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See the Cherry Trees Blossoming in Washington, D.C.

Cherry trees blossom around the Tidal Basin at sunrise near the Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Saul …


Charles Townes, Laser Pioneer, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

Charles Townes, a physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his part in the invention of the laser died Tuesday at 99.<p>Townes is best remembered for thinking up the basic principles of the laser while sitting on a park bench. Later in life he advised the U.S. government and helped uncover the secrets of …

Black Holes

Scientists create GM organisms reliant on artificial compounds for survival

Genetically recoded organisms could be safe enough to use outside, for example to clean up oil spills<p>In a drive to improve the environmental safety of genetically modified organisms, scientists have created the first GM microbes that can only survive in the presence of designer compounds not found …


Here comes Microsoft’s pitch explaining why it’s still relevant

Has Microsoft adjusted to its new role as an underdog? We’ll find out more today when CEO Satya Nadella reveals the company’s new Windows 10 operating system at a media event. (Live streaming begins at noon US Eastern time and 5pm London time.)<p>What’s expected?<p>Microsoft is calling the event “Windows …


Experiencing mild shocks while learning can enhance related memories

'This might be a way to build a really smart person'<p>Memory is a tricky thing. Remembering details of past experiences — details like what you had for lunch last Friday, or what you learned in history class — is often an exercise in futility. But then sometimes, for what appears to be no reason at …

The Brain