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The US' National Institute of Standards and Technology is more than a little worried that its encryption guideilnes have been creating back doors for spies, and it's changing its tune in order to plug those security holes. The agency is no longer recommending an NSA-backed number randomization t...

June 27th 2015 at 11:15pm 0 Comments
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Could our future cars be powered by methanol fuel cells, rather than gasoline engines or electric batteries? Perhaps. The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) is making the oil alternative more viable by developing a fast, simple way of producing platinum "nano-raspberries," which c...

June 10th 2015 at 9:27am 0 Comments
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It's not just giant tech companies that want to put an end to passwords. Both the US' National Institute of Standards and Technology and the UK's Office of the Cabinet have become the first government bodies to join the FIDO Alliance, giving them a direct say in building more secure (and more uni...

June 9th 2015 at 11:34am 0 Comments
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The folks that might one day save your ass still rely on '50s-era radio technology (with some exceptions), and the US Commerce Department wants that to change. Its National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) division has just created a roadmap for how first responders can exploit technol...

May 27th 2015 at 10:19am 0 Comments
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Gene sequencing, once a rare feat, is pretty common these days... but how do you know that your DNA data is up to snuff? As of now, there's an easy way to find out. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released reference genetic material that serves as a "measuring stick"...

May 24th 2015 at 1:22am 0 Comments
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Ask the police and they'll tell you that serial numbers seldom help catch thieves -- dedicated crooks are usually smart enough to file off those digits so that stolen items can't be linked to a crime. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology might have just found a way to...

February 24th 2015 at 12:24am 0 Comments
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If you're using Samsung's Find My Mobile service to keep tabs on your Galaxy phone's whereabouts, you may want to stop using it for a while. Both NIST and security researcher Mohamed Baset are warning about an exploit that lets evildoers remotely lock, ring or wipe Samsung smartphones. As it turns...

October 28th 2014 at 3:31am 0 Comments
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The story of scientific advancement is rarely one of leaps and bounds. More often than not it's evolution over revolution, and the story of the so-called ytterbium atomic clock fits that bill perfectly. You may remember that in July researchers improved upon the standard, cesium-powered atomic clo...

August 23rd 2013 at 12:33pm 0 Comments