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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

Call for Comments: A Strategic Plan for the Materials Genome Initiative
Release Date: June 27, 2014

The federal government is looking for public comment on a draft strategic plan for the Obama administration's Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). The draft 2014 Materials Genome Initiative Strategic … more

NIST to Award up to $2.5 Million for Business-to-Business Matching Systems
Release Date: June 27, 2014

Through 25 years of working with small and mid-size U.S. manufacturers, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers across … more

NIST Names Members to First Forensic Science Standards Board
Release Date: June 26, 2014

As part of its efforts to improve the scientific basis of forensic evidence used in courts of law, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the … more

New Math Technique Improves Atomic Property Predictions to Historic Accuracy
Release Date: June 25, 2014

[This article was revised on July 23, 2014, to clarify the relationship between the work reported here and the related problem of calculating relativistic and quantum effects on electron energy … more

NIST Seeks Members for Three New Cloud Computing Working Groups
Release Date: June 23, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cloud Computing Program (NCCP) is forming three public working groups to provide solutions to cloud computing challenges. A … more

NIST Analytic Technique Offers Arson Investigators Faster, More Accurate Results
Release Date: June 17, 2014

A research group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a new method for detecting ignitable liquids that could change the way arson fires are investigated. … more

Accelerating Green Technology Transfer to Impact American Lives
Release Date: June 17, 2014

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog Post by Colleen V. Chien, senior advisor to the Chief Technology Officer, Intellectual Property and Innovation at OSTP and Paul Zielinski, … more

New Report Addresses International Disaster Resilience for U.S. and Partner Countries
Release Date: June 17, 2014

While national security efforts seek to prevent terrorist attacks, the United States and partner countries should also prepare to work together to mitigate the effects of a terrorist attack, should … more

NIST Technique Could Make Sub-wavelength Images at Radio Frequencies
Release Date: June 17, 2014

Imaging and mapping of electric fields at radio frequencies (RF)* currently requires the use of metallic structures such as dipoles, probes and reference antennas. To make such measurements … more

New Members Appointed to Baldrige Advisory Board
Release Date: June 16, 2014

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently reappointed Rulon Stacey as chair of the Baldrige Program’s Board of Overseers. She also appointed three new members to three-year terms and … more

NIST to Establish New Centers of Excellence for Work in Forensics, Disaster Resilience
Release Date: June 13, 2014

Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced plans to establish two new research Centers of Excellence to work with academia and industry on issues in … more

The Internet's Next Big Idea: Connecting People, Information, and Things
Release Date: June 11, 2014

Blog by Chris Greer, Senior Executive for Cyber-Physical Systems at the National Institute of Standards and Technology In the early 1990s, a Web page consisted of crude, rainbow-colored, … more

Snowballs to Soot: The Clumping Density of Many Things Seems to Be a Standard
Release Date: June 10, 2014

Particles of soot floating through the air and comets hurtling through space have at least one thing in common: 0.36. That, reports a research group at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Two NIST Researchers Honored with Flemming Awards
Release Date: June 9, 2014

Two researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among 12 federal employees being honored today* as recipients of the 2013 Arthur S. Flemming Awards. The Flemming … more

Lithium Sulfur: A Battery Revolution on the Cheap?
Release Date: June 3, 2014

Whip together an industrial waste product and a bit of plastic and you might have the recipe for the next revolution in battery technology. Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and … more

All-Natural Mixture Yields Promising Fire Retardant
Release Date: June 3, 2014

What sounds like fixings for a wizard’s potion—a dash of clay, a dab of fiber from crab shells, and a dollop of DNA—actually are the ingredients of promising green fire retardants invented by … more

NIST: Performance of Facial Recognition Software Continues to Improve
Release Date: June 3, 2014

Who is that stranger in your social media photo? A click on the face reveals the name in seconds, almost as soon as you can identify your best friend. While that handy app is not quite ready for … more

Proposed Risk Management Guidelines Aim to Bolster Security of Federal ICT Supply Chains
Release Date: June 3, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a second public draft of Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Management Systems and Organizations* … more

Robotics Pioneer Joins NIST Advisory Committee
Release Date: June 3, 2014

Rodney Brooks, founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Rethink Robotics, Inc., has joined the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the primary advisory committee of the … more

Countdown to Net Zero: NIST Test House Pursues Energy Surplus in Final Month
Release Date: June 2, 2014

Heading into the final stretch of a year-long trial run, the experimental net-zero energy house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md., must overcome an … more

President's Council Recommends Building on the Baldrige Award for U.S. Health Care
Release Date: June 2, 2014

On May 29, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to President Obama, Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement through Systems … more

Better Materials for Safer Sports: Time to Use Our Heads
Release Date: May 30, 2014

On May 29, 2014, at the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, President Obama highlighted both the need for greater national awareness of the risks our young athletes face … more