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Final Joplin Tornado Report Issued By NIST
2014-03-31 13:56:17

NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final report on its technical investigation into the impacts of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. The final report is strengthened by clarifications and supplemental text suggested by organizations and individuals from across the nation in response to the request for comments on the draft Joplin report, released Nov. 21, 2013. The revisions did not alter the investigation team's major...

Astronomers Given A Better Ruler In The Search For Extrasolar Planets
2014-03-31 08:04:47

NIST Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have rejuvenated a technique for finding planets near distant stars. New measurements of light from special lamps could help astronomers find planets hidden in data from more than a decade's worth of extrasolar planet searches, as well as improve telescopes' current capabilities. Finding extrasolar planets is tricky. Seen through a telescope, planets in the "habitable zone"—a region close to a star, where...

2014-03-10 23:23:40

Tripwire Survey Examines Views of Over 150 Information Security Professionals at Annual Information Security Conference Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) March 10, 2014 Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, today announced the results of a survey of over 150 attendees at the RSA Conference USA 2014 in San Francisco, California. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) introduced a new cybersecurity framework on...

How Well Did You Sequence That Genome?
2014-02-27 13:24:50

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) In December 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first high-throughput DNA sequencer (also known commonly as a "gene sequencer"), an instrument that allows laboratories to quickly and efficiently sequence a person's DNA for genetic testing, medical diagnoses and perhaps one day, customized drug therapies. Helping get the new device approved was another first: the initial use of a reference set of standard genotypes,...

2014-02-25 08:30:58

FAIRFIELD, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DDC Medical (DDC), one of the world's largest DNA testing laboratories, announced today the signing of a license agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to commercialize mouse cell line authentication (M-CLA) using STR DNA technology. According to Hughes P. Marshall D, Reid Y, et al. 2007 BioTechniques 43.575-586, it has been shown that over a third of cell lines used for biomedical research are...

microscale thermogravimetric analysis
2014-02-25 06:25:25

Michael Baum, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have demonstrated that they can make sensitive chemical analyses of minute samples of nanoparticles by, essentially, roasting them on top of a quartz crystal. The NIST-developed technique, "microscale thermogravimetric analysis," holds promise for studying nanomaterials in biology and the environment, where...

Clever Technology Decodes More Information From Single Photons
2014-02-12 21:17:46

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) It's not quite Star Trek communications—yet. But long-distance communications in space may be easier now that researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have designed a clever detector array that can extract more information than usual from single particles of light. Described in a new paper, the NIST/JPL array-on-a-chip easily identifies the position of the exact...

Ways To Improve Common Furniture Fire Test
2014-02-11 10:34:13

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) The bench-scale test widely used to evaluate whether a burning cigarette will ignite upholstered furniture may underestimate the tendency of component materials to smolder when these materials are used in sofas and chairs supported by springs or cloth, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and American University researchers report in a new study. The study comes as regulations and methods for evaluating the...

2014-02-06 23:22:07

Tripwire Survey Evaluates Attitudes of over 100 Gov IT Professionals Portland, OR (PRWEB) February 06, 2014 Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, and the Government Technology Research Alliance (GTRA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and success of the government IT community today announced the results of a U.S. government cybersecurity survey. The jointly sponsored online survey evaluated the...

Biometrics Debate Rages On About Validity Of NIST IREX Findings
2014-02-01 05:05:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Will age affect the ability of biometric scanners to recognize your iris or not? This is an important question with an aging American workforce and the increasing reliance on technology for security. Last year, redOrbit reported that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released findings showing that no "consistent change occurs in the distinguishing texture of the iris for at least a decade." A new study from...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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