research projects under its Technology Innovation Program (TIP), including projects ranging from … more

ITL Staff Members Receive Tech Transfer Award
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Raghu Kacker of the ITL Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division, Rick Kuhn of the ITL Computer Security Division, Jeff Yu Lei of the University of Texas at Arlington (and a guest … more

JQI Researchers Create 'Synthetic Magnetic Fields' for Neutral Atoms
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Achieving an important new capability in ultracold atomic gases, researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute, a collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the … more

Budget News
Release Date: December 15, 2009

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U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Invests up to $71 Million in New Manufacturing, Infrastructure Research and Development
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Technology Innovation Program funding focuses on advanced materials and infrastructure monitoring and repair The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

Robert McMichael Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
Release Date: December 14, 2009

The CNST's Robert McMichael has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). His fellowship citation notes his "broad contributions to the measurement, modeling, interpretation, and … more

Board of New Smart Grid Panel 'Boots Up' - Key Position Filled and Next Steps Assigned
Release Date: December 14, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.— The three-week-old Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s (SGIP’s) governing board appointed Steve Widergren, a principal engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as … more

Sixty-Four Staff Members Earn Departmental Bronze and Other NIST Awards
Release Date: December 8, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has presented 64 local staff members with the Departmental Bronze Medal and other NIST awards in … more

Mark Stiles Recognized as American Physical Society Outstanding Referee
Release Date: December 7, 2009

NIST Fellow Mark Stiles has been designated a 2010 Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society (APS). This lifetime APS award was initiated in 2008 "to recognize scientists who have been … more

CNST Adding Major Capabilities for Transmission Electron Microscopy
Release Date: December 7, 2009

The CNST has recently awarded contracts with FEI Company for two Transmission Electron Microscope systems that will bring significant new capabilities to both the NanoFab and the CNST Research … more

Five U.S. Organizations Honored for Innovation and Performance Excellence with the 2009 Baldrige National Quality Award
Release Date: December 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced that five organizations are the recipients of the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the … more

Vice President Biden and Commerce Secretary Locke Present Baldrige Award to Three Organizations
Release Date: December 2, 2009

Go to Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke's Remarks at Baldrige Quality Awards On Dec. 2, 2009, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Gary Locke presented three U.S. … more

NIST Staff Recognized in Annual Commerce Department Awards
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Fourteen staff members at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have received one of this year’s Department of Commerce Gold Medals and an additional 23 have received Commerce … more

NIST on Facebook and Twitter
Release Date: December 1, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) now has a fan page on the popular social networking site, Facebook, and the microblogging service Twitter. Become a fan or follow us to … more

Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Launched; Governing Board Elected
Release Date: December 1, 2009

The inaugural meeting of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a new forum to provide technical support to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as it coordinates … more

Vice President Biden, Secretary Locke to Present 2008 Baldrige Awards
Release Date: December 1, 2009

What: Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will present three U.S. organizations with the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for … more

NIST Develops Experimental Validation Tool for Cell Phone Forensics
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Viewers of TV dramas don't focus on the technology behind how a forensics crime team tracks a terrorist or drug ring using cell phone data, but scientists at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Combining Nanotubes and Antibodies for Breast Cancer ‘Search and Destroy’ Missions
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Single-walled nanotubes--cylinders of carbon about a nanometer in diameter--have been highly touted for potential applications such as ultrastrong fibers, electrical wires in molecular devices, or … more

NIST Researchers Put a New Spin on Atomic Musical Chairs
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Naval Research Laboratory have developed a new way to introduce magnetic impurities in a semiconductor crystal by … more

Nervy Research: Researchers Take Initial Look at Ion Channels in a Model System
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Before one of your muscles can twitch, before the thought telling it to flex can race down your nerve, a tiny floodgate of sorts--called an ion channel--must open in the surface of each cell in … more

CNST Researchers Design Optical Interface to Probe Single Quantum Dots
Release Date: November 30, 2009

CNST researchers have designed a nanophotonic interface to very efficiently collect light emitted from single semiconductor quantum dots, providing an avenue for high resolution measurements needed … more

CNST Researchers Win Best Nanolithography Poster Award at International Conference on Micro Nano Engineering
Release Date: November 30, 2009

CNST researchers were recognized for the best poster presentation on nanolithography on October 1, 2009 at the 35th International Conference on Micro Nano Engineering, in Ghent, Belgium. The CNST … more

37 Employees Earn DOC Awards
Release Date: November 20, 2009

The U.S. Department of Commerce has presented 37 local employees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with Gold and Silver Medal Awards—the two highest honors from the … more

Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Launched; Governing Board Elected
Release Date: November 19, 2009

DENVER--The inaugural meeting of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a new stakeholder forum to provide technical support to the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and … more

Senate Confirms Gallagher as 14th NIST Director
Release Date: November 17, 2009

On Nov. 5, 2009, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher by unanimous consent as the 14th director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Gallagher has worked at … more

Wavering Named Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Albert Wavering III has been named to the College of Fellows of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Wavering is acting deputy director of the National Institute of Standards and … more

Time Magazine Names JQI Work Among Year’s Best Inventions
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Time Magazine has named research on the "quantum teleportation" of information from one atom to another in its "50 Best Inventions of 2009" feature. The research was performed at the Joint Quantum … more

Computer Researcher Named Distinguished Fellow of Information Security Group
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Information … more

Baldrige Program Calls for Applicants for 2010 Examiners
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Each year the Baldrige Program recruits experts from business, education organizations, health care providers, nonprofits and other groups to serve on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm … more

Certification and Accreditation Process for Federal Information Systems Transformed
Release Date: November 17, 2009

A revised draft publication on computer security guidance issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is focused on transforming the episodic information system … more

Technology Innovation Program Seeks Comments on Potential Future Funding Areas
Release Date: November 17, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is asking for public comment on four white papers that outline potential areas for research funding grants under the Institute's Technology … more

Publication Offers Constructive Advice for Construction Industry Efficiency
Release Date: November 17, 2009

A new workshop report from the National Research Council (NRC) identifies five key activities to advance the competitiveness and effectiveness of the nation's construction industry that employs … more

NIST Demonstrates 'Universal' Programmable Quantum Processor
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated the first “universal” programmable quantum information processor able to run any program allowed by quantum … more

Novel NIST Connector Uses Magnets for Leak-Free Microfluidic Devices
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Like other users of microfluidic systems, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researcher Javier Atencia was faced with an annoying engineering problem: how to simply, reliably and … more

Small Nanoparticles Bring Big Improvement to Medical Imaging
Release Date: November 17, 2009

If you're watching the complex processes in a living cell, it is easy to miss something important--especially if you are watching changes that take a long time to unfold and require … more

JQI Researchers Create Entangled Photons from Quantum Dots
Release Date: November 17, 2009

To exploit the quantum world to the fullest, a key commodity is entanglement--the spooky, distance-defying link that can form between objects such as atoms even when they are completely shielded … more

‘No Muss, No Fuss’ Miniaturized Analysis for Complex Samples Developed
Release Date: November 17, 2009

The goal of an integrated, miniaturized laboratory analysis system, also known as a "lab-on-a-chip," is simple: sample in, answer out. However, researchers wanting to use these microfluidic devices … more

NIST Demonstrates 'Universal' Programmable Quantum Processor for Quantum Computers
Release Date: November 16, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.— Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated the first "universal" programmable quantum information processor able to run any program … more

NIST, CU to Build Instrument to Help Search for Earth-like Planets
Release Date: November 3, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will collaborate with the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) to build and apply a custom laser-based instrument--a frequency comb--to … more

NIST Test Proves ‘The Eyes Have It’ for ID Verification
Release Date: November 3, 2009

The eyes may be the mirror to the soul, but the iris reveals a person's true identity--its intricate structure constitutes a powerful biometric. A new report by computer scientists at the National … more

NIST Quantifies Low Levels of 'Heart Attack Risk' Protein
Release Date: November 3, 2009

Searching for a needle in a haystack may seem futile, but it's worth it if the needle is a hard-to-detect protein that may identify a person at high risk of a heart attack circulating within a … more

Capturing Those In-Between Moments: NIST Solves Timing Problem in Molecular Modeling
Release Date: November 3, 2009

A theoretical physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a method for calculating the motions and forces of thousands of atoms simultaneously over a wider … more

Taner Yildirim wins Tubitak Award
Release Date: October 30, 2009

Dr. Taner Yildirim, a physicist at the NCNR, has won the prestigious Special Award for 2009 from Tubitak, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. The Special Award is reserved … more

Scientists Build First 'Frequency Comb' To Display Visible 'Teeth'
Release Date: October 29, 2009

Finally, an optical frequency comb that visibly lives up to its name. Scientists at the University of Konstanz in Germany and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the … more

Is Your Microrobot Up for the (NIST) Challenge?
Release Date: October 27, 2009

The scientists and engineers who introduced the world to tiny robots demonstrating soccer skills are creating the next level of friendly competition designed to advance microrobotics-the field … more

EEEL’s New Optical Performance Monitoring of Polarization Impairment in Optical Fiber Communication, Oct 2009
Release Date: October 22, 2009

High-performance optical fiber networks are susceptible to degradation effects that can change with time. An example of this is polarization-mode dispersion (PMD). EEEL researchers Paul Williams … more

Manufacturing Extension Partnership to Host Growth Training Programs for Businesses in Appalachian Region
Release Date: October 21, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP), in cooperation with the U.S. Commerce Department's MEP office, will offer training sessions in Charleston and … more

New Smart Grid Documents Include Call for Governing Board Nominations
Release Date: October 20, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted three documents related to the Smart Grid, the next-generation electricity network for U.S. power distribution. The draft … more

NIST Signs U.S.-China Cooperative Agreement on Earthquake and Volcano Sciences
Release Date: October 20, 2009

In the aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake that occurred in China this past year and its high number of casualties, which included many children, the United States and China have signed a protocol … more

NIST Physicist David Wineland to Share 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics
Release Date: October 20, 2009

David J. Wineland, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will share the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics for "experimental realization of the first device … more

Blueprint for Industry Change Aims to Improve Construction Productivity
Release Date: October 20, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new publication aimed at strengthening the U.S. construction industry's efficiency and productivity in the next two to 10 … more

NIST Physicists Turn to Radio Dial for Finer Atomic Matchmaking
Release Date: October 20, 2009

Investigating mysterious data in ultracold gases of rubidium atoms, scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of … more

Biochemical ‘On-Switch' Could Solve Protein Purification Challenge
Release Date: October 20, 2009

Drugs based on engineered proteins represent a new frontier for pharmaceutical makers. Even after they discover a protein that may form the basis of the next wonder drug, however, they have to … more

NIST Receives Highest Honor from Automotive Industry Action Group
Release Date: October 20, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been awarded the 2009 Automotive Industry Action Group's (AIAG) Chairman's Award, the organization's highest honor. NIST was honored … more

The White Stuff: Marine Lab Team Seeks to Understand Coral Bleaching
Release Date: October 20, 2009

With technology similar to that used by physicians to perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, researchers from six institutions--including the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Is Your Microrobot Up for the (NIST) Challenge?
Release Date: October 20, 2009

The scientists and engineers who introduced the world to tiny robots demonstrating soccer skills are creating the next level of friendly competition designed to advance microrobotics--the field … more

Synthetic Cells Shed Biological Insights While Delivering Battery Power
Release Date: October 20, 2009

Trying to understand the complex workings of a biological cell by teasing out the function of every molecule within it is a daunting task. But by making synthetic cells that include just a few … more

Scientists Create NICE Solution to Pneumonia Vaccine Testing Problems
Release Date: October 20, 2009

Pneumococcus colonies (bottom) ordinarily must be counted manually to determine whether pneumonia vaccine is effective on a patient, but freely available NICE software (top) … more

AIAG Honors NIST/EL with Chairman's Award
Release Date: October 16, 2009

October 9, 2009 -- The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), presented the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with its highest honor, the 2009 AIAG Chairman's Award. “Thomas … more

Shutdown Planned for 2011
Release Date: October 13, 2009

The NCNR expansion project is proceeding on a schedule that will require a 10½ month shutdown of the reactor beginning around March 2011.   more

AIAG Outstanding Achievement Award
Release Date: October 9, 2009

The Automotive Industry Action (AIAG) awarded Peter Denno the Outstanding Achievement Award for substantial contribution and leadership on behalf of the automotive industry. They proudly present … more

New NIST Method Reveals All You Need to Know About ‘Waveforms’
Release Date: October 6, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has unveiled a method for calibrating entire waveforms -- graphical shapes showing how electrical signals vary over time -- rather than … more

New Publication Offers Security Tips for WiMAX Networks
Release Date: October 6, 2009

Government agencies and other organizations planning to use WiMAX -- Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access -- networks can get technical advice on improving the security of their systems … more

New NIST Database on Gas Hydrates to Aid Energy and Climate Research
Release Date: October 6, 2009

NIST has created an on-line database of physical properties of gas hydrates, strange, naturally occuring materials that look like water ice but burn, as shown by this man-made example of … more

New Computer Security Guide Can Help Safeguard Your Small Business
Release Date: October 6, 2009

Just in time for October's Cyber Security Awareness Month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a guide to help small businesses and organizations understand how … more

For Safer Emergencies, Give Your Power Generator Some Space
Release Date: October 6, 2009

To subdue the steaming heat of hurricanes or to thaw out during a blizzard, gasoline-powered, portable generators are a lifeline during weather emergencies when homes are cut off without … more

Large-Scale Cousin of Elusive ’Magnetic Monopoles’ Found at NIST
Release Date: October 6, 2009

Magnetic monopoles are created (top) when the spin of an ion in one corner of a spin ice crystal is knocked askew, creating a monopole (red sphere) and adjacent antimonopole … more

Draft NIST Report on Cowboys Facility Collapse Released for Comment
Release Date: October 6, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—A fabric-covered, steel frame practice facility owned by the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys collapsed under wind loads significantly less than those required under … more

NIST Releases Draft Report on Cowboys Facility Collapse
Release Date: October 6, 2009

A fabric-covered, steel frame practice facility owned by the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys collapsed under wind loads significantly less than those it should have resisted under … more

Webinars on Planning for Smart Grid Panel Announced
Release Date: October 6, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold three one-hour "webinars" to brief the diverse Smart Grid community on its progress toward establishing a panel to coordinate the … more

Standards Development Plan for 'Smart Grid' Announced
Release Date: October 6, 2009

On Sept. 24, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced an accelerated plan for developing standards to transform the U.S. power distribution system into a 'Smart Grid' that would be more secure, more … more

Convoy Returns World Trade Center Steel to New York City
Release Date: October 6, 2009

After seven years on the Gaithersburg, Md., campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), more than 200 pieces of structural steel recovered from the World Trade Center … more

Showcase - Bio-imaging Technologies (9/2009)
Release Date: October 6, 2009

A TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND FEDERAL MARKETPLACE EVENT TEDCO, NIST and NIH Present Bio-imaging Technologies For Commercial Adoption On Tuesday, October 6, 2009, NIST and NIH presented novel … more

November Workshop to Examine Challenges to Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing
Release Date: October 6, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is holding the “National Workshop on Challenges to Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing: Industry Drivers and R&D Needs” at its … more

Scripps Director Joins NIST Advisory Group
Release Date: October 6, 2009

Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, has been chosen to serve on the primary policy advisory body of the National Institute of … more

EEEL develops all-fiber photon pair source with record low noise and high brightness
Release Date: October 1, 2009

Researchers in the Optoelectronics Division of EEEL have demonstrated an all-fiber photon-pair source with the highest coincidence-to-accidental ratio (CAR) reported to date in the fiber-optic … more

Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Intelligent Systems
Release Date: September 30, 2009

This contributed volume is dedicated to the subject of performance evaluation and benchmarking of intelligent systems by drawing from the experiences and insights of experts gained both through … more

Vijay Srinivasan Elected as ASME Fellow
Release Date: September 28, 2009

Vijay Srinivasan was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This award is to acknowledge Dr. Srinivasan's distinguished dual career in industrial research and … more

Commerce Secretary Unveils Plan for Smart Grid Interoperability
Release Date: September 24, 2009

Photo: NASA/DMSP download a high-resolution version WASHINGTON – Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today unveiled an accelerated plan for developing standards to transform the U.S. … more

Fifteen to Receive Site Visits as Next Step Toward 2009 Baldrige Award
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The Panel of Judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for organizational performance excellence, has selected 15 organizations for the final review … more

October IT Security Automation Conference to Highlight Healthcare IT, Cloud Computing
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The Fifth Annual IT Security Automation Conference, co-hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will focus on emerging technologies designed to support the security … more

NIST to Receive 2008 Federal Library of the Year Award
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The Library of Congress Federal Library & Information Center Committee (FLICC) has announced that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Services Division (ISD) … more

Workshop Aims to Establish Standards for Voting Machine Data
Release Date: September 22, 2009

To facilitate audits of election results and making the election process more transparent, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a workshop next month to discuss … more

Two Named to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: September 22, 2009

Two distinguished earthquake experts have been named to serve on the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) by … more

NIST Updates Popular Guide to Radio-Controlled Clocks
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated its popular guide to radio-controlled clocks. Many millions of radio-controlled clocks, watches, and other timepieces are … more

Updated NIST 'Master Plan' Sent to Capital Planning Commission
Release Date: September 22, 2009

Planned and potential expansions and new facilities across campus, the addition of 400-500 kilowatts in power from solar panels, and increasing already heavy employee use of alternative … more

Gallagher Nominated to be 14th NIST Director
Release Date: September 22, 2009

NIST Deputy Director Pat Gallagher photo credit: D. Anderson/NIST View hi-resolution image On Sept. 10, the White House announced President Barack Obama’s intention to nominate … more

New NIST Nano-Ruler Sets Some Very Small Marks
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new ruler, and even for an organization that routinely deals in superlatives, it sets some records. Designed to be the most … more

New Beryllium Reference Material for Occupational Safety Monitoring
Release Date: September 22, 2009

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with private industry and other government agencies, have produced a new reference material for beryllium. … more

Diamonds May Be the Ultimate MRI Probe, Say Quantum Physicists
Release Date: September 22, 2009

Diamonds, it has long been said, are a girl's best friend. But a research team including a physicist from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently found* that the gems … more

Therapeutic Nanoparticles Give New Meaning to Sugar-Coating Medicine
Release Date: September 22, 2009

A research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) studying sugar-coated nanoparticles for use as a possible cancer therapy has uncovered a delicate balancing act that … more

New Nanochemistry Technique Encases Single Molecules in Microdroplets
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The NIST "on-demand" single-molecule drop dispenser: Water flows through a microfluidic channel, roughly 35 microns wide, and enters a narrow constriction where it breaks up into droplets. … more

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to Present Major Report on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards
Release Date: September 17, 2009

NIST to Host Detailed Briefing Following Report’s Unveiling WASHINGTON—U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will present a major new … more

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to Present Major Report on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards
Release Date: September 17, 2009

NIST to Host Detailed Briefing Following Report’s Unveiling WASHINGTON—U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will present a major new … more

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Breaks Ground on Major San Diego-Area Recovery Act Project
Release Date: September 15, 2009

From left to right: Patrick Gallagher, Deputy Director, NIST; Tony Haymet, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Gary Locke, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce; Jerry Sanders, … more

NIST Submits Updated Master Plan for Gaithersburg Campus
Release Date: September 14, 2009

Roadmap Features New Buildings, Energy, Environmental Improvements GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Planned and potential expansions and new facilities across campus, the addition of 400-500 kilowatts in power … more

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Statement on President Obama’s Intent to Nominate Patrick Gallagher as Director of NIST
Release Date: September 10, 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today announced his intent to nominate physicist Patrick Gallagher to be the 14th director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and … more

Seventeen Years of Baldrige Scoring Data Now Available
Release Date: September 8, 2009

The Baldrige National Quality Program recently published “blinded” (anonymous) scoring data on 1,033 applicants for the Baldrige National Quality Award during the years 1990-2006. The data, posted … more

New NIST Publications Describe Standards for Identity Credentials and Authentication Systems
Release Date: September 8, 2009

Two publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) describe new capabilities for authentication systems using smart cards or other personal security devices within and … more

NIST Issues New Call for White Papers on Critical National Needs
Release Date: September 8, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a new request for "white papers" that outline or help define potential new funding competitions under the agency’s Technology … more

New NIST Trace Explosives Standard Slated for Homeland Security Duty
Release Date: September 8, 2009

SRM 2905, Trace Particulate Explosive Simulants, consists of four different test substances designed to simulate trace residues of C-4 plastic explosives and TNT. Seen through a pair of … more

NIST Calculations May Improve Temperature Measures for Microfluidics
Release Date: September 8, 2009

If you wanted to know if your child had a fever or be certain that the roast in the oven was thoroughly cooked, you would, of course, use a thermometer that you trusted to give accurate readings at … more

High in Sodium: Highly Charged Tungsten Ions May Diagnose Fusion Energy Reactors
Release Date: September 8, 2009

Just as health-food manufacturers work on developing the best possible sodium substitutes for low-salt diets, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have acquired … more

Prototype NIST Method Detects and Measures Elusive Hazards
Release Date: September 8, 2009

A chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a relatively simple, inexpensive method for detecting and measuring elusive hazards such as concealed … more

NIST Deploys Experts to Assist in California Fires
Release Date: September 3, 2009

Ongoing Effort Aims to Aid Understanding, Mitigation of Wildfires in Urban Areas The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has sent two experts to … more

Applying Neural Networks
Release Date: September 1, 2009

High-performance optical networks are susceptible to degrading effects that can change over time. Knowledge of the degradation can be used to diagnose the network, repair the damage, drive a … more

Bio-Imaging Technology Transfer and Commercialization Showcase
Release Date: August 25, 2009

On Oct. 6, 2009, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) will sponsor a technology transfer and commercialization showcase for bio-imaging technologies developed by the National … more

Biometrics Conference Meets Sept. 22–24 in Florida
Release Date: August 25, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA) are cosponsoring the Biometric Consortium Conference 2009 on Sept. 22-24 at the Tampa (Fla.) … more

Penetrating Insights: NIST Airframe Tests Help Ensure Better Shielding for Flight Instruments
Release Date: August 25, 2009

Airline travelers are used to being instructed to turn off computers and cell phones during takeoffs and landings as a precaution against interfering with the plane's navigational equipment, but … more

Up-Scale: Frequency Converter Enables Ultra-High Sensitivity Infrared Spectrometry
Release Date: August 25, 2009

In what may prove to be a major development for scientists in fields ranging from forensics to quantum communications, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have … more

With Three New Reference Materials, NIST Gets the Dirt on Soil
Release Date: August 25, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued three new certified reference materials for soil. Intended for use as controls in testing laboratories, the new Standard … more

Hankering for Molecular Electronics? Grab the New NIST Sandwich
Release Date: August 25, 2009

The flip-chip lamination method creates an ultra-smooth gold surface (left), which allows the organic molecules to form a thin yet even layer between the gold and silicon. Gold surfaces … more

Who Are You? Mobile ID Devices Find Out Using NIST Guidelines
Release Date: August 25, 2009

A new publication that recommends best practices for the next generation of portable biometric acquisition devices--Mobile ID--has been published by the National Institute of Standards and … more

Safer, Denser Acetylene Storage in an Organic Framework
Release Date: August 25, 2009

The century-old challenge of transporting acetylene may have been solved in principle by a team of scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A NIST research … more

Newly Improved NIST Reference Material Targets Infant Formula Analysis
Release Date: August 25, 2009

Chemists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have issued a new certified reference material--a standardized sample backed by NIST--for determining the concentrations of … more

NIST Awards Contract to Sustain Fast Track Development of Smart Grid Standards
Release Date: August 21, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that EnerNex Corporation, Knoxville, Tenn., was awarded a contract to help … more

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Release Date: August 20, 2009

Dr. Craig Brown, an instrument scientist for the Disk Chopper Spectrometer at the NIST Center for Neutron Research, will receive a PECASE award for showing scientific excellence at an early stage … more

Multi-Laboratory Study Sizes Up Nanoparticle Sizing
Release Date: August 11, 2009

As a result of a major inter-laboratory study, the standards body ASTM International has been able to update its guidelines for a commonly used technique for measuring the size of nanoparticles in … more

Novel Temperature Calibration Improves NIST Microhotplate Technology
Release Date: August 11, 2009

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new calibration technique that will improve the reliability and stability of one of NIST's most versatile … more

First Report from New Nuclear Energy Standards Group Released
Release Date: August 11, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have published a report on the inaugural meeting of the Nuclear Energy Standards … more

NIST Releases Final Version of New Cybersecurity Recommendations for Government
Release Date: August 11, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its final version of a publication that represents a major step toward building a unified information security framework for … more

NIST Demonstrates Sustained Quantum Computation Processing
Release Date: August 11, 2009

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated sustained, reliable information processing operations on electrically charged atoms (ions). The new work, … more

Ytterbium Gains Ground in Quest for Next-Generation Atomic Clocks
Release Date: August 11, 2009

An experimental atomic clock based on ytterbium atoms is about four times more accurate than it was several years ago, giving it a precision comparable to that of the NIST-F1 cesium fountain clock, … more

NIST Demonstrates Sustained Quantum Processing in Step Toward Building Quantum Computers
Release Date: August 6, 2009

NIST physicists demonstrated sustained, reliable quantum information processing in the ion trap at the left center of this photograph, improving prospects for building a practical quantum … more

Brochure Availalbe on New NIST Boulder Laboratory
Release Date: July 28, 2009

A new, high-performance research and measurement laboratory is under construction at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder, Colo. The $102.2 million Precision … more

Recent NIST Smart Grid Testimony
Release Date: July 28, 2009

NIST’s work on standards and cyber security for a nationwide “smart” electric power grid was featured in recent congressional testimony. On July 21, Cita Furlani, director NIST’s Information … more

NIST Awards $55.5 Million for New University Research Facilities
Release Date: July 28, 2009

On July 20, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the award of new grants totaling more than $55.5 million to four universities to provide cost-shared support for the … more

‘Microfluidic Palette’ May Paint Clearer Picture of Biological Processes
Release Date: July 28, 2009

(Top) The NIST microfluidic palette. The mixing area is the pin-sized chamber bordered by three holes in the center of the top layer. (Bottom) For each of the three dyes injected into … more

September PerMIS Workshop Takes Measure of Intelligent System Performance
Release Date: July 28, 2009

Intelligent machines of the future will turn custom designs into finished products quickly and efficiently, save lives in catastrophes, and minimize complications caused by surgeries. Researchers … more

Shake, Rattle, No Roll: Construction Guide for Earthquake-Resistant Buildings
Release Date: July 28, 2009

A guide* for designing buildings using steel moment frames to resist earthquakes has been published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as part of its support for the … more

NIST Scientists Study How to Stack the Deck for Organic Solar Power
Release Date: July 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 work* at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Physicist Cited as 'Federal Player of the Week'
Release Date: July 28, 2009

NIST physicist Ian Spielman has been profiled at washingtonpost.com as “This Week’s Federal Player”, a regular feature created by the Washington Post Web site and the Partnership for Public … more

Product Incorporating NIST Expert System Wins R&D 100 Award
Release Date: July 28, 2009

Commercial process-design software that incorporates NIST’s thermophysical and thermochemical property data sets will receive a 2009 R&D 100 award, R&D Magazine has announced. The annual … more

New NIST Video Highlights Postdoctoral Fellowships in Materials Science
Release Date: July 28, 2009

Every year, the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology appoints 10 to 15 new postdoctoral research fellowships under a program … more

NIST Announces Third Smart Grid Public Workshop, Aug. 3-4
Release Date: July 24, 2009

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a third major stakeholders workshop as NIST expedites the development of the … more

The CNST Welcomes Eight New Staff Members
Release Date: July 23, 2009

Robert Celotta, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), welcomed eight new staff members in July 2009. C. Stephen … more

Two ITL Mathematicians Named SIAM Fellows
Release Date: July 22, 2009

Dianne O'Leary and G. W. (Pete) Stewart, Faculty Appointees in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division, have been named Fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics … more

Scientific Visualization Team Wins OASCR
Release Date: July 22, 2009

A short movie entitled "Simulation of Non-Newtonian Suspensions: Shear Thinning Case" developed by ITL's Scientific Applications and Visualization Group in collaboration with scientists from NIST's … more

NIST Awards $55.5 Million in Grants for New University Research Facilities
Release Date: July 20, 2009

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is awarding grants totaling more than $55.5 million to four universities to provide … more

Federal Energy Regulation Commission Issues Smart Grid Policy Statement
Release Date: July 17, 2009

On July 16, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) issued a new policy statement that provides "guidance regarding the development of a smart grid for the nation's electric transmission … more

Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers
Release Date: July 14, 2009

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have overcome a hurdle in quantum computer development, having devised* a viable way to manipulate a single "bit" in a … more

NCNR Reactor Relicensed by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Release Date: July 14, 2009

To explore the structure and dynamics of novel materials, the more than two dozen scientific instruments at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Center for Neutron Research … more

NIST Releases Vitamin D Standard Reference Material
Release Date: July 14, 2009

Responding to concerns about the quality and accuracy of methods used by testing laboratories to measure levels of vitamin D in the body, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and … more

New Baldrige Brochure Helps Steer Organizations Toward Excellence
Release Date: July 14, 2009

If your organization is eager to learn about how the Baldrige Criteria can help chart a course toward innovation and performance excellence, then a new brochure from the Baldrige National Quality … more

Three NIST Researchers Win 2008 PECASE Honors
Release Date: July 14, 2009

Three scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have won Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the nation’s highest honor recognizing … more

2009 Baldrige Improvement Day Goes Virtual, Seeks Participants
Release Date: July 14, 2009

The Baldrige National Quality Program (BNQP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) collects suggestions throughout the year on opportunities for improving the Baldrige … more

NYPD Report on Protecting Buildings Adopts NIST WTC Recommendations
Release Date: July 14, 2009

A recently released New York City Police Department (NYPD) report designed "to aid the New York City building community by providing information on how to prevent and mitigate the effects of a … more

New Report on Improving Software Tools that Improve Software
Release Date: July 14, 2009

If the shiny new software on your computer or mobile phone runs without crashing, you may have another computer program to thank--a static analyzer. Static analyzers try to find weaknesses in other … more

Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Robotic and Automation Systems
Release Date: July 9, 2009

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society approved formation of a new Technical Committee entitled "Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Robotic and Automation Systems" (TC-PEBRAS) Chaired by … more

Uncertainty Analysis for Pulse Parameters
Release Date: July 1, 2009

Oscilloscopes are routinely used to measure the properties of a wide variety of pulsed waveforms, including digital data streams in computers and in electrical and optical communications. Accurate … more

Baldrige Recipients to Share Strategies at Upcoming Regional Conferences
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Senior leaders from the three organizations selected for the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as representatives from past Award recipients, will share their best practices and … more

NIST Seeks Comments on Smart Grid Report
Release Date: June 30, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comment on a draft report* that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing interoperability standards … more

NIST Extends Deadline for 2009 Technology Innovation Program Competition
Release Date: June 30, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is extending the deadline for submitting proposals to its Technology Innovation Program competition to 3 p.m. … more

NIST Develops Novel Ion Trap for Sensing Force and Light
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Miniature devices for trapping ions (electrically charged atoms) are common components in atomic clocks and quantum computing research. Now, a novel ion trap geometry demonstrated at the National … more

NIST Issues Human Milk and Blood Serum SRMs for Contaminant Measurements
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Responding to scientists' need to measure organic contaminants in human body fluids, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently made four new Standard Reference … more

NIST Summer School Passes the Neutron Science Torch
Release Date: June 30, 2009

What do the mystery of how proteins fold, the unexpected behavior of nanoparticles, and the key to making hydrogen fuel cells have in common? All can be investigated with beams of slow-moving … more

Workshop to Aim for Security, Accessibility in Future Voting Systems
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Creating voting machines that are both trustworthy and easy to use is the goal of the End-to-End Voting Systems Workshop, which should interest anyone concerned with ensuring that elections are run … more

Unexpectedly Long-Range Effects in Advanced Magnetic Devices
Release Date: June 30, 2009

A tiny grid pattern has led materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Institute of Solid State Physics in Russia to an unexpected finding—the … more

Genetically Engineered Mice Yield Clues to ‘Knocking Out’ Cancer
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Deleting two genes in mice responsible for repairing DNA strands damaged by oxidation leads to several types of tumors, providing additional evidence that such stress contributes to the development … more

NIST Physicist, Chemist Receive Federal Public Service Award
Release Date: June 30, 2009

Physicist Sae Woo Nam and chemist Stephan Stranick of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among 12 federal employees who were presented with the Arthur S. Flemming Award … more

NIST YouTube Channel Features Ultraprecise Measurement with Lasers
Release Date: June 30, 2009

The latest addition to the growing selection of videos on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/usnistgov) is a look at the agency's new … more

Commerce Secretary Locke Announces Selection of 2009-2010 Commerce Science and Technology Fellows
Release Date: June 23, 2009

WASHINGTON—Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced that 17 federal employees have been selected to participate in the 2009-2010 Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship (ComSci) Program. … more

DOC/NIST Invites Vendors to Participate an Industry Day/Business Fair
Release Date: June 19, 2009

(Gaithersburg, MD)--The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency within the Department of Commerce (DOC), will hold an industry day/business fair at its Gaithersburg, … more

The CNST's 2008 Report Now Available
Release Date: June 19, 2009

NIST's Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) has published its first comprehensive report, covering the period from its establishment in May 2007 through December 2008. The 44-page … more

NIST Releases Report on Smart Grid Development -- EPRI-Developed Report Discusses Priorities, Standards, Architecture
Release Date: June 18, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, MD – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology today released for public review a report* that identifies issues and proposes priorities for … more

NIST, DOD, Intelligence Agencies Join Forces to Secure U.S. Cyber Infrastructure
Release Date: June 16, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), the Intelligence Community (IC), and the Committee on National Security Systems … more

NIST Advisory Committee Issues 2008 Annual Report
Release Date: June 16, 2009

The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the agency’s primary private-sector advisory group, has sent its 2008 annual … more

NIST Issues Latest Guidelines for Teleworking Security
Release Date: June 16, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final version of an updated publication to help organizations and employees secure their computer systems for … more

NIST Seeks Proposals for $20 Million Program to Create Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowships
Release Date: June 16, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is establishing a financial assistance program to help selected institutions develop and implement a NIST measurement … more

Nonstick and Laser-safe Gold Aids Laser Trapping of Biomolecules
Release Date: June 16, 2009

Biophysicists long for an ideal material—something more structured and less sticky than a standard glass surface—to anchor and position individual biomolecules. Gold is an alluring possibility, … more

Nanosoccer Robots Ready to Compete in Upcoming RoboCup Games
Release Date: June 16, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be serving up "soccer under glass" - the glass of a microscope lens - when nanosoccer makes its second appearance at the RoboCup games … more

NIST Finds 'A Touch of Glass' in Metal, Settles Century-Old Question
Release Date: June 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 (NIST), where scientists have recently found … more

Shape Matters in the Case of Cobalt Nanoparticles
Release Date: June 16, 2009

Shape is turning out to be a particularly important feature of some commercially important nanoparticles - but in subtle ways. New studies* by scientists at the National Institute for Standards and … more

NIST Discovers How Strain at Grain Boundaries Suppresses High-Temperature Superconductivity
Release Date: June 16, 2009

Electron microscope image of two superconducting thin films that meet at a 6 degree tilt boundary (the dark line running through the image). The numerous smaller lines that intersect the … more

NIST Study Offers First Detailed Look at the Progress of a Wildland-Urban Fire
Release Date: June 16, 2009

A wildfire rages across southern California wildlands towards residential communities, endangering residents and firefighters and sending property up in smoke. This is an increasingly common story, … more

NIST Researchers 'All Aglow' Over New Test of Toxin Strength
Release Date: June 16, 2009

A new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) assay using a "glow or no glow" technique may soon help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defend the nation against a … more

NIST Seeks Proposals for $20 Million Recovery Act Program -- Grants Will Fund Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowships
Release Date: June 15, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is establishing a financial assistance program to help selected … more

NIST, DOD, Intelligence Agencies Join Forces to Secure U.S. Cyber Infrastructure
Release Date: June 11, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), the Intelligence Community (IC), and the Committee on National Security Systems … more

Laser Pattern Generator Now Available
Release Date: June 11, 2009

The NanoFab has a new capability to enhance its prototype and proof-of-concept capabilities with a Heidelberg DWL-66FS Laser Pattern Generator designed for low volume mask making and direct … more

New NanoFab Tools Coming Soon!
Release Date: June 11, 2009

We will be vastly expanding our capabilities in 2009 by the addition of the following tools purchased in Fiscal Year 2007. We will announce anticipated delivery and availability dates, as well as … more

New Electron Beam Lighography System Now Available
Release Date: June 11, 2009

The NanoFab now has a second electron beam nanolithography system on line, model JEOL JBX-6300FX. The beam deflection unit employs a 19 bit DAC unit for accuracy, it scans and writes at 12 Mhz … more

Announcing DRAFT NIST SP500-267 A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government - Version 1.0 (Draft 2)
Release Date: June 4, 2009

A DRAFT of NIST Special Publication 500-267, A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government - Version 1.0 (Draft 2), is now available for public comment. This publication provides a standards profile to … more

NIST Physicists Demonstrate Quantum Entanglement in Mechanical System
Release Date: June 3, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated entanglement—a phenomenon peculiar to the atomic-scale quantum world—in a mechanical system … more

Commerce Department to Work with ICANN and VeriSign to Enhance the Security and Stability of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System
Release Date: June 3, 2009

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that the … more

NIST Delivers Updated Draft Standards for Electronic Voting Machines
Release Date: June 2, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has delivered to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) a draft revision to the 2005 federal Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) … more

NIST Hosts Two International Materials Research Meetings in June
Release Date: June 2, 2009

For the materials research community, all roads will lead to the Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) during the week of June 21, 2009, when … more

NIST Announces $120 Million Available for Research Construction Grants
Release Date: June 2, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the availability of approximately $120 million in competitive grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific … more

Seventy Apply for 2009 Baldrige Award
Release Date: June 2, 2009

Seventy organizations have taken the first step toward the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for innovation and performance excellence. Applicants … more

NIST Processes to Help Build Next-Generation Nuclear Power Plants
Release Date: June 2, 2009

Information exchange processes developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be at the center of the effort to design and build the next generation of modern, highly … more

NIST Seeks Proposals for $35 Million in Grants for Measurement Science
Release Date: June 2, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced that it will award up to $35 million in grants and cooperative agreements for measurement science and engineering research. … more

Memory with a Twist: NIST Develops a Flexible Memristor
Release Date: June 2, 2009

Electronic memory chips may soon gain the ability to bend and twist as a result of work by engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As reported in the July 2009 issue … more

NIST’s LIDAR May Offer Peerless Precision in Remote Measurements
Release Date: June 2, 2009

By combining the best of two different distance measurement approaches with a super-accurate technology called an optical frequency comb, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

The CNST Welcomes Three New Staff Members
Release Date: June 2, 2009

Robert Celotta, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), welcomed three new research staff members in May … more

Ten Undergraduate Researcher Fellows Gain Hands-On Nanotech Experience
Release Date: June 2, 2009

As part of the CNST's mission to develop the next generation of nanotechnologists, the following NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows will spend June and July participating in cutting-edge … more

NIST Delivers Updated Draft Standards for Electronic Voting Machines -- Guidelines to Assist in Testing Voting System Accuracy, Reliability and Security
Release Date: June 1, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today delivered to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) a draft revision to the 2005 federal … more

High-Order Coherences of Chaotic and Coherent Light
Release Date: June 1, 2009

Researchers in the Optoelectronics Division of EEEL, in collaboration with colleagues at MIT and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, have demonstrated a new way to measure second-,third- and fourth-order … more

ANTD assists in the completion of the IEEE 802.21 Media Independent Handovers (MIH) standard specifications
Release Date: June 1, 2009

January 2009 - The IEEE 802.21 standard was published on January 21, 2009. This is the final realization of a multi-year project to standardize a media independent handover protocol. The scope of … more

Revision for Secure Domain Name System (DNS) Deployment Guide
Release Date: June 1, 2009

March 2009 - NIST has drafted an update to the “Secure Domain Name System (DNS) Deployment Guide” (NIST Special Publication 800-81 Rev 1),the key Secure DNS guidance document for civilian agencies. … more

NIST Announces Competition for Research Construction Grants -- $120 Million in Recovery Act Grants to provide long-term economic benefits
Release Date: May 27, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the availability of approximately $120 million in competitive grants for the … more

NIST Validation Program Tests Next-Generation Internet Products
Release Date: May 20, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is establishing a testing program to assure that the U.S. government purchases new computers and networking products that work properly on … more

NIST Defining the Expanding World of Cloud Computing
Release Date: May 20, 2009

A working definition for cloud computing—a new computer technique with potential for achieving significant cost savings and information technology agility—has been released by a team of computer … more

Congress Approves NIST's Recovery Plan
Release Date: May 20, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received Congressional approval on its spending plan for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. NIST will use its funds to invest … more

Locke, Chu Announce Significant Steps in Smart Grid Development
Release Date: May 20, 2009

On May 18, 2009, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced significant progress that will help expedite development of a nationwide “smart” electric power … more

Graphene Yields Secrets to Its Extraordinary Properties
Release Date: May 20, 2009

Drawing represents a probe scanning and mapping the atomic contours of graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb-like array. Simultaneously applying a magnetic field … more

First Labs Approved for Testing Communications Interoperability
Release Date: May 20, 2009

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) recently announced that it has recognized the first eight laboratories approved to test the … more

NIST Helping Improve Speed Measurements for Cars, Bullets
Release Date: May 20, 2009

While today's law enforcement officers don't wear utility belts full of crimefighting gadgets like Batman, they do rely on a variety of state-of-the-art technologies to do their jobs efficiently … more

NIST Engineers Discover Fundamental Flaw in Transistor Noise Theory
Release Date: May 20, 2009

Pacemakers, like the implanted one shown in this image, are among the low-power devices that could be affected by new NIST findings about transistor noise. The findings indicate unforeseen … more

NIST Study Finds a Decade of High-Payoff, High-Throughput Research
Release Date: May 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 "combinatorial" techniques for polymer research—an effort … more

NIST Public Workshop Set to Advance Smart Grid Development
Release Date: May 14, 2009

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a second major Smart Grid workshop, May 19-20, in metro Washington, DC, to expedite … more

Congress Approves NIST's Recovery Plan to Create Jobs and Foster Innovation
Release Date: May 8, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received Congressional approval on its recovery plan to create jobs, strengthen the … more

New Study: Home Energy Savings Are Made in the Shade
Release Date: May 5, 2009

Trees positioned to shade the west and south sides of a house may decrease summertime electric bills by 5 percent on average, according to a recent study* of California homes by researchers from … more

Terahertz Waves Are Effective Probes for IC Heat Barriers
Release Date: May 5, 2009

By modifying a commonly used commercial infrared spectrometer to allow operation at long-wave terahertz frequencies, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

NIST Issues First Reference Material for Tissue Engineering
Release Date: May 5, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) last week issued its first reference materials to support the new and growing field of tissue engineering for medicine. The new NIST … more

NIST Physicists Win European and Optics Society Awards
Release Date: May 5, 2009

Jun Ye, a NIST Fellow working at JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, has received the 2009 European Frequency and Time Award. Ye was honored for his … more

NIST Researcher Dan Madrzykowski Named Fire Service Instructor of the Year
Release Date: May 5, 2009

Daniel Madrzykowski Credit: NIST Daniel Madrzykowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology was named George D. Post Instructor of the Year for 2009 by the … more

NIST Physicist James Bergquist Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Release Date: May 5, 2009

James C. Bergquist Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image Physicist James C. Bergquist, a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) whose research helped … more

New Nanotube Coating Enables Novel Laser Power Meter
Release Date: May 5, 2009

The U.S. military can now calibrate high-power laser systems, such as those intended to defuse unexploded mines, more quickly and easily thanks to a novel nanotube-coated power measurement device … more

NIST Issues Draft Guide for Automating Computer Security Verification
Release Date: May 5, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public comment a draft publication describing a new method to automate the task of verifying computer security settings. … more

High Rise Fire Study Provides Insight Into Deadly Wind-Driven Fires
Release Date: May 5, 2009

Fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have just published two reports providing details of how wind affects fires in high-rise buildings. A set of … more

Vise Squad: Putting the Squeeze on a Crystal Leads to Novel Electronics
Release Date: May 5, 2009

A clever materials science technique that uses a silicon crystal as a sort of nanoscale vise to squeeze another crystal into a more useful shape may launch a new class of electronic devices that … more

NIST Super-Sensors to Measure ‘Signature’ of Inflationary Universe
Release Date: May 5, 2009

What happened in the first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang? Super-sensitive microwave detectors, built at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Super-Sensors to Measure 'Signature' of Inflationary Universe
Release Date: May 4, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.—What happened in the first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang? Super-sensitive microwave detectors, built at the National Institute of … more

Senator Gillibrand Visits Brookhaven National Laboratory
Release Date: May 4, 2009

U.S. Senator for New York Kirsten Gillibrand paid a first-time visit to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). On April 17, 2009 she was accompanied by U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, and Brookhaven … more

NCNR Expansion
Release Date: April 27, 2009

A significant expansion of the NCNR is underway. The project comprises development of a new cold neutron moderator, and a new guide hall with five state-of-the-art instruments. more

NIST Announces Smart Grid Workshop
Release Date: April 22, 2009

WASHINGTON – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will continue to help develop a smart electrical grid when it holds on April 28-29, in Reston, Va., the first in a series of … more

NIST Develops Powerful Method of Suppressing Errors in Many Types of Quantum Computers
Release Date: April 22, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.—Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a technique for efficiently suppressing errors in quantum computers. The advance could … more

Two NIST Computer Security Professionals Named to 2009 Federal 100 List
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Karen Scarfone Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image Matthew Barrett Credit: NIST View hi-resolution image The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Karen … more

Sandia Lab Executive Joins NIST Advisory Group
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Alton (Al) D. Romig, Jr., a senior executive at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., has been chosen to serve on the primary policy advisory body of the National Institute of … more

Conference Offers Insight Into Exploration of Nano-sized Electronics
Release Date: April 21, 2009

New methods for exploring the behavior of the high-performance electronics materials and devices that will shape the future of the electronics industry will be the focus of the International … more

Measurement of ‘Forbidden’ Collisions Could Improve Atomic Clock Accuracy
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Physicists have measured and controlled seemingly forbidden collisions between neutral strontium atoms, a class of antisocial atoms known as fermions which are not supposed to collide when in … more

NIST Metrology Day Celebrates Measurements in the Market
Release Date: April 21, 2009

The next time you shop for frozen seafood, and the price per pound seems enticingly low, make sure that you are really getting a full 16 ounces of fish. Unethical merchants or suppliers may try to … more

New NIST Guidelines for Organization-Wide Password Management
Release Date: April 21, 2009

When an employee has so many complex passwords to remember that he keeps them on a sticky note attached to his computer screen, that could be a sign that your organization needs a wiser policy for … more

Researchers Give High Marks to New Technology for Fingerprint Identification
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Overworked crime scene investigators can take heart at the results of recent tests at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of new technologies that automate the manual portion … more

Scientists Give a Hand(edness) to the Search for Alien Life
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Light becomes polarized in detectable ways when reflected from chlorophyll and other chiral molecules necessary to life, so scientists working at NIST have built a device that can detect … more

NIST Announces Three-Phase Plan for Smart Grid Standards
Release Date: April 21, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a three-phase plan to expedite development of key standards for a Smart Grid, a nationwide network that uses information … more

Discovery of an Unexpected Boost for Solar Water-Splitting Cells
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Scanning electron microscope image of typical titania nanotubes for a photocatalytic cell to produce hydrogen gas from water. Nanotubes average roughly 90-100 nanometers in diameter. … more

FISMA Project Manager Named to ISSA Hall of Fame
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Ron Ross Credit: NIST Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been named to the … more

JILA/NIST Scientists Get a Grip on Colliding Fermions to Enhance Atomic Clock Accuracy
Release Date: April 16, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicists have measured and controlled seemingly forbidden collisions between neutral strontium atoms—a class of antisocial atoms known as fermions, which are not supposed to … more

CNST's Daniel Pierce Named Outstanding Referee by the APS
Release Date: April 16, 2009

Dr. Daniel Pierce of the CNST has been cited as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society (APS). This lifetime APS award was initiated in 2008 "to recognize scientists who have been … more

CNST Research Features in ACS Nano Perspective
Release Date: April 16, 2009

In a recent report in the journal ACS Nano,* researchers in the CNST Nanofabrication Research Group and Electron Physics Group reported their success at precise, high-speed 3D fluidic nanoparticle … more

Gregory Rutter Wins Best Thesis Award for CNST Research
Release Date: April 16, 2009

Dr. Gregory Rutter, an NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in the CNST, has won a Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology chapter of Sigma Xi. A plaque, certificate, and … more

NIST Announces Three-Phase Plan for Smart Grid Standards, Paving Way for More Efficient, Reliable Electricity
Release Date: April 13, 2009

(See also Vice President Biden Outlines Funding for Smart Grid Initiatives (White House release, 4/16/09)) image copyright Allison Achauer, Shutterstock GAITHERSBURG, Md. – As part … more

NIST Awards Contract for Work on Smart Grid Interim Standards
Release Date: April 7, 2009

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to moving the nation toward energy independence, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contracted with the Electric Power … more

Quantum Computers Will Require Complex Software to Manage Errors
Release Date: April 7, 2009

Highlighting another challenge to the development of quantum computers, theorists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have shown* that a type of software operation, … more

NIST Launches YouTube Channel
Release Date: April 7, 2009

As part of a U.S. government-wide effort to expand the amount of information available to the public about its programs, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a … more

TIP Competition Addresses Civil Infrastructure, Advanced Materials
Release Date: April 7, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a 2009 competition for multiyear research funding in two major areas of national interest, civil infrastructure and advanced … more

NIST Issues Open and Transparent Methods for Testing Electronic Voting Systems
Release Date: April 7, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened for public comment detailed new methods for testing future electronic voting systems’ compliance with voluntary federal … more

Nano Changes Rise to Macro Importance in a Key Electronics Material
Release Date: April 7, 2009

By combining the results of a number of powerful techniques for studying material structure at the nanoscale, a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), … more

X Marks the Spot: Ions Coldly Go Through NIST Trap Junction
Release Date: April 7, 2009

The NIST X-trap is constructed from a sandwich of two diamond-shaped alumina wafers, visible in the right center of the top photo. The bottom photo shows a close-up of the wafers. Ions are … more

World’s First Nanofluidic Device with Complex 3-D Surfaces Built
Release Date: April 7, 2009

(A) Schematic of the NIST-Cornell nanofluidic device with complex 3-D surfaces. Each "step" of the "staircase" seen on the side marks a different depth within the chamber. The letter "E" … more

Vibrationally Robust Frequency Comb
Release Date: April 1, 2009

Optical frequency combs have been vigorously developed over the past seven years at NIST and elsewhere. They provide a uniquely broadband and coherent optical output and are finding ever-increasing … more

NIST-Cornell Team Builds World's First Nanofluidic Device with Complex 3-D Surfaces -- Chamber Separates Nanoparticles Like a 'Coin Sorter'
Release Date: March 31, 2009

(A) Schematic of the NIST-Cornell nanofluidic device with complex 3-D surfaces. Each "step" of the "staircase" seen on the side marks a different depth within the chamber. The letter "E" … more

2009 Technology R&D Competition to Address Civil Infrastructure, Manufacturing
Release Date: March 26, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a 2009 competition for multiyear research funding in two major areas of national interest, civil … more

Conference on Safeguarding Health Information, May 18-19
Release Date: March 24, 2009

Most people’s experience with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) consists of a quick glance at a photocopied document at the doctor’s office followed by signing a form … more

NIST Stairwell Evacuation Study Finds 'What We Know We Don't Know'
Release Date: March 24, 2009

Most of the time, we use the stairs in buildings—especially in high-rise structures—only as a back-up for faster elevators and escalators, but during a fire or other emergency, stairs become our … more

Flatland Physics Probes Mysteries of Superfluidity
Release Date: March 24, 2009

If physicists lived in Flatland—the fictional two-dimensional world invented by Edwin Abbott in his 1884 novel—some of their quantum physics experiments would turn out differently (not just … more

Making a Point: Picoscale Stability in a Room-Temperature AFM
Release Date: March 24, 2009

Forget dancing angels, a research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado (CU) has shown how to detect and monitor the tiny amount of … more

NIST’s Fiscal Year Budget to Increase 8.3 Percent to $819 M
Release Date: March 24, 2009

For fiscal year 2009, which ends on Sept. 30, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received $819 million in appropriations, an increase of 8.3 percent over the previous … more

Magnetism Governs Properties of Iron-Based Superconductors
Release Date: March 24, 2009

NIST research shows that magnetism plays a key role in iron pnictide superconductors' crystal structure. (Iron is purple; arsenic is yellow; calcium is green.) Only if the iron’s magnetism … more

NIST Research Collaboration Spies Galfenol’s Inner Beauty Mark
Release Date: March 24, 2009

Magnetostrictors are a critical element in sound detection equipment including the sonar used in submarines. Scientists working at NIST solved the structure of the magnetostrictor … more

New Program Evaluates Labs for Emergency Communications Tests
Release Date: March 24, 2009

To help ensure that first responders, public safety officers and military personnel can always talk with each other no matter what communications equipment they are using (a characteristic known as … more

New Reference Material Supports Improved Quality Control for Polymers Industry
Release Date: March 10, 2009

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

Comments Sought on NIST Guidelines for Structural Fire Resistance
Release Date: March 10, 2009

A new draft report released for public comment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides a comprehensive set of "best practice" guidelines for designing building … more

Safer Net Surfing Is Goal of NIST Domain Name Security Experts
Release Date: March 10, 2009

When you type www.irs.gov—or the Web address of your bank or an e-commerce site—into your web browser, you want to be sure that no one is hijacking your request and sending you to a bogus … more

April Workshop Takes Aim at Obstacles to Nanotech Energy Technologies
Release Date: March 10, 2009

Most processes governing the generation, conversion, and transport of energy occur at the nanoscale. Exploring the new measurement and materials’ characterization techniques needed to apply … more

NIST Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar to be held June 2-5
Release Date: March 10, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the 34th annual Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar on June 2-5, 2009, in Boulder, Colo. The four-day seminar provides the most … more

NIST to Receive $610 Million Through Recovery Act
Release Date: March 10, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will receive $610 million in funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The agency will use the funds for … more

NIST to Receive $610 Million Through Recovery Act
Release Date: March 3, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will receive $610 million in funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The agency will use the funds for … more

Nanotechnologists Gain Powerful New Materials Probe
Release Date: February 24, 2009

Top view of the MACS multiaxis detector system (seen before being enclosed in shielding material). With more neutrons striking the sample and more detectors surrounding it, MACS will … more

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

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

Colorado Governor Ritter Honors NIST Internet Time Service
Release Date: February 24, 2009

On Feb. 17, Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado presented the 2009 CO-LABS Governor’s Awards for Research Impact to scientists from five federal research laboratories, including the National Institute … more

New Report Summarizes Federal Tech Transfer Activities
Release Date: February 24, 2009

Collaborative research agreements, invention licenses and several other technology transfer activities of the federal government trended upward between 2002 and 2007, according to a new, … more

NanoFab Adds New Capabilities
Release Date: February 24, 2009

The NanoFab (nanoscale fabrication facility) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is expanding its capabilities to serve researchers, academic institutions and businesses … more

Researchers Demonstrate Novel ‘Quantum Data Buffering’ Scheme
Release Date: February 24, 2009

In a new demonstration of physicists’ growing ability to control the “spooky” quantum dynamics phenomenon called entanglement, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST and French Lab to Study Weathering of Advanced Composites for Bridges and Piers
Release Date: February 24, 2009

Weather SPHERE: Researchers from France's National Scientific and Technological Institute and NIST will work together to learn more about the effect of weathering on fiber-reinforced … more

Updated Recommendations for Protecting Wireless, Remote Access Data
Release Date: February 24, 2009

Telecommuting has freed many to work far from the confines of the office via laptop, but the price of working while sipping a latte at that sunny café is the danger that a public network will not … more

Cross-Dressing Rubidium May Reveal Clues for Exotic Computing
Release Date: February 24, 2009

Neutral atoms—having no net electric charge—usually don’t act very dramatically around a magnetic field. But by “dressing them up” with light, researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a … more

Probing and Controlling ‘Molecular Rattling’ May Mean Better Preservatives
Release Date: February 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 National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

ComSci Fellowship Program Accepting Applications for 2009-2010
Release Date: February 24, 2009

Senior federal employees who want a broader perspective on the development of the nation’s science and technology policy are invited to apply for the Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship … more

Random Antenna Arrays Boost Emergency Communications
Release Date: February 24, 2009

First responders could boost their radio communications quickly at a disaster site by setting out just four extra transmitters in a random arrangement to significantly increase the signal power at … more

NIST/Maryland Researchers Demonstrate 'Quantum Data Buffering' Scheme -- 'Delayed Quantum Image' Potentially Useful for Quantum Computers
Release Date: February 12, 2009

In this simplified representation of the experimental setup for a ‘quantum buffer,’ a cell containing rubidium gas is used to produce a pair of information-rich entangled images. One of … more

Conference to Focus on Anti-Counterfeiting, Consumer Protection
Release Date: February 10, 2009

Representatives from business and government agencies concerned with intellectual property rights, particularly those concerning electronic devices, will gather for a special workshop at the … more

Live Fire Experiments Examine Impact of Changes in Firefighting Resources
Release Date: February 10, 2009

Minutes after a two-story townhouse caught fire on Feb. 5, engines and crews raced to the townhouse to extinguish the fire and search for victims. No one was injured, however, because this was one … more

First Major Update to SP 800-53 Is Available for Public Comment
Release Date: February 10, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public comment its first major update of Special Publication 800-53, the catalog of security controls and technical … more

New Reference Material Can Improve Testing of Multivitamin Tablets
Release Date: February 10, 2009

NIST has developed a new certified reference material that can be an important quality assurance tool for measuring the amounts of vitamins, carotenoids, and trace elements in dietary … more

Toothsome Research: Deducing the Diet of a Prehistoric Hominid
Release Date: February 10, 2009

In an unusual intersection of materials science and anthropology, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and The George Washington University (GWU) have applied … more

Long-Sought Protein Structure May Help Reveal How 'Gene Switch' Works
Release Date: February 10, 2009

The bacterium behind one of mankind’s deadliest scourges, tuberculosis, is helping researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) … more

“How To” Guide for AFM-Based Nanomechanics
Release Date: February 9, 2009

MSEL recently published a book chapter on making quantitative nanomechanical measurements using atomic force microscopy (AFM). This practical user’s guide is based on several years of experience in … more

New Modeling Approach for Electromigration Reliability
Release Date: February 9, 2009

MSEL researchers, in collaboration with the University of New Mexico, recently applied a new reliability modeling approach, peridynamics, to the problem of electromigration in microelectronic … more

Long-Sought Protein Structure May Help Reveal How ‘Gene Switch’ Works -- NIST, Brookhaven Researchers Use Tuberculosis Bacteria to End 25-Year Quest
Release Date: February 6, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The bacterium behind one of mankind's deadliest scourges, tuberculosis, is helping researchers at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

Live Fire Experiments Provide Data on the Effects of Fire Resources -- Results Could Help Local Governments Make Informed Resource Decisions
Release Date: February 5, 2009

ROCKVILLE, Md.—At a live demonstration of fire safety experiments today, a group of firefighting, public safety and scientific organizations described a landmark collaborative study examining the … more

Taking the Stress Out of Magnetic Field Detection
Release Date: January 27, 2009

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

NIST Physicist Deborah Jin to Receive Sigma Xi's Top Honor
Release Date: January 27, 2009

Physicist Deborah S. Jin, a Fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, will receive Sigma … more

New Reference Material for Hexavalent Chromium in Contaminated Soil
Release Date: January 27, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new standard—a certified reference material—to aid in the detection and measurement of the potent carcinogen hexavalent … more

Viscosity-Enhancing Nanomaterials May Double Service Life of Concrete
Release Date: January 27, 2009

Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are patenting a method that is expected to double the service life of concrete. The key, according to a new paper*, is a … more

For Refrigeration Problems, a Magnetically Attractive Solution
Release Date: January 27, 2009

Conventional and magnetic refrigeration cycles use different physical effects to cool things off. [Top] When a gas is compressed (2), it heats up, but if it is cooled and then … more

Insights into Polymer Film Instability Could Aid High Tech Industries
Release Date: January 13, 2009

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

'Two-Faced' Bioacids Put a New Face on Carbon Nanotube Self-Assembly
Release Date: January 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 rods. Treating the microscope slide with a … more

NIST Seeks Small Business Vendors for Facility-Related Projects
Release Date: January 13, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold an information session for small businesses interested in learning about opportunities for competing on anticipated individual … more

Bertocci, Kirchhoff Honored as AAAS Fellows
Release Date: January 13, 2009

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) alumni researchers Ugo Bertocci and William H. Kirchhoff were recently elected as 2008 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement … more

Seeking Excellence? Baldrige Conference Fulfills Your 'Quest'
Release Date: January 13, 2009

Learn about the exceptional practices and results of the 2008 recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award at the Quest for Excellence (QE) XXI, April 20-22, 2009, at the Hilton … more

Technology Innovation Program to Fund New Infrastructure Research
Release Date: January 13, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced nine awards for new research projects to develop advanced sensing technologies that would enable timely and detailed … more

Sorting Diamonds from Toothbrushes: New Guide to Protecting Personal Information
Release Date: January 13, 2009

Thefts of personally identifiable information (PII), such as social security and credit card account numbers, are increasing dramatically. Adding to the difficulty of fighting this problem, … more

Simply Weird Stuff: Making Supersolids with Ultracold Gas Atoms
Release Date: January 13, 2009

Physicists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have proposed a recipe for turning ultracold “boson” … more

Super Sensitive Gas Detector Goes Down the Nanotubes
Release Date: January 13, 2009

When cells are under stress, they blow off steam by releasing minute amounts of nitrogen oxides and other toxic gases. In a recent paper,* researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

New Tool Gives Researchers a Glimpse of Biomolecules in Motion
Release Date: January 13, 2009

The ability of biomolecules to flex and bend is important for the performance of many functions within living cells. However, researchers interested in how biomolecules such as amino acids and … more

New NIST Method Accelerates Stability Testing of Soy-Based Biofuel
Release Date: January 13, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a method to accelerate stability testing of biodiesel fuel made from soybeans and also identified additives that enhance … more

NIST Technology Innovation Program Announces New R&D Projects To Develop Infrastructure Monitoring and Inspection Technologies
Release Date: January 6, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced nine awards for new research projects to develop advanced sensing technologies that would enable timely … more