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 Published On Nov 19, 2022

This government warehouse keeps our entire society up to standard. Part of this video was sponsored by Google Domains. Take the first step to get online with a domain name from Google Domains - go to to get 20% off your first year. #GoogleDomains

Thanks to Rich Press and NIST for the great visit.
Thanks to Dr. Steve Choquette, Dr. Ben Place, and Dr. Johanna Camara for teaching us about the world of Standard Reference Materials.
You can check out all the cool work going on at NIST here:


NIST (2022). Standard Reference Materials. –

Montgomery, R. & Bercik, I. (2022). NIST Standard Reference Materials 2022 Catalog. –

Vincent, J. (2022). Made to measure: why we can’t stop quantifying our lives. The Guardian –

Proffitt, A. (2022). NIST Develops Monkeypox Reference Materials, Sees Growing Role in Outbreak Response. Diagnostics World. –

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Written by Derek Muller & Emily Zhang
Edited by Trenton Oliver
Animation by Ivy Tello & Mike Radjabov
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