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Second Draft Of Federal ID Credential Security Standard Released By NIST
2012-07-12 17:27:50

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the second-round draft version of its updated security standard for identity credentials in the Personal Identity Verification cards (PIV cards) that all federal employees and contractors must use.

Improvements in Fire Department Tactics Using Live Fire Tests with FDNY
2012-07-12 11:06:54

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing property losses, members of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) spent much of the first two weeks in July setting fire to 20 abandoned townhouses on Governors Island, about a kilometer from the southern tip of Manhattan.

2012-07-12 10:45:22

Next-generation "smart" electrical meters for residential and commercial buildings will have computerized operating systems just as laptops or mobile devices do.

2012-07-12 10:43:37

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a proposed update to its guidelines for securing mobile devices—such as smart phones and tablets—that are used by the federal government.

2012-07-12 10:42:06

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a guide to help improve the design of electronic health records for pediatric patients so that the design focus is on the users—the doctors, nurses and other clinicians who treat children.

Stripping Gold From AFM Probes Allows Better Measurement Of Picoscale Forces
2012-06-28 12:02:30

Gold is not necessarily precious—at least not as a coating on atomic force microscope (AFM) probes.

NIST Measures Up For The Olympics
2012-06-28 11:56:56

In yet another Olympian feat of measurement, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently calibrated a tape that will be used to measure out the distance of this summer's Olympic marathon—a distance of 26 miles 385 yards—to 1 part in 1,000.

First Heralded Single Photon Source Made From Silicon Demonstrated
2012-06-28 10:53:14

In an important step towards more practical quantum information processing, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of California, San Diego; and the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, have demonstrated the first heralded single photon source made from silicon.

Clay-based Coating May Show The Way To New Generation Of Green Flame Retardants
2012-06-28 10:46:09

In searching for better flame retardants for home furnishings—a large source of fuel in house fires—National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers defied the conventional wisdom and literally hit a wall, one made of clay.


Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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