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Iris Recognition Report Evaluates 'Needle in Haystack' Search Capability
2012-04-18 10:05:08

Identifying people by acquiring pictures of their eyes is becoming easier, according to a new report* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST researchers evaluated the performance of iris recognition software from 11 different organizations and found that some techniques produced very rapid results–though this speed was often at the cost of accuracy. Iris recognition, a form of biometric identification based on noncontact imaging of the complex texture in...

JILA Team Demonstrates 'A New Way of Lasing': A 'Superradiant' Laser
2012-04-06 03:23:58

[ Watch the Video ] Physicists at JILA have demonstrated a novel “superradiant” laser design, which has the potential to be 100 to 1,000 times more stable than the best conventional visible lasers. This type of laser could boost the performance of the most advanced atomic clocks and related technologies, such as communications and navigation systems as well as space-based astronomical instruments. Described in the April 5, 2012, issue of Nature,* the JILA laser prototype...

2012-03-29 22:37:57

Measurements taken by a team including National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists show that a newly created material has the ability to separate closely related components of natural gas from one another, a task that currently demands a good deal of energy to accomplish. The results might improve the efficiency of the distillation process. The material is a new type of metal-organic framework (MOF), a class of materials whose high surface area and tunable properties...

2012-03-23 23:01:24

IMC client, Ladder Companion, LLC, will be featured in the Make it in America display this year at the national Manufacturing Innovation Conference 2012, hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturers Extension Partnership (MEP) program in Orlando, Florida from Saturday, May 5 — Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Williamsport, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) March 23, 2012 IMC client, Ladder Companion, LLC, will be featured in the Make it in America display this year at...

2012-03-23 23:01:19

Two regional manufacturing leaders traveled with IMC, Inc. to Washington, DC March 6 & 7 to advocate in support of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program during the annual Hill Day Initiative. Williamsport, PA (PRWEB) March 23, 2012 Two regional manufacturing leaders - Shane Weyant, President and CEO of Creative Pultrusions, Inc. and Marcus Annicelli, Vice President of SelecTrim Corp. (dba) The James Wood Company - traveled with IMC, Inc. to Washington, DC March 6...

2012-03-21 15:30:04

Why does inhaling anesthetics cause unconsciousness? New insights into this century-and-a-half-old question may spring from research performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Scientists from NIST and the National Institutes of Health have found hints that anesthesia may affect the organization of fat molecules, or lipids, in a cell's outer membrane–potentially altering the ability to send signals along nerve cell membranes. "A better fundamental...

2012-03-21 15:11:08

It turns out you can be too thin–especially if you're a nanoscale battery. Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, College Park, and Sandia National Laboratories built a series of nanowire batteries to demonstrate that the thickness of the electrolyte layer can dramatically affect the performance of the battery, effectively setting a lower limit to the size of the tiny power sources. The results are important because...

2012-03-21 15:06:02

Remember Slinky®, the coiled metal spring that "walks" down stairs with just a push, momentum and gravity? Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed their own version of this classic–albeit 10 million times smaller–as a novel technology for manipulating and measuring DNA molecules and other nanoscale (billionth of a meter) materials. In the first of two recent papers, Samuel Stavis, Elizabeth Strychalski and colleagues...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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