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Last Updated:  2018/08/10

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NIST Shows Laser Ranging Can ‘See’ 3D Objects Melting in Fires

AUGUST 08, 2018

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used a laser detection and ranging (LADAR...


New Cell Lines Produce NIST Monoclonal Antibody for Improved Manufacturing of Biologic Drugs

JULY 31, 2018

When the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued the world’s first standardized monoclonal...


NIST Chip Lights Up Optical Neural Network Demo

JULY 26, 2018

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made a silicon chip that distributes...


NIST Builds Statistical Foundation for Next-Generation Forensic DNA Profiling

JULY 23, 2018

DNA is often considered the most reliable form of forensic evidence, and this reputation is based on the way DNA...


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Advanced communications

NIST promotes the development and deployment of advanced communications technologies by advancing the measurement science underlying wireless technologies.


NIST provides measurement assurance through the development of quantitative analytical measurement tools to aid industry in the deployment of innovative biotechnologies and advanced biomaterials.

Buildings & Construction


NIST develops the technology, measurement methods and standards to address the needs of the chemical industry.


NIST implements practical cybersecurity and privacy through outreach and effective application of standards and best practices necessary for the U.S. to adopt cybersecurity capabilities.


NIST provides the standards, develops the instruments and performs the calibrations necessary to keep both the smallest electronic components and the largest power grids running smoothly and safely.


NIST develops the testing, measurements, and reference materials needed to ensure the quality of energy-related products and services and ensure fairness in the marketplace.


NIST is helping to advance measurements and tools for environmental science.


NIST's fire research develops, verifies and utilizes measurements and predictive methods to quantify the behavior of fire and means to reduce its impact.

Forensic Science

Bringing together experts from the forensic, research, legal, and law enforcement communities to strengthen forensic science and create a safer, more just society.


NIST provides measurement assurance for biomedical stakeholders through the development of measurement tools for medical devices, clinical diagnostics, imaging tools and the characterization of...

Information Technology

NIST advances the state-of-the-art in IT in such applications as cybersecurity and biometrics.


Since its founding, NIST has supported safety, interoperability, and resilience of the Nation’s core infrastructure, including power, transport, water and waste, and telecommunications.


NIST provides technical support to the nation's manufacturing industry as they strive to out-innovate and outperform the competition.


NIST develops testbeds, defines benchmarks and develops formability measurements and models for a variety of emerging materials.

Mathematics & Statistics

NIST researchers use the latest mathematics approaches and computational methods to help tackle some of the most difficult scientific, technical and engineering problems and tasks.



From leading cutting-edge research to coordinating standards development, NIST's nanotechnology programs directly impact priorities important to the nation's economy and well being.

Neutron research

Performance excellence

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program offers criteria, assessments, tools, training and a community for those dedicated to helping organizations improve.


NIST provides the measurements, standards, and technical expertise scientists and industries need to push the limits of the fundamental properties of nature.

Public safety

From helping to develop technologies that detect explosives and locate survivors in a collapsed building to video software that identifies criminals, NIST is working to keep people safe.


NIST's resilience research focuses on the impact of hazards on buildings and communities and on post-disaster studies that provide the basis for improved standards, codes and practices.





ISART 2018 Path Lost: Navigating propagation challenges for ultra-dense wireless systems

JULY 24, 2018 TO JULY 26, 2018

The International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART) is a US government-sponsored conference that brings together government, academia, and...


David Wineland Symposium – Celebrating 42 years of service at NIST

AUGUST 10, 2018

In August 2017, David Wineland announced that he had accepted a position at the University of Oregon and would be leaving NIST. One year later we will...


Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security - 2018

OCTOBER 18, 2018 TO OCTOBER 19, 2018

NIST and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) are pleased to co-host the 11th annual conference, Safeguarding...


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