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The Missing Links: Russia’s Secret Diamond Stockpile

News From the Springfield Precincts The election is still several weeks away, but at least we know how Homer voted: * My Favorite Phrase of the Week: Diamond-Filled Asteroid Crater The Russians may have a secret diamond source that contains TRILLIONS of carats worth of dazzle. * The Nutritional Value of Last Meals Earlier this week, Matt Soniak served [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jonas Salk

You probably know Jonas Salk as the man behind the polio vaccine. You may not know about his scientific rivalries, love life, and non-polio projects, though. Let’s take a look at five unheralded aspects of the doctor’s life. 1. He Wasn’t Big on Patents Shortly after Salk’s vaccine breakthrough, legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow sat down with [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nolan Bushnell

His name may not ring any bells, but if you were born after 1970, chances are Nolan Bushnell had a hand in shaping your childhood. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about this inventive businessman. © Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS (1985) 1. He Invented Pong Yep, Bushnell’s the man behind the video game revolution. He [...]