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Progress Report with Photos: Restoration of NIST’s Million-Pound Deadweight Machine
Release Date: June 30, 2015

A restored component of the million-pound deadweight machine being returned to NIST in June. Restoration is well underway for NIST’s 4.45-million newton (equivalent to one million … more

Today, Pause for a Second
Release Date: June 30, 2015

For the great majority of human history, the earth's rotation—the apparent motion of the sun and stars across the sky—kept time far more precisely than any human-made clock. But the invention of … more

NIST Taps Experts in Business Continuity, Network Disaster Recovery for Community Resilience Efforts
Release Date: June 30, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named experts in business continuity planning and the post-disaster recovery of telecommunication networks to serve as NIST Disaster … more

Interface Engineering Leads to Advances in Organic Spintronics
Release Date: June 30, 2015

Sujitra Pookpanratana applies the organic monolayers onto the cobalt surfaces to tune the magnetic properties of the Co-molecule interface. Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics … more

NIST Group Maps Distribution of Carbon Nanotubes in Composite Materials
Release Date: June 29, 2015

Despite their small size and simple structure, carbon nanotubes—essentially sheets of graphene rolled up into straws—have all sorts of potentially useful properties. Still, while their promise … more

NIST-led Effort Yields New International Standard for Dynamic Liquid Measuring Systems
Release Date: June 26, 2015

Milk, beer, and fuels are just some of the liquids whose measurement systems are addressed by the new international standard. When measuring large volumes of relatively expensive liquids such … more

Gates Foundation Rep Visits PML Vaccine Transport Lab
Release Date: June 26, 2015

PML’s Michal Chojnacky (left) giving a tour of her vaccine thermometry lab to the Gates Foundation’s Stephen Hadley. This month, a representative from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation … more

NIST Revises Key Computer Security Publication on Random Number Generation
Release Date: June 25, 2015

In response to public concerns about cryptographic security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has formally revised its recommended methods for generating random numbers, a … more

40th Time and Frequency Seminar
Release Date: June 23, 2015

About 40 participants from industry, US government agencies and academia participated in the 40th Annual Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar at NIST Boulder (Colorado) from June 2 – 5, 2015. The … more

NIST Publishes Final Guidelines for Protecting Sensitive Government Information Held by Contractors
Release Date: June 19, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of its guidance for federal agencies to ensure that sensitive federal information remains confidential when … more

CMB Polarization Detector
Release Date: June 19, 2015

Polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background. Colors indicate warmer (red) and cooler (blue) spots. The white bars show the polarization direction of the oldest light. Image … more

A Call for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges
Release Date: June 18, 2015

NIST is a participant in the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Electron microscope tomograph shows a 3D view (~300 nm on a side) of a gridwork of polymer cylinders. The grid is an example … more

Research Roadmap Traces the Path to ‘Smart’ Fire Fighting
Release Date: June 18, 2015

Interconnected technologies can help to reduce nation's fire toll When responding to the more than 1.2 million blazes reported annually, the nation's firefighters usually start with a dangerous … more

To Give Cancer a Deadly Fever, NIST Explores Better Nanoparticle Design
Release Date: June 16, 2015

Heat may be the key to killing certain types of cancer, and new research from a team including National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists has yielded unexpected results that … more

Hooked on Phonons: NIST-led Research Group Measures Graphene Vibrations
Release Date: June 16, 2015

An international research group led by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology has developed a method for measuring … more

NIST’s NextGen PIV Card Strengthens Security and Authentication
Release Date: June 16, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated its technical specifications and guidance for the next generation of “smart” identity cards used by the federal government's … more

Learn About the State of Federal Cloud Computing at NIST, July 7-10, 2015
Release Date: June 16, 2015

The Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop VIII will be held July 7-10, 2015, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md. One of the most influential annual … more

Lockheed Martin Study: NIST Computational Tool Improves Product Testing and Saves Money
Release Date: June 10, 2015

Lockheed Martin, the global security and aerospace company, estimates that widely used software testing methods developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can trim test … more

Highly Rated Baldrige Examiner Training Prepared 383 for 2015
Release Date: June 10, 2015

During annual training completed last month, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program prepared 349 Baldrige examiners for assignments for the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and … more

Keynote Speakers Announced for the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management
Release Date: June 9, 2015

 #NISTForensicsWe are pleased to introduce our two keynote speakers for the first-ever International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, an event that will be held on July 21-24 at the … more

NIST’s ‘Nano-Raspberries’ Could Bear Fruit in Fuel Cells
Release Date: June 9, 2015

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a fast, simple process for making platinum "nano-raspberries"—microscopic clusters of nanoscale particles of … more

Nothing Says You Like a Tattoo: NIST Workshop Considers Ways to Improve Tattoo Recognition
Release Date: June 8, 2015

An international group of experts from industry, academia and government gathered today at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to discuss challenges and potential approaches … more

NIST Releases Update of Industrial Control Systems Security Guide
Release Date: June 5, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued the second revision to its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security. It includes new guidance on how to tailor … more

NIST Director Willie May Comments on the Global City Teams Challenge Expo
Release Date: June 2, 2015

NIST Director Willie May shown at the June 1, 2015, event in Washington D.C. together with Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands.Credit: Peter … more

NIST Requests Comments on a Draft Privacy Risk Management Framework
Release Date: June 2, 2015

Innovations in cloud computing, big data and cyber-physical systems are bringing dramatic changes to how we use information technology. But while these technologies promise important benefits for … more

The League of SI Superheroes is Running out of Time!
Release Date: May 29, 2015

The League of SI Superheroes is back!Working from their not-terribly-secret HQ at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the cartoon heroes of the metric system use their … more

Twenty-Six Organizations Apply for 2015 Baldrige Award
Release Date: May 28, 2015

Recognizing that performance excellence and innovation are the key ingredients in a recipe for success, 26 top-level organizations are vying to be honored as the "top chefs" in the nation by … more

Dimensional Measurements of First VLOC Pressure Sensor Parts
Release Date: May 28, 2015

Top: PML Dimensional Metrology Group’s John Stoup making measurements of the piston gauge using a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). Bottom: The piston (right) and its cylindrical sleeve … more

New Chip Defect-finding Scheme Attracts Industry Leaders
Release Date: May 27, 2015

A diagram of a transistor showing where the signal enters and where it is collected in both charge pumping and the new frequency-modulated charge pumping (FMCP).Until recently, the … more

Calibration for Micro-Flows
Release Date: May 27, 2015

Bench setup of the prototype system, with weigh scale at left and micro-flow meters in center. Click on image for captions. Many medical treatments both new and old involve extremely small … more

NIST Develops First ‘Roadmap’ for Public Safety Communications Research
Release Date: May 26, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the first “roadmap” for the next 20 years of research needed to establish seamless, broadband public safety communications … more

New NIST Center of Excellence to Improve Statistical Analysis of Forensic Evidence
Release Date: May 26, 2015

As part of a national collaborative effort to strengthen the scientific basis for forensic evidence used in the criminal justice system, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of … more

‘Measuring Stick’ Standard for Gene Sequencing Now Available from NIST
Release Date: May 21, 2015

The world’s first reference material to help ensure laboratories accurately “map” DNA for genetic testing, medical diagnoses and future customized drug therapies is now available from the National … more

NIST Seeks to Fill Three Vacancies on Forensic Science Standards Organization
Release Date: May 21, 2015

NIST's Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), the 540-member group working to develop a uniform set of forensic science standards and guidelines, is seeking to fill three vacancies on … more

Global Cities Expo to Showcase ‘Internet of Things’ Apps, June 1
Release Date: May 20, 2015

The community of the future will solve problems using machines linked and coordinated by Internet-style networks. For a glimpse of this exciting future as it arrives, visit the Global Cities Teams … more

Standard Knowledge for Robots
Release Date: May 19, 2015

What do you know? There is now a world standard for capturing and conveying the knowledge that robots possess—or, to get philosophical about it, an ontology for automatons.Crafted by a working … more

Dynamic Pressure Standards
Release Date: May 19, 2015

In recent years, the physical damage done by pressure waves – such as traumatic brain injuries from explosives sustained by military personnel in the Middle East – has become an increasingly urgent … more

Get Ahold of This: NIST to Demonstrate Tests of Grasping by Robot Hands
Release Date: May 19, 2015

The act of grasping and shaking hands is a defining human ritual, with the grip intimating traits of each person involved. But what about our android counterparts?What does the grip of a robot’s … more

Baldrige Judges Panel Welcomes New Members and Chair
Release Date: May 18, 2015

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently appointed three new members to the Judges Panel for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The new judges are as follows: Ken DavisMiriam … more

NIST Announces 2016 Plans for Manufacturing Center Competitions
Release Date: May 15, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has announced that it will hold two separate competitions in 2016 for MEP centers in … more

NIST Aims for Tool to Help Manufacturers Select Wireless Network That’s Right for Them
Release Date: May 14, 2015

Going wireless is appealing to a growing number of manufacturers. Using wireless sensor networks to monitor and control equipment and processes eliminates the costly labyrinth of dedicated cabling … more

NIST-led Research Group Creates First Whispering Gallery for Graphene Electrons
Release Date: May 8, 2015

GAITHERSBURG, MD--An international research group led by scientists at the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a technique for creating … more

Building a High-Tech Future Through Partnerships & Planning: Commerce's NIST Announces $7.8 Million in Advanced Manufacturing Technology Grants
Release Date: May 8, 2015

Guest blog post by Michael F Molnar Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, NIST Mike F MolnarCredit: NIST The power and performance of the computer chip have improved like clockwork for … more

NIST Awards $7.8 Million for Advanced Manufacturing Technology Planning Grants
Release Date: May 7, 2015

GAITHERSBURG, MD--The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced 16 awards totaling $7.8 million to help accelerate the growth of advanced … more

Baldrige Leaders Recognized Among "Top 25 Women in Health Care"
Release Date: May 7, 2015

Modern Healthcare's annual "Top 25 Women in Health Care 2015" list includes three health care leaders whose involvement with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program suggest the continued impact … more

NIST Contributes to IEC White Paper on Wireless Sensor Networks, IOT
Release Date: May 6, 2015

A new white paper by an international team surveys the role of wireless sensor networks in the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT). The report catalogs current needs for underlying standards … more

Two NIST Experts Named Service to America Medal Finalists
Release Date: May 6, 2015

Two National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have been named finalists for 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, which recognize excellence and innovation in the … more

Go Figure: What is the Most Efficient Design for New Single-Family Home?
Release Date: May 6, 2015

What is the optimal energy efficiency design for a new single-family house? Two economists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) took a crack at answering this important … more

Senate Confirms May as 15th NIST Director
Release Date: May 5, 2015

Washington, D.C. – On May 4, 2015, the U.S. Senate confirmed Willie E. May as the second Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and the 15th director of the National Institute of … more

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