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  • Charles Townes, physicist who invented the laser, dies at 99

    Charles Townes, physicist who invented the laser, dies at 99
    Charles Townes, the Columbia University physicist who transformed modern society with his invention of the maser and the laser, receiving the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his effort, has died. He was 99. Townes, who had been in failing health, died...
  • Val Fitch dies at 91; Nobel laureate studied matter, antimatter

    Val Fitch dies at 91; Nobel laureate studied matter, antimatter
    Physicist Val Fitch was not a lawbreaker, but he is famous for broken laws. In a classic 1960s series of experiments, Fitch and his Princeton University colleague James Cronin proved that one of the key laws of physics hitherto thought immutable —...
  • A Cornerstone Of Hartford's Polish Community

    Lottie Pozniak was an ambassador of Polish culture in Hartford from the 1940's into the 1990's. She founded a Polish cultural organization, taught Polish traditions in the public schools, performed in Polish dances and plays and was a leader in her church...
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  • Southwest and Great Plains at risk of 21st century 'mega-drought'

    Southwest and Great Plains at risk of 21st century 'mega-drought'
    Global warming will bring the "unprecedented" risk of a decades-long mega-drought in the American Southwest and Great Plains during the second half of the century, researchers claim. The forecast, which was published online Thursday in the new journal...
  • Marvin David Levy, obsessive opera composer, dies at 82

    Marvin David Levy, obsessive opera composer, dies at 82
    The life of Fort Lauderdale composer Marvin David Levy reads like Greek tragedy, a tale of drama, deceit, obsession and even a prison sentence for conspiracy. Levy, 82, died Feb. 9 at a nursing home in Wilton Manors of complications from a fall suffered...
  • Pushed out, overpoliced and underprotected

    It's long been known that black students are suspended or expelled from school at rates far higher than their white counterparts and that these disparities can have far-reaching consequences on their lives. Less well known, however, is that racial...
  • Filmmaker visits Boca to discuss PBS cancer series that premieres March 30

    Filmmaker visits Boca to discuss PBS cancer series that premieres March 30
    In medicine, the Big C — as in cancer — is poised to overtake heart disease as America's No. 1 killer. A new documentary series, however, tells of a more encouraging C-word: Cure. Barak Goodman, director of a PBS series based on the Pulitzer...
  • Eric Garcetti's Mayor's Fund lets companies give big

    Eric Garcetti's Mayor's Fund lets companies give big
    When Eric Garcetti won the 2013 mayoral election, he did so without the financial backing of Psomas, a Los Angeles-based engineering firm with offices throughout the Southwest. As a company that held contracts worth more than $100,000 with the city,...
  • Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change?

    Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change?
    Science just served up a double coupon for the argumentative: A new study suggests that climate change is driving a Middle East conflict that brought the Islamic State to prominence. Climate change contributed to the severity of a record-setting drought...
  • Argentina calls ex-spy chief to testify in prosecutor death

    Argentina calls ex-spy chief to testify in prosecutor death
    The spy novel-like drama that has gripped Argentina since the mysterious death of President Cristina Fernandez's nemesis took a critical new twist Thursday when investigators called one of the country's most enigmatic spy chiefs to testify before them....