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2011-07-30 00:01:04

With new equipment, a larger staff, and expanded pressure calibration options, the full-service metrology lab is serving more customers than ever Vernon Hills, IL (PRWEB) July 29, 2011 As an A2LA-accredited laboratory, InnoCal has helped thousands of customers meet ISO, FDA, EPA, GLPs/cGMPs, and other quality standards for more than a decade. Now, with greater capabilities, the metrology lab is offering even more. "We have expanded our capabilities in calibrating pressure and vacuum...

2011-07-21 07:02:00

ORANGE, Calif., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the experts on information security for System z, today announced a new version of Vanguard Configuration Manager, the first and only fully automated software scanner for System z. Vanguard Configuration Manager enables compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act requirements by automatically testing for compliance with the System z security technical implementation guidelines (STIGs) in the...

2011-07-20 13:13:59

The electromagnetic force has gotten a little stronger, gravity a little weaker, and the size of the smallest "quantum" of energy is now known a little better. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted the latest internationally recommended values of the fundamental constants of nature. The constants, which range from relatively famous (the speed of light) to the fairly obscure (Wien frequency displacement law constant) are adjusted every four years in response to...

2011-07-20 13:12:20

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated* a measurement technique that reliably determines three fundamental mechanical properties of near-nanoscale films. The technique, which highlights the challenge of making mechanical measurements on an object with at least one dimension comparable to the size of a virus, should enable better design and engineering for a variety of thin-film technologies, particularly reverse-osmosis membranes for water...

2011-07-20 13:03:22

Terahertz radiation can penetrate numerous materials"”plastic, clothing, paper and some biological tissues"”making it an attractive candidate for applications such as concealed weapons detection, package inspection and imaging skin tumors. However, to date there is no standard method for measuring the absolute output power of terahertz lasers, one source of this type of radiation. Now, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have found that dense...

2011-07-19 08:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Splunk Inc., the leading provider of operational intelligence software, today demonstrated how its software is being used to support Continuous Monitoring of FISMA controls. Continuous Monitoring is achieved by converging operations and security data into integrated real-time dashboard views that enable rapid implementation of incident response and forensic procedures. Splunk's data engine is data agnostic, and enables agencies to index,...

2011-07-07 19:19:41

Using a combination of sophisticated computer modeling and advanced materials analysis techniques at synchrotron laboratories, a research team led by the University at Buffalo (UB) and including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SEMATECH* has demonstrated how some relatively simple processing flaws can seriously degrade the otherwise near-magical electronic properties of graphene. Their new paper...

2011-07-07 19:14:55

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created a tunable superconducting circuit on a chip that can place a single microwave photon (particle of light) in two frequencies, or colors, at the same time. This curious "superposition," a hallmark of the quantum world, is a chip-scale, microwave version of a common optics experiment in which a device called a beam-splitter sends a photon into either of two possible paths across a table of lasers, lenses and...

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2011-07-07 13:55:12

Showcasing new tools for widespread development of quantum circuits made of mechanical parts, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a flexible, broadly usable technique for steadily calming the vibrations of an engineered mechanical object down to the quantum "ground state," the lowest possible energy level. Described in a Nature paper posted online July 6, the NIST experiments nearly stop the beating motion of a microscopic aluminum drum...

2011-07-01 12:28:03

By swapping one superconducting material for another, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have found a practical way to boost the efficiency of the world's fastest single-photon detector, while also extending light sensitivity to longer wavelengths. The new tungsten-silicon alloy could make the ultrafast detectors more practical for use in quantum communications and computing systems, experiments testing the nature of reality, and emerging applications...


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