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The NIST role in role-based control: A 20th anniversary appraisal

What NIST-led innovation is estimated to have saved U.S. industry $6.1 billion over the past 20 years? Well, probably several, but, perhaps surprisingly, a new economics study* points to the development of "role-based access control," a computer-sec...

Compact high-temperature superconducting cables demonstrated at NIST

A researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has invented a method of making high-temperature superconducting (HTS) cables that are thinner and more flexible than demonstration HTS cables now installed in the electri...

NIST technique controls sizes of nanoparticle clusters for EHS studies

The same properties that make engineered nanoparticles attractive for numerous applications -- small as a virus, biologically and environmentally stabile, and water-soluble -- also cause concern about their long-term impacts on environmental h...

NIST advances single photon management for quantum computers

The quantum computers of tomorrow might use photons, or particles of light, to move around the data they need to make calculations, but photons are tricky to work with. Two new papers* by researchers working at the National Institute of Stan...

Real-world graphene devices may have a bumpy ride

Electronics researchers love graphene. A two-dimensional sheet of carbon one atom thick, graphene is like a superhighway for electrons, which rocket through the material with 100 times the mobility they have in silicon. But creating graphene-base...

Stretching the truth: JILA biophysicists help unravel DNA stretching mystery

Using a new experimental test structure, biophysicists at JILA have unraveled part of a 15-year mystery in the mechanics of DNA -- just how the molecule manages to suddenly extend to almost twice its normal length. The new test structure should supp...

Extracting cellular ‘engines’ may aid in understanding mitochondrial diseases

Medical researchers who crave a means of exploring the genetic culprits behind a host of neuromuscular disorders may have just had their wish granted by a team working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scienti...

IPv6 guide provides path to secure deployment of next-generation Internet protocol

As the day draws nearer for the world to run out of the unique addresses that allow us to use the Internet -- now predicted to happen by the end of 2012 -- researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have issued a guide ...

ACS applauds Congress for passing American competitiveness bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 -- The American Chemical Society (ACS) applauds Congress for reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act today. America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science...

Quartz crystal microbalances enable new microscale analytic technique

A new chemical analysis technique developed by a research group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) uses the shifting ultrasonic pitch of a small quartz crystal to test the purity of only a few micrograms of material. ...

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