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Homegrown Underwater Grass To Replenish Potomac

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Volunteers have been busy this spring growing grass — not on their front yards, but in their homes.

It's not grass for lawns, it's underwater grass. People grow it in tubs, in bowls, in trays on window sills and under lights.

On Wednesday afternoon, these volunteers will join scientists with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to plant the grass sprouts in the Potomac River at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County. The point of all this is to try to restore the bay's grass beds — they oxygenate the water, reduce erosion, and provide food and shelter for fish, shellfish, crabs, and waterfowl.

Once upon a time there were 400,000 acres of underwater grasses in the bay, but now only 20 percent of that remains. Cloudy, polluted water and major storms have wiped many grass beds out.

In 2011 surveyors found the lowest grass coverage in 5 years.

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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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