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‘The Last Artifact’ Brings Metrology to TV

Remember that documentary you saw thatfinallyexplained metrology and why measurements are critical to practically every aspect of modern life? Yeah, neither do I. Probably because that documentary doesn’t exist … Or does it? The Last Artifact, a new one-hour film that PBS stations are planning to broadcast starting this month, aims to fill that cinematic void by bringing metrology to the people
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Commerce Building Now Part of NOAA, NIST Weather and Greenhouse Gas Tracking Network

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Study Indicates That Humidity in Breath Makes Cotton Masks More Effective at Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

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Spotlight: Measuring the Atmosphere’s Volatile Organic Compounds

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