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FERC Conference to Advance Smart Grid Interoperability Standards
Release Date: December 27, 2010

On December 21, 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced it will hold a technical conference* on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards. The purpose of the technical … more

Vice President Biden and Commerce Secretary Locke Present Baldrige Award to Five Organizations
Release Date: December 17, 2010

On December 16, 2010, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Gary Locke presented five U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's … more

NIST Announces $22 Million in Funding for Advanced Manufacturing Research in Electronics, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology
Release Date: December 15, 2010

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a total of more than $22 million in funding for nine research projects targeting innovative … more

Chromium Ions Focused to the Nanoscale
Release Date: December 15, 2010

Using the NIST-invented magneto-optical trap ion source (MOTIS), CNST researchers recently took a significant step toward the goal of creating a more versatile ion source for use in focused ion … more

Watch the Baldrige Award Ceremony Live
Release Date: December 13, 2010

A live broadcast of the presentation of the Baldrige Award Ceremony will be available on Thursday, December 16 at 3:00 pm at http://www.ebmcdn.net/nist/flash/nist-player/baldrige/index.html. Vice … more

NIST’s New Scanning Probe Microscope is Supercool
Release Date: December 8, 2010

The discoveries of superconductivity, the quantum Hall effect and the fractional quantum Hall effect were all the result of measurements made at increasingly lower temperatures. Now, pushing the … more

NIST Partners with ONC and AHRQ to Deliver Guidance on Electronic Health Record Usability
Release Date: December 8, 2010

Two new publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are intended to help developers of software and computer systems for doctors' offices, clinics, and hospitals … more

Financial Services Sector Signs Cybersecurity Research Agreement with NIST, DHS
Release Date: December 8, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has joined in a new public-private partnership to spur cybersecurity innovation in the financial services sector. Through a memorandum of … more

NIST Team Awarded Millions of Supercomputing Hours, Aims for 'Concrete Results'
Release Date: December 8, 2010

This simulation depicts flow in a rheometer, as its rotating vane's blade begins to stir a suspension of particles. Colors represent the quadrant where the particles are initially … more

NVLAP Recognized by ENERGY STAR
Release Date: December 8, 2010

ENERGY STAR, a program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) to promote energy efficiency, has recognized the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s … more

New Round of NIST-ARRA Fellowships Announced
Release Date: December 8, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's American Recovery and Reinvestment (NIST-ARRA) Act Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowship Program has announced its third round of … more

Fiery Video Shows Moisture is Main Ingredient for a Safe Christmas Tree
Release Date: December 8, 2010

Once ignited, a dry Fraser fir, one of the most popular Christmas tree choices, bursts into flames in less than 7 seconds, and it will be consumed by fire in slightly more than a minute. But if a … more

NIST Honors 139 for Achievements in 2010
Release Date: December 8, 2010

For accomplishments ranging from determining the causes of failures in ballistic-resistant body armor to innovations in technology transfer strategies to organization-wide improvements in safety, … more

Theorists Find Generalized Connection Between Spin Currents, Magnetic Torques, and Mechanical Torques
Release Date: December 8, 2010

Paul Haney and Mark Stiles of the CNST have developed a theory of current-induced torques that generalizes the relationship between spin transfer torques, total angular momentum current, and … more

First Set of Baldrige Criteria for 2011-2012 Now Online
Release Date: December 3, 2010

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program has announced that the 2011-2012 Criteria for Performance Excellence for businesses and nonprofit organizations are now available for download. The … more

One-Hundred Thirty-Nine Employees Receive Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medals, NIST Departmental Bronze Medals and Other Awards
Release Date: December 2, 2010

GAITHERSBURG, Md.--Employees of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were honored in ceremonies held Dec. 1, 2010, at NIST's Gaithersburg, Md., campus. … more

Baldrige Needs the Best of the Best as Examiners
Release Date: November 30, 2010

Provide a valuable service to your country. If you're an expert from a business, education, healthcare or nonprofit organization, and possess knowledge and experience in leadership, strategic … more

Quartz Crystal Microbalances Enable New Microscale Analytic Technique
Release Date: November 24, 2010

A new chemical analysis technique developed by a research group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) uses the shifting ultrasonic pitch of a small quartz crystal to test the … more

New Guidance for First Responders Collecting Suspected Biothreat Agents
Release Date: November 24, 2010

Suspicious packages and powders have triggered more than 30,000 responses by U.S. law enforcement agencies across the country since 2001. These events are expensive, time-consuming and potentially … more

Three NIST Scientists Earn Presidential Early Career Awards
Release Date: November 24, 2010

Three NIST researchers have been chosen to receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and … more

2010 Baldrige Award Winners Announced
Release Date: November 24, 2010

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke yesterday named seven organizations as recipients of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance … more

CNST Researchers Develop Novel Optics to Accelerate Ions
Release Date: November 24, 2010

CNST researchers Adam Steele, Brenton Knuffman, and Jabez McClelland, together with Jon Orloff of FEI Co., have invented an innovative way to extract and accelerate ions generated in a spatially … more

Seven U.S. Organizations Honored with the 2010 Baldrige National Quality Award
Release Date: November 23, 2010

Three Small Businesses Chosen for the First Time in a Single Year WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today named seven organizations as recipients of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige … more

Electron Orbits in Multilayer Graphene Have Unexpected Structure
Release Date: November 17, 2010

The world-leading graphene research team from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the CNST has taken yet another step toward elucidating the unique and often unexpected properties of this … more

Statistical Method Improves Single-Particle Tracking
Release Date: November 10, 2010

Andrew Berglund, a Project Leader in the CNST Nanofabrication Research Group, has developed an improved data analysis method for determining the diffusion coefficient of a single nanoparticle using … more

Updated NIST Software Uses Combination Testing to Catch Bugs Fast and Easy
Release Date: November 9, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have released an updated version of a computer system testing tool that can cut costs by more efficiently finding flaws. A … more

New NIST Dietary Supplement Reference Materials Could Be 'Berry' Useful
Release Date: November 9, 2010

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have developed new certified reference materials for measuring amounts of organic acids in dietary supplements formulated with … more

NIST Pings Key Material in Sonar, Closes Gap on Structural Mystery
Release Date: November 9, 2010

Using a neutron beam as a probe, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have begun to reveal the crystal structure of a compound essential to technologies … more

AFM Positioning: Shining Light on a Needle in a Haystack
Release Date: November 9, 2010

The researchers characterize their new technique as a neat solution to the "needle in a haystack" problem of nanoscale microscopy, but it's more like the difference between finding the coffee table … more

TIP Seeks Comments on Potential Funding Areas and Solicits Suggestions for Future Competitions
Release Date: November 9, 2010

In two Federal Register notices, the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) asks for public comments on six NIST-prepared white papers … more

New NIST Publication Provides Security Guidance for WiMAX Technologies
Release Date: November 9, 2010

A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides technical guidance to government agencies and other organizations interested in mitigating risks with WiMAX … more

NIST Patent Roundup
Release Date: November 9, 2010

NIST researchers and their collaborators were awarded seven patents in the past year for a wide variety of technologies. Since Oct. 1, 2009, NIST has made a total of 30 invention disclosures and … more

NIST Seeks Comments on Study of Charleston Furniture Store Fire
Release Date: November 9, 2010

Major factors contributing to a rapid spread of fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, S.C., on June 18, 2007, included large open spaces with furniture providing high fuel loads, the inward … more

Opening Statement—News Media Briefing Technical Study of the Sofa Super Store Fire
Release Date: October 28, 2010

Nelson Bryner, Study Team Leader and Deputy Division Chief, Fire Research Division National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST News Release Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire Thank you, … more

NIST Study on Charleston Furniture Store Fire Calls for National Safety Improvements
Release Date: October 28, 2010

Volume I: NIST Technical Study of the Sofa Super Store Fire - South Carolina, June 18, 2007 Volume II: NIST Technical Study of the Sofa Super Store Fire - South Carolina, June 18, 2007 (Note: … more

New Data Access Policy
Release Date: October 27, 2010

In response to the NCNR user community's request to make it easier for users to access their neutron scattering data from outside of the facility, the NCNR is implementing the following data … more

NIST Ships First Programmable AC/DC 10-Volt Standard
Release Date: October 26, 2010

Extending its 26-year tradition of innovative quantum voltage standards, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have begun shipping a new 10-volt standard to users … more

NIST Microrobotics Challenge Seeks Miniature Medics and Maze Masters
Release Date: October 26, 2010

They’ve played soccer, run dashes and deftly inserted pegs into holes—all within a world that can fit inside a single grain of rice. Now, it’s time for microrobots—mechanical workhorses whose … more

'Si' on the New SI: NIST Backs Proposal for a Revamped System of Measurement Units
Release Date: October 26, 2010

Taking the first steps of what would be a major historical advance in the science of measurement, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is participating in a worldwide effort to … more

NIST, Harvard Researchers Share 2010 Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics
Release Date: October 26, 2010

NIST physical scientist Henri Lezec (above), along with Federico Capasso of Harvard, won the 2010 Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics. Henri Lezec is a project leader in NIST's … more

Department of Homeland Security Announces Final Standards for Private Sector Emergency Preparedness
Release Date: October 25, 2010

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, announced on September 30 the opening of a public comment period on a private sector emergency readiness certification program … more

USA Science & Engineering Expo Winners
Release Date: October 25, 2010

Thank you to everyone who visited the NIST booth at the USA Science & Engineering Expo! We hope you enjoyed learning about measurement science and all of the amazing work our researchers … more

CNST's Joseph Stroscio Interviewed on NPR Science Friday
Release Date: October 20, 2010

Two Russian scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics this week for their work on graphene, a chicken-wire-like lattice of carbon atoms. Joseph Stroscio, of the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST, NTIA Seek Collaborators for Emergency Communications Demo Network
Release Date: October 13, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are seeking partners in the telecommunications industry to help … more

JILA Unveils Improved 'Molecular Fingerprinting' for Trace Gas Detection
Release Date: October 13, 2010

Scientists at JILA and collaborators have demonstrated an improved laser-based "molecular fingerprinting" technique that picks out traces of key hydrogen-containing and other molecules from a … more

NIST Sponsors Second Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop Nov. 4-5
Release Date: October 13, 2010

On November 4 and 5, 2010, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop II to give government and industry stakeholders opportunity to … more

New Look at Multitalented Protein Sheds Light on Mysteries of HIV
Release Date: October 13, 2010

New insights into the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection process, which leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), may now be possible through a research method recently … more

NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Awards $9.1 Million for Projects to Enhance U.S. Global Competitiveness
Release Date: October 13, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) HollingsManufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has awarded $9.1 million in cooperative agreements for 22 projects designed to enhance … more

NIST Releases 2009 Department of Commerce Technology Transfer Report
Release Date: October 13, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the 2009 Technology Transfer Report, an annual report summarizing the technology transfer activities and achievements of the … more

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

A paper by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may breathe new life into the use of a powerful—but tricky—diagnostic technique for cell biology. The paper,* … more

NIST Mini-Sensor Traces Faint Magnetic Signature of Human Heartbeat
Release Date: October 13, 2010

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the German national metrology institute have used NIST's miniature atom-based magnetic sensor to successfully track a … more

NIST Identifies Five "Foundational" Smart Grid Standards
Release Date: October 13, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has advised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has identified five “foundational” sets of standards for Smart Grid … more

This Little Light of Mine: Changing the Color of Single Photons Emitted by Quantum Dots
Release Date: October 13, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated* for the first time the conversion of near-infrared 1,300 nm wavelength single photons emitted from a true … more

NIST Awards $50 Million in Grants for the Construction of Five Science Facilities
Release Date: October 13, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a total of $50 million in grants to five institutions to support the construction of new scientific research facilities that … more

Popular Science Magazine Names Spielman One of Science’s ‘Brilliant Ten’
Release Date: October 13, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Ian Spielman is highlighted in the November, 2010, issue of Popular Science, where the magazine’s editors have named him to their annual … more

NIST Researcher Wins Presidential Award for Green Innovation
Release Date: October 13, 2010

NIST researcher Barbara Lippiatt (left) received the 2010 GreenGov Presidential Award for her work on a software tool that measures the environmental performance of building materials and … more

NIST's Arnold Receives Award for Smart Grid Leadership
Release Date: October 13, 2010

George Arnold of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been honored with a 2010 GridWeek Award for his work in advancing international Smart Grid cooperation and standards. … more

NIST Identifies Five
Release Date: October 7, 2010

The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has advised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has identified five "foundational" sets of … more

Baldrige Program Name Change Emphasizes Performance Excellence
Release Date: October 5, 2010

After 23 years as the "Baldrige National Quality Program," the nation's public-private partnership dedicated to performance excellence has decided to highlight that mission with a new name—the … more

NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Awards $9.1 Million for 22 Projects to Enhance U.S. Manufacturers’ Global Competitiveness
Release Date: October 5, 2010

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) today announced $9.1 million in cooperative agreements for 22 projects designed … more

Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Awards $50 Million in Grants for the Construction of Five Science Facilities
Release Date: September 29, 2010

Research Institutions in California, Maine, Michigan, Nevada and New York to Receive Funding WASHINGTON, D.C.–The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

NIST Strengthens Laboratory Mission Focus with New Structure
Release Date: September 28, 2010

After 20 years with its research components organized largely by scientific disciplines, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is realigning its laboratories according to a … more

NIST 'Vision Science Facility' Aims for Lighting Revolution
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have become popular with backpackers and cyclists who mount them on headbands for a reliable, hands-free source of illumination. Now, a new lab at the National … more

New NIST 'Standard Cigarette' Available for Fire-Resistance Testing
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Cigarettes are the most frequent cause of fatalities from residential fires in the United States. So, it might seem surprising to learn that a cigarette that burns stronger than others has been … more

Ileana Martinez Astin-Polk Medal
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Ileana Martinez, International Affairs Advisor with the Standards Services Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is the recipient of the American National Standards … more

Growing Nanowires Horizontally Yields New Benefit: 'Nano-LEDs'
Release Date: September 28, 2010

While refining their novel method for making nanoscale wires, chemists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) discovered an unexpected bonus—a new way to create nanowires that … more

NIST Clock Experiment Demonstrates That Your Head is Older Than Your Feet
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Scientists have long known that time passes faster at higher elevations—a curious aspect of Einstein’s theories of relativity that previously has been measured by comparing clocks on the Earth’s … more

NIST Residential Fire Study Education Kit Now Available
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the International Association of Fire Fighters have prepared an educational resource for fire chiefs, firefighters, … more

NIST to Award Up to $15 Million to UMD to Support Nanotechnology Research
Release Date: September 28, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) will award a five-year cooperative agreement totaling $15 million to the University of … more

Metric Week Begins 10/10/10!
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Every day is a metric day at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). But that won’t stop the agency from celebrating Metric Week, held annually the week of Oct. 10—the tenth day … more

NIST Names 15 to New Smart Grid Advisory Committee
Release Date: September 28, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named 15 leaders from a cross section of U.S. industry, academia and trade and professional organizations to serve on its newly formed … more

DuPont Scientist Joins NIST Advisory Group
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Patrick Gallagher, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has named Uma Chowdhry of DuPont to serve on the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the … more

NIST Announces Members of Newly Formed Smart Grid Advisory Committee
Release Date: September 27, 2010

Committee will advise NIST director on Smart Grid programs and activities The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named 15 leaders from a cross-section of U.S. industry, … more

NIST Pair of Aluminum Atomic Clocks Reveal Einstein's Relativity at a Personal Scale
Release Date: September 23, 2010

BOULDER, Colo. – Scientists have known for decades that time passes faster at higher elevations—a curious aspect of Einstein's theories of relativity that previously has been measured by comparing … more

Pete Stewart Birthday Commemorated
Release Date: September 23, 2010

G.W. (Pete) Stewart, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Maryland and long-time faculty appointee in ITL's Applied and Computational Mathematics … more

Puzzling New Physics from Graphene Quartet’s Quantum Harmonies
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Using a one-of-a-kind instrument designed and built at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an international team of researchers have unveiled a quartet of graphene’s electron … more

NIST Data: Enabling the Technical-Basis for Evacuation Planning of High-Rise Buildings
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are stepping up the pace for designing safer building evacuations by releasing large, numerical data sets that track the … more

NIST to Host Third Annual Maryland Stem Cell Research Symposium
Release Date: September 14, 2010

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the Third Annual Maryland Stem Cell Research Symposium at NIST’s main campus in Gaithersburg, Md. … more

NIST Finalizes Initial Set of Smart Grid Cyber Security Guidelines
Release Date: September 14, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued its first Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security, which includes high-level security requirements, a framework for assessing … more

New Wave: Spin Soliton Could Be a Hit in Cell Phone Communication
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have found theoretical evidence* of a new way to generate the high-frequency waves used in modern communication devices such … more

Research Shows Radiometric Dating Still Reliable (Again)
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Recent puzzling observations of tiny variations in nuclear decay rates have led some to question the science of using decay rates to determine the relative ages of rocks and organic materials. … more

New GSI Web site Experience Puts Product Standards on the Map
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Those looking for the latest product standards-related news, regulatory developments, events and workshops around the world now can turn to the new Global Standards Information (GSI) Web site … more

16 Organizations Chosen to Receive Site Visits for 2010 Baldrige Award
Release Date: September 10, 2010

The Panel of Judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for organizational performance excellence, has selected 16 organizations for the final review … more

NIST Researchers Hear Puzzling New Physics from Graphene Quartet's Quantum Harmonies
Release Date: September 8, 2010

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Using a one-of-a-kind instrument designed and built at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an international team of researchers have "unveiled" a quartet … more

NIST Finalizes Initial Set of Smart Grid Cyber Security Guidelines
Release Date: September 2, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued today its first Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security, which includes high-level security requirements, a … more

NIST Researchers Create 'Quantum Cats' Made of Light
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created "quantum cats" made of photons (particles of light), boosting prospects for manipulating light in new ways to … more

Yikes! NIST Sensor Measures Yoctonewton Forces Fast
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used a small crystal of ions (electrically charged atoms) to detect forces at the scale of yoctonewtons. Measurements of … more

Glasperlenspiel: NIST Scientists Propose New Test for Gravity
Release Date: August 31, 2010

A new experiment proposed* by physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may allow researchers to test the effects of gravity with unprecedented precision at very short … more

Micro Rheometer is Latest Lab On a Chip Device
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a microminiaturized device that can make complex viscosity measurements—critical data for a wide variety … more

The Perfect Nanocube: Precise Control of Size, Shape, and Composition
Release Date: August 31, 2010

With growing interest in using nanoparticles for everything from antibacterial socks to medical imaging to electronic devices, the need to understand the environmental, health and safety risks of … more

Manufacturing Extension Partnership Awards Grant to Support Green Building Technologies
Release Date: August 31, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has awarded a grant of $1.5 million over 3 years to the Delaware Valley Industrial … more

Annual IT Security Automation Conference Runs Sept. 27-29
Release Date: August 31, 2010

The Sixth Annual IT Security Automation Conference, co-hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), focuses on applying and integrating emerging cyber security automation … more

New Material May Reveal Inner Workings of Hi-temp Superconductors
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Measurements taken* at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help physicists develop a clearer understanding of high-temperature superconductors, whose behavior remains in … more

NIST Ultraviolet Source Helps NASA Spacecraft Measure the Origins of Space Weather
Release Date: August 31, 2010

With a brilliant, finely tuned spark of ultraviolet (UV) light, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) helped NASA scientists successfully position a crucial UV … more

Washington Metro Region Nanotechnology Partnership Forum at NIST
Release Date: August 31, 2010

On Sept. 13, 2010, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Laboratory Consortium, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) and the Montgomery County … more

Extreme Darkness: Carbon Nanotube Forest Covers NIST’s Ultra-dark Detector
Release Date: August 17, 2010

Harnessing darkness for practical use, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a laser power detector coated with the world's darkest material—a … more

NIST to Frame the Magna Carta
Release Date: August 17, 2010

Fabrication specialists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are joining forces with conservators at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to protect and … more

MEP ExporTech: Supporting Manufacturing Growth Through Export
Release Date: August 17, 2010

For the past four years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), along with the U.S. Commercial Service, and local MEP and export assistance … more

NIST Technology Called Upon to Clean Up Chernobyl Disaster Site
Release Date: August 17, 2010

A modified version of the RoboCrane®, a unique floating platform developed by manufacturing research engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will be helping cleanup … more

From Hydrogen Fuel Stations to Bean Counters, NIST Weights and Measures Works to Meet Market Needs
Release Date: August 17, 2010

State regulators, meter manufacturers and hydrogen gas producers concerned with developing markets for hydrogen fuel; farmers seeking to more precisely plan their plantings; and consumers and … more

NIST Publishes Approved Testing Procedures for Electronic Health Records
Release Date: August 17, 2010

In efforts to help the nation's health care industry make the transition to the digital age in an effective and meaningful fashion, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has … more

JILA Frequency Comb System Detects Gas Impurities to Aid Semiconductor Manufacturing
Release Date: August 3, 2010

Purity of ingredients is a constant concern for the semiconductor industry, because a mere trace of contaminants can damage or ruin tiny devices. In a step toward solving a long-standing problem in … more

Beware the Dim Laser Pointer: NIST Researchers Measure High Infrared Power Levels from Some Green Lasers
Release Date: August 3, 2010

Green laser pointers have become a popular consumer item, delivering light that’s brighter to the eye than red lasers, but stories have circulated on the Web about the potential hazards of … more

NIST Nanofluidic 'Multi-tool' Separates and Sizes Nanoparticles
Release Date: August 3, 2010

A wrench or a screwdriver of a single size is useful for some jobs, but for a more complicated project, you need a set of tools of different sizes. Following this guiding principle, researchers at … more

New NIST Report Advises: Securing Critical Computer Systems Begins at the Beginning
Release Date: August 3, 2010

Nothing beats the feeling of starting up a new computer – be it a laptop, desktop or a major, custom-designed computing system. A new system is a blank slate with no worry of botnets, viruses or … more

NIST Seeks New Members for Nine Advisory Committees
Release Date: August 3, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting nominations of qualified individuals for its nine existing Federal Advisory Committees. Nominations for all committees will … more

Commerce Department Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity and Its Impact on Innovation
Release Date: August 3, 2010

The Commerce Department has published a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on "Cybersecurity, Innovation, and Internet Policy." The department seeks comments from all stakeholders, including the commercial, … more

Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy
Release Date: July 27, 2010

A comprehensive review of the nexus between cybersecurity challenges in the commercial sector and innovation in the Internet economy that is being conducted by The Department of Commerce's Internet … more

Efficient Optical Fiber Technique Shown to Probe Individual Emitters
Release Date: July 26, 2010

Using electromagnetic simulations, researchers from the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have shown that fiber taper waveguides can be a very efficient tool for optical spectroscopy on … more

Breaking the Language Barrier: NIST Tests Afghan Language Translation Devices for U.S. Troops
Release Date: July 21, 2010

At dusk, a car stops at a checkpoint in Afghanistan. It is a tense moment for all. Because an interpreter is not available, U.S. Marines use hand gestures to ask the driver to step out of the car … more

Nano 'Pin Art': NIST Arrays Are Step Toward Mass Production of Nanowires
Release Date: July 21, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have cultivated many thousands of nanocrystals in what looks like a pinscreen or "pin art" on silicon, a step toward … more

Body of Evidence: New Fast, Reliable Method to Detect Gravesoil
Release Date: July 21, 2010

Nothing against bloodhounds, but finding bodies buried by someone who wanted them to stay undiscovered can be difficult. However a new technique developed by scientists at the National Institute of … more

Some Like It Hot: How to Heat a 'Nano Bathtub' the JILA Way
Release Date: July 21, 2010

Researchers at JILA have demonstrated the use of infrared laser light to quickly and precisely heat the water in "nano bathtubs"—tiny sample containers—for microscopy studies of the biochemistry of … more

New Draft Computer Security Document Focuses on Cloud Computing and Virtualization Technology
Release Date: July 21, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued draft recommendations for securely configuring and using full virtualization technologies, which, by means of software, … more

Economy, Energy and Environment: Going Green in the Black
Release Date: July 21, 2010

The Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) Initiative, a collaborative effort involving five federal agencies, state and local governments, utilities, and manufacturers to support sustainability, … more

Baldrige Fellows Programs Selects 14 Executives for First Class
Release Date: July 21, 2010

The Baldrige Fellows, an executive development program centered on forming relationships with and learning from Baldrige National Quality Award recipient organizations and their senior executives, … more

NIST Aids Enhancement of the Security and Stability of the Internet’s Domain Name System
Release Date: July 21, 2010

On July 15, 2010, two Department of Commerce Agencies—the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)—announced … more

NIST Nanoscale Dimensioning Technique Wins R&D 100 Award
Release Date: July 21, 2010

A radical, new method developed at NIST that transforms the humble, ubiquitous and inexpensive optical microscope into a powerful three-dimensional nanoscale and microscale measurement device has … more

Best Practices in Innovation, Leadership, and Employee Engagement Featured at 2010 Baldrige Regional Conferences
Release Date: July 13, 2010

The program is set for the 2010 Baldrige Regional Conferences. The conferences will feature more than 12 current and former Baldrige Award Recipients presenting on their best practices in areas … more

Measuring the Temperature Dependence of Current Spin Polarization in Permalloy
Release Date: July 12, 2010

A team of NIST researchers from the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL) and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have measured the current spin polarization of … more

Novel Ion Trap with Optical Fiber Could Link Atoms and Light in Quantum Networks
Release Date: July 6, 2010

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated an ion trap with a built-in optical fiber that collects light emitted by single ions (electrically charged … more

NIST Software Security Patent to Help Improve Health IT Privacy
Release Date: July 6, 2010

A computer security invention patented* a decade ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now poised to help safeguard patient privacy in hospitals. Photo … more

JILA Team Finds New Parallel Between Cold Gases and ‘Hot’ Superconductors
Release Date: July 6, 2010

Scientists at JILA, working with Italian theorists, have discovered another notable similarity between ultracold atomic gases and high-temperature superconductors, suggesting there may be a … more

Baldrige Program Seeks Input During 2010 Improvement Events
Release Date: July 6, 2010

Inspired by last year’s successful first try at a “virtual improvement day,” the Baldrige National Quality Program (BNQP) is planning two online events this July and August when interested parties … more

Updated Computer Security Publication Focuses on Security Assessment Plans
Release Date: July 6, 2010

After a public comment period, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published an updated set of guidelines for developing security assessment plans and associated security … more

Mapping Nanoscale Variations in the Photoresponse of an Organic Solar Cell
Release Date: June 28, 2010

CNST Researchers have combined scanning probe microscopy with novel nanofabrication and microtomy approaches to measure photocurrent variations with nanoscale spatial resolution in an organic solar … more

Your Improvement Suggestions Requested
Release Date: June 25, 2010

Have you ever wanted to suggest changes or improvements to the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence? Do you have ideas for improving the Baldrige Award process, Examiner training, or other … more

NIST Team Advances in Translating Language of Nanopores
Release Date: June 23, 2010

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists have moved a step closer to developing the means for a rapid diagnostic blood test that can scan for thousands of disease markers … more

Depth Charge: Using Atomic Force Microscopy to Study Subsurface Structures
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Over the past couple of decades, atomic force microscopy (AFM) has emerged as a powerful tool for imaging surfaces at astonishing resolutions—fractions of a nanometer in some cases. But suppose … more

Blast Resistance Standards For Trash Receptacles
Release Date: June 23, 2010

With summer travel season hard upon us, specialists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have helped create two new standards* designed to increase safety as we rush from … more

Proposed Rules Would Allow Metric Only Labeling for Some Products
Release Date: June 23, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued two publications calling for the amendment of labeling laws to allow the voluntary use of only metric units on some consumer … more

July 27 Stakeholder Meeting Addresses Cybersecurity and Innovation
Release Date: June 23, 2010

As part of its initiative to ensure that the Internet continues to spawn growth and innovation, the Department of Commerce will hold a symposium on "Cybersecurity and Innovation in the Information … more

National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education (NICE)ly Comes to You
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Cybersecurity training is spreading from high-tech and government offices into high schools, libraries and workplaces near you. Called the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and … more

Baldrige Recipients to Share 'Keys to Excellence' at Regional Conferences
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Senior leaders from the five organizations selected for the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as representatives from previous Award recipients, will share their best practices … more

Pioneer NIST Computer Remembered on 60th Anniversary
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Ethel Marden, National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) computer programmer, operates the Standards Electronic Automatic Computer (SEAC) during … more

NIST Fellow Applications Now Being Accepted
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Applications for National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) measurement science and engineering fellowships—for graduate, post-doctoral and senior researchers—are now being accepted by … more

Five NIST Scientists Win Flemming Awards
Release Date: June 23, 2010

Five National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers are among the winners of the prestigious 2009 Arthur S. Flemming Awards. The winners were honored at a ceremony on June 14, … more

Baldrige is "A Huge Return on Your Investment"
Release Date: June 10, 2010

Jerry Rose, Vice President, Cargill, Inc. At Quest for Excellence XXII in April 2010, Jerry Rose discussed the return on investment of using Baldrige. Jerry said Cargill businesses with a high … more

NIST/JILA 'Dark Pulse Laser' Produces Bursts of … Almost Nothing
Release Date: June 9, 2010

In an advance that sounds almost Zen, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have … more

'Instant Acid' Method Offers New Insight into Nanoparticle Dispersal in the Environment and the Body
Release Date: June 9, 2010

Using a chemical trick that allows them to change the acidity of a solution almost instantly, a team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a simple and … more

Liposome-Hydrogel Hybrids: No Toil, No Trouble for Stronger Bubbles
Release Date: June 9, 2010

People have been combining materials to bring forth the best properties of both ever since copper and tin were merged to start the Bronze Age. In the latest successful merger, researchers at the … more

Walls Falling Faster for Solid-State Memory
Release Date: June 9, 2010

After running a series of complex computer simulations, researchers have found that flaws in the structure of magnetic nanoscale wires play an important role in determining the operating speed of … more

NIST Helps Accelerate the Federal Government's Move to the Cloud
Release Date: June 9, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been designated by Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra to accelerate the federal government’s secure adoption of cloud … more

NIST WTC Recommendations Are Basis for New Set of Revised Codes
Release Date: June 9, 2010

Faster and more efficient emergency evacuations from buildings—especially tall structures—and better communications between first responders during an emergency are among the safety improvements … more

Eighty-Three Organizations Seek the 2010 Baldrige Award
Release Date: June 9, 2010

Eighty-three organizations are in the running for the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for organizational performance excellence through innovation and … more

Robots Big and Small Showcase Their Skills at NIST Alaskan Events
Release Date: June 9, 2010

Make room, Bender, Rosie and R2D2! Your newest mechanical colleagues are a few steps closer to reality, thanks to lessons learned during two robotics events hosted by the National Institute of … more

Teams Gearing Up for Two NIST Robotic Competitions in Alaska
Release Date: June 7, 2010

The recruitment period is over. The competitors have been selected. Let the games begin! Photomicrograph shows Mag-µBot, the entry from Carnegie-Mellon University in the NIST Mobile … more

NDE Methods for Evaluating Ancient Coins Could be Worth Their Weight in Gold
Release Date: May 25, 2010

Demonstrating that chemistry sometimes can inform history, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Colorado College and Mount Saint Mary's University in … more

Robots Big and Small Showcase Their Skills at NIST Alaskan Events
Release Date: May 25, 2010

Make room, Bender, Rosie and R2D2! Your newest mechanical colleagues are a few steps closer to reality, thanks to lessons learned during two robotics events hosted by the National Institute of … more

Time Is Money: SIM Time Network Has Far-Reaching Benefits
Release Date: May 25, 2010

Clocks in the Americas and the Caribbean Islands are now ticking in unison thanks to the work of the Sistema Interamericano de Metrologia (SIM), a regional metrology organization that works to … more

NIST to Sponsor Greenhouse Gas Emissions Workshop
Release Date: May 25, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is sponsoring a workshop on June 2 and 3 to discuss technical barriers to our ability to accurately measure, report and verify greenhouse … more

July Workshop Devoted to Improving Usability of Health Care IT
Release Date: May 25, 2010

Improving the ease of use of information systems for the health care industry could significantly facilitate the adoption of technology that has great potential to improve the quality of health … more

NIST Scientists Gain New 'Core' Understanding of Nanoparticles
Release Date: May 25, 2010

While attempting to solve one mystery about iron oxide-based nanoparticles, a research team working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) stumbled upon another one. But once … more

Scaffold Gradients: Finding the Right Environment for Developing Cells
Release Date: May 25, 2010

People often have strong opinions on the "right" firmness of mattresses for themselves, and, as it turns out, some cell types have similar preferences for their support structures. Now a research … more

CMIL Meeting
Release Date: May 14, 2010

We are pleased to inform you that the web site for the 45th CIML Meeting to be held from 21 through 24 September 2010 in Orlando (FL, USA) is now open: http://orlando.oiml.org The site gives … more

Awards Help Set Standards for Healthcare Excellence
Release Date: May 12, 2010

Read this article to learn more about using Lean Six Sigma, and the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence to improve health care organizations and their results. (Note: This … more

NIST Physicist Named Outstanding Young Scientist of 2010 by Maryland Academy of Sciences
Release Date: May 11, 2010

Ian Spielman, a physicist at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland at College Park, has been … more

Two NIST Researchers Nominated for Service to America Medals
Release Date: May 11, 2010

Two researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been nominated for prestigious Service to America medals. The finalists are contenders for two of the eight awards, … more

Comments Sought on Updated Guide for Assessing Federal IT Security Controls
Release Date: May 11, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued the final draft of Special Publication 800-53A, Revision 1, Guide for Assessing Security Controls in Federal Information Systems … more

Meet Phannie, NIST's Standard 'Phantom' for Calibrating MRI Machines
Release Date: May 11, 2010

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)--a widely used medical tool that relies on magnetic fields and radio waves to visualize the body's internal structures, especially soft tissues--may soon become … more

NIST Releases Successor to Venerable Handbook of Math Functions
Release Date: May 11, 2010

GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- After a decade of preparation, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions … more

Landmark Study Shows How Size of Fire Crew Influences Saving Lives and Property
Release Date: May 11, 2010

A landmark study coordinated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is the first to put numbers to the effect of changing the size of fire-fighting crews responding to … more

Baldrige is "A Huge Return on Your Investment"
Release Date: May 10, 2010

Jerry Rose, Vice President, Cargill, Inc. At Quest for Excellence XXII in April 2010, Jerry Rose discussed the return on investment of using Baldrige.   Jerry said  Cargill businesses with a high … more

FY 2008 Summary Federal Tech Transfer
Release Date: April 30, 2010

Report highlights upward trends in technology transfer activities at 11 federal laboratories Licenses, income bearing licenses, income from licenses, and earned royalty income resulting from … more

Landmark Residential Fire Study Shows How Crew Sizes and Arrival Times Influence Saving Lives and Property
Release Date: April 28, 2010

WASHINGTON D.C.--A landmark study issued today by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that the size of firefighting crews has a substantial … more

It's Electrifying: JILA Scientists Use Electric Fields to Control Chemical Reactions of Ultracold Molecules
Release Date: April 28, 2010

BOULDER, Colo. - Physicists at JILA have demonstrated a new tool for controlling ultracold gases and ultracold chemistry: electric fields. Schematic depiction of an energy barrier between … more

Baldrige Among Nation’s Best Leadership Programs for Last Three Years
Release Date: April 27, 2010

For the third straight year, Leadership Excellence magazine has named the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to its list of the … more

Seeing Moiré in Graphene
Release Date: April 27, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Georgia Institute of Technology have demonstrated* that atomic scale moiré patterns, an interference pattern that … more

To Improve Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Good Medicine Is a Polymer Pill
Release Date: April 27, 2010

In the top image, Zachary Levine (at left) and Joe Chen prepare to load a boxful of polymer ellipsoids into a CT scanner to test its ability to measure lung tumors' volumes. The … more

Lollipops and Ice Fishing: Molecular Rulers Used to Probe Nanopores
Release Date: April 27, 2010

Using a pair of exotic techniques including a molecular-scale version of ice fishing, a team of researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed … more

NIST Joins Task Force to Study Nexus Between Innovation and Privacy Policy
Release Date: April 27, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has joined a Commerce-Department-wide Internet Policy Task Force to identify leading issues in the United States affecting the private … more

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

Using neutron beams and atomic-force microscopes, a team of university researchers working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may have resolved a 10-year-old question … more

National Conference on Weights and Measures 95th Annual Meeting Agenda Released
Release Date: April 27, 2010

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) will hold their annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn., from July 11-15, 2010. The theme of this year's annual meeting is "Breaking Molds to Shape … more

Major Residential Fire Study to be Issued April 28
Release Date: April 27, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will issue the results of a multi-institutional landmark national study on the effects of firefighter staffing levels and crew arrival … more

Teams Gearing Up for Two NIST Robotic Competitions in Alaska
Release Date: April 27, 2010

The recruitment period is over. The competitors have been selected. Let the games begin! Photomicrograph shows Mag-µBot, the entry from Carnegie-Mellon University in the NIST Mobile … more

NIST Develops 'Dimmer Switch' for Superconducting Quantum Computing
Release Date: April 27, 2010

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed the first "dimmer switch" for a superconducting circuit linking a quantum bit (qubit) and a quantum … more

USGv6 Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Testing Program and Updated Protocol
Release Date: April 27, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a public meeting on May 20, 2010 at the NIST site in Gaithersburg, Md., to review a compliance testing program and upcoming … more

NIST, Maryland Researchers COMMAND a Better Class of Liposomes
Release Date: April 27, 2010

Pop a bubble while washing the dishes and you're likely to release a few drops of water trapped when the soapy sphere formed. A few years ago, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

2010 Examiner Training Kicks Off
Release Date: April 26, 2010

Tuesday April 27th will start the annual month long training period for the 2010 Board of Examiners. Week 1 will see a total of 117 Examiners pass through the classrooms at the National Institute … more

Striving for Quality Has Real Payoffs
Release Date: April 22, 2010

Read this COMPUTERWORLD.com article by Al Kuebler on how using the Baldrige Criteria and process paid off for his IT department, the company, and its customers. more

He3 Statement
Release Date: April 22, 2010

Neutron facility directors met in Grenoble on March 5, 2010 to discuss alternative technologies for neutron detectors. statement more

Rob Dimeo Appointed NCNR Director
Release Date: April 16, 2010

Announcement from Pat Gallagher, NIST Director, April 5, 2010 I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rob Dimeo to the position of Director of the NCNR. I know from personal … more

2010 TIP Competition Focuses on Manufacturing Technologies
Release Date: April 15, 2010

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a new competition for high-risk, high-reward research funding under the Technology Innovation … more

FISMA Project Manager Ron Ross Named to 2010 Federal 100 List
Release Date: April 13, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Ron Ross has received the 2010 Federal 100 Award. Presented by Federal Computer Week, the award honors the top professionals in the … more

New MEP Advisory Board White Paper Assesses the Present and Future of American Manufacturing
Release Date: April 13, 2010

A new white paper prepared by the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Board discusses the state of domestic manufacturing and the characteristics of good manufacturers, and plots a … more

NIST Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency
Release Date: April 13, 2010

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed* the world's most efficient single photon detector, which is able to count individual particles of light … more

Knowing When Poultry Goes Foul
Release Date: April 13, 2010

Mom's trusty nose may be good, but researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have gone her one better by designing an instrument that quickly and precisely sniffs … more

Lloyd Whitman Wins NRL Edison Award for Nanotechnology Patent
Release Date: April 12, 2010

Lloyd Whitman, the Deputy Director of the CNST, has won a Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Edison Award for U.S. Patent 7,541,062, "Thermal Control of Deposition in Dip Pen Nanolithography." The … more

2009 Baldrige Award Recipient Profiles Now Available
Release Date: April 6, 2010

Profiles are now available for the 2009 Baldrige Award Recipients. The profiles highlight the exceptional performance practices and accomplishments for each Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award … more

The Quest for Excellence Goes Virtual
Release Date: April 6, 2010

If you're not among the more than 700 people who will be in DC for The Quest for Excellence® on Monday April 12, you can participate at your home or office. Or wherever you have a computer and an … more

View Updated Baldrige Video Playlist
Release Date: April 5, 2010

Watch clips and videos from Baldrige Award Recipients, Quest for Excellence® attendees, and Baldrige Examiners and discover ways to improve your organization. View the updated Baldrige YouTube … more

The Quest for Excellence Conference
Release Date: March 31, 2010

Attend the Quest for Excellence Conference April 12-14 in Washington, DC. more

Three New Members Join NIST Advisory Group
Release Date: March 30, 2010

Patrick Gallagher, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has named three distinguished experts from industry and academia to serve on the Visiting Committee on … more

NIST Advisory Committee Issues 2009 Annual Report
Release Date: March 30, 2010

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 2009 annual … more

Good Times! Get to Know Your Radio-Controlled Clock
Release Date: March 30, 2010

"How accurate is a radio-controlled clock?" National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researcher Michael Lombardi asks and answers the question in a featured article of this month’s … more

NIST Director Gallagher to Co-Chair White House Standards Committee
Release Date: March 30, 2010

Whether it is to promote the development of a nationwide "Smart Grid" for electricity, optimize cyber security in federal information technology systems, or develop an effective and interoperable … more

Health Information Security Conference to Run May 11-12 in D.C.
Release Date: March 30, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is co-hosting a conference to explore the current health information technology security landscape and the Health Insurance Portability and … more

Smoke Alarms + Sprinklers + Closed Doors = Lives Saved in Dorm Fires
Release Date: March 30, 2010

Experimenting on a university dormitory that was scheduled to be torn down, fire researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated that the correct … more

NIST Scientists Address ‘Wrinkles’ in Transparent Film Development
Release Date: March 30, 2010

A closer look at a promising nanotube coating that might one day improve solar cells has turned up a few unexpected wrinkles, according to new research* conducted at the National Institute of … more

Paintable Electronics? NIST Studies Spray-On Manufacturing of Transistors
Release Date: March 30, 2010

A multidisciplinary research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found* that an organic semiconductor may be a viable candidate for creating large-area … more

NIST Racetrack Ion Trap is a Contender in Quantum Computing Quest
Release Date: March 30, 2010

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built and tested a device for trapping electrically charged atoms (ions) that potentially could process dozens of ions … more

NIST Researchers Holding Steady in an Atomic-Scale Tug-of-War
Release Date: March 30, 2010

How hard do you have to pull on a single atom of--let's say--gold to detach it from the end of a chain of like atoms?* It's a measure of the astonishing progress in nanotechnology that questions … more

EEEL Sponsors INTEL VP’s Visit to NIST
Release Date: March 23, 2010

Dr. Michael C. Mayberry, Vice President of the Technology and Manufacturing Group and Director of Components Research at INTEL Corporation, visited NIST in March to give a presentation and to learn … more

New Chair, Vice Chair Elected to NIST Policy Advisory Group
Release Date: March 16, 2010

A new chair and vice chair have been elected to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the agency's primary private-sector … more

NCNR Researchers Win Prizes in Neutron Scattering
Release Date: March 16, 2010

The Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA) has honored scientists working at NIST with two of its three major annual prizes for 2010, and named another a society fellow. Collin Broholm of … more

NIST Engineer Serving on Chilean Quake Research Team
Release Date: March 16, 2010

Jeffrey Dragovich, a research structural engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been deployed to Chile as a member of a large multidisciplinary team of experts … more

Quality Is Virtual! Baldrige Program Offers Quest for Excellence Online
Release Date: March 16, 2010

Don't worry if you can't make it to Washington, D.C., for the Quest for Excellence XXII conference on April 12-14, 2010. You can participate from your home or office, learning all about the … more

Baldrige Program Funds Four State Efforts to Teach Performance Excellence
Release Date: March 16, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Baldrige National Quality Program (BNQP) has announced that four state quality programs will receive funding for the development of … more

March Workshop at NIST to Focus on Preserving Our Digital Data
Release Date: March 16, 2010

Experts on digital preservation are gathering at a workshop at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md., from March 29 to 31 to develop a standards roadmap on … more

NIST, Partners Develop Testing Infrastructure for Health IT Systems
Release Date: March 16, 2010

Fully incorporating modern information technology into the healthcare system promises many benefits, including better quality care, less paperwork and fewer medical errors while reducing … more

Layered Graphene Sheets Could Solve Hydrogen Storage Issues
Release Date: March 16, 2010

Graphene--carbon formed into sheets a single atom thick--now appears to be a promising base material for capturing hydrogen, according to recent research* at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Key to Security: Biometrics Standards
Release Date: March 2, 2010

NIST develops and tests biometrics (e.g., fingerprint, face, iris, and multimodal) standards and technology that promote security, interoperability, and innovation. Four projects (in collaboration … more

NIST Launches New Competition for Research Facility Construction Grants (Tech Beat)
Release Date: March 2, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened a new competition for grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at institutions of higher … more

Role-Based Training for IT Security Is the Topic of March Educators’ Conference
Release Date: March 2, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) are co-hosting FISSEA's 23rd annual conference March 23-25, … more

Comments Requested on Draft Guidelines for the Secure Deployment of IPv6
Release Date: March 2, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comment on draft guidelines for network engineers and administrators for the secure implementation of Internet … more

NIST Releases Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems
Release Date: March 2, 2010

The final publication of the Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: A Security Life Cycle Approach (NIST Special Publication 800-37, Revision 1) is now … more

First Test Labs for Next-Generation Internet Protocol (IPv6) Are Accredited
Release Date: March 2, 2010

The first two laboratories have recently completed accreditation to provide testing services for the USGv6 Program. The USGv6 Program, developed at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST, NASA Launch Joint Effort to Develop New Climate Satellites
Release Date: March 2, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have launched a joint effort to gather enhanced climate data from spaceborne … more

Call Forwarding: New NIST Procedure Could Speed Cell Phone Testing
Release Date: March 2, 2010

By accurately re-creating the jumbled wireless signal environment of a city business district in a special indoor test facility, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Mouse Work: New Insights on a Fundamental DNA Repair Mechanism
Release Date: March 2, 2010

Adding a new link to our understanding of the complex chain of chemistry that keeps living cells alive, a team of researchers from the University of Vermont (UVM), the University of Utah, … more

Two Institutions Selected to Manage New NIST Fellowship Programs
Release Date: March 2, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is awarding a total of $19.5 million to the University of Maryland and the University of Colorado to develop and … more

NIST Launches New Competition for Research Facility Construction Grants
Release Date: February 25, 2010

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a new competition for grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at … more

Robert Rudnitsky Elected Chair of OECD Working Party on Nanotechnology
Release Date: February 22, 2010

Robert Rudnitsky has been elected chair of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN). The election by the OECD's thirty member countries … more

NIST Grants Awards for Recovery Act Fellowship Programs
Release Date: February 19, 2010

Programs Will Develop U.S. Scientific Talent Pool GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is awarding a total … more

NIST Issues Expanded Draft of Smart Grid Cyber Security Strategy
Release Date: February 16, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued the second draft of its Smart Grid Cyber Security Strategy and Requirements, which now identifies more than 120 interfaces that … more

NIST’s Second 'Quantum Logic Clock' is Now World’s Most Precise Clock
Release Date: February 16, 2010

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built an enhanced version of an experimental atomic clock based on a single aluminum atom that is now the world’s most … more

JILA Scientists Demonstrate First Controlled Chemical Reactions of Ultracold Molecules
Release Date: February 16, 2010

Physicists at JILA have for the first time observed chemical reactions near absolute zero, demonstrating that chemistry is possible at ultralow temperatures and that reaction rates can be … more

NIST Budget Request Proposes 7.3 Percent Increase in Funding
Release Date: February 16, 2010

The fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget request for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) submitted to Congress proposes a funding level of $918.9 million, a 7.3 percent increase over … more

MEP to Support New Building-Efficiency Research Center
Release Date: February 16, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will be supporting the creation of a regional research center that will develop new … more

International Biometrics Conference to Meet at NIST March 2-4
Release Date: February 16, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is co-sponsoring an international conference on biometric performance March 2-4 at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. Related workshops … more

Future of Hydrogen Fuel Flows Through New NIST Test Facility
Release Date: February 16, 2010

If hydrogen is ever to play a significant role as a clean, everyday energy source, it will need a safe and reliable distribution system. To pave the way for a hydrogen fuel infrastructure, … more

James Alexander Liddle Becomes Contributing Editor of InterNano
Release Date: February 16, 2010

J. Alexander Liddle has accepted an invitation from InterNano to be a contributing editor for expert reviews in the topical category of Advanced Processes and Tools. InterNano is the information … more

Seeing the Quantum in Chemistry: JILA Scientists Control Chemical Reactions of Ultracold Molecules
Release Date: February 11, 2010

Physicists at JILA have for the first time observed chemical reactions near absolute zero, demonstrating that chemistry is possible at ultralow temperatures and that reaction rates can be … more

NIST's Second 'Quantum Logic Clock Based on Aluminum Ion is Now World's Most Precise Clock
Release Date: February 4, 2010

BOULDER, Colo.--Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built an enhanced version of an experimental atomic clock based on a single aluminum atom that is now … more

NIST Issues Expanded Draft of Smart Grid Cyber Security Strategy For Public Review and Comment
Release Date: February 3, 2010

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued today the second draft of its Smart Grid Cyber Security Strategy and Requirements, which now identifies more … more

Obama Administration’s Budget Request Includes Vital Science and Technology Investments to Advance U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness
Release Date: February 1, 2010

Washington, D.C.— President Barack Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget submitted today to Congress for the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) proposes … more

BLOGRIGE: Baldrige Program Blog Now Seeking Contributors!
Release Date: January 26, 2010

BLOGRIGE--the new official blog of the Baldrige National Quality Program--is now available online. The blog is designed as a place where readers with a passion for organizational innovation, … more

Baldrige Conference Provides Path for Those on ‘Quest for Excellence’
Release Date: January 26, 2010

Learn about the exceptional performance management practices and results of the 2009 recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award at the Quest for Excellence XXII, April 12-14, 2010, … more

NIST Releases Final Report on Cowboys Facility Collapse
Release Date: January 26, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its final report on the May 2, 2009, collapse during a severe thunderstorm of the fabric-covered, steel frame practice … more

Manufacturing Competition Challenges University Teams to Stack a Better Pallet
Release Date: January 26, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking university teams to participate in a May 2010 Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition to simulate an industrial robot … more

Stacking the Deck: Single Photons Observed at Seemingly Faster-than-Light Speeds
Release Date: January 26, 2010

(Top) A single photon travels through alternating layers of low (blue) and high (green) refractive index material more slowly (top) or quickly (bottom) depending upon the order of the … more

Marine Lab Hunts Subtle Clues to Environmental Threats to Blue Crabs
Release Date: January 26, 2010

The Atlantic blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, long prized as a savory meal at a summer party or seafood restaurant, is a multi-million dollar source of income for those who harvest, process and … more

Engineered Metamaterials Enable Remarkably Small Antennas
Release Date: January 26, 2010

In an advance that might interest Q-Branch, the gadget makers for James Bond, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners from industry and academia have designed and … more

Proper Vaccine Refrigeration Vital to Putting Disease on Ice
Release Date: January 26, 2010

According to a NIST study, vaccines that have not been removed from their packaging (most often a cardboard box), retain their temperature longer than those that have been unpacked and … more

Call For Proposals
Release Date: January 20, 2010

The deadline for new and continuation proposals is January 28. 2010. Successful proposals will be allocated instrument time from April through October 2010. Limited time will be available on the … more

NIST Issues First Release of Framework for Smart Grid Interoperability
Release Date: January 19, 2010

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued today an initial list of standards, a preliminary cyber security strategy, and other … more

Governing Board of Smart Grid Standards Panel Announces Officers
Release Date: January 15, 2010

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that John D. McDonald, general manager of marketing for GE Energy’s transmission … more

Autonomous Robots Journal Special Issue November 2009
Release Date: January 14, 2010

Autonomous Robots Volume 27, Number 4, November 2009 Special Issue: Characterizing Mobile Robot Localization and Mapping Guest Editors: Raj Madhavan, Chris Scrapper, and Alex Kleiner more

NIST Quantum Computing Research Among Top Stories of 2009
Release Date: January 12, 2010

Three science magazines have selected quantum computing research by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as top stories of 2009. All the research was performed by physicist … more

Theorists Close In on Improved Atomic Property Predictions
Release Date: January 12, 2010

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Indiana University (IU) have determined* the most accurate values ever for a fundamental property of the element lithium … more

What Were They Drinking? Researchers Investigate Radioactive Crock Pots
Release Date: January 12, 2010

Radioactive toothpaste, suppositories, makeup: Would-be inventors seeking to capitalize on the discovery of radioactivity in the late 19th century produced a plethora of questionable medical … more

NIST Scientists Quantify Nanoparticle-Protein Interactions
Release Date: January 12, 2010

A research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has quantified the interaction of gold nanoparticles with important proteins found in human blood, an approach that … more

NIST Seeks Nominations for New Smart Grid Advisory Committee
Release Date: January 12, 2010

In a Federal Register notice published on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST ) solicited nominations for members of a new committee that will advise … more

NIST Awards Over $34 Million for Research in Measurement Science
Release Date: January 12, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) last week awarded $34.12 million in grants for 27 research projects in measurement science and engineering. The one-time grants, ranging … more

$123 Million in Grants Will Fund New Research Facilities
Release Date: January 12, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) last week announced grants totaling more than $123 million to 11 universities and a non-profit research organization to provide cost-shared … more

Agilent CTO Joins NIST Advisory Group
Release Date: January 12, 2010

Darlene J.S. Solomon, chief technology officer for Agilent Technologies, has been chosen to serve on the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the primary policy advisory board of the … more

Six NIST Researchers Selected as IEEE Fellows
Release Date: January 12, 2010

Six researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been named fellows of IEEE, as association for professionals involved in areas ranging from aerospace systems, … more

Sriram, Williams Honored as AAAS Fellows
Release Date: January 12, 2010

Two scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were recently elected as 2009 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor … more

Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Awards Over $34 Million in Recovery Act Grants to Increase Innovation and Improve American Competitiveness
Release Date: January 8, 2010

GAITHERSBURG, Md.–The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today awarded $34.12 million in grants for measurement science and engineering research. The … more

NIST Awards $123 Million in Recovery Act Grants To Construct New Research Facilities
Release Date: January 8, 2010

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today awarded more than $123 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to … more