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Displaying news from January 01, 2012 To March 31, 2012

Novel Filter Material Could Cut Natural Gas Refining Costs
Release Date: March 29, 2012

Measurements taken by a team including National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists show that a newly devised material has the ability to separate closely related components of … more

Researchers Validate Simplified Lateral Force Calibration Technique for Atomic Force Microscopy
Release Date: March 28, 2012

In the diamagnetic lateral force calibration method, an AFM cantilever (shown here is a NIST HammerHead cantilever) presses against the surface of a piece of graphite that levitates in a … more

New Industry Commitments to Give 15 Million Households Tools to Shrink Their Energy Bills
Release Date: March 26, 2012

Washington, D.C. -- Responding to President Obama's call for an "all-of-the-above" strategy to help consumers reduce their energy costs, the Administration announced on March 22 that nine major … more

Farewell, Mr. Sandy McDonnell
Release Date: March 22, 2012

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is saying farewell to Mr. Sandy McDonnell, a friend and leader who was critical to the program's start-up. Mr. McDonnell, 89, died on March 19 in the St. … more

Nanopower: Avoiding Electrolyte Failure in Nanoscale Lithium Batteries
Release Date: March 20, 2012

It turns out you can be too thin—especially if you’re a nanoscale battery. Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, College Park, and … more

NIST Findings Awaken Age-Old Anesthesia Question
Release Date: March 20, 2012

Why does inhaling anesthetics cause unconsciousness? New insights into this century-and-a-half-old question may spring from research performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

'Nanoslinky': A Novel Nanofluidic Technology for DNA Manipulation and Measurement
Release Date: March 20, 2012

Remember Slinky®, the coiled metal spring that “walks” down stairs with just a push, momentum and gravity? Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed … more

NIST Releases Technical Guidance for Evaluating Electronic Health Records
Release Date: March 20, 2012

An important aspect of any product is how easily someone can use it for its intended purpose, also known as usability. Electronic health records (EHR) that are usable have the potential to improve … more

NIST Announces $2.6 Million in Funding for Novel Semiconductor Research
Release Date: March 20, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting proposals to support long-term research in next-generation semiconductor technology, which is critical to the future of the … more

NIST April Workshop to Examine Federal Conformity Assessment Practices
Release Date: March 20, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a free public workshop on best practices in federal conformity assessment activities Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at NIST’s … more

Combining Centuries-Old Mathematical Theorems Provides an Efficient Approach for Characterizing the Shape of Nanoparticles
Release Date: March 14, 2012

Gregg Gallatin, a researcher at the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, has shown that combining a nineteenth century flux theorem with an eighteenth century mathematical operation … more

USTPO and NIST Unveil New IP Awareness Assessment Tool
Release Date: March 13, 2012

The new Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool developed by NIST MEP in collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office is now available for use. The tool is designed to guide … more

Enterprise Meeting Underscores Spirit of Collaboration
Release Date: March 13, 2012

With a great deal of optimism and the spirit of collaboration, as well as the acknowledgement of a great deal of work ahead, the senior leaders of the Baldrige Enterprise met on February 29 to … more

NIST Announces Funding to Form Steering Group to Support Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
Release Date: March 12, 2012

On March 9, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that it is soliciting proposals to establish a steering group in support of the National Strategy for Trusted … more

Federal Committee Seeks Information on Domestic Forging Capabilities
Release Date: March 9, 2012

Does the United States have sufficient industrial capabilities to produce adequate supplies of forged-quality metal parts to meet the needs of the Defense Department and other federal … more

President Proposes National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Release Date: March 9, 2012

President Obama announced today his proposal for a new initiative focused on strengthening and ensuring the long-term competitiveness and job-creating power of U.S. manufacturing. After touring … more

NIST/CU 'Star Comb' Joins Quest for Earthlike Planets
Release Date: March 6, 2012

If there is life on other planets, a laser frequency comb developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help find it. NIST researchers and collaborators … more

NIST Measurements May Help Optimize Organic Solar Cells
Release Date: March 6, 2012

Organic solar cells may be a step closer to market because of measurements taken at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where a … more

The Shape of Things to Come: NIST Probes the Promise of Nanomanufacturing Using DNA Origami
Release Date: March 6, 2012

In recent years, scientists have begun to harness DNA’s powerful molecular machinery to build artificial structures at the nanoscale using the natural ability of pairs of DNA molecules to assemble … more

Two for One: Simultaneous Size and Electrochemical Measurement of Nanomaterials
Release Date: March 6, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have done a mash-up of two very different experimental techniques—neutron scattering and electrochemical measurements—to … more

NIST Releases Gulf of Mexico Crude Oil Reference Material
Release Date: March 6, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new certified reference material to support the federal government’s Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) in the wake … more

NIST to Expand Work on Emergency Communications to Support FirstNet
Release Date: March 6, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will significantly expand its work in support of an advanced wireless communications system for the nation’s first responders and emergency … more

Baldrige Award Ceremony is Bonus for Attendees at Quest for Excellence
Release Date: March 6, 2012

Register today for the 24th annual Quest for Excellence® conference and you’ll get something extra: an invitation to attend the ceremony and reception honoring the 2010 and 2011 recipients of the … more

Guidance on Wireless Local Area Network Security is Close at Hand
Release Date: March 6, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released in final form a guide to enhanced security for wireless local area networks (WLAN). A WLAN is a group of wireless networking … more

NIST Announces Up to $1M in Funding for Two New Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers
Release Date: March 1, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is soliciting proposals to establish two new Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers in South Dakota and … more

NIST Releases Final Smart Grid 'Framework 2.0' Document
Release Date: February 28, 2012

An updated roadmap for the Smart Grid is now available from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which recently finished reviewing and incorporating public comments into the … more

Revision of SP 800-53 Addresses Current Cybersecurity Threats, Adds Privacy Controls
Release Date: February 28, 2012

A major revision of a Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) publication released today by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) adds guidance for combating new … more

Argon Cleaning Helps Trapped Ions Chill Out
Release Date: February 27, 2012

This colorized photo shows trap cleaning in progress. The trap (shown from the side) is atop the gold-colored pedestal in the center and measures 8 mm across. The vertical stripes on the … more

The Great Gravity Showdown
Release Date: February 27, 2012

The 2012 participants, from left: David Newell of PML, Jacques Liard of NRCan, Dave Inglis of NRC, Jason Silliker of NRCan, and Mark Eckl of NOAA. (Click image for a larger … more

Plans for Advanced Manufacturing Research Highlight President's Budget Request for NIST
Release Date: February 21, 2012

The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget for the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) submitted to Congress proposes an appropriations funding level of … more

Experts Recommend Measures to Reduce Human Error in Fingerprint Analysis
Release Date: February 21, 2012

A new report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has documented 149 potential sources of human error in … more

Celebrating Another Golden Year in Legal Metrology with Weights and Measures Week 2012
Release Date: February 21, 2012

Weights and measures are indispensable. From the grocery store to the gas pump, all kinds of consumer products are sold by some measurable quantity, whether it’s length, count, volume or weight. … more

Shopper's Special: NIST Seeking Consumer, Industry Input on Unit Pricing Labels
Release Date: February 21, 2012

The Office of Weights and Measures (OWM) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking volunteers to participate in a workgroup that will develop industry best practice … more

NIST Reveals Switching Mechanism in Promising Computer Memory Device
Release Date: February 21, 2012

Sometimes knowing that a new technology works is not enough. You also must know why it works to get marketplace acceptance. New information from the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Requests Comments on Updated Guide to Handling Computer Security Incidents
Release Date: February 21, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published for public comment a draft update to a guide for organizations managing their responses to computer security incidents such … more

NIST Establishes National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Release Date: February 21, 2012

State of Maryland and Montgomery County Join Partnership The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a new partnership to establish the National Cybersecurity Center … more

Laying the Groundwork for 3D Stacked Integrated Circuits
Release Date: February 17, 2012

Graphical representation of a stack of individual chips connected by vertical pipelines or through-silicon vias (TSVs). Credit: IBM. Could three-dimensional stacked integrated circuits … more

NIST Seeks Health Record System Manufacturers to Assist in Usability Testing
Release Date: February 16, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks manufacturers of electronic health record (EHR) systems to participate in a research effort to develop methods for assessing the … more

NIST Announces Funding Opportunity to Increase Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Release Date: February 16, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and the Department of Energy have announced the availability of up to $1.3 million for … more

CNST and Sandia Researchers Publish a Detailed Review of Electrical Contacts in One and Two Dimensional Nanomaterials
Release Date: February 15, 2012

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and Sandia National Laboratories have published a detailed review of recent experimental and theoretical work highlighting the … more

President's FY 2013 Budget Request for NIST Targets Advanced Manufacturing, Critical Science and Technology Programs
Release Date: February 13, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget for the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) submitted today to Congress proposes an … more

NIST OLES Enhancing Collaboration Between NIST and Law Enforcement
Release Date: February 9, 2012

NIST OLES Enhancing Collaboration Between NIST and Law Enforcement NIST OLES has partnered with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Office of Cheltenham Operations … more

CNST Releases the Winter 2012 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: February 8, 2012

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the winter 2012 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more

NIST Announces Program to ID Human Cell Lines for Research
Release Date: February 7, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is launching a project to collect and catalog DNA identification data for up to 1,500 human cell lines used in … more

Unusual 'Collapsing' Iron Superconductor Sets Record for Its Class
Release Date: February 7, 2012

A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland has found an iron-based superconductor that operates at the highest known temperature for a … more

Good Timing: NIST/CU Collaboration Adds Timing Capability to Living Cell Sensors
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Individual cells modified to act as sensors using fluorescence are already useful tools in biochemistry, but now they can add good timing to their resumé, thanks in part to expertise from the … more

Charter Service: Encasing the Magna Carta
Release Date: February 7, 2012

You often hear about the Framers of the Constitution, but not so much the framers of the Magna Carta. They work for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Not the authors, of … more

NIST Provides Octagonal Window of Opportunity for Carbon Capture
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Filtering carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from factory smokestacks is a necessary, but expensive part of many manufacturing processes. However, a collaborative research team from the National … more

New NIST 'Cell Assay on a Chip': Solid Results from Simple Means
Release Date: February 7, 2012

The great artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci once said that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) research engineer Javier Atencia … more

NIST Report on Texas Fire Urges Firefighters to Consider Wind Effects
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Wind conditions at a fire scene can make a critical difference on the behavior of the blaze and the safety of firefighters, even indoors, according to a new report by the National Institute of … more

NIST Seeks Proposals for Projects to Improve Trust in Cyberspace
Release Date: February 7, 2012

On Feb. 1, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched a competition for pilot projects to accelerate progress toward improved systems for interoperable, trusted online … more

NIST Report Recommends New Privately Led Steering Group to Drive Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
Release Date: February 7, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its recommendations for a new, privately led steering group to tackle the complex policy and technical issues necessary to create … more

Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association Conference Meets March 27-29
Release Date: February 7, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the 25th annual conference of the Federal Information Systems Security Educator’s Association (FISSEA) March 27-29, 2012, at its … more

NIST Advisory Committee Recommends Non-Profit Guide for Next-Gen Public Safety Communications Net
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Creation of a next-generation public safety communications network requires leadership from a single non-profit organization devoted to this purpose, according to a Jan. 31, 2012, report released … more

NIST Cloud Computing Videos Available Online
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Video recordings of the Nov. 2-4, 2011 Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop IV hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are now available for on-line viewing. The … more

Toward a Global Microwave Standard
Release Date: February 6, 2012

Much of what is known about decadal climate change – and much of what appears on the evening weather forecast as well – comes from satellite-based remote sensing of microwave radiation at different … more

Progress and Promise in DIAL LIDAR
Release Date: February 6, 2012

Click image for larger version. For climatologists and environmental policy makers who need to determine the flux of greenhouse gases (GHG), there are three paramount questions: Where … more

PML's Pernstich Develops Open-Source Software to Automate Test Equipment
Release Date: February 6, 2012

Graphical user interface of Instrument Control (iC).Click image for larger version. A free, easily customizable software program for automating test equipment via GPIB or RS232 bus may … more

New Colors: JILA Scientists Confirm First 'Frequency Comb' to Probe Ultraviolet Wavelengths
Release Date: February 1, 2012

Physicists at JILA have created the first “frequency comb” in the extreme ultraviolet band of the spectrum, high-energy light less than 100 nanometers (nm) in wavelength. Laser-generated frequency … more

NIST to Fund Pilot Projects that Advance Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Proposers’ Conference Set for Feb. 15
Release Date: February 1, 2012

Proposers’ Conference Set for Feb. 15 WASHINGTON - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a competition to award a total of approximately $10 million for pilot … more

Public-Private Standards Efforts to Make America Strong
Release Date: February 1, 2012

Office of Science and Technology Blog Post by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher Standards—agreed upon parameters such as the size and shape of … more

CNST Researchers Efficiently Couple Light from a Plane Wave into a Surface Plasmon Mode
Release Date: February 1, 2012

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have made a grating coupler that transmits over 45 % of the incident optical energy from a plane wave into a single surface … more

New Report Outlines Key Features of Next-Generation Public Safety Communications
Release Date: January 31, 2012

WASHINGTON—Creation of a next-generation public safety communications network requires leadership from a single non-profit organization devoted to this purpose, according to a report released today … more

Cool Nano Loudspeakers Could Make for Better MRIs, Quantum Computers
Release Date: January 24, 2012

A team of physicists from the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), the Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Harvard University has developed a theory describing how to both detect weak … more

Hacking the SEM: Crystal Phase Detection for Nanoscale Samples
Release Date: January 24, 2012

Top: Transmission electron diffraction pattern from from a segment of an indium gallium nitride (InGaN) nanowire about 50 nanometers in diameter taken with an SEM using the new NIST … more

NIST to Support Federal Agencies as They Implement Best Practices for Standards Activities
Release Date: January 24, 2012

Last week, the White House issued a memorandum recognizing the role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in helping agencies implement best practices for standards … more

NIST Publishes Draft Implementation Guidance for Continuously Monitoring an Organization's IT System Security
Release Date: January 24, 2012

Three new draft reports published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are designed to help both public and private organizations improve the security of their information … more

NIST Issues Cloud Computing Guidelines for Managing Security and Privacy
Release Date: January 24, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has finalized its first set of guidelines for managing security and privacy issues in cloud computing.* Guidelines on Security and Privacy … more

International Community Gathers at NIST in March to Discuss Biometric Performance and Testing
Release Date: January 24, 2012

The International Biometric Performance Conference 2012, to be held March 5-9 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will bring together evaluators, users and technology … more

NIST Accepting Applications for Two Summer Programs for Middle School Science Teachers
Release Date: January 24, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers and the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) … more

Inc.com Features Baldrige Award Winner MidwayUSA
Release Date: January 24, 2012

A brand-new article on Inc.com, "We Will Be the Best-Run Business in America," features MidwayUSA, a 2009 Baldrige Award winner in small business, and its founder Larry Potterfield. Writer Leigh … more

March Workshop to Support Trusted IDs in Cyberspace
Release Date: January 24, 2012

The National Strategy for a Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office will host the 2012 NIST/NSTIC IDtrust Workshop “Technologies and Standards Enabling the Identity … more

Call for Nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Release Date: January 24, 2012

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by … more

Updated Guidelines to Help Ensure Electrical Devices are Smart Grid Ready
Release Date: January 24, 2012

Taking a step closer to ensuring that new electrical devices will be ready to plug into the nation's next-generation power grid, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Smart … more

Administration Announces New Tools to Help Consumers Manage Electricity Use and Shrink Bills
Release Date: January 18, 2012

SANTA CLARA, CA – Today, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra joined utility and technology executives in Silicon Valley to announce several new online tools that will allow consumers in … more

CNST Collaboration Produces Ultra-Short Light Pulses Using On-Chip Microresonator
Release Date: January 18, 2012

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and Purdue University have designed and fabricated an on-chip microresonator that converts continuous laser light into … more

Economic Study Shows Value of Baldrige-Based Performance Excellence
Release Date: January 18, 2012

The news in 2001 was impressive, but it’s even more emphatically evident a decade later: the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) significantly benefits the U.S. economy. That’s the … more

February Forums Help Manufacturers Get on Track to Build Next Generation Rail
Release Date: January 12, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will host two forums in February 2012 to help U.S. manufacturers prepare for upcoming … more

CNST Collaboration Models Ionic Conductivity in Doped Ceria for use as a Fuel Cell Electrolyte
Release Date: January 11, 2012

Optimizing the conductivity of ceria based oxides, or doped ceria, is crucial to their use as electrolytes in future solid oxide fuel cells. Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science … more

Slippery When Stacked: NIST Theorists Quantify the Friction of Graphene
Release Date: January 10, 2012

Similar to the way pavement, softened by a hot sun, will slow down a car, graphene—a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon with wondrous properties—slows down an object sliding across its surface. But … more

NIST Standard Available for Better Diagnosis, Treatment of Cytomegalovirus
Release Date: January 10, 2012

A new clinical Standard Reference Material (SRM) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will help health care professionals more accurately diagnose and treat … more

Stretching Exercises: Using Digital Images to Understand Bridge Failures
Release Date: January 10, 2012

With a random-looking spatter of paint specks, a pair of cameras and a whole lot of computer processing, engineer Mark Iadicola of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been … more

NIST Releases Two New SRMs for Monitoring Human Exposure to Environmental Toxins
Release Date: January 10, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has developed two new Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for … more

NIST SBIR Program Soliciting Proposals to Solve Manufacturing and IT Challenges
Release Date: January 10, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) needs American innovators and entrepreneurs to help solve technological problems and develop NIST technologies into marketable products. … more

New DOC Report Examines the Federal Role in U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness
Release Date: January 10, 2012

On Jan. 6, 2012, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) issued a new report highlighting key policy priorities to sustain and promote American innovation and economic competitiveness. The report, … more

Text Retrieval Conference 2012 Seeks Information Retrieval Experts for Data Digging
Release Date: January 10, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is conducting the 21st annual Text Retrieval Conference (TREC), the premier experimental effort in the field, to encourage research in … more

Four at NIST Elected AAAS Fellows
Release Date: January 10, 2012

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, has elected four researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Technologies Contribute to Top Science Stories of 2011
Release Date: January 10, 2012

The top science stories of 2011, as selected by several science magazines, include two experiments and a famous computer, that relied on technology from the National Institute of Standards and … more

CNST Researchers Measure and Model Inhomogeneous Energy Landscapes in Graphene
Release Date: January 4, 2012

If graphene is to live up to its promise as a revolutionary component of future electronics, the interactions between graphene and the surrounding materials in a device must be understood and … more