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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...

Inner Workings Of Magnets May Lead To Faster Computers
2012-03-16 03:14:28

Using the world's fastest light source -- specialized X-ray lasers -- scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have revealed the secret inner life of magnets, a finding that could lead to faster and "smarter" computers. Using a light source that creates X-ray pulses only one quadrillionth of a second in duration, the Boulder team was able to observe how magnetism in nickel and iron atoms works, and they found that each metal...

2012-03-15 11:46:07

Using the world's fastest light source -- specialized X-ray lasers -- scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have revealed the secret inner life of magnets, a finding that could lead to faster and "smarter" computers. Using a light source that creates X-ray pulses only one quadrillionth of a second in duration, the Boulder team was able to observe how magnetism in nickel and iron atoms works, and they found that each metal...

'Star Comb' Joins Quest For Earth-like Planets
2012-03-08 04:03:29

If there is life on other planets, a laser frequency comb developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help find it. Such a comb–a tool for precisely measuring frequencies, or colors, of light–has for the first time been used to calibrate measurements of starlight from stars other than the Sun. The good results suggest combs will eventually fulfill their potential to boost the search for Earth-like planets to a new level. As described in Optics...

2012-03-07 21:40:03

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new certified reference material to support the federal government's Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) in the wake of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. The new Standard Reference Material, Gulf of Mexico Crude Oil" (SRM 2779), will be used as a quality control material for the ongoing environmental impact analyses for the NRDA effort. The Deepwater Horizon disaster...

2012-03-07 21:39:11

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have done a mash-up of two very different experimental techniques–neutron scattering and electrochemical measurements–to enable them to observe structural changes in nanoparticles as they undergo an important type of chemical reaction. Their recently published technique allows them to directly match up particle size, shape and agglomeration with the "redox" chemical properties of the particles. The...

2012-03-07 21:35:32

In recent years, scientists have begun to harness DNA's powerful molecular machinery to build artificial structures at the nanoscale using the natural ability of pairs of DNA molecules to assemble into complex structures. Such "DNA origami," first developed at the California Institute of Technology, could provide a means of assembling complex nanostructures such as semiconductor devices, sensors and drug delivery systems, from the bottom up. While most researchers in the field are working...


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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