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A Better Pregnancy Test for Whales

It’s not easy to do pregnancy tests on whales. You can’t just ask a wild ocean animal that’s the size of a school bus to pee on a little stick. For decades, the

Turmeric: Spice or Herbal Medicine?

What: SRM 3299 is a ground turmeric rhizome powder value assigned for curcuminoids and toxic elements. The SRM consists of five packets of the material each

How Milk Does an Animal Body Good

It has been called the world’s most perfect food, and there’s unequivocal evidence that it can fight off disease and build better baby brains. But even after

Keeping Up With Folic Acid Fortification

What: SRM 3949 is a new material with several improvements compared to the original SRM 1955. It is comprised of three levels of folates in human serum. Why

Weathered Oil - That's Distressing

What: SRM 2777 is composed of a naturally weathered crude oil extracted from oil-soaked sand that was collected from a beach that was impacted by the Deepwater

Carcinogens in My Food - No Thank You

What: SRM 3253 is a ground, commercially available yerba mate with certified and reference mass fraction values assigned for select polycyclic aromatic

Recent Patent Activity within ACMD

A provisional patent by Tom Bruno and Kim Urness of the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division on Inductive Flash Desorption was published on June 7, 2018

A Standard for Standards

A new NIST standard ensures reliably accurate comparisons of measurements of the purity of tens of thousands of organic materials used throughout the world—in

Detecting Chemical Agents with Confidence

The Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) has become an important defense tool on battlefields and in war-torn cities over the last few years. About the size and

Sticking Together

NIST helps to ensure the strength of buildings, bridges, roadways, and other critical structures all over the world. The Material Measurement Lab at NIST