Latest National Institute of Standards and Technology Stories

Strategies To Achieve Net-zero Energy Homes Identified In New Report
2013-05-16 11:28:40

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Chances are you know how many miles your car logs for each gallon or tankful of gas, but you probably have only a foggy idea of how much energy your house consumes, even though home energy expenditures often account for a larger share of the household budget. This disparity in useful energy data is just one of several information gaps that must be bridged as the United States transitions towards residences that generate as much...

Spectroscopy Could Improve Greenhouse Gas Detection
2013-05-16 11:21:43

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Detecting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could soon become far easier with the help of an innovative technique developed by a team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists have overcome an issue preventing the effective use of lasers to rapidly scan samples. The team, which recently published its findings in the journal Nature Photonics, says the technique also could work for other jobs that...

NIST Tests In New York City Suggest How Emergency Communications Might Be Improved
2013-04-18 15:40:06

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Radio communications can be unreliable in underground tunnels and other large, complicated structures, posing a safety hazard for emergency responders. New tests of wireless emergency safety equipment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have defined the challenges more precisely and suggest how emergency communications might be improved. In a series of experiments conducted in New York City, an epicenter of...

2013-04-18 14:03:45

Portable electric generators retrofitted with off-the-shelf hardware by the University of Alabama (UA) emitted significantly lower levels of carbon monoxide (CO) exhaust, according to the results of tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Compared with standard portable generators, CO emissions from the prototype machines were reduced by 90 percent or more, depending on the specific hardware used...

2013-04-18 13:57:14

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Kansas State University have demonstrated a spray-on mixture of carbon nanotubes and ceramic that has unprecedented ability to resist damage while absorbing laser light. Coatings that absorb as much of the energy of high-powered lasers as possible without breaking down are essential for optical power detectors that measure the output of such lasers, which are used, for example, in military equipment for defusing...

Research Priorities Proposed For Making Concrete 'Greener'
2013-04-04 13:50:11

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) The challenge of making concrete greener–reducing its sizable carbon footprint without compromising performance–is just like the world's most ubiquitous manufactured material–hard! But, according to a new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the potential engineering performance, energy-efficiency and environmental benefits make it a challenge worth tackling. Many factors...

2013-03-21 23:03:40

A project involving High Definition Metrology 3D Analysis, conducted by Coherix Inc. and PEMAlliance, brings new light to manufacturing distortion problems. Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) March 21, 2013 Dwight D. Carlson, Chariman and CEO of Coherix, Inc. and Chairman of PEMAlliance, announced the successful completion of the NIST ATP HDM (High Definition Metrology) 2 Micron Project. The PEMA NIST ATP HDM 2 Micron program teamed Coherix, Inc., Ford Motor Company, U.S. Department of Commerce...

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