NIST researchers have looked to one of nature's best chemical detectors – the dog – to help make today's chemical detection devices better at sniffing out explosives and other contraband materials. This 2016 video explains the concept of biomimicry and how the research can enhance chemical and pathogen detection. For more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/x8U8w.
A December 2016 National Science Foundation episode showcases a new wall-jumping robot, using sensor-integrated blocks to better identify developmental disabilities, creatures with camouflage, a new procedure to detect exposure to dangerous nuclear materials, and the discovery of the oldest know fossil tumor.
This 2016 CSB safety video is an animated depiction of the April 17, 2013, fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, which resulted in 15 fatalities, more than 260 injuries, and widespread community damage. The deadly fire and explosion occurred when about 30 tons of fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate exploded after being heated by a fire at the storage and distribution facility.