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Georgetown University's Language and Communication in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Project is using hundreds of interviews to determine whether Washingtonians have their own special way of talking — and if so, what that says about our city's ever-changing social, cultural and racial landscapes.
Local artist Benjamin Bellas' uncle was lost at sea during the Vietnam War, ten years before Bellas was born. In a new exhibit, Bellas digs through maps, slides and his uncle's old uniforms to see what they can tell him about this man he never knew.
Far beneath the bedrock of our region are fossils of microscopic, magnetic bacteria. These fossils date back to an era when our region was a lush tropical forest, and may hold clues for how climate change affects our environment.
The prize is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for food and agriculture." And this year's winners include Monsanto executive Robert Fraley, a pioneer in genetically engineered crops. If there's a single person who personifies the company's controversial role in American agriculture, it's probably Fraley.
This week's meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries concluded with a pledge to end the use of tax shelters by multinational corporations. But there are still big questions about how they will make a dent in the problem.
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