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Energy Fuels Newt Gingrich's Comeback Plan

When voters in Michigan go the polls Tuesday, it's unlikely many will tick the box for Newt Gingrich. In part, that's because the former House speaker has all but written off the state. It's a calculated decision, he says, all part of a new strategy to reclaim front-runner status.
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Powering Up...With A Microbial Fuel Cell

Reporting in Environmental Science and Technology, researchers write of harvesting electricity from microbe-rich river sediments--enough to power a small LED bulb. Grant Burgess, a marine biotechnologist at Newcastle University, discusses the hunt for electron-burping bugs.
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Radioactive Isotope Found In North Anna Groundwater

Officials with Dominion Power say they have found evidence of double the amount of a radioactive isotope allowed by federal regulations in the groundwater at the North Anna nuclear powerplant.

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What's Behind The Recent Hike In Gas Prices?

Oil prices have jumped sharply in the past two weeks, and the price of gasoline has followed suit. Experts are pointing to everything from the tensions with Iran to a decrease in supply as a possible cause. One expert even thinks the rise in fuel prices could be good for the economy.
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Maryland Considers Natural Gas Export Facility

Dominion Power has expressed an interest in building an export facility for natural gas in Maryland, which area environmental activists oppose because of the impacts of the controversial fracking process that is used to produce it.

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Energy-Efficient Items Tax-Free In Maryland

It's the last day to take advantage of a tax holiday in Maryland for certain environmentally friendly purchases.

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Pounding Pavement In Search Of A Smoother Drive

As many of the nation's highways continue to deteriorate, the funds to fix them are dwindling. In California, researchers are developing next-generation pavements that are quieter, more durable and more fuel-efficient, all on a tight budget.

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