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Environmentalists, Drillers Reach 'Truce' For Fracking Standards

Four major drilling companies, including Shell and Chevron, and several environmental groups have agreed on 15 voluntary standards for cleaner drilling practices in the Appalachian Basin. But some environmental groups are skeptical about the effort because the standards are voluntary.
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Projects From 10 Area Schools Featured In National Building Museum Exhibit

The Green Schools exhibit at the National Building Museum showcases the efforts of K-12 schools to "go green," with waterless urinals, composting programs and other innovative designs.

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It's 'Birds Gone Wild' Out On Australia's Heron Island

Normally, the buff-breasted rail is a shy little creature. But on this island out on the Great Barrier Reef, it's become the avian equivalent of a weed. And the island is dotted with other pesky and sometimes (to visitors) menacing birds.
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Massive Sinkhole In Louisiana Baffles Officials

The giant sinkhole is threatening a neighborhood in southern Louisiana. A salt mine collapsed last year, creating a series of problems regulators say they've never seen before, including tremors and oil and gas leaks and a sinkhole that covers 9 acres. Residents are losing patience.
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The Science Behind Good Design

Why are some shapes more pleasing to us than others? And is beautiful design the same as good design? We explore what nature and science have to say.

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