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Combating Depression With Meditation, Diet

In his book Spontaneous Happiness, Dr. Andrew Weil writes of an 'integrative' approach to mental health, warding off mild and moderate depression with an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise and activities such as yoga and meditation, rather than antidepressants.
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Hitting The 'Off' Switch On Antibiotic Resistance

Doctors are running out of effective antibiotics, as bacteria evolve ways to evade one drug after another. Now DARPA has called for alternatives to conventional antibiotics. Nanotechnologist Chad Mirkin discusses one such weapon--tiny globs of DNA and RNA that can switch off the bugs' antibiotic resistance. Nanotechnologist Chad Mirkin discusses next-generation antibiotics that target a bacterium's DNA.
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Deconstructing A Skyscraper

In her new book, The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, author Kate Ascher sheds light on the infrastructure and services that make life and work possible in a modern skyscraper. She examines everything that goes into designing, building and maintaining these towering buildings.
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Activists Say Walmart's Environmental Policies Incomplete

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D.C. environmental activists are dismissing Walmart's sustainability proposal as "greenwashing," that doesn't address of its effects on communities and distracts residents from unsavory labor practices.

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Virginia Water Now Safe After Pump Malfunction

Officials say water flowing from Rappahannock River is now safe, after last week's pump failure at a Fredericksburg wastewater station.

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Bay Foundation Decries Emissions At Fracking Sites

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation turned in infrared camera on several natural gas drilling and processing sites along the East Coast, and found alarming air pollution from three quarters of them.

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A Debate Over Who Regulates Gas 'Fracking' In Pa.

As the natural gas industry booms in Pennsylvania, drillers are encountering a hodgepodge of local rules on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." State lawmakers are considering changes that would limit the way a local community regulates what happens in its own backyard.
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Stern Discusses Possible Outcomes Of Climate Talks

Guy Raz speaks with Todd Stern, the U.S. special envoy for climate change. He talks about what will — and won't — be accomplished at the U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa. Stern predicts no binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions will come out of these talks. He says that's because developing countries such as China and India are not prepared to agree to reductions that would treat developing and developed nations equally. Stern points to the previous round of U.N. talks as having produced an important nonbinding agreement and says all the nations involved are taking that agreement seriously.

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