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Biodegradable Electronics Could End Toxic Trash

A future in which a discarded cell phone dissolves into a landfill, rather than living on for thousands of years as garbage, may not be that far off. Melissa Block talks with John A. Rogers, a 2009 MacArthur Fellow and professor of engineering at University of Illinois, about his research into "transient electronics."
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Environmental Outlook: "On a Farther Shore" By William Souder (Rebroadcast)

For this month's Environmental Outlook: Rachel Carson’s "Silent Spring" was published 50 years ago this month. The book launched the modern environmental movement. Biographer William Souder on the life and legacy of Rachel Carson.

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Metal Cylinder Holding Weight Of The World Mysteriously Changes

The world depends on one chunk of metal for measuring the mass of everything on earth. We check out a copy of that official kilogram in Gaithersburg, and explore why the cylinder's mass is mysteriously changing.

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Getting Outside This Fall

If you're looking to get outdoors this fall, there are hidden gems around the region to explore. Join us for tips on where to enjoy the great outdoors this season.

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Tourists Banned From India's Tiger Reserves

India's Supreme Court has temporarily banned tourism in core areas of the country's 41 tiger reserves. The unexpected and controversial ruling is aimed at protecting the last of India's 1,700 tigers.
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Bolivia's Cerro Rico: The Mountain That Eats Men

Centuries of silver mining have left Cerro Rico mountain in the southern highlands of Bolivia on the verge of collapse. The Spanish forced Quechua Indian slaves into the mines to bankroll their empire. Today, the Quechua own the mines, but conditions here are still brutal.
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As Arctic Ice Melts, So Does The Snow, And Quickly

First came the news that Arctic sea ice is in sharp decline this year. Now, research indicates that springtime snow is melting away even faster than the ice. And that has profound implications for the Earth's climate.

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