Quantcast

Latest National Institute of Standards and Technology Stories

NIST Unveils House That Makes Its Own Energy
2012-09-14 07:22:18

Watch the Video: NIST Net Zero Energy House: Nothing Lost is Everyone´s Gain redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled on Wednesday a new laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home can generate as much energy as it uses in a year. The unique facility will be used to improve test methods for energy-efficient technologies and to develop...

Testing Standards Focused On To Support Lab On A Chip Commercialization
2012-08-09 10:18:04

Lab on a chip (LOC) devices–microchip-size systems that can prepare and analyze tiny fluid samples with volumes ranging from a few microliters (millionth of a liter) to sub-nanoliters (less than a billionth of a liter)–are envisioned to one day revolutionize how laboratory tasks such as diagnosing diseases and investigating forensic evidence are performed. However, a recent paper* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) argues that before LOC technology can...

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. NIST is requesting comments from the public on the document, which is intended to be the last draft before the final version is published. The document is the next step toward updating Federal Information Processing Standard...

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. In a series of "live burn" experiments, conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), New York...

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. On July 10, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its first-ever draft guidelines to help utility companies test their procedures for upgrading meters securely from a remote location. The draft publication offers a generic set of testing criteria to help any utility determine whether its method...

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. NIST is asking for public comment on the draft document. Mobile devices allow workers, including government employees, to work in multiple locations and to improve their efficiency. But the same features that make these devices desirable make them a security challenge....

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. While hospitals and medical practices are accelerating their adoption of electronic health records, these records systems often are not ideal for supporting children's health care needs. Young patients' physiology is different...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.