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Biometrics Debate Rages On About Validity Of NIST IREX Findings
2014-02-01 05:05:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Will age affect the ability of biometric scanners to recognize your iris or not? This is an important question with an aging American workforce and the increasing reliance on technology for security. Last year, redOrbit reported that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released findings showing that no "consistent change occurs in the distinguishing texture of the iris for at least a decade." A new study from...

JILA Strontium Atomic Clock Unveiled And Sets New Records In Precision, Stability
2014-01-23 09:53:25

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Heralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist has unveiled an experimental strontium atomic clock that has set new world records for both precision and stability-- key metrics for the performance of a clock. The clock is in a laboratory at JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder. Described in a new paper in...

Quantum Physics May Make Secure, Single-use Computer Memories
2014-01-16 14:47:31

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer security systems may one day get a boost from quantum physics, as a result of recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Computer scientist Yi-Kai Liu has devised away to make a security device that has proved notoriously difficult to build—a "one-shot" memory unit, whose contents can be read only a single time. The research, which Liu is presenting at this week's Innovations in...

Carbon Nanotubes Promise Improved Flame-resistant Coating
2014-01-16 14:18:15

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Using an approach akin to assembling a club sandwich at the nanoscale, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have succeeded in crafting a uniform, multi-walled carbon-nanotube-based coating that greatly reduces the flammability of foam commonly used in upholstered furniture and other soft furnishings. The flammability of the nanotube-coated polyurethane foam was reduced 35 percent compared with untreated...

2014-01-09 12:27:43

DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Sutter Davis Hospital (SDH) has become the first organization in the greater Sacramento area and the smallest hospital ever to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's only Presidential honor that recognizes performance excellence in education, healthcare and business organizations. Serving the Sacramento area, the 48-bed hospital has been on the national "100 Top Hospitals" list four times, including...

2013-12-09 09:51:26

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed prototype calibration tools for an experimental medical imaging technique that offers new advantages in diagnosing and monitoring of certain cancers and possibly other medical conditions. NIST designed, constructed and tested two prototype phantoms for calibrating ultralow-field (ULF) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems. Phantoms are widely used tools for quality control in medical imaging. They are generally...

2013-12-06 14:59:08

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Sandia National Laboratories have added something new to a family of engineered, high-tech materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): the ability to conduct electricity. This breakthrough—conductive MOFs—has the potential to make these already remarkable materials even more useful, particularly for detecting gases and toxic substances. MOFs are three-dimensional crystalline materials with nanoscale...

Researchers Develop 'Spinning Trap' To Measure Electron Roundness
2013-12-05 19:47:47

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) JILA researchers have developed a method of spinning electric and magnetic fields around trapped molecular ions to measure whether the ions' tiny electrons are truly round—research with major implications for future scientific understanding of the universe. As described in the Dec. 6, 2013, issue of Science, the JILA team used their new spinning method to make their first measurement of the electron's roundness—technically, the...

Bodies Provide Important Cues For Recognizing People
2013-11-06 12:48:26

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer recognition of people has focused almost exclusively on faces, but a new study suggests it may be time to take additional information into consideration. A study published online Sept. 25, 2013 in the journal Psychological Science by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) describes a series of experiments that demonstrates there is potentially more valuable...

Self-correcting Crystal May Unleash The Next Generation Of Advanced Communications
2013-11-06 12:28:00

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have joined with an international team to engineer and measure a potentially important new class of nanostructured materials for microwave and advanced communication devices. Based on NIST's measurements, the new materials—a family of multilayered crystalline sandwiches—might enable a whole new class of compact, high-performance, high-efficiency components...


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