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NIST data: Enabling the technical-basis for evacuation planning of high-rise buildings

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are stepping up the pace for designing safer building evacuations by releasing large, numerical data sets that track the movement of people on stairs during high-rise building ...

NIST finalizes initial set of smart grid cyber security guidelines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued its first Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security, which includes high-level security requirements, a framework for assessing risks, an evaluation of privacy issues at personal re...

Extreme darkness: Carbon nanotube forest covers NIST’s ultra-dark detector

NIST will use the new ultra-dark detector, described in a new paper in Nano Letters,* to make precision laser power measurements for advanced technologies such as optical communications, laser-based manufacturing, solar energy conversion, and in...

NIST Peanut Butter Standard Spreads Quality When Used

Some people like peanut butter in sandwiches. Other people mix it in desserts or feed it to squirrels. Now there is a new use for peanut butter -- as a quality assurance tool. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently issued Standard Reference Material (SRM) 2387, a peanut butter sample that has been characterized with state-of-the-art measurement methods to provide values for the amount of fat, protein, vitamins, minerals and other analytes it contains. It is one of a series of food-matrix SRMs that can be used by food manufacturers to validate production and quality control procedures as well as ensure accurate labeling of product content.

Gov't: Both Fingerprints, Facial Recognition Needed to Protect U.S. Borders

A dual approach that employs both fingerprint and facial recognition technology is the best option for a biometric system that would make the nation's borders more secure, according to scientists at the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). After studying mature biometric technologies, NIST-in conjunction with the Departments of Justice and State-made the recommendation in a report recently transmitted to Congress. The study was mandated by the PATRIOT Act and the Enhanced Border Security Act.

Gov’t asks public for help in World Trade Center investigation

U.S. government investigators say they need more help from the public and news media in their massive investigation of the September 11 destruction of the World Trade Center towers in New York. Specifically, officials at the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology want more photographs and videotape that could yield insights into what happened to the collapsed WTC buildings, occupants and first responders.

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