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Through its partnerships with industry, government, and academia, NIST is helping to advance measurements and tools for environmental science, for example by calibrating the sensors of climate-mapping satellites and detecting ever more minute quantities of toxins and pollutants in our air, soil, water and blood.

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Plastic Pollution Measurement Science

While plastics have yielded immense benefits to society, discarded plastics or plastic pollution has become a pervasive highly visible problem especially in the

Fundamental Guided Wave Metrology

Radio-frequency (RF) waves and microwaves are involved with almost every facet of everyday life. Radio stations, television, wireless devices, satellite

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Tracking Hormones on Land and at Sea

It’s usually pretty straightforward to explain how my work on clinical measurements is a benefit to society, but sometimes I get confused looks when I tell people about my work on whales, alligators and fish, to name a few. At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), I work on measurement science for endocrinology. Endocrinology is the science of hormones such as the commonly

Measuring Sunlight from Space, on a Chip

Near a set of belching smokestacks sits a diagram of the structure of a metal-organic framework, with open spaces holding carbon dioxide molecules trapped inside.

This Simple Material Could Scrub Carbon Dioxide From Power Plant Smokestacks

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A Revolution Still in the Making: NIST Researchers Chart the Future of Nucleic Acid Nanotechnology

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Upcoming Event

Life Cycle Assessment of Plastics

Thu, Dec 8 2022, 3:00 - 4:30pm EST
This webinar will present the results from two studies on life cycle assessment of plastics sponsored by NIST's Circular