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NIST Issues Final Joplin Tornado Report, Begins Effort to Improve Standards and Codes
Release Date: 03/28/2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final report on its technical investigation into the impacts of the May … more

NIST Tornado Reports Urge New Standards for Saving Lives, Property
Release Date: 12/03/2013

Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications can significantly reduce deaths … more

NIST Investigation of Joplin, Mo., Tornado Details Proposed Measures for Saving Lives and Property
Release Date: 11/21/2013

Report and Recommendations Released for Public Comment JOPLIN, Mo.—Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public … more

Workshop Identifies Research Priorities to Mitigate Fires in the Wildland-Urban Interface
Release Date: 05/28/2013

Over 46 million residential structures in the United States are in areas at risk of wildfires. A new publication* from the National Institute of … more

New York Taps NIST's Sunder for Post-Sandy Review of Critical Systems and Services
Release Date: 11/27/2012

S. Shyam Sunder, director of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has agreed to serve on the … more

Register For Forensics@NIST
Release Date: 09/19/2012

  Online registration is now open for Forensics@NIST 2012, a three-day symposium on cutting-edge forensic science research being performed at … 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

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

In Unique Fire Tests, Outdoor Decks Will Be Under Firebrand Attack
Release Date: 09/27/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will unleash its Dragon—a NIST invention that bellows showers of glowing embers, or … more

Double Jeopardy: Building Codes May Underestimate Risks Due to Multiple Hazards
Release Date: 09/13/2011

As large parts of the nation recover from nature's one-two punch—an earthquake followed by Hurricane Irene—building researchers from the National … more

New Website Offers Easy Access to NIST Disaster and Failure Study Data
Release Date: 08/16/2011

For more than 40 years, scientists and engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have studied structural failures … more

North Texas Wildfires Spark Historic Federal-State Collaborative Study
Release Date: 08/02/2011

Two wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires* earlier this year outside of Amarillo, Texas, destroyed 70 homes, burned more than 25,000 acres of land, … more

NIST to Conduct Technical Study on Impacts of Joplin, Mo., Tornado
Release Date: 07/25/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today* said that it will conduct a full technical study on the impacts of the May 22, … more

NIST researchers collected data following Joplin, Missouri, tornado
Release Date: 06/06/2011

A massive tornado, rated category EF5 (the most powerful on the Enhanced Fujita scale), hit Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011. According to the U.S. … more

New Study Maps Out Steps to Strengthen U.S. Resilience to Earthquakes
Release Date: 03/30/2011

A new National Research Council (NRC) report presents a 20-year road map that outlines steps for increasing U.S. resilience to earthquakes, … more

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