Washington, DC - Driven by this week's sustained, unseasonably warm temperatures, the projected peak bloom dates for the cherry blossoms has been revised to March 18-23. Although the National Park Service factored above average March temperatures into the original prediction date, potentially record-setting temperatures, averaging nearly 20 degrees above normal for the next week, have greatly accelerated the bloom watch.

Washington, DC - In March 2015, the President and the First Lady launched Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls attain a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.

Washington, DC - Last Wednesday, the D3 Innovation Summit was held at the U.S. Department of State. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the event brought together experts from across the U.S. Government and the private sector to discuss emerging technologies and collaborative, whole-of-government innovation essential to solving global challenges.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the world’s women past, present, and future and recognize their many contributions and reflect on what more needs to be done to empower over half of the world’s population.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system that allows Web users to share self-selected aspects of their online activity with their friends and the general public. The hope is to give users themselves, as well as academics and other scientists conducting research in the public interest, access to the same type of browsing data that big Web companies currently collect and mine to better target products to individual consumers.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - For many years, researchers tried to teach other kinds of animals some human language. Chimps, dolphins, gorillas - it didn’t seem to matter which animals they tried. Few experiments were regarded as success stories.