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Regulators Monitor 'Serious Leaks' At Japanese Nuclear Plant

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is back in the news — more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a series of meltdowns. New leaks found this week prompted regulators to consider raising the alert level.
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'Uncertain' Science: Judith Curry's Take On Climate Change

When Republicans on Capitol Hill want to hear reasons not to take strong action on climate change, sometimes they call on Judith Curry to testify. The climatologist has staked out an unusual position on the subject: She says the climate is changing and people are partly responsible, but we shouldn't bother regulating carbon dioxide.
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Park Service To Use Fire To Prevent Fire In Shenandoah National Park

Uncontrolled fires are extremely dangerous, but the National Park Service is using controlled burns in Shenandoah National Park to reduce the risk of larger fires and to stimulate plant growth. 

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Weekly Innovation: Hey, You're Taking Too Long In The Shower

Just in time for college students returning to their dorms: an eco-friendly showerhead that reminds users they're wasting water by lingering. A light that changes from red to green has proven to shorten overall shower time.
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Shaping The City: The National Mall As America's Gathering Place

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we explore the role of the National Mall in hosting landmark events past, present and future.

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Virginia Scallops Making A Comeback

It's been decades since Virginia produced scallops, but an effort that started in 1999 is leading to their return.

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How Extreme Australian Rains Made Global Sea Levels Drop

Sea level has been rising steadily as a result of global warming. But in 2010 and 2011, levels dropped sharply by a quarter of an inch. A new analysis says that's because extraordinarily heavy rainfall got trapped in inland Australia.
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Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

California's crop of Hass avocados — those green fruit essential for guacamole — usually weigh a half-pound or more. But this year's avocados are the smallest in memory — some barely bigger than an egg.
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Virginia Trash Hauler Gets Creative To Increase Recycling

One company in Virginia has tried new, creative techniques to encourage more people to recycle.

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Majority Of Virginians Support Plan To Clean Up Chesapeake Bay

Pollsters found that more than 90 percent of respondents to a new poll support the commonwealth

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