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Displaying news from May 28, 2016 To July 27, 2016

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

CNST: From internship to job
Release Date: July 1, 2016

Alex Galli monitors a profilometer using quality control software he implemented and configured during his internship at the CNST.Credit: CNST/NIST A year ago, Alex Galli graduated from the … more

NIST Launches Competition for Manufacturing Centers in 11 States
Release Date: June 30, 2016

As part of a multiyear effort to refresh its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers across the country, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and … more

CNST: Lights, camera, action …. award!
Release Date: June 29, 2016

In an Emmy-award winning video for middle school children shot at NIST's Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, NIST fellow and CNST project leader Joseph Stroscio demonstrates how a scanning … more

Colorado County Adopts NIST Community Resilience Guidelines
Release Date: June 29, 2016

The Boulder County Collaborative, a partnership of Boulder County, Colorado, communities formed in response to the catastrophic floods that struck the region in September 2013, has used the … more

Shape-Changing Enzyme Suggests How Small Doses of Anti-HIV Drug Might Treat Alzheimer’s Disease
Release Date: June 28, 2016

For a promising pathway to treating Alzheimer’s patients, “aim here.” That’s what National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) researchers advised collaborators hunting for molecules that, … more

2016 Baldrige Case Study Depicts Online Retailer Facing Some Familiar Challenges
Release Date: June 28, 2016

What does a high-performing online retail business look like that is using the Baldrige Excellence Framework to improve and excel? What lessons can other organizations learn from studying such a … more

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

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