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D.C. Wraps Up Installation Of LED Lights In Alleyways

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The District is brightening up the city's alleys with new lights that are expected to last longer and cut emissions. 

Engineers with the D.C. Department of Transportation are finishing work on  an effort to replace more than 1,000 incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures along alleys the department maintains throughout the city. The department hopes the effort will help save on maintenance and energy costs. Estimates predict the new lights will save the District nearly $600,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually and the fixtures are expected to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 719 tons.

Mayor Vincent Gray and other officials installed one of the last fixtures in the project in the Mount Pleasant area.

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A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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