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This Week On Metro Connection: The Navy Yard And Beyond

This week we reflect on Monday's shooting at D.C.'s Navy Yard, explore an interactive video aimed at helping veterans get jobs, and continue our series on the future of Smith Island.

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Conservative Lobbyist Derails Bipartisan 'Science Laureate' Bill

The U.S. has had poet laureates, who seem to have worked out well, promoting poetry to the masses. But a bill to similarly sing the praises of scientific discovery and get more young people considering science careers is falling victim to politics.
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Company Promises To Pay For Hawaii's Massive Molasses Spill

Tens of thousands of sea creatures have been killed by this month's sticky spill in Honolulu Harbor. Matson Inc. says it will cover all the related costs and will not ship molasses any more unless it is confident such a spill won't happen again.
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Ear Wax From Whales Keeps Record Of Ocean Contaminants

Layers of wax in the marine mammals' ears can be read like tree rings, scientists say, recording a whale's age and also information about pollutants in the water the whale swam through. Wax from a blue whale that washed ashore in 2007 contained surprisingly high levels of DDT.
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Natural Gas May Be Easier On Climate Than Coal, Despite Methane Leaks

Some scientists have argued that so much gas leaks out during production that it is actually worse for the environment than coal. But a new nationwide study shows that methane leaks from natural gas production aren't as bad as some feared.
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Both Mexican Coasts Are Lashed By Deadly Tropical Cyclones

At least 21 people were reported dead, as Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid made landfall within hours of each other.
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Debate Revs As Decision Stalls Over Oil Pipeline From Canada

Five years ago, a Canadian company proposed building the Keystone XL pipeline to connect Canada's tar sands oil development with the big U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast. The southern stretch of this pipeline is nearly finished, but the northern stretch is still under study.
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Invasive Snakehead Fish Continues To Populate Potomac

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is continuing to battle the invasive snakehead fish, which can harm native species in the Potomac.

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Remote Antarctic Trek Reveals A Glacier Melting From Below

After several years planning the difficult mission, scientists successfully drilled through Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier. They were stunned by what they found, and worry global sea levels could be at risk.
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Spy Drones Turning Up New Data About Hurricanes And Weather

For the past couple of years, NASA has been using remotely piloted aircraft to study hurricanes. And they are turning up new information about things like how dust from Africa can determine whether weather systems become hurricanes in the Atlantic.

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