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Gold Miners Dig Deep — To The Ocean Floor

Next year, an Australian company plans to start drilling deep underwater off the coast of Papua New Guinea to extract deposits rich with copper, gold, silver and zinc. The firm says the operation is much less messy than mining on land, but some scientists worry about the impact on deep-sea life.
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Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency

When Fred Smith started FedEx in 1971, the company nearly didn't make it because of the spike in fuel costs related to the Arab oil embargo. That experience led Smith to turn FedEx into one of the leaders in looking for alternatives to power its vans, trucks and jets.
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D.C. Region's 'Bike To Work Day' Set In May

After drawing more than 11,000 participants last year, 'Bike to Work Day' is making a return to the D.C. region next month.
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National Cathedral To Participate In Earth Hour

The National Cathedral and Baltimore Aquarium are going dark at 8:30 p.m. in honor of Earth Hour.
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Wind Power Expansion Passes Maryland House

At the urging of Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, an expansion of wind power has passed Maryland's House of Delegates over the objections of Republicans who say they worry about its cost.

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Half A Century Later, A Return To Challenger Deep

The film director James Cameron has just completed a dive to Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth at nearly 36,000 feet under the sea. His manned descent is the first in 52 years, since the oceanographers Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard explored the Mariana Trench in the bathyscaphe Trieste.
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Maryland House to Make Final Vote on Wind Power

Maryland's House of Delegates is moving towards a vote that will marginally increase energy rates in the state to purchase renewable energy credits for off-shore wind power.

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Studies Show Why Insecticides Are Bad News For Bees

Two new studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, suggest that one class of insecticides poses a more serious threat to bees than government regulators realized.

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