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Happy Birthday Mr. Bell!

Alexander Graham Bell, a successful business man, scientist, innovator and engineer was born on this date in 1847. In 1876, at the age of 29, Alexander was awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone (patent # 174,465). Soon afterward in 1877 he formed the Bell Telephone Company. With the financial success of the telephone, […]

What’s for lunch : A Mars Update

What have scientists learned so far about Mars? Does life exist there? Will human beings someday colonize the Red Planet? NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Chief Scientist James B. Garvin will discuss the latest findings and the Mars exploration strategy, in a lecture at the Library of Congress. Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Library of Congress, […]

John Adams Trivia

The other day the science section head, Constance Carter, bought a John Adams doll at the White House Visitor Center for a gift basket (see pictures in this post). Since John Adams is the namesake of our building and the inspiration for Inside Adams we thought it would be fun to provide our readers with […]

Happy Mardi Gras!

Today’s guest author is Ellen Terrell, Business Reference Specialist Today is Fat Tuesday the culmination of the Mardi Gras season. This is a HUGE event for the city of New Orleans, my hometown. There are many ways to gauge success from a economic standpoint – revenues, hotel room occupancy, tax collection, money spent by the […]

Made with Love

4 Star French Chocolate Ice Cream? Chiffon and Velvet Pie?Pots de Chocolat (mousse)? Stuffed Figs au Chocolat? Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake? Valentine’s Day is coming up. If you are looking for something special to do for the ones you love I suggest including chocolate and home cooking straight from the heart (hearth). Our Chocolate: A Resource Guide […]

Stars in His Eyes

Today’s post is from guest author Margaret Clifton, science reference librarian. Four hundred years ago, in March of 1610, a pamphlet-like little book was published in Venice. The title page, as translated from New Latin*,sums up its contents with unabashed enthusiasm: “Revealing great, unusual, and remarkable spectacles, opening these to the consideration of every man, […]