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UVA, UMD Researchers Unveil Nitrogen Calculator

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Why care about Nitrogen? Well it's not a greenhouse gas like carbon is, but in certain forms it's it's own sort of pollutant. In the Chesapeake Bay, it fuels a chain reaction of algae explosions and bacterial decomposition that leaves the water starved of oxygen and life.

It comes from fertilizer on lawns and farms, and from autmobile and power plant exhaust, so it's something that everyone is responsible for creating in some way. The Web site has recommendations on how to reduce your nitrogen foot print by changing eating and travel habits.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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