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The Weird Nicknames of 8 Spy Agency Headquarters

Because being a secret agent isn’t cool enough, spymasters tend to build elaborate headquarters buildings with really great nicknames. Here are a few headquarters known for their vodka martinis, Aston Martins, and Walther pistols. 1. Legoland The British Secret Intelligence Service (also called MI6, but more famously known as James Bond’s employer) was only officially acknowledged as [...]

PubMed Goes to the Movies!

Why see the film when you can read the article? by Robert E. Pyatt Ph.D. Assistant Laboratory Director Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, Ohio This is a comparison of classic films and science articles that share the same name. The movie facts come from the Internet Movie Database. Information about the science articles comes from the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s PubMed database. The Good, [...]

A Sitting President’s Memorial

This President’s Day article is from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into the Presidency. FDR spent his entire presidency hiding the fact that he needed a wheelchair, and he wanted a memorial that would do the same. Future generations disagreed. Four years before his death, Franklin Delano Roosevelt told Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter that [...]

Replacing the Kilogram

The official standard for the kilogram is a cylinder of platinum and iridium made in 1879 and kept in a vault in France. Scientists have made official copies and distributed them since that time, but many of those copies don’t equal each other in mass, and the original is undergoing decay. So now researchers are [...]