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Wildland Protection Extended To 22,000 Acres In Maryland House Bill

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill extend wildland protection to nearly 22,000 more acres of state-owned land.

The total Wildland acreage in the state would be extended to 46,000 with this legislation.

The bill passed by a 99-36 vote in the House on Tuesday, but it is not the same as a bill regarding the same land that the Senate passed earlier this month, meaning either branch will have pass the other's version of the new designations or reach a compromise for it to go into law.  

In the House, opponents argued that the wildland protections handcuff park projects on those lands, but supporters argued that keeping the lands wild give a glimpse of what those parts of the state looked like before any development occurred.

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Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con.
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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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Leaked Democratic Party Emails Show Members Tried To Undercut Sanders

Just days before the Democratic National Committee convention gets underway, WikiLeaks releases almost 20,000 emails among DNC staff, revealing discussions of topics from Bernie Sanders to the media.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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