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Near-Field Scanning Microwave Microscope: Big at the Nanoscale
Release Date: September 28, 2012

The larger of the two alternating images above shows the topography of a nanowire bundle. The smaller image is the same bundle, but without the p-doped portion. The position of the p-n … more

Shaking Up Biomolecules with Light
Release Date: September 28, 2012

PML scientist Zeeshan Ahmed lowers a sample into the instrument chamber for analysis. In living organisms, biomolecules such as proteins are constantly in complex motion, bending and … more

PML central role in T-and-E standards
Release Date: September 27, 2012

Some of the kinds of radiation detectors affected by the new standards. PML researchers played a central role in the establishment of new testing and evaluation (T&E) standards for … more

NIST Handbook 156 - 2012 Edition
Release Date: September 26, 2012

NIST Handbook 156 - Program Handbook for Engine Fuels, Petroleum and Lubricant Laboratories Introduction This handbook provides guidance on how to establish a management system for Fuel Quality … more

Five Pilot Projects Receive Grants to Promote Online Security and Privacy
Release Date: September 20, 2012

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced more than $9 million in grant awards to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities … more

2013 Award Process Fees to Change
Release Date: September 20, 2012

The fees for the 2013 Baldrige Award cycle will increase in order to recover costs associated with administering the award process and to reduce the annual financial commitment needed from the … more

A Fast and Sensitive Nanophotonic Motion Sensor Developed for Silicon Microdevices
Release Date: September 19, 2012

False-color scanning electron micrograph of a nanophotonic motion sensor. Vertical motion of the silicon nitride ring (pink) changes an evanescent light field of the silicon disk optical … more

Manufacturing Day Gaining Momentum: More than 150 Manufacturers Participating
Release Date: September 19, 2012

Additional Contact: Patricia Lee Director of Marketing Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. 815-227-8286 ROCKFORD, Ill., September 18, 2012 – Manufacturing companies from across the … more

Register For Forensics@NIST
Release Date: September 19, 2012

  Online registration is now open for Forensics@NIST 2012, a three-day symposium on cutting-edge forensic science research being performed at NIST. The symposium will run from Wednesday, … more

New NCNR Guide Hall Opens, Expands NIST Resources for Neutron Research
Release Date: September 18, 2012

With the opening of the new guide hall addition at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), neutron scientists will have nearly twice as much space … more

New NIST Screening Method Identifies 1,200 Candidate Refrigerants to Combat Global Warming
Release Date: September 18, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new computational method for identifying candidate refrigerant fluids with low "global warming potential" … more

New NIST Publication Provides Guidance for Computer Security Risk Assessments
Release Date: September 18, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a final version of its risk assessment guidelines that can provide senior leaders and executives with the information they … more

October Workshop to Consider Future of Information and Communication Technology Supply Chain Risk Management
Release Date: September 18, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a workshop at its Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters October 15 and16, 2012, to discuss ways NIST can focus its work to help federal … more

2013-2014 Criteria Coming Soon: Readers Can Expect Leading Practices, User-Friendly Changes, and Cost-Recovery Fees
Release Date: September 18, 2012

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is preparing to release by early 2013 three new versions of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. What changes will readers of the 2013–2014 Criteria … more

Jacob Taylor, NIST Physicist, Receives Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Public Service
Release Date: September 14, 2012

On September 13, 2012, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Jacob Taylor received a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) for his advanced scientific … more

Home Sweet Lab: Computerized House to Generate as Much Energy as It Uses
Release Date: September 12, 2012

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 12, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home … more

Researchers Introduce New Method for Imaging Defects in Magnetic Nanodevices
Release Date: September 12, 2012

Top: Scanning electron micrograph of an array of magnetic nanodisks with a oval-shaped “defect” structure at center.  Middle: Ferromagnetic resonance force microscopy (FMRFM) image of the … more

The World's Most Stable Laser
Release Date: September 10, 2012

The world’s most stable laser – with frequency variation of no more than 2 parts in 10,000 trillion – has been developed and tested by an international collaboration of scientists at NIST/JILA in … more

New NIST Strategic Roadmap Aims to Reduce the Nation's Preventable Fire Burden by a Third
Release Date: September 5, 2012

The United States already has one of the highest direct fire loss rates among developed nations, and progress in reducing this tremendous burden is slowing. Controlled experiment at NIST’s … more

NIST ‘Hybrid Metrology’ Method Could Improve Computer Chips
Release Date: September 5, 2012

A refined method developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for measuring nanometer-sized objects may help computer manufacturers more effectively size up the myriad … more

New NIST Reference Material Could Aid Nanomaterial Toxicity Research
Release Date: September 5, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new nanoscale reference material for use in a wide range of environmental, health and safety studies of industrial … more

September Workshop to Explore the Measurement Needs of the Flexible Electronics Industry
Release Date: September 5, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in concert with the FlexTech Alliance, will hold a workshop on “Flexible Printed Electronics Metrology — The Status and Needs” on Sept. 12 … more

Mars Robot, Curiosity, Tethered to NIST Measurements
Release Date: September 5, 2012

Sometimes the chain of measurement traceability—the unbroken series of links between a calibrated instrument and the official standard maintained by the National Institute of Standards and … more

CNST Researchers Demonstrate Low-Noise, Chip-Based Optical Wavelength Converter
Release Date: September 5, 2012

Scanning electron micrograph of the cross-section of a silicon nitride waveguide designed for the low-noise frequency conversion with a simulation of the device's optical field profile … more

Lost and Found: Audiotape Surfaces of President Eisenhower's 1954 Dedication of NIST Boulder
Release Date: September 5, 2012

Almost exactly 58 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke at the 1954 dedication ceremony for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder, Colo. Now you can … more

Twelve Companies Win NIST SBIR Awards
Release Date: September 5, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced nearly $2 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards to 12 U.S. businesses. These … more

NIST Announces 12 Small Business Innovation Research Awards
Release Date: August 31, 2012

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced nearly $2 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research … more

Excellence by the Dozen: 12 Organizations Vie for 2012 Baldrige Award
Release Date: August 31, 2012

Twelve U.S. organizations have reached the next step on the road to a possible silver anniversary Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest recognition for organizational … more

PML on Mars: Far-out Thermal Calibration
Release Date: August 29, 2012

PML physicist Michal Chojnacky (right) demonstrates the method used to calibrate platinum resistance thermometers. At left is sensor designer Chris Albert. Sometimes the chain of … more

Simulating the Sun for Photovoltaic Research
Release Date: August 29, 2012

Collimated output of the solar simulator illuminates a small solar cell. Electrical probes are used to measure cell efficiency. PML researchers have devised a novel source of portable … more

Researchers Determine the Optimum Path for Tracking Fluorescent Nanoparticles Using a Laser
Release Date: August 29, 2012

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology  researchers Gregg Gallatin and Andrew Berglund (now at Quantifind in Palo Alto, CA) have determined the optimum path in which to scan a laser beam … more

Disseminating the Kilogram, No Strings Attached
Release Date: August 24, 2012

Patrick Abbot inspects the upper (vacuum) section of the apparatus. The impending redefinition of the kilogram presents a weighty dilemma. Methods to be used to realize the redefined … more

Sept. 27 California Workshop to Explore Plans for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Release Date: August 21, 2012

The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), in partnership with state and national organizations, is inviting interested parties to the third in a series of regional workshops to … more

National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute Announced
Release Date: August 21, 2012

On August 15, 2012, the White House announced the launch of a new public-private institute for manufacturing innovation in Youngstown, Ohio. The new partnership, the National Additive Manufacturing … more

Security First: New NIST Guidelines on Securing BIOS for Servers
Release Date: August 21, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting comments on new draft guidelines for securing BIOS systems for server computers. BIOS—Basic Input/output System—is the first … more

NIST Co-Sponsors the 2012 Biometrics Consortium Conference
Release Date: August 21, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will co-sponsor the 2012 Biometric Consortium Conference (BCC 2012), September 18-21, 2012, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. … more

Baldrige Program Celebrates 25 Years of Performance Excellence
Release Date: August 20, 2012

Not many 25-year-olds can boast that in their short lifetime they have helped thousands of organizations develop and maintain world-class operations, innovative management, efficient procedures, … more

Obama Administration Announces New Public-Private Partnership to Support Manufacturing Innovation, Encourage Investment in America
Release Date: August 18, 2012

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers of Ohio and Pennsylvania will be part of a new public-private partnership aimed at revitalizing American manufacturing and encouraging companies to … more

Administration Announces $20 Million for 10 Public-Private Partnerships to Support American Manufacturing and Encourage Investment in the U.S.
Release Date: August 18, 2012

Investments will promote job creation and economic growth in local industry clusters in AZ, CA, MI, NY, OK, OR, PA, TN AND WA The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers of California, … more

We Can't Wait: Obama Administration Announces New Public-Private Partnership to Support Manufacturing Innovation, Encourage Investment in America
Release Date: August 16, 2012

Consortium of Businesses, Universities, and Community Colleges from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania Co-Invest with Federal Government in a Manufacturing Innovation Institute WASHINGTON, DC – … more

PML Uses Combined Optical Techniques to Provide Important Answers on Graphene Structures
Release Date: August 13, 2012

Nhan Nguyen demonstrates how he performs optical measurements on a graphene-insulator-semiconductor sample structure. That graphene is the hot new material in the world of future … more

CNST Releases the Summer 2012 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: August 8, 2012

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

Shelling Out Evidence: NIST Ballistic Standard Helps Tie Guns to Criminals
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Thanks to a new reference standard developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), law enforcement agencies will have an easier time linking the nearly 200,000 cartridge … more

NIST's Speedy Ions Could Add Zip to Quantum Computers
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Take that, sports cars! Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can accelerate their beryllium ions from zero to 100 miles per hour and stop them in just a few … more

Seeing the Light with NIST's New Noiseless Optical Amplifier
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Most devices that amplify light suffer from the same problem: making the image brighter also adds muddying distortion. Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Shows New Device Could Improve Fiber-Optic Quantum Data Transmission
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Tests performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show that a new method for splitting photon beams could overcome a fundamental physical hurdle in transmitting … more

Long-Predicted Fluctuations in Cell Membranes Observed for First Time
Release Date: August 8, 2012

A long-standing mystery in cell biology may be closer to a solution thanks to measurements taken at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and France's Institut Laue-Langevin … more

NIST Focuses on Testing Standards to Support Lab on a Chip Commercialization
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Lab on a chip (LOC) devices—microchip-size systems that can prepare and analyze tiny fluid samples with volumes ranging from a few microliters (millionth of a liter) to sub-nanoliters (less than a … more

Updated NIST Guide is a How-To for Dealing With Computer Security Incidents
Release Date: August 8, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of its guide for managing computer security incidents. Based on best practices from government, academic … more

Steering Group for Identity Ecosystem Hosts First Meeting
Release Date: August 8, 2012

The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group Kickoff Meeting to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) will be held Aug. 15 and 16, 2012, in Chicago, Ill. In April … more

Four at NIST Honored with Flemming Awards
Release Date: August 8, 2012

Four National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) employees were among the 12 recipients of the annual Arthur S. Flemming Award that recognizes outstanding service to the federal … more

Sponsorship Opportunities Available to Support Baldrige Program
Release Date: August 7, 2012

Organizations and individuals are being invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program during its 25th-anniversary year by becoming sponsors of various initiatives and events.  … more

New Baldrige Collaborative Assessment Announced
Release Date: August 6, 2012

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program announces the opportunity to participate in the pilot of an exciting new assessment service.  The Baldrige Collaborative Assessment is designed to help … more

Obama Administration Announces $9 Million Investment in Rural Communities to Foster Job Creation and Innovation
Release Date: August 1, 2012

Winners of the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Will Strengthen Regional Industry Clusters and Rural Economies Across 12 States The Obama Administration today announced the winners … more

Researchers Track Nanoparticle Dynamics in Three Dimensions
Release Date: August 1, 2012

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have used three-dimensional single-particle tracking to measure the dynamic behavior of individual nanoparticles adsorbed at … more

New Performance Standards for Public-Safety RF Devices
Release Date: July 27, 2012

A PASS unit and air pack are placed in an anechoic chamber for testing. First responders rely increasingly on wireless communication devices, and in emergencies they cannot afford major … more

Probing Atoms' Disorderly Behavior
Release Date: July 26, 2012

A close-up photo of the center of the experimental set-up. The small transparent chamber that holds the ultracold rubidium atoms is surrounded by a dotted line. Since their discovery in … more

NIST Measurement Advance Could Speed Innovation in Solar Devices
Release Date: July 25, 2012

A new versatile measurement system devised by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) accurately and quickly measures the electric power output of solar energy … more

NIST Updates Guidance on Network Attacks and Malware
Release Date: July 25, 2012

Detecting and stopping malicious attacks on computer networks is a central focus of computer security these days. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is asking for comments on … more

Software Features and Inherent Risks: NIST's Guide to Rating Software Vulnerabilities from Misuse
Release Date: July 25, 2012

A new guide from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) describes a "scoring system" that computer security managers can use to assess the severity of security risks arising from … more

NIST Study of Hazard to Firefighters Leads to Safety Alert
Release Date: July 25, 2012

Results of "live burn" studies and laboratory tests conducted by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire researchers helped to prompt a safety alert warning of heat-caused damage … more

NIST Official Testifies on Threat Detection Science for National Security
Release Date: July 25, 2012

On July 19, 2012, Richard Cavanagh, Director of the Office of Special Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, … more

Three NIST Researchers Earn Presidential Honor
Release Date: July 25, 2012

The White House has announced that three researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will receive the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers … more

Three at NIST Honored by ANSI
Release Date: July 25, 2012

Three staff members of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among the 17 recipients of the 2012 Leadership and Service Awards presented by the American National Standards … more

MEMS Reference Material Released
Release Date: July 23, 2012

  PML researcher Janet Cassard examines samples of the two new Reference Materials to be used for calibrating microscale measurements on MEMS devices. Over the past two decades, … more

New SRM for Bullet Casings
Release Date: July 23, 2012

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Baldrige Health Care in the News
Release Date: July 23, 2012

Yesterday’s New York Times editorial A Formula for Cutting Health Costs highlights 2011 Baldrige Award recipient Southcentral Foundation and how it has achieved “startling efficiencies: emergency … more

Healthcare IT Accreditations Announced by NVLAP
Release Date: July 18, 2012

The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) announces the accreditation of five laboratories in the HIT LAP. Information regarding these accredited laboratories can be located … more

University, Industry Experts Recommend Steps to 'Invigorate' U.S. Manufacturing
Release Date: July 17, 2012

A new report by a national committee of U.S. industry and university leaders details 16 recommendations "aimed at reinventing manufacturing in a way that ensures U.S. competitiveness, feeds into … more

NIST Releases Test Framework for Upgrading Smart Electrical Meters
Release Date: July 11, 2012

Next-generation "smart" electrical meters for residential and commercial buildings will have computerized operating systems just as laptops or mobile devices do. On July 10, 2012, the National … more

NIST Releases Second Draft of Federal ID Credential Security Standard for Comment
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the second-round draft version of its updated security standard for identity credentials in the Personal Identity Verification … more

JILA Named 'Physics Historic Site' on its 50th Anniversary
Release Date: July 11, 2012

JILA, a Colorado laboratory known around the world for creating new states of matter and novel laser designs and applications, turns 50 this year and will receive a gratifying anniversary … more

New NIST-led Consortium Aims to Improve Process for Making ‘Soft Materials’
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching a new consortium that will take the measure of a growing and increasingly important class of materials—so-called soft … more

Baldrige Executive Fellows Program Highlighted in Leadership Magazine
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The Baldrige Executive Fellows Program is featured in the July 2012 issue of Leadership Excellence magazine, which has a national circulation of about 200,000 who are primarily C-suite or aspiring … more

SGIP Governing Board Votes to Support New Business Sustainment Plan
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board voted on July 10, 2012 to support the new business sustainment plan for the SGIP. The plan outlines the SGIP's transition to a … more

Learn from the Latest Baldrige Case Study
Release Date: July 11, 2012

What can you learn for your organization from the evaluation of a fictional health care organization conducted by an actual team of Baldrige examiners this year? See a sample applicant’s responses … more

Live Fire Tests with FDNY Will Guide Improvements in Fire Department Tactics
Release Date: July 11, 2012

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing property losses, members of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) spent much of the first two weeks in July … more

NIST Issues Guidance for Pediatric Electronic Health Records
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a guide to help improve the design of electronic health records for pediatric patients so that the design focus is on the … more

Prices are Down, Value is Up: The Newly Expanded ACerS-NIST Database
Release Date: July 11, 2012

One of the most influential collections of materials data at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now not only bigger than ever but also—thanks to a 68 percent price … more

NIST Updates Guidelines for Mobile Device Security
Release Date: July 11, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a proposed update to its guidelines for securing mobile devices—such as smart phones and tablets—that are used by the federal … more

Researchers Demonstrate and Explain Surface Conduction in a Topological Insulator
Release Date: July 11, 2012

Researchers at the University of Maryland and the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have for the first time experimentally demonstrated surface-only charge conduction in a … more

Measurement Science and Standards in Forensics Firearms Analysis Conference
Release Date: July 9, 2012

  The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with The Association of more

Manufacturing Day Slated for Oct. 5, 2012
Release Date: July 2, 2012

Additional Contact: Patricia Lee Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. 815-227-8286 Factory Tours Urged to Raise Awareness of Skilled Career Options Rockford, Ill.,– To highlight … more