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2011-10-20 09:31:11

An advanced material that could help bring about next-generation "spintronic" computers has revealed one of its fundamental secrets to a team of scientists from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The material, constructed of two different compounds, might one day allow computers to use the magnetic spin of electrons, in addition to their charge, for computation. A host of innovations could result, including fast memory devices...

2011-10-19 14:13:53

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Colorado Boulder (CU) have developed a low-power microchip that uses a combination of microfluidics and magnetic switches to trap and transport magnetic beads. The novel transport chip may have applications in biotechnology and medical diagnostics. A key innovation in the new chip is the use of magnetic switches like those in a computer random access memory. As described in a new paper, the NIST/CU...

2011-09-28 12:50:44

Diamonds may be best known as a symbol of long-lasting love. But semiconductor makers are also hoping they'll pan out as key components of long-lasting micromachines if a new method developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for carving these tough, capable crystals proves its worth. The method offers a precise way to engineer microscopic cuts in a diamond surface, yielding potential benefits in both measurement and technological fields. By combining their own...

2011-09-28 12:49:31

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will unleash its Dragon–a NIST invention that bellows showers of glowing embers, or firebrands–at a unique wind tunnel test facility in Japan, where researchers will evaluate the vulnerability of outdoor deck assemblies and materials to ignition during wildfires, a growing peril that accounts for half of the nation's 10 most costly fires. In a new report, NIST researchers summarize suggestions for test designs and...

2011-09-17 07:00:00

GPS Source, a specialist in avionics systems development and GPS/RF technology, announced today the award of a contract to complete a detailed study of the engineering activities necessary to deliver a complete technical data package for the design of the Heads Up Display (HUD) for the T-45 Goshawk trainer aircraft. This study will be sponsored by CAMT, NIST-MEP, and NAVAIR. Pueblo West, CO (PRWEB) September 17, 2011 GPS Source is pleased to announce that they will complete by the end of...

2011-09-14 12:59:22

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published two new documents on cloud computing: the first edition of a cloud computing standards roadmap and a cloud computing reference architecture and taxonomy. Together, the documents provide guidance to help understand cloud computing standards and categories of cloud services that can be used government-wide. These documents, along with others from NIST and NIST working groups, will be incorporated into the NIST U.S....

2011-09-14 12:53:46

Bringing order and security to the patchwork quilt of computing environments in a large organization can be a daunting task. Software tools and technical specifications that allow security information to be shared between information systems–the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)–can save time and improve security. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released four new publications that detail specifications to be used by the latest version...

2011-09-14 11:48:16

As large parts of the nation recover from nature's one-two punch–an earthquake followed by Hurricane Irene–building researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) warn that a double whammy of seismic and wind hazards can increase the risk of structural damage to as much as twice the level implied in building codes. This is because current codes consider natural hazards individually, explains NIST's Dat Duthinh, a research structural engineer. So, if...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin