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Ancient Deep-Sea Bacteria Are In No Hurry To Eat

Back when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth, some hardy bacteria took up residence at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Eighty six million years later, they're still there. And a new study says they're living out the most Spartan lifestyle known on this planet.
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The Secret Life Of California's World-Class Strawberries

We may romanticize that strawberries are grown down the road, but most of them come from California. And a complex web of plant cloning practices, relocation and fumigation has cropped up to keep it that way. Although scientists are exploring new options, like soil-free growing.
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Feds: Fire Season Off to Slow Start Even As Wildfires Rage in Southwest

As five large fires burn thousands of acres and threaten some communities in the Southwest, federal response teams say they have plenty of resources available and that this wildfire season is actually getting off to a slow start.
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From Anacostia To The Atlantic: How Our Trash Travels

The plastic that gets tossed into local rivers can travel hundreds or even thousands of miles before becoming part of a swirling eddy of trash in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story

Natural gas is a much cleaner-burning fuel than coal, so the gas boom going on around the country is often touted as a win for the environment. But no one really knows how much pollution is created by gas drilling. One scientist stumbled upon data that suggest the process may be dirtier than billed.
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Alexandria Mayor Rebuffs Criticism Of Waterfront Plan

The potential environmental impact of the waterfront development plan is quickly becoming a hot issue in Alexandria's race for mayor, with incumbent Bill Euille dismissing the criticism.

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CDC Cuts Lead-Poisoning Limit For Kids

The public health honchos agreed with an expert panel that recommended in January that anything greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood for kids 5 and younger should be considered dangerous. That's half the current standard and represents the first reduction since 1991.
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What Killed Orca Victoria? Some Point To Naval Tests

The U.S. Navy is in the process of renewing its permits to conduct sonar and explosive tests off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. But the recent unexplained death of a young orca who washed ashore in February has thrown a wrench in the process. Experts say injuries to the whale may indicate she was exposed to an underwater explosion or sonar testing.

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