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Great Salt Lake Is No 'Dead Sea'

Parts of Utah's Great Salt Lake are 10 times saltier than the ocean. But the lake is host to plenty of life, including salt-loving microbes that can turn the lake's water bubblegum pink. Bonnie Baxter, director of the Great Salt Lake, discusses how the bugs might hold the secrets to better sunscreen, hydrogen fuel cells--even life on Mars.
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Alexandria Group Battling 95 Exit Ramp Takes Case To The Top

Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton will meet with a group of concerned Alexandria citizens who hope to persuade him not to build an offramp in their backyard.

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Exploring Coffee's Past To Rescue Its Future

Today's commercial coffee production is based on only a tiny slice of the genetic varieties that have grown since prehistoric times. And that's a problem, because it leaves the world's coffee supply vulnerable to shocks like climate change, or the leaf rust currently ravaging Latin American coffee farms.
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EPA Finds Ally In Smallmouth Bass

States near the Chesapeake Bay are under orders from the EPA to reduce the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen going into local rivers and streams.

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D.C. Runners Feel Effects Of Area's Poor Air Quality

The American Lung Association gave the District a failing grade for air quality this year, which some runners say reflects what they feel when out pounding the pavement.

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Ahead Of The Curve On Curbside Composting?

Several local jurisdictions are taking a chance on the idea that curbside-composting pickup could not only help the environment, but ultimately save taxpayers money.

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1960s Satellite Images Add To Evidence Of Shrinking Sea Ice

A new analysis of images taken from one of the first U.S. weather satellites appears to confirm shrinking Arctic sea ice.
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Montgomery County Looks To Scale Back Bag Tax

The bag tax in Montgomery County has generated twice the revenue lawmakers initially expected. The county council is introducing a measure to scale back when the tax is applied.

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For Corn, Fickle Weather Makes For Uncertain Yields

Corn production was down last year thanks to drought. This year, conditions are too cold and wet for farmers to plant the crop. Without a break in the clouds pretty soon, there may be another shortage of the crop at harvest time.

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