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Paving the Way for Electronic Organs-on-a-Chip

It may sound like science fiction, but “organ on a chip” systems — devices capable of imitating the interaction of cells in a specific organ such as the lungs or liver — have begun to be used to test the effectiveness of drugs in the past few years. We use these systems to quantify the physical properties of cells, which provide information regarding the cells’ health before and after treatment
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NIST Sensor Experts Invent Supercool Mini-Thermometer

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NIST Designs a Prototype Fuel Gauge for Orbit

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A Light Bright and Tiny: NIST Scientists Build a Better Nanoscale LED 

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