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Oak Ridge National Laboratory opened with a mission to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, but in the wake of World War II it found a new calling.
In 1959, only two years after getting his PhD, future Nobel Prize winner Marshall Nirenberg proposed to probe the genetic code. The only problem? He had no experience in the two fields at the forefront of this investigation.
The 150th anniversary of Colonel Edwin Drake’s accidental discovery of oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania.
Acrylic emulsions fostered the do-it-yourself movement, making it easier for a new generation of homeowners to improve the look and condition of their homes.