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2011-08-03 19:31:30

Gram for gram, novel carbon nanofiber-filled coatings devised by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Texas A&M University outperformed conventional flame retardants used in the polyurethane foam of upholstered furniture and mattresses by at least 160 percent and perhaps by as much as 1,130 percent. The impressive test results, reported in the journal Polymer,* suggest that significant fire-safety advantages can be gained by coating polyurethane...

2011-08-03 19:28:53

U.S. production of ethanol for fuel has been rising quickly, topping 13 billion gallons in 2010. With the usual rail, truck and barge transport methods under potential strain, existing gas pipelines might be an efficient alternative for moving this renewable fuel around the country. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) caution that ethanol, and especially the bacteria sometimes found in it, can dramatically degrade pipelines. At a conference this week,*...

2011-08-03 12:30:00

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two SAE International electric vehicle standards were among the first six standards added by The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) into its Catalog of Standards. The standards, which gained approval by over 90 percent of SGIP members, reflect the high-priority national standards needed to convey the modern and energy-efficient power grid with seamlessly interoperable components. The SGIP, a consensus-based group of more than...

2011-08-01 12:04:32

Even in trace quantities, the radioactive gas radon is very dangerous; it is second only to cigarette smoking as a cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States. The expense and precautions necessary to study it safely have limited research into its properties.  Now, University of Pennsylvania chemists have for the first time measured how well radon binds to a molecule, paving the way for future research on it and other noble gasses.    The research was led by...

2011-07-30 00:01:04

With new equipment, a larger staff, and expanded pressure calibration options, the full-service metrology lab is serving more customers than ever Vernon Hills, IL (PRWEB) July 29, 2011 As an A2LA-accredited laboratory, InnoCal has helped thousands of customers meet ISO, FDA, EPA, GLPs/cGMPs, and other quality standards for more than a decade. Now, with greater capabilities, the metrology lab is offering even more. "We have expanded our capabilities in calibrating pressure and vacuum...

2011-07-21 07:02:00

ORANGE, Calif., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the experts on information security for System z, today announced a new version of Vanguard Configuration Manager, the first and only fully automated software scanner for System z. Vanguard Configuration Manager enables compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act requirements by automatically testing for compliance with the System z security technical implementation guidelines (STIGs) in the...

2011-07-20 13:13:59

The electromagnetic force has gotten a little stronger, gravity a little weaker, and the size of the smallest "quantum" of energy is now known a little better. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted the latest internationally recommended values of the fundamental constants of nature. The constants, which range from relatively famous (the speed of light) to the fairly obscure (Wien frequency displacement law constant) are adjusted every four years in response to...

2011-07-20 13:12:20

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated* a measurement technique that reliably determines three fundamental mechanical properties of near-nanoscale films. The technique, which highlights the challenge of making mechanical measurements on an object with at least one dimension comparable to the size of a virus, should enable better design and engineering for a variety of thin-film technologies, particularly reverse-osmosis membranes for water...

2011-07-20 13:03:22

Terahertz radiation can penetrate numerous materials"”plastic, clothing, paper and some biological tissues"”making it an attractive candidate for applications such as concealed weapons detection, package inspection and imaging skin tumors. However, to date there is no standard method for measuring the absolute output power of terahertz lasers, one source of this type of radiation. Now, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have found that dense...

2011-07-19 08:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Splunk Inc., the leading provider of operational intelligence software, today demonstrated how its software is being used to support Continuous Monitoring of FISMA controls. Continuous Monitoring is achieved by converging operations and security data into integrated real-time dashboard views that enable rapid implementation of incident response and forensic procedures. Splunk's data engine is data agnostic, and enables agencies to index,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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