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Displaying news from July 01, 2014 To September 30, 2014

NCCoE Seeks Comments on Mobile Device Security Building Block
Release Date: September 17, 2014

NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has posted a revised draft of a building block to help enterprises address security issues that result from the use of mobile devices to … more

Three Pilot Projects Receive Grants to Improve Online Security and Privacy
Release Date: September 17, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced nearly $3 million in grants that will support projects for online identity protection to … more

Calibrating Radiation Beams with Light
Release Date: September 17, 2014

Ronald Tosh with the most recent setup for measuring temperature changes with optical light, using a cyclic configuration for the interferometer. A block of acrylic glass (PMMA), another … more

NIST Megacities Carbon Project Named 'Project to Watch' by United Nations
Release Date: September 15, 2014

A greenhouse gas field measurement research program developed by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several collaborating institutions has been named a … more

NIST Announces FY 2014 Small Business Innovation Research Awards
Release Date: September 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded more than $2.2 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards … more

Three's a Charm: NIST Detectors Reveal Entangled Photon Triplets
Release Date: September 15, 2014

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have directly entangled three photons in the most technologically useful state for the first time, thanks in part to superfast, super-efficient … more

Measuring Absorption Maps and Spectra of Plasmonic Resonators with Nanoscale Resolution
Release Date: September 10, 2014

Schematic showing the photothermal induced resonance (PTIR) technique, which combines the lateral resolution o more

NIST Helps Develop New Standard for Microsensor Technology
Release Date: September 9, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contributed to the development of a new standard for defining the performance of micromechanical sensors—a field that is expected to … more

Polonium's Most Stable Isotope Gets Revised Half-Life Measurement
Release Date: September 9, 2014

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have determined* that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this radioactive heavy element, has a half-life about 25 … more

New Forensic Subcommittee on Digital Evidence Added to Organization of Scientific Area Committees
Release Date: September 8, 2014

Digital evidence, one of the fastest growing areas of forensic science, will now have its own subcommittee in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-administered Organization of … more

"Making an Elephant Dance": How the Baldrige Criteria Helped Transform a Global Conglomerate
Release Date: September 5, 2014

The Tata group—today a large Indian conglomerate whose many well-known brands include Jaguar Land Rover, Taj Hotels, Tetley, and Eight O’Clock Coffee—transformed itself from a $4 billion domestic … more

Nine Organizations Selected for Site Visits for 2014 Baldrige Award
Release Date: September 5, 2014

Nine U.S. organizations have been selected by the Baldrige Panel of Judges to receive site visits for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest recognition for … more

Save the Date: NIST to Host International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, July 20-24, 2015
Release Date: September 3, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is planning to host the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management: Detection, Measurement and Mitigation from … more

NIST Team Honored for Work on Military Smartphone Apps, Security
Release Date: September 3, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have earned a 2014 GCN Award for Information Technology Excellence* for speeding development and delivery of secure, … more

Forensic Science Standards Effort Takes Shape as NIST Appoints Scientific Area Committees Members
Release Date: September 3, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today named nearly 70 new members to the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), the NIST-administered body that is seeking to … more

Scientists Shed Light on Organic Photovoltaic Characteristics
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Organic photovoltaic sample under test. (Click image to enlarge.) Photovoltaic devices, also known as solar cells, produce electrical power when exposed to light, and that technology has … more

Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available to Support Baldrige Program
Release Date: August 28, 2014

Organizations and individuals are invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program through high-level sponsorships, which will provide program supporters with the greatest degree … more

Impact of Baldrige Leaders in Health Care Highlighted in Top-100 List
Release Date: August 27, 2014

Modern Healthcare’s annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list includes six U.S. health care leaders with direct connections to the Baldrige Program, highlighting the continued impact of … more

Optical Microscope Technique Confirmed as Valid Nano-Measurement Tool
Release Date: August 26, 2014

Recent experiments have confirmed* that a technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can enable optical microscopes to measure the … more

Lighten Up! New NIST Research Facility Gives Material Help to Automakers
Release Date: August 26, 2014

Want to make more fuel-efficient cars and trucks? Build them out of lighter materials. Feeling the heat. New NIST instrument in the Center for Automotive Lightweighting captures temperature … more

For the Sake of Energy Efficiency, New "Intelligent Agents Lab" Doubles As a Building
Release Date: August 25, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is converting one of its laboratories into the equivalent of a small office building—not because of an increase in administrative overhead, … more

EUV calibration for solar studies
Release Date: August 25, 2014

Rob Vest at the section of the EUV beam line where the degradation-free spectrometers were calibrated. Image: Sean Kelley/NISTThanks to precision calibration measurements recently performed … more

NIST Seeks Info on User Experiences with Cybersecurity Framework
Release Date: August 22, 2014

Six months ago, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released version 1.0 of its voluntary Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, a methodical approach … more

Technology Commercialization Support for Small Businesses
Release Date: August 22, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking an organization to support its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awardees by providing technical and business expertise … more

JILA Team Finds First Direct Evidence of 'Spin Symmetry' In Atoms
Release Date: August 21, 2014

Just as diamonds with perfect symmetry may be unusually brilliant jewels, the quantum world has a symmetrical splendor of high scientific value. Illustration of symmetry in the magnetic … more

NIST Vetting Guide Helps in Testing Mobile Apps to Learn What They Really Do
Release Date: August 20, 2014

While many mobile device apps such as a calendar or collaboration tools are very handy and can improve productivity, they can also introduce vulnerabilities that can put sensitive data and network … more

NIST to Establish Research Center of Excellence for Forensic Science
Release Date: August 19, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition to create a Forensic Science Center of Excellence dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary research. The … more

Guidelines for Enhancing Solar Cells Using Surface Plasmon Polaritons
Release Date: August 15, 2014

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have established guidelines for using surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) to improve absorption in both photovoltaic or … more

Scale Model Smokestack
Release Date: August 15, 2014

Construction is nearly complete on one of the world's more unusual precision measurement facilities: A 50 meter horizontal smokestack located on NIST's Gaithersburg, MD campus. Once it is fully … more

Forensics@NIST 2014 to Take Place Dec. 3-4
Release Date: August 13, 2014

Registration: No Charge Location: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md. NIST, known for advancing measurement science, standards and technology, will host the … more

NIST, IAPP Host Privacy Engineering Workshop in September 2014
Release Date: August 12, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold its second Privacy Engineering Workshop in San Jose, Calif., Sept. 15 and 16, 2014. The event is co-sponsored by the … more

It's a Match: NIST and Prince George's County Crime Lab Team Up on Ballistics Research
Release Date: August 11, 2014

 NIST researchers show Prince George's County crime lab staff one of the ballistics labs. L to R: Jaime Smith/PG County, Brian Renegar/NIST, Deion Christophe/University of Central Oklahoma, Robert … more

Enriched Silicon: Beyond Six Nines
Release Date: August 11, 2014

Inside the silicon deposition chamber. The glowing piece of unenriched silicon in the center can be heated above 1200 °C to clean the crystal and aid the process of growing layers of … more

NIST Therapy for Ultraviolet Laser Beams: Hydrogen-treated Fibers
Release Date: August 11, 2014

To make a better optical fiber for transmitting laser beams, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not a nice long hydrogen bath. Micrograph of an optical fiber that has been … more

NIST Ion Duet Offers Tunable Module for Quantum Simulator
Release Date: August 6, 2014

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a pas de deux of atomic ions that combines the fine choreography of dance with precise individual control. … more

NIST 'Global City Teams Challenge' to Create Smart Cities
Release Date: August 5, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several partners today are kicking off the year-long Global City Teams Challenge to help communities … more

MEP Launches Competition to Fund Manufacturing Centers in 10 States
Release Date: August 4, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today opened a competition to award new cooperative funding agreements for its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers … more

Updated NIST Guide Provides Computer Security Assessment Procedures for Core Security Controls
Release Date: August 1, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public comment a draft update of its primary guide to assessing the security and privacy controls that safeguard federal … more

It's a Dynamic World, Now NIST Can Help You Measure Its Changes
Release Date: August 1, 2014

Crash-test dummies, yarn-spinning machines and steel girders in bridges. What do they have in common? Look inside them all and you find transducers, devices that measure the forces that push, pull, … more

Registration Opens for the Next Cybersecurity Framework Workshop
Release Date: July 31, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a workshop on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, Oct. 29 and 30, 2014, hosted by the Florida … more

NIST Announces New Competition for Advanced Manufacturing Planning Awards
Release Date: July 30, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a new competition for planning awards to support industry-driven consortia in developing research plans and charting … more

NIST Corrosion Lab Tests Suggest Need for Underground Gas Tank Retrofits
Release Date: July 29, 2014

A hidden hazard lurks beneath many of the roughly 156,000 gas stations across the United States. A NIST study found that corrosion may pose a hazard at underground gas storage tanks at … more

Readying Your Community to Deal with Disaster
Release Date: July 29, 2014

This week, experts are meeting at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Hoboken to discuss how communities can prepare themselves to minimize the impacts of major disasters like Hurricane … more

NIST, HHS Sponsor 7th Annual Conference on Healthcare Information Security
Release Date: July 29, 2014

The seventh annual “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security” conference will be held September 23-24, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The meeting is co-hosted by the … more

Latest NIST Mass Spectral Library: Expanded Coverage, Features
Release Date: July 29, 2014

The world’s most widely used and trusted resource for identifying mass spectra, the “fingerprints” of molecules, has undergone a major expansion, according to its managers at the National Institute … more

Enhanced NIST Instrument Enables High-speed Chemical Imaging of Tissues
Release Date: July 22, 2014

A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Cleveland Clinic, has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells … more

'Comb on a Chip' Powers New NIST/Caltech Atomic Clock Design
Release Date: July 22, 2014

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a … more

Airport Backscatter Scanner Reexamined
Release Date: July 21, 2014

The system’s scanning capabilities are illustrated on a phantom, a life-size dummy made of tissue-equivalent plastic, meaning it absorbs, transmits, and scatters x rays in a similar way to … more

NIST Shows Ultrasonically Propelled Nanorods Spin Dizzyingly Fast
Release Date: July 21, 2014

Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they'll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits. Why? No one yet knows exactly. But researchers at the … more

Fill ‘er Up: NIST Develops Prototype Meter Test for Hydrogen Refueling Stations
Release Date: July 21, 2014

To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a prototype field test standard to test the … more

Overseers Board Chair Promotes Baldrige Program before House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Release Date: July 17, 2014

Dr. Rulon Stacey, chair of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, spoke of the value of the Baldrige approach to performance improvement Wednesday before the House … more

NIST Names Members of Forensic Science Resource Committees
Release Date: July 16, 2014

 An initiative to strengthen and bring uniformity to forensic science standards took another step forward today as the National Institute of Standards and Technology appointed 35 new members to the … more

NIST Webinar to Cover Validation of Forensic DNA Testing Technologies
Release Date: July 16, 2014

 Forensic DNA analysts and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in a free NIST webinar on validation concepts and resources on Aug. 6, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., ET. In … more

Learn Using the Latest Baldrige Education Case Study
Release Date: July 16, 2014

The Baldrige Program is often asked for examples of how organizations use the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence to improve—whether the organization wants to improve just one area, a … more

Researchers Find Organic Pollutants Not Factor in Turtle Tumor Disease
Release Date: July 15, 2014

For nearly four decades, scientists have suspected that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) contributed to a green turtle's susceptibility to the virus that causes fibropapilomatosis (FP), a … more

Digital Crime-Fighters Face Technical Challenges with Cloud Computing
Release Date: July 14, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public review and comment a draft report summarizing 65 challenges that cloud computing poses to forensics investigators who … more

NIST Advisory Group Releases Report on Cryptography Expertise and Standards Process
Release Date: July 14, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s primary external advisory board today released a report calling for the agency to increase its staff of cryptography experts and … more

New NIST Web Tool Makes Working with Glycan Sugars a Lot Sweeter
Release Date: July 11, 2014

When researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) need a special tool to do their work more effectively, they often prove that necessity is truly the mother of … more

Manipulating Magnetic Field Effects in Organic Semiconductors
Release Date: July 10, 2014

Illustration of bias voltage controlled magnetoresistance enabled in an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) structure (bottom) due to the charge trapping induced by the insertion of SAM … more

NIST Announces Competition for Community Resilience Center of Excellence
Release Date: July 9, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition to create a Community Resilience Center of Excellence dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary research … more

The Vivid Realism of 3D Functions, Right There on Your Browser
Release Date: July 1, 2014

A classic online mathematical reference offered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) now features a better way for users to view its most complicated … more

Seeing Your True Colors: Standards for Hyperspectral Imaging
Release Date: July 1, 2014

Today, doctors who really want to see if a wound is healing have to do a biopsy or some other invasive technique that, besides injuring an already injured patient, can really only offer information … more

New NIST Metamaterial Gives Light a One-Way Ticket
Release Date: July 1, 2014

The light-warping structures known as metamaterials have a new trick in their ever-expanding repertoire. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a … more

NIST Names Members to First Forensic Science Standards Board
Release Date: July 1, 2014

Forensic firearms and toolmarks: Members of the new Forensic Science Standards Board will coordinate development of consensus standards by committees dedicated to various forensic science … more

Supreme Court Cites NIST Mobile Forensics Guide in Ruling on Cell Phone Searches
Release Date: July 1, 2014

As digital technology transforms 21st century life, questions about privacy rights abound. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on one such question in late June: if you are arrested, can the police search … more

NIST Test House Exceeds Goal; Ends Year with Energy to Spare
Release Date: July 1, 2014

The net-zero energy test house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its … more

New York Area Disaster Resilience Workshop Set for July 30, 2014
Release Date: July 1, 2014

The second in a series of regional workshops devoted to developing a community-centric "disaster resilience framework" to minimize the impacts of hazards and quickly restore vital functions and … more