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Displaying news from July 02, 2016 To August 31, 2016

How the Baldrige Program Supports Manufacturing Day 2016
Release Date: August 31, 2016

Helping to connect U.S. school children (the workforce of the future) with manufacturers, and providing manufacturers with a performance excellence framework, performance assessments, and other … more

NIST’s Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board Adds Industry Member
Release Date: August 30, 2016

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Willie E. May has appointed Patricia A. (Patty) Hatter to a four-year … more

Crystal Unclear: Why Might This Uncanny Crystal Change Laser Design?
Release Date: August 26, 2016

Laser applications may benefit from crystal research by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and China’s Shandong University. They have discovered a potential way … more

NIST Study Provides Voice for Evacuation Needs of Mobility Impaired
Release Date: August 26, 2016

A fire alarm sounds. An announcement comes over the office public address system: “A fire has been reported in the building. This is not a drill. Please move to the nearest stairwell and exit the … more

Toxic Algal Blooms in Their True Colors
Release Date: August 26, 2016

Explosive growth of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, is nothing new. In fact, such cyanobacteria probably produced the original oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere billions of years ago. But … more

Perfluorinated Compounds Found in African Crocodiles, American Alligators
Release Date: August 25, 2016

American alligators and South African crocodiles populate waterways a third of the globe apart, and yet both have detectable levels of long-lived industrial and household compounds for nonstick … more

Counting Down to the New Ampere
Release Date: August 25, 2016

After it’s all over, your lights will be just as bright, and your refrigerator just as cold. But very soon the ampere -- the SI base unit of electrical current -- will take on an entirely new … more

Grants to Foster More Secure Online Access to Online Government and Health Care Services
Release Date: August 25, 2016

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded six pilot grants totaling more than $15 million to foster more secure access to … more

Measuring Tiny Forces with Light
Release Date: August 24, 2016

Photons are bizarre: They have no mass, but they do have momentum. And that allows researchers to do counterintuitive things with photons, such as using light to push matter around. Recently, a … more

NIST’s Compact Gyroscope May Turn Heads
Release Date: August 23, 2016

Shrink rays may exist only in science fiction, but similar effects are at work in the real world at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).After successfully miniaturizing both … more

Judges' Panel for Baldrige Award Selects 15 Organizations for Site Visits
Release Date: August 22, 2016

The Judges Panel for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) chose 15 organizations to proceed to Site Visit Review, the final stage of the evaluation process for the nation's … more

An Optical Method of Sorting Nanoparticles by Size
Release Date: August 17, 2016

A schematic diagram of how the sorting system works. Particles of many different sizes pass through an optical standing wave in a laser cavity at the same oblique angle. But they exit the … more

NIST and Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research Help Ensure Accurate Clinical Measurements of HER2 Breast Cancer Gene
Release Date: August 17, 2016

A new measurement standard developed by the National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) has been used successfully by the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research to check the … more

NIST Standard Story: For Laboratory Use Only
Release Date: August 15, 2016

NIST scientists have thoroughly measured and characterized more than 1,300 physical products, NIST Standard Reference Materials®, to help people in industry, academia, and government agencies … more

Summer 2016 MML Director's Message
Release Date: August 15, 2016

"A Message from the MML Director" appears in each edition of Material Matters, the quarterly magazine of NIST's Material Measurement Lab. This letter from MML Director Laurie Locascio is in the … more

CNST Releases the Summer 2016 Edition of the CNST News
Release Date: August 15, 2016

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the Summer 2016 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more

Let’s Roll: Material for Polymer Solar Cells May Lend Itself to Large-Area Processing
Release Date: August 12, 2016

For all the promise they have shown in the lab, polymer solar cells still need to “get on a roll” like the ones employed in printing newspapers so that large sheets of acceptably efficient … more

NIST’s Rolling Wireless Net Helps Improve First-Responder Communications
Release Date: August 10, 2016

First responders often have trouble communicating with each other in emergencies. They may use different types of radios, or they may be working in rural areas lacking wireless coverage, or they … more

Upgrades to Sputter Tools
Release Date: August 9, 2016

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology is upgrading the NanoFab’ s two Denton Vacuum sputtering systems: Sputter 1 and Sputter 2.Both tools will be retrofitted with high vacuum throttle … more

Pilot Product Will Offer the Baldrige Site Visit Experience
Release Date: August 1, 2016

For years, the Baldrige Program has heard from its award applicants that the most valuable and robust feedback comes when the organization is site visited by a team of Baldrige examiners. Such site … more

Fort Collins, Colorado, Making Community Resilience a Reality Using NIST Guide
Release Date: July 28, 2016

Guided in part by strategies and procedures developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for creating effective and affordable community resilience, the city of Fort … more

An Extraordinary Standard: New NIST Protein Could Spur Biopharmaceutical Innovation
Release Date: July 28, 2016

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued one of the world’s most intricate measurement standards: an exhaustively analyzed antibody protein that the … more

NIST’s Network-of-Things Model Builds Foundation to Help Define the Internet of Things
Release Date: July 28, 2016

A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides a basic model aimed at helping researchers better understand the Internet of Things (IoT) and its security … more

New Model May Help Solve the Mystery of How Lithium Stabilizes Moods
Release Date: July 27, 2016

New measurements may have lifted the veil on the vexingly elusive interactions through which lithium can moderate the manic highs and debilitating lows experienced by people who suffer from bipolar … more

Realizing the Potential of Quantum Information Science and Advancing High-Performance Computing
Release Date: July 27, 2016

The White House announced today a new report from the National Science and Technology Council on challenges, opportunities and the path forward in quantum information science, including a plan for … more

Detecting Brain Waves with Atomic Vapor
Release Date: July 26, 2016

It’s really hard to hear what the brain is saying. Neural impulses -- currents of ions moving through channels between the brain’s 100 billion neurons at a potential of about 0.1 volt -- produce … more

Commerce Secretary Appoints New Members to Baldrige Award's Judges Panel
Release Date: July 25, 2016

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently appointed four new members to three-year terms on the Judges Panel for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The new judges are as … more

NIST Reveals Valuable Fundamentals of a Stacked, Cracked Jack of All Trades
Release Date: July 22, 2016

There is a crack in everything, Leonard Cohen sang; that’s how the light gets in. Now a team led by scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has explored the … more

Simpler, Faster and Cheaper: A Full-filling Approach to Making Carbon Nanotubes of Consistent Quality
Release Date: July 15, 2016

Just as many of us might be resigned to clogged salt shakers or rush-hour traffic, those working to exploit the special properties of carbon nanotubes have typically shrugged their shoulders when … more

Baldrige Program Director Describes Collaboration and Aim for New Cybersecurity Assessment Tool
Release Date: July 12, 2016

The Baldrige Program is partnering with the Applied Cybersecurity Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a Baldrige-based assessment tool that will be … more

NIST Leads Federal Effort to Save Lives and Property from Windstorms
Release Date: July 12, 2016

Congress recently designated the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to be the lead agency for the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), giving it the primary … more

Toward Real-Time Measurements for Real-Time Decision Making
Release Date: July 12, 2016

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) stream out of power plants, seep out of landfills, flow from vehicle traffic and rise from commercial buildings and homes. Emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other … more

NIST 3D Ballistics Research Database Goes Live
Release Date: July 7, 2016

It’s a staple of the TV-crime drama: a ballistics expert tries to match two bullets using a microscope with a split-screen display. One bullet was recovered from the victim’s body and the other was … more

U.S. Commerce Department Awards Small Businesses $3.3 Million for Innovation Research
Release Date: July 6, 2016

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced that 19 small businesses will receive nearly $3.3 million in grants to spur U.S. innovation and … more

Joint OSAC FSSB and NIST Statement on ASTM E2329-14
Release Date: July 5, 2016

On Jan. 11, 2016, the OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) voted to elevate ASTM Standard E2329-14 “Standard Practice for Identification of Seized Drugs” to the OSAC Registry of Approved … more

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