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How To Build Little Doors Inside Your Shell: The Secrets of Snail Carpentry

Snails getting ready for winter are natural carpenters. They construct doors, or maybe you'd call them walls, inside their shells. They do this without hammers, nails or cement. Instead, they use their foot — and of course, their favorite material, mucus. Welcome to the ingenious world of snail construction.
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Fracking Friends And Foes Await Decision On George Washington National Forest

Sometime in the next few months, the U.S. Forest Service will announce whether it's going to allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within Virginia's George Washington National Forest.

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Pollution, Not Rising Temperatures, May Have Melted Alpine Glaciers

About 160 years ago, before Europe began warming up, glaciers in the Alps started rapidly retreating. Now NASA scientists offer a possible explanation for this apparent paradox: Soot from the Industrial Revolution could have heated up the ice.
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Lawmakers Work To Bring Offshore Drilling To Virginia Waters

Democratic lawmakers are lending their support to the opening of oil drilling along the coast of Virginia.

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Radiocative Water Leak At Fukushima Worse Than First Thought

The plant that was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami was found to be leaking contaminated water last month.
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Wise Old Whooping Cranes Keep Captive-Bred Fledglings On Track

A decade ago, cranes that had never before migrated followed the lead of an ultralight plane to learn the route south. Several generations later, old cranes are teaching young birds to navigate that same route. It's a clue that migration is a combination of nature and nurture, researchers say.
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Another 'Grand Canyon' Discovered Beneath Greenland's Ice

Greenland is covered in an ice layer that's up to 2 miles thick. But below the ice, there's a vast terrain of bedrock. Now scientists have found a mega-canyon there, twice the size of the one in Arizona. The hidden canyon is drawing oohs and aahs from scientists around the world.
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Anacostia River Program Teaches More Than Just Fishing

A new pilot program is teaching local kids how to fish on the Anacostia River, while helping them learn more about the environment.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Learning

As local kids head back to school, we'll bring you a show about "learning" — both inside and outside the classroom.

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Have Your Picture Taken With Hong Kong's (Smog-Free) Skyline

The Chinese city is trying something new to placate tourists disappointed by the curtain of smog that now envelops the classic skyline.

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