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Live Fire Tests with FDNY Will Guide Improvements in Fire Department Tactics
Release Date: 07/11/2012

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing property losses, members of the New York City Fire … more

Novel Clay-based Coating May Point the Way to New Generation of Green Flame Retardants
Release Date: 06/27/2012

In searching for better flame retardants for home furnishings—a large source of fuel in house fires—National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Nationwide Adoption of NIST-Developed Test Predicted to Cut Death Toll Due to Cigarette-Caused Fires
Release Date: 05/29/2012

In 2003, New York became the first state requiring cigarettes sold within its borders to pass a fire safety standard based on a test developed by … more

NIST Fire Research Earns Honors
Release Date: 05/02/2012

Fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently were honored by the International Association of Arson … more

NIST Announces Funding Opportunity to Increase Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Release Date: 02/16/2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and the Department of Energy have … more

President's FY 2013 Budget Request for NIST Targets Advanced Manufacturing, Critical Science and Technology Programs
Release Date: 02/13/2012

Washington, D.C. – The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget for the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Provides Octagonal Window of Opportunity for Carbon Capture
Release Date: 02/07/2012

Filtering carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from factory smokestacks is a necessary, but expensive part of many manufacturing processes. However, … more

NIST Report on Texas Fire Urges Firefighters to Consider Wind Effects
Release Date: 02/07/2012

Wind conditions at a fire scene can make a critical difference on the behavior of the blaze and the safety of firefighters, even indoors, … more

Study Finds Failure Points in Firefighter Protective Equipment
Release Date: 12/06/2011

In fire experiments conducted in uniformly furnished, but vacant Chicago-area townhouses, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

New NIST Web Site Features Fire Safety for the Holidays
Release Date: 12/06/2011

Fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) remind us that proper care of a cut Christmas tree is important to … more

Elusive Ultrafine Indoor Air Contaminants Yield to NIST Analysis
Release Date: 12/06/2011

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) spent 75 days on the job carrying out some very important … more

Government Issues Building Energy and Water Submetering Report
Release Date: 11/08/2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new interagency report recommends systematic consideration of new metering technologies that can yield up-to-date, finely … more

New Report Urges More Detailed Utility Metering to Improve Building Efficiency
Release Date: 11/08/2011

A new interagency report recommends systematic consideration of new metering technologies, called submetering, that can yield up-to-date, finely … more

NIST Seeks Help in Understanding Public Response to Joplin Tornado
Release Date: 10/13/2011

As part of its technical study on the impacts of the devastating May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., the National Institute of … more

NIST Cooperative Agreement with University of Maryland Supports Research on 21st Century Smart Systems
Release Date: 10/13/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded today a $1 million cooperative agreement to the University of Maryland at … more

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