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Pebble Mine Development Polarizes Alaska

In southwest Alaska, officials are counting votes on a controversial initiative to stop an open-pit copper and gold mine. If passed, the initiative could stop the developers from getting permits they need to start digging at Pebble Mine. The mine's location, near the spawning grounds for the largest sockeye salmon runs in the world, worries conservation groups, commercial fishermen and sport fishers.
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Ceremony Marks Catoctin Aqueduct Restoration

A new structure in the C&O Canal National Historical Park is expected to draw thousands of visitors.

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Polar Bear Researcher To Be Re-Interviewed By Feds

Federal officials continue to probe allegations of misconduct related to a famous report on dead polar bears that raised concerns about climate change. Later this month, officials plan to re-interview one of the two government scientists who wrote that report.
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More Reasons To Eat Your Fruits And Veggies

In a new study, researchers from McMaster University found that in people with a certain gene that elevates heart attack risk, a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help lower the risk. Dr. Sonia Anand explains the study, and what still needs to be learned about the gene.
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Searching For Meaning In A Cheap Toaster

Carl Sagan once said that if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. In his book The Toaster Project, author and artist Thomas Thwaites describes his effort to build a cheap plastic toaster from scratch, and what the project taught him about material goods, self-reliance, international commerce, and globalization.
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When Politics Meets Science

In his new book, Fool Me Twice, writer Shawn Otto tells why he thinks science is under assault in America. Otto, CEO and co-founder of Science Debate 2008, also explains why his "American Science Pledge" for candidates might bring more science into political decision making.
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Scientists Seek A Break In Aquaculture's Fish-Eat-Fish Chain

A new report from Food and Water Watch turns up the heat on how we feed farmed fish and the environmental toll it takes. It takes three pounds of wild fish to feed one pound of farmed salmon, so scientists are looking for alternatives.
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Environmental Groups Join EPA In Bay Cleanup Fight

A federal judge ruled Thursday that environmental groups would be allowed to back the EPA in defending policies meant to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

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Maryland Incinerators Make Coal Look Clean

Maryland is rapidly becoming the waste-to-energy capital of the nation, according to one environmental watchdog group in the state.

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