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Displaying news from April 26, 2016 To June 25, 2016

CNST’s Nano-fare Draws a Crowd at the Maker Faire
Release Date: June 21, 2016

 Micrograph taken at the Maker Faire shows relative scale of a strand of hair and flower bud.Credit: Daron Westly/CNST CNST electrical engineer Daron Westly demonstrates a tabletop electron … more

In Its First Measurement of Planck’s Constant, NIST’s Newest Watt Balance Brings World One Step Closer to New Kilogram
Release Date: June 21, 2016

A high-tech version of an old-fashioned balance scale at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just brought scientists a critical step closer toward a new and improved … more

Commerce Secretary Appoints Avi Bender as NTIS Head, Unveils New Joint Venture Opportunities in Data Sharing/Services
Release Date: June 20, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS) has reached a turning point. The agency published a Federal Register notice (FRN) announcing a new joint venture … more

Department of Justice and National Institute of Standards and Technology Name Two Experts as New Members of National Commission on Forensic Science
Release Date: June 16, 2016

DOJ Contact: Office of Public Affairs, 202-514-2007 WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today … more

A Call for Developing—and Using—Consensus Standards to Ensure the Quality of Cell Lines
Release Date: June 14, 2016

Mainstays of biomedical research, permanent lines of cloned cells are used to study the biology of health and disease and to test prospective medical therapies. Yet, all too often, these apparent … more

Physicists measured something new in the radioactive decay of neutrons. The experiment inspired theorists; future ones could reveal new physics.
Release Date: June 14, 2016

The experiment inspired theorists; future ones could reveal new physics. A physics experiment performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has enhanced scientists’ … more

NIST’s Super Quantum Simulator ‘Entangles’ Hundreds of Ions
Release Date: June 9, 2016

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have “entangled” or linked together the properties of up to 219 beryllium ions (charged atoms) to create a quantum simulator. … more

The Stakeholders Have Spoken: NIST to Refine Cybersecurity Framework
Release Date: June 9, 2016

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing a minor update of its Cybersecurity Framework based on feedback from its users. In the just released Cybersecurity Framework … more

NIST System Replicated by Chip Maker
Release Date: June 6, 2016

Coplanar wave guide, developed at NIST, used to apply microwave magnetic fields to multilayer films for ferromagnetic resonance measurements.A highly sensitive measurement system for the … more

Million-Pound Deadweight Machine Officially Open for Business
Release Date: June 2, 2016

The last few bolts were tightened just weeks ago – by hand. Now fully restored, NIST’s 4.45 meganewton (one million pounds-force) deadweight machine – the largest in the world – is back online and … more

How to Quantify the Weight of Forensic Evidence: A Lively Debate
Release Date: June 2, 2016

On May 5 and 6, 2016, NIST hosted a technical colloquium on an important question facing virtually every branch of forensic science today: How should forensic examiners quantify the weight of … more

SF6 Shows Promise as Mercury Substitute
Release Date: May 27, 2016

PML's Weston Tew with the new triple-point cells. Click image for larger version.Elemental mercury – which is being phased out of commercial thermometers worldwide due to safety … more

NIST, Partners Create Standard to Improve Sustainable Manufacturing
Release Date: May 26, 2016

Anyone who’s ever covered a wall with sticky notes to clearly map all of the steps in a process knows how valuable that exercise can be. It can streamline workflow, increase efficiency and improve … more

3D Laser Scanner Runoff Pushes New Standard Towards the Finish Line
Release Date: May 25, 2016

A participant performing point-to-point length measurements on a calibrated grid of spheres in the large-scale laboratory at NIST (Photo credit: Sean Kelley/PML) Large-volume 3D laser … more

Powered by Quantum Cycles: Cold-Atom Pump
Release Date: May 25, 2016

By manipulating the behavior of particles at a quantum level, scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI, a research partnership of NIST and the University of Maryland) have caused a tiny cloud … more

HUD Cites NIST’s Community Resilience Planning Guide Among Aids to State and Local Governments
Release Date: May 20, 2016

As part of its efforts to encourage communities to consider their resilience to natural hazard risks, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is citing NIST's Community … more

NIST and Stanford Launch Long-Term Measurement Initiative to Boost the U.S. Bio-Economy
Release Date: May 20, 2016

STANFORD, Calif.—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Stanford University announced today that they are embarking on a long-term partnership to … more

Progress Toward National Resiliency: NIST Marks Joplin Tornado 5th Anniversary
Release Date: May 19, 2016

Disaster struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011, when the deadliest and costliest single tornado in U.S. history left a 35-kilometer (22-mile) long path of destruction. The storm killed 161 … more

Right Size + Right Chemistry = Right Stuff for Plastics Manufacturing
Release Date: May 19, 2016

Plastic manufacturing is an energy-intensive process. Now, research performed in part at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has revealed a way to reduce the energy demand in … more

NIST Forensic Scientist Helps Vietnamese Counterparts Identify Wartime Remains
Release Date: May 18, 2016

In a Hanoi, Vietnam, hotel conference room, Mike Coble led a group of scientists through a series of calculations. Coble’s presentation was heavy on the statistics, and this created a lot of work … more

Thirty-Four Organizations Apply for the 2016 Baldrige Award
Release Date: May 16, 2016

Thirty-four organizations from a wide range of sectors and U.S. states have submitted applications for the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Demonstrating the relevance and value of the … more

NIST ‘RAMPS’ Up Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development With New Grants
Release Date: May 12, 2016

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering up to $1 million in grants to establish up to eight Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) … more

A Crack in the Mystery of ‘Oobleck’—Friction Thickens Fluids
Release Date: May 5, 2016

By revealing missing details behind the odd behavior of a science fair favorite—a soupy mixture known as “oobleck” that switches back and forth between liquid and solid— scientists from the … more

Building Security into Cyber-Physical Systems: NIST Researchers Suggest Approach for Trustworthy Modern Infrastructure
Release Date: May 4, 2016

We are immersed in a cyber-physical world. Information technology is deeply embedded in traditionally non-IT systems, including automobiles, the electric grid and emergency response. But in many of … more

JILA Extends Laser ‘Combing’ Method to Identify Large, Complex Molecules
Release Date: May 4, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. – JILA physicists have extended the capability of their powerful laser “combing” technique to identify the structures of large, complex molecules of the sort found in explosives, … more

NIST’s Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board Names New Chair
Release Date: April 29, 2016

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Willie E. May today announced the appointment of Christopher Boyer as … more

NIST Awards First Entrepreneurship Grant
Release Date: April 28, 2016

During his postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Chris Brown designed a lens system that has the potential to improve the performance of imaging and … more

NIST Kicks Off Effort to Defend Encrypted Data from Quantum Computer Threat
Release Date: April 28, 2016

If an exotic quantum computer is invented that could break the codes we depend on to protect confidential electronic information, what will we do to maintain our security and privacy? That's the … more

CNST Releases the Spring 2016 Edition of the CNST News
Release Date: April 27, 2016

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

New Chip-Based Sensor Finds Power in Versatility
Release Date: April 26, 2016

Prototype Deconstructed: PML's John Lehman holds a circular wafer full of chips, each of which features a carbon nanotube-coated "lollipop." When assembled, the chips are mounted to the base … more

Chile Quake at Epicenter of Expanding Disaster and Failure Data Repository
Release Date: April 26, 2016

Feb. 27, 2010, is a date that most Chileans will probably never forget. On that day, the sixth strongest earthquake in recorded history—packing a force greater than the most powerful thermonuclear … more

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