May 29, 2001
Slice of 1930s Saved
Last of 'Treetops,' Bldg. 15K Is Refurbished
By Carla Garnett
If only the walls of Bldg. 15K could talk. Then we'd know far more colorful details about the real estate on which much of NIH now sits. In its day, say some, the old homestead hosted a President, presidential hopefuls and not a few more prominent and influential guests. It was also reportedly the site of many a grand party. Sadly, not a lot of artifacts remain to tell the tales. This August, however, thanks to diligent preservation efforts arranged by the Office of Research Services, a component of the National Institute of Mental Health moves back into the newly refurbished 1930s house that offers visual flashbacks to those earlier times.
M O R E . . .
A Genial Enthusiast of the Very Brief
By Rich McManus
Tininess can be taken to several powers, advancing past petite to
teensiness, then teensy-weensy, and on into the realm of nano, pico
and femto. No, these are not the names of undocumented Marx
Brothers, but rather measures of time and space. According to Le
Système International d'Unités (SI), nano (billionth) is relatively
obese compared to pico (trillionth), which is a thousand times
smaller, but still larger than femto, which is one millionth of a
billionth, or a quadrillionth.