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Record Numbers To Go "Car Free"

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A record 10,600 commuters have pledged to go without cars Thursday in honor of the 11th annual "Car Free Day."

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D.C. Ranked Sixth Smoggiest City

D.C. ranked sixth smoggiest

According to a report by Environment Virginia, the D.C. area was the sixth smoggiest metropolitan area in the country, generating unsafe levels of pollution 33 days out of the year.

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Hidden D.C.: Inside a Sewer Tunnel

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They work in a place that's dark, dank, and occasionally dangerous. So how do the people who spend their 9 to 5 in the city's sewers feel about their jobs?

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This Machine Can Suck Carbon Out Of The Air

While carbon dioxide streams into the atmosphere from tailpipes and smokestacks around the world, one man is building a machine to suck it back out. And some heavy-hitting investors are betting that it's going to work.
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Man's Call To America: Turn Off That Air Conditioner

This summer has been the second-hottest ever recorded in the United States, pushing power demands to record levels. To some, the country's growing reliance on air conditioning puts it at risk of a vicious circle: cooling down by burning energy — which raises emissions levels.
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Floods Wash Out Maryland Trails

Maryland state parks are still feeling the effects from the heavy storms and flooding earlier this month.

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Documenting The Sound Of Fallen Trees (And Planes)

Researchers at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon have been documenting the park's soundscape. But human-caused noises, like airplanes, are making it harder to hear.
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Irene Aftermath: When It Rains, It Spores

Foragers in the Northeast say they've seen more mushrooms since Hurricane Irene tore through the region than ever before. While there are more than 1,000 varieties, only a couple dozen are edible.
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Balancing Budgets And R&D

With all forms of federal spending under the microscope, spending on scientific research, technology development, and science education is facing deep cuts. In an editorial in the journal Science Congressman Rush Holt argues for keeping research and development as a key part of the federal budget.

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