The Internet has become a major tool of the worldwide standards community. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) now provides electronic access to nearly 250 of the most frequently requested ANSI and international standards. They are available via a link from ANSI's NSSN web site at http:www.nssn.org to the organization's Electronic Standards Store. If you are looking for sites regarding European standards, a good starting point is http:www.europa.eu.int. It is the European Commission's EUROPA site, containing millions of pages relating to the European Union. Also browse through the web site for the Council of the European Union at http:www. europa.eu.int/inst-en#council. It has a multilingual web server. For facts on ISO 14000, check out the Global Environment & Technology Foundation's site at http:www.iso14000.net.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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