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NIST-Sponsored Report addresses greenhouse gas measurement.

Advancing Technologies and Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Quantification" focuses on defining and developing technology needed to better quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Report identifies and discusses 4 broad areas of opportunity for technology development and improvement: quantifying GHG emissions; quantification of distributed carbon sources and sinks; consistent, standardized...

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Disaster/Failure Study Data will be available via NIST website.

NIST's online Disaster and Failure Events Data Repository features organized and maintained data collected during and after natural disaster or structural failure events, as well as data generated from related research, to enable study, analysis, and comparison with future severe disaster events. Repository also serves as national archival database, where other organizations can store research,...

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NIST Physicist receives 2011 William F. Meggers Award.

NIST announced that physicist Steven Cundiff has received 2011 William F. Meggers Award, which recognizes outstanding work in spectroscopy, from Optical Society of America. Fellow of JILA, joint institute of NIST and University of Colorado Boulder, Cundiff is cited for contributions to ultrafast spectroscopy of semiconductors, including multidimensional Fourier transform techniques. He is also...

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R&D Roadmap for Using Data Analysis aims to enhance public safety.

Issued by U.S. Department of Commerce, Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap outlines opportunities intended- to spur innovation and promote public safety by increasing data accessibility and usefulness for police, firefighters, emergency medical services, and other first responders. This report, published by NIST, evaluates software, network, and device technologies that could improve public...

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NIST aims to monitor CO2 emissions from sequestration sites.

NIST team members, collaborating with Harris Corporation and Atmospheric and Environmental Research, have taken first step in validating a- technique that could permit effective monitoring of sequestration sites under real-world conditions, which ordinarily make it difficult to determine whether carbon dioxide is escaping storage. According to simulations, they could pinpoint gas leak from the...

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NIST highlights benefits of Baldrige framework.

An Alabama-based nonprofit is using the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence to enhance its work as part of a federally funded initiative to improve quality of care for people residing in long-term care facilities. Recent episode of PBS's News Hour highlights continuous focus on improving patient care by Hill Country Memorial, a 2014 Baldrige Award recipient. Newsletter of...

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NIST releases 2015 DOC Technology Transfer Report.

Department of Commerce's 2015 Technology Transfer Report provides statistics on technology transfer activities of 3 DOC laboratories: NIST, NOAA, and ITS of NTIA. In Fiscal Year 2015, DOC filed 61 invention disclosures and 30 patent applications and was issued 20 patents. Of 44 active patent licenses, 31 generated total $164,456 in income. DOC staff engaged in 364 collaborative research and...

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NIST Scientists innovate particle clustering prediction in fluids.

NIST's Debra Audus and 2 colleagues came up with- new approach for predicting clustering behavior of particles in fluids. Published in Journal of Chemical Physics, Coupling of isotropic and directional interactions and its effect on phase separation and self-assembly" moves researchers toward devising comprehensive theories and realistic models. Advances provide insights to guide efforts to...

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Nanodevice shifts light's color at single-photon level.

Using technology similar to that used to make computer chips, scientists at NIST have developed miniaturized version of a frequency converter. Nanoscale optical frequency converter efficiently converts photons from one frequency to the other while consuming only small amount of power. Integrating with other information-processing elements, device promises to help improve security and increase...

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Four Organizations Are Honored with 2015 Baldrige Award.

On April 3, 2016, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews presented- 4 U.S. organizations – MidwayUSA (small business), Charter School of San Diego (education), Charleston Area Medical Center Health System (health care), and Mid-America Transplant (nonprofit) – with Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in honor of their organizational innovation and performance excellence....

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NIST Technique creates nanocontainers for drug delivery.

Researchers at NIST received- patent for microfluidics-based method of creating precisely sized, nanometer-scale capsules. Said method can produce liposomes with 100–400 nm dia typ, which is useful for attaching to 1–10 µm cells. As stated by Michael Gaitan, who works in NIST's Physical Measurement Lab, We have precision control over making liposomes and changing their...

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Scientists at NIST compound rechargeable battery safety, efficacy.

In Stabilizing Lithium and Sodium Fast-Ion Conduction in Solid Polyhedral-Borate Salts at Device-Relevant Temperatures," scientists at NIST chemically modify and pulverize compounds to explore production of safer solid-state rechargeable batteries. Compounds consist of stable, solid materials that would not pose risks of leaking or catching fire. Team sought to increase compounds'...

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Researchers Create and Test cell-changing DNA programming tool.

DNA programming tool used to encode new functions into living cells, as demonstrated by researchers from MIT, Boston University, and NIST, automates design of genetic circuits that process chemical signals. As described in Science's April 1 issue,- said team created and tested Cello programming language to compile functional specifications into bacterial cell-insertable DNA sequences, and...

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