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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...

New Compact Atomic Clock Design Uses Cold Atoms To Boost Precision
2013-11-06 12:03:09

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a compact atomic clock design that relies on cold rubidium atoms instead of the usual hot atoms, a switch that promises improved precision and stability. Described in a new paper, the heart of the prototype clock (the vacuum chamber containing the atoms) is about the size of a coffee mug, 150 cubic centimeters, set in a small table of lasers and...

2013-10-29 23:00:58

Senior NIST Cyber Scientist Honored for Outstanding Service, Commitment, Innovation, and Vision Arlington, VA (PRWEB) October 29, 2013 (ISC)2® (“ISC-squared”), the world’s largest not-for-profit information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®, today announced that the (ISC)2 U.S. Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security (GABCS) has bestowed the inaugural Lynn F. McNulty Tribute U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award (GISLA) to Dr....

2013-09-18 13:15:36

Traditional peer review is not enough to ensure data quality amid the recent boom in scientific research findings, according to results of a 10-year collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and five technical journals. While production of research data is growing about 7 percent annually, about one-third of papers submitted to participating journals contained erroneous or incomplete chemical property data, according to a report by 32 authors from NIST...

New Stability Record Set By NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks
2013-08-22 14:45:09

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) A pair of experimental atomic clocks based on ytterbium atoms at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has set a new record for stability. The clocks act like 21st-century pendulums or metronomes that could swing back and forth with perfect timing for a period comparable to the age of the universe. NIST physicists report in the Aug. 22 issue of Science Express that the ytterbium clocks' tick is more stable than...

2013-08-21 10:17:14

A new hypothesis concerning a crucial step in the anthrax infection process has been advanced by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Md. The research teams have explored the behavior of the toxins that rapidly overwhelm the body as the often-fatal disease progresses. Their findings suggest a new possible mechanism by which anthrax bacteria deliver the protein...

The Iris Is A Viable Form Of Biometric Identification
2013-08-21 05:00:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Biometric researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have determined that no consistent change occurs in the distinguishing texture of the iris for at least a decade. The research team used data from thousands of frequent travelers enrolled in an iris recognition program at the US/Canada border. The findings, published in an IREX VI NIST Interagency Report, will inform identity program administrators on how...

Researchers Discover Atomic Clock Can Simulate Quantum Magnetism
2013-08-09 11:33:49

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Researchers at JILA have for the first time used an atomic clock as a quantum simulator, mimicking the behavior of a different, more complex quantum system. Atomic clocks now join a growing list of physical systems that can be used for modeling and perhaps eventually explaining the quantum mechanical behavior of exotic materials such as high-temperature superconductors, which conduct electricity without resistance. All but the...


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