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UMD Wins Solar Decathlon Challenge

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The University of Maryland has won top overall honors in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.

The competition pits university-designed solar-powered homes against each other, using 10 contests that gauge each house on factors including performance, livability and affordability. The winning home has to produce as much or more energy than it consumes.

Maryland's entry is called WaterShed. It includes water-saving as well as energy-saving technologies. Purdue University took second place, followed by New Zealand's Victoria University in third.

The homes have been on display this week on the National Mall's West Potomac Park. Sunday is the final day to see the winning home.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

NPR

Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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