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US Scientist Who Conceived of Groundbreaking Laser Technology Dies

U.S. physicist Charles Townes, whose research on controlling electromagnetic waves led to the development of the laser, died Tuesday at the age of 99 in California. Townes first conceived of the idea in 1951 while a working as a researcher at New York's Columbia University. Three years later, he and a team of graduate students developed the first device that operated on this theory. Since then, lasers have been utilized in virtually every aspect of every day life -- from...

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