Scientists have created an artificial genome and inserted it into a bacteria cell, creating the first synthetic life. The goal of the project is to design microbes for energy or health applications.
Richard Blumenthal, front-runner in the Connecticut race for US Senate, said he served 'in Vietnam.' He didn't, and the 'misstatements' hurt his poll numbers. But opponents are tripping up, too.
Three Republican senators from the Northeast join majority Democrats to advance a financial reform bill to tighten regulation of Wall Street.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that the Pentagon needs to streamline its management structure and be fluid enough to shift resources to high priority areas when necessary.
Finding stolen artwork can take decades, and a fraction of works are recovered. In the Paris art heist, five paintings – including a Picasso and a Matisse – were stolen Thursday from a museum.
Film star Kevin Costner and his scientist brother are promoting a new technology they say could separate oil from water as part of the effort to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. BP officials agree to test the system.
Rand Paul, a favorite of the 'tea party' movement, won the Republican nomination for US Senate in Kentucky. But he's become embroiled over the landmark Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial segregation.
Doping allegations have dogged Lance Armstrong throughout his career, but the the seven-time Tour de France winner has deflected them all. The latest accusations are from a disgraced former teammate, Floyd Landis.
BP and government officials said Wednesday that their next attempt to stop the Gulf oil spill – the so-called 'top kill' – is scheduled to start Sunday. If it doesn't work, there are few promising short-term alternatives.
Changes to social studies textbooks in Texas proposed by conservatives have resulted in a partisan uproar and generated interest far beyond the Lone Star State.
Student Adam Wheeler is accused of masterminding a Harvard hoax, using fake documents to get into the university and secure financial aid. Student fraud is an growing problem, experts say.
The past two months were the warmest March and April on record globally. A new report suggests that communities will need to be adaptable to meet the challenges of global warming.
BP says its only priority is to shut down the Macondo well responsible for the Gulf oil spill. But industry experts say BP could still try to get oil from the well in the future.
Democrat Mark Critz won the special election Tuesday in PA-12 – a Pennsylvania congressional district where President Obama has a 35 percent approval rating. In some ways, his campaign could be a model for Democrats in the November election.
Primary election results from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Arkansas give a snapshot view of the state of the electorate.
President Obama tells Mexican President Felipe Calderón he opposes the Arizona immigration law and will seek comprehensive immigration reform. But he acknowledges that he'll need some Republican votes in Congress to succeed.
Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is thought to be connected to at least three alleged terrorist attacks, including the Fort Hood shootings, the Christmas Day bombing attempt on an airliner, and the May 2 Times Square bomb.
Chicago chef Rick Bayless is a Decoder favorite, and Wednesday night he'll feed Obama and Mexico President Felipe Calderón at a White House state dinner.