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Hydraulic Fracturing Under Scrutiny In Watershed States

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Foundation officials say assessments are under way, but none is comprehensive. The foundation and other environmental groups are concerned about a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, which uses water and chemicals to break rock formations and free gas in the Marcellus Shale formation beneath western Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Ohio.

A 2005 law exempts all hydraulic fracturing chemicals except diesel fuel from federal regulations. The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill in March that would restrict natural gas drilling until a two-year study is completed.

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Not My Job: Journalist Lesley Stahl Gets Quizzed On 'Star Trek'

This year is the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek. To mark the occasion, we've invited Stahl to answer three questions about the show.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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David Cameron's Former Advisor Wants To Revamp The U.S. Conservative Movement

British political operative Steve Hilton tells NPR's Scott Simon what he thinks the conservative movement needs both in the U.K. and the U.S.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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