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Study Highlights Diversity in Agency Technology Transfer Approaches
Release Date: June 30, 2011

A new report* sponsored by the U.S. Commerce Department (DOC)—the results of the first independent study of its kind in almost 10 years—describes both barriers and effective strategies for transfer … more

Key Ingredient: Change in Material Boosts Prospects of Ultrafast Single-photon Detector
Release Date: June 30, 2011

By swapping one superconducting material for another, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have found a practical way to boost the efficiency of the world's … more

CNST Researchers Demonstrate Electro-Optic Modulation of Single Photons from a Quantum Dot
Release Date: June 29, 2011

In a recent article in Applied Physics Letters,* CNST researchers demonstrated how commercially available electro-optic modulators can be used to tailor the single photon output of quantum dots … more

A Quiet Phase: NIST Optical Tools Produce Ultra-low-noise Microwave Signals
Release Date: June 27, 2011

By combining advanced laser technologies in a new way, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have generated microwave signals that are more pure and stable than … more

President Obama Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership
Release Date: June 24, 2011

Today President Obama announced a new initiative, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in … more

John Cahn to Receive 2011 Kyoto Prize For Fundamental Contributions to Materials Science
Release Date: June 24, 2011

John Cahn, an emeritus senior fellow and materials scientist at the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was named today to receive the prestigious … more

Compact High-Temperature Superconducting Cable Wins 'R&D 100' Award
Release Date: June 22, 2011

A method developed by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder for making thin, flexible, high-temperature superconducting … more

CNST Team Calculates the Electronic Transport Properties of Graphene Stacks
Release Date: June 22, 2011

Anticipating forthcoming experiments, a CNST team has shown that few layer graphene stacks have favorable transport properties that could enable engineering of novel electronic devices.*  There has … more

Nanowire-based Sensors Offer Improved Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds
Release Date: June 21, 2011

A team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), George Mason University and the University of Maryland has made nano-sized sensors that detect volatile organic … more

Branch Offices: New Family of Gold-Based Nanoparticles Could Serve as Biomedical 'Testbed'
Release Date: June 21, 2011

Gold nanoparticles are becoming the … well … gold standard for medical-use nanoparticles. A new paper* by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National … more

Final Version of Industrial Control Systems Security Guide Published
Release Date: June 21, 2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued the final version of its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security (SP 800-82),* intended to help pipeline operators, … more

Baldrige Program Takes Performance Excellence on the Road
Release Date: June 21, 2011

Interested in improving your organization's excellence? Then sign up for one of the two 2011 Baldrige Regional Conferences. This year, they're being held in Missouri and Alabama. Senior leaders … more

Researchers Share Useful Lessons Learned in Evaluating Emerging Technologies
Release Date: June 21, 2011

Most industry executives, military planners, research managers or venture capitalists charged with assessing the potential of an R&D project probably are familiar with the wry twist on Arthur … more

Calling for Comments on Cybersecurity, Innovations and the Internet Economy
Release Date: June 21, 2011

The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force is requesting comments on a report that proposes voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen the cybersecurity of companies that increasingly … more

CNST Offers Insights into Metallic Ferromagnetism Using Spin Polarized Electron Probes
Release Date: June 15, 2011

The CNST’s Daniel Pierce has provided an overview of three decades of applications of spin-polarized measurement techniques to understanding metallic ferromagnetism.  His insights were published in … more

NIST Contributions to Smart Grid Highlighted in White House Report, Event
Release Date: June 13, 2011

A new White House policy document released today* highlights strategic roles that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plays in accelerating the modernization of the nation's … more

Commerce Department Proposes New Policy Framework to Strengthen Cybersecurity Protections for Businesses Online
Release Date: June 8, 2011

Additional Contact: Gail Porter, 301-975-2762 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce today released a report that proposes voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen the cybersecurity of … more

CNST-led Team Calculates the Role of Buried Layers in Few-Layer Epitaxial Graphene
Release Date: June 8, 2011

A CNST-led collaboration with the University of Maryland and the University of Texas has computed how electrostatic interactions between electrons in different layers of few-layer graphene affect … more

NIST Tunes 'Metasurface' with Fluid in New Concept for Sensing and Chemistry
Release Date: June 7, 2011

Like an opera singer hitting a note that shatters a glass, a signal at a particular resonant frequency can concentrate energy in a material and change its properties. And as with 18th century … more

NIST 'Catch and Release' Program Could Improve Nanoparticle Safety Assessment
Release Date: June 7, 2011

Depending on whom you ask, nanoparticles are, potentially, either one of the most promising or the most perilous creations of science. These tiny objects can deliver drugs efficiently and enhance … more

NIST Contests in China Put Next-Gen Robot Technologies to the Test
Release Date: June 7, 2011

Robotic automation, microrobotics and robotic perception and recognition all advanced a few steps closer to their future applications in manufacturing, health care and other areas during the week … more

NIST/Industry Developed Temperature Tracking Device for Packages May Have Climate Metrology Applications
Release Date: June 7, 2011

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers are working to reduce the uncertainty associated with climate-change measurements using a mobile temperature-sensing technology … more

National Conference on Weights and Measures Annual Meeting Set for July 17-21, 2011
Release Date: June 7, 2011

Preventing fraud at oil-change services and enabling consumers to make value comparisons when shopping for printer ink will be among the many issues discussed at this year's annual meeting of the … more

Sixty-Nine Organizations Vie for the 2011 Baldrige Award
Release Date: June 7, 2011

Sixty-nine organizations have tossed their hats—and their strategies for success—into the ring for the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest recognition for … more

New Baldrige DVD Gives You Performance Excellence on the Go!
Release Date: June 7, 2011

If you missed the 23rd Annual Quest for Excellence conference in April, 2011, or just want to continue learning about the best practices, proven strategies and real-world insights presented there, … more

Intellectual-Property Investor Joins NIST Advisory Group
Release Date: June 7, 2011

Patrick Gallagher, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has named Karen Kerr of Intellectual Ventures to serve on the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology … more

Eye on Dallas--5 Questions with Freese and Nichols CEO Robert Pence: "Lots to Do" Post-Baldrige
Release Date: June 7, 2011

Read the article: Eye on Dallas -- 5 Questions with Freese and Nichols CEO Robert Pence: ‘Lots to Do’ Post-Baldrige. Freese and Nichols is a Texas-based multidiscipline consulting firm that offers … more

NIST researchers collected data following Joplin, Missouri, tornado
Release Date: June 6, 2011

A massive tornado, rated category EF5 (the most powerful on the Enhanced Fujita scale), hit Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency … more

Amendments to NIST HB 150, 3.4.1
Release Date: June 2, 2011

NVLAP has released a new Policy Guide to publish revisions to NVLAP proficiency testing procedures as found in NIST Handbook 150, NVLAP Procedures and General Requirements, section 3.4.1. The … more

CNST Director Robert Celotta Elected Member-at-Large of the APS Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics
Release Date: June 1, 2011

CNST Director Robert Celotta has been elected as a Member-at-Large of the American Physical Society (APS) Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP).  FIAP was formed in 1995 with the objective … more

CNST Researchers Develop Integrated Nanomechanical Sensor for Atomic Force Microscopy
Release Date: June 1, 2011

The atomic force microscope (AFM) is an important tool for nanoscale surface metrology. Typical AFMs map local tip-surface interactions by scanning a flexible cantilever probe over a surface. They … more

Mark Stiles Elected Vice-Chair of the American Physical Society Magnetism Group
Release Date: May 25, 2011

Mark Stiles, a NIST Fellow in the CNST Electron Physics Group, has been elected Vice-Chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications (GMAG).  As … more

Defect in Graphene May Present Bouquet of Possibilities
Release Date: May 24, 2011

Flower-like defects in graphene can occur during the fabrication process. The NIST team captured images of one of the defects (figures a and c) using a scanning tunneling microscope. A … more

Defect in Graphene May Present Bouquet of Possibilities
Release Date: May 24, 2011

Flower-like defects in graphene can occur during the fabrication process. The NIST team captured images of one of the defects (figures a and c) using a scanning tunneling microscope. A … more

New Software Tool Helps Evaluate Natural Cooling Options for Buildings
Release Date: May 24, 2011

A new, free software tool from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could prove to be a breath of fresh air for architects and designers of ventilation systems for "green" … more

Care for a Spot of (Green) Tea? New NIST Reference Materials for Popular Diet Supplement
Release Date: May 24, 2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a suite of green tea reference materials to help manufacturers evaluate the composition of their products and assure … more

NIST, AIP to Make Semiconductor Research Freely Available Online
Release Date: May 24, 2011

A wealth of information on recent advances in semiconductor research is now available for free, thanks to an agreement between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the … more

Broadening Uses Put MEMS Technology on the Map(s)
Release Date: May 24, 2011

Behind the smart phone's continuing transformation into the quintessential multipurpose tool is the rise and diversification of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), tiny machines that work the … more

Three at NIST Win Flemming Award
Release Date: May 24, 2011

Three scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been chosen to receive the Arthur S. Flemming award, recognizing distinguished service in the federal … more

What Change to the Civil Service System is Really Needed?
Release Date: May 19, 2011

by Timothy J. Clark A good first step is to start with a review of the performance management framework that is incorporated within the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Components of this … more

Pal's Sudden Service is a "Model of Efficiency"
Release Date: May 19, 2011

Read the article Model of Efficiency (go to page 24) in Operations Magazine about Pal's Sudden Service, a 2001 Baldrige Award recipient in the small business category. Pal’s is a privately owned, … more

NIST 'Nanowire' Measurements Could Improve Computer Memory
Release Date: May 18, 2011

In this schematic image (top) and transmission electron micrograph, a silicon nanowire is shown surrounded by a stack of thin layers of material called dielectrics, which store … more

NIST Workshop Highlights Planned Consortium for Soft Material Manufacturing Research
Release Date: May 18, 2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is holding a special industry workshop on June 2 and 3, 2011, at the NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, Md., to assess interest in forming … more

SOS RFI Comments Summary
Release Date: May 17, 2011

NIST’s SCO recently released a report summarizing responses to the RFI on Federal Agency Participation in Standardization Activities in Select Technology Areas issued on December 8, 2010.  Also … more

NIST Workshop to Advance Usability in Electronic Health Records
Release Date: May 17, 2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a workshop on usability of electronic health records (EHR) on June 7, 2011, at NIST's campus in Gaithersburg, Md. "A … more

NIST Seeks Comments on Draft Guide to Cloud Computing
Release Date: May 12, 2011

The cloud computing research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comments on a draft of its most complete guide to cloud computing to date. NIST … more

Silver Cycle: New Evidence for Natural Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles
Release Date: May 10, 2011

Nanoparticles of silver are being found increasingly in the environment—and in environmental science laboratories. Because they have a variety of useful properties, especially as antibacterial and … more

Silver Cycle: New Evidence for Natural Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles
Release Date: May 10, 2011

Test line 5 on 3/17/2013 10:54 PM by yyao. Nanoparticles of silver are being found increasingly in the environment—and in environmental science laboratories. Because they have a variety of useful … more

Marine Lab Research Tracks Pollutants in Dolphins and Beluga Whales
Release Date: May 10, 2011

Bottlenose dolphins* and beluga whales**, two marine species at or near the top of their respective food webs, accumulate more chemical pollutants in their bodies when they live and feed in waters … more

Drive Test: NIST Super-stable Laser Shines in Minivan Experiment
Release Date: May 10, 2011

In a step toward taking the most advanced atomic clocks on the road, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have designed and demonstrated a super-stable laser … more

The Secret Behind NIST's New Gas Detector? Chirp Before Sniffing
Release Date: May 10, 2011

Trace gas detection, the ability to detect a scant quantity of a particular molecule—a whiff of formaldehyde or a hint of acetone—in a vast sea of others, underlies many important applications, … more

NIST's Charles Clark Named Co-Director of the Joint Quantum Institute
Release Date: May 10, 2011

Physicist Charles Clark of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been named a co-director of the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a research collaboration that includes NIST … more

NIST/JILA Physicist Jun Ye Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Release Date: May 10, 2011

Physicist Jun Ye, a Fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a Fellow of JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder, has been elected to … more

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Releases 2010 Biennial Report
Release Date: May 9, 2011

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the publication of its 2010 Report. This Report updates the state of the CNST and highlights the 2009-2010 … more

New Calculations on Blackbody Energy Set the Stage for Clocks with Unprecedented Accuracy
Release Date: May 6, 2011

A team of physicists from the United States and Russia announced today* that it has developed a means for computing, with unprecedented accuracy, a tiny, temperature-dependent source of error in … more

Report of Dialogue on Measurements for Complex Fluid Formulation
Release Date: May 5, 2011

On May 3, 2011, the Complex Fluids Group and the Microrheometry Project hosted a meeting with manufacturers (in the United States and United Kingdom) to discuss measurement advances and needs in … more

Build Safety into the Very Beginning of the Computer System
Release Date: April 28, 2011

A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides guidelines to secure the earliest stages of the computer boot process. Commonly known as the Basic … more

Energy & Fuels highlights NIST paper
Release Date: April 27, 2011

Energy & Fuels highlights NIST paper Energy & Fuels is the premier journal for research in all areas of the chemistry of nonnuclear energy sources, including the properties and structure … more

Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer FY09 Summary Report
Release Date: April 27, 2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a summary report on technology transfer activities of the federal laboratories for fiscal year 2009. The report summarizes the … more

Good Eggs: NIST Nanomagnets Offer Food for Thought About Computer Memories
Release Date: April 26, 2011

Magnetics researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) colored lots of eggs recently. Bunnies and children might find the eggs a bit small—in fact, too small to see … more

Travel Hazards: Two Studies Start to Map Pollutant Threats to Turtles
Release Date: April 26, 2011

In a pair of studies—one recently published online* and the other soon-to-be published**— researchers at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML), a government-university collaboration in Charleston, … more

NIST Prototypes Framework for Evaluating Sustainability Standards
Release Date: April 26, 2011

As manufacturers and other businesses step up efforts to cut waste, reduce energy use and improve the overall sustainability of their products and processes, the number of planet-friendly standards … more

Two Graphene Layers May Be Better Than One
Release Date: April 26, 2011

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have shown that the electronic properties of two layers of graphene vary on the nanometer scale. The surprising new results … more

Understanding How Glasses 'Relax' Provides Some Relief for Manufacturers
Release Date: April 26, 2011

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Wesleyan University have used computer simulations to gain basic insights into a fundamental problem in material science … more

NIST Seeks Improved Recovery of Samples from Biohazard Events
Release Date: April 26, 2011

It may not be as catchy a combination as "Miss Scarlet in the parlor with a revolver," but "polyester-rayon wipes in the field followed by saline-surfactant extraction and vortexing" is the most … more

White House Launches Plan to Create a Trusted 'Identity Ecosystem' for On-Line Commerce
Release Date: April 26, 2011

On April 15, the Obama Administration formally launched its National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), a plan to work with the private sector to develop a private market for … more

NIST Offering Free Access to Standards for First Responders
Release Date: April 26, 2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), in collaboration with the NIST National Center for Standards and Certification Information, has … more

Smart Grid Panel Agrees on Standards for Wireless Communication, Meter Upgrades
Release Date: April 26, 2011

The governing board of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has voted in favor of a new standard and a set of guidelines important for making the long-planned “smart” electricity grid a … more

New Manufacturing Innovations Blog Lifts Off
Release Date: April 26, 2011

The manufacturing experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership are now spreading the word on manufacturing innovation by blog. … more

Solar Cell Technology Opportunities: Looking To a Bright, Sunny Future
Release Date: April 26, 2011

What are the major technology challenges to future growth in the solar-cell industry? Where are the big-bang-for-the-buck R&D investment opportunities? These and other questions were put to a … more

Qualcomm Executive Joins NIST Advisory Group
Release Date: April 26, 2011

Roberto Padovani View hi-resolution image Patrick Gallagher, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has named Roberto Padovani of Qualcomm Incorporated … more

2011 Examiner Training Kicks Off
Release Date: April 26, 2011

Tuesday April 26th will start the annual month long training period for the 2011 Board of Examiners. Week 1 will see a total of 120 Examiners pass through the classrooms at the National Institute … more

Solid State Lighting Proficiency Testing Fees
Release Date: April 25, 2011

Effective June 1, 2011, all new applicant labs applying for NVLAP accreditation to IES LM-79, or existing NVLAP-accredited laboratories requesting addition of IES LM-79 to their … more

Smart Grid Panel Agrees on Standards and Guidelines for Wireless Communication, Meter Upgrades
Release Date: April 19, 2011

Gaithersburg, Md. – The governing board of the public-private Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has voted in favor of a new standard and a set of guidelines important for making the … more

Administration Releases Strategy to Protect Online Consumers and Support Innovation and Fact Sheet on National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
Release Date: April 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Obama Administration released the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), which seeks to better protect consumers from fraud and identity theft, … more

New NIST SRM Helps Improve Diagnosis of Huntington's Disease
Release Date: April 12, 2011

A new Standard Reference Material (SRM) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will help clinical genetics labs accurately diagnose Huntington’s disease, an inherited … more

Free Online Tool Aids Decisions on Fire Sprinkler Systems for Homes
Release Date: April 12, 2011

For the many states, communities, new-home builders and prospective buyers now mulling over the pluses and minuses of installing residential fire suppression sprinklers, the National Institute of … more

Sharpened Focus: Improving the Numbers, Utility of Medical Imaging
Release Date: April 12, 2011

The idea of probing the body's interior with radiation stretches back to experiments with X rays in the 1800s, but more than a century later, images taken with radiological scans still are not … more

The Heat Is On: NIST Zeroes In On Energy Consumption of Ice Makers
Release Date: April 12, 2011

In tests of four different types of new refrigerators, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers found that ice makers increased rated energy consumption by 12 to 20 … more

Crowdsourcing Science History: NIST Digital Archives Seeks Help in Identifying Mystery Artifacts
Release Date: April 12, 2011

Do you hold the key to solving some gadget mysteries from the last century of U.S. science and technology? In its 110 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has made many … more

NIST/JILA Physicist Wins Optical Society's Meggers Award
Release Date: April 12, 2011

Steven Cundiff, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has received the 2011 William F. Meggers Award from the Optical Society of America (OSA). The Meggers … more