Battelle Memorial Institute, a private nonprofit organization that conducts research in the physical, natural, and social sciences. Research is carried out on a contract basis for individuals; corporations; and municipal, state, and federal government agencies. Battelle began operating in 1929 under the terms of the endowment of Gordon Battelle, an Ohio industrialist. The institute has major laboratories at Columbus, Ohio; Richland, Washington; Geneva, Switzerland; and Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Headquarters are in Columbus.
The man who had some theories about relativity was also an eccentric who gleefully eschewed socks, dodged German military service and spurned social conventions.
Folks in Montana usually expect snow or rain to fall from the sky, not ash. But the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington flung ash across state lines. What is this gritty, gray stuff?