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Salt, Flies, Pickled Tongues: A Perfect Great Salt Lake Swim

Open water swimmers in Utah perform weekly marathon swims in water five times saltier than the ocean. They endure blisters, wild currents, a variety of temperatures and water that tastes "like a battery." They treasure the beautiful view and the refuge from boat traffic.
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Strengthening Buildings In Tornado Alley

Scenes of destroyed homes and businesses were common following the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. David Prevatt, a structural engineer at the University of Florida, says that improving resistance to tornadoes will require better building materials and techniques, plus a strong dose of political will.
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When You Waste Food, You're Wasting Tons Of Water, Too

Some 45 trillion gallons of water are lost each year with all of the food that's thrown out around the world, according to a report from the World Resources Institute. This represents a staggering 24 percent of all water used for agriculture.
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How To Clean Up Fish Farms And Raise More Seafood At The Same Time

Coastal fish farms are a major source of the seafood we eat, but all the fish waste they generate takes a toll on the environment. So a researcher in Canada is trying to clean up fish farms by creating an ecosystem where fish waste gets taken up by other valuable seafood commodities, like shellfish and kelp.
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Inside The World Of... Competitive Soil Judging

Environmental science students at the University of Maryland are the reigning national champions of the little known discipline of soil judging.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Rookies

As summer interns descend upon the District, we tip our hats to the newbies, novices and neophytes among us.

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Agreement Signed To Ensure Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Is Completed By 2025

The agreement aims to ensure compliance with measures that limit manure and other pollutants from entering streams that ultimately feed into the bay.

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Navy Studies Cicadas For Their Amplifying Sound Technique

From southern Virginia to New England, lots of people are being treated to a cicada serenade. If these insects sound loud to you, that's because they are. They're so loud that some Navy engineers are trying to borrow their technique.

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