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UMD Team Wins Architecture Prize At Solar Decathlon

watershed, a solar home

At the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon this week, the team from University of Maryland won first prize in the architecture category for their solar-powered home dubbed "Watershed."

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Could A Lack Of Empathy Explain Cruelty?

Can neuroscience and psychology explain cruelty? In his new book, The Science of Evil, Cambridge University professor Simon Baron-Cohen explains the empathy spectrum we all lie on and that an erosion of empathy can explain why some commit cruel acts.
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Living In A Geodesic Dome Home

Kevin Shea is a retired New York City firefighter with an unorthodox home. He lives in a 93,000 cubic-foot-geodesic dome, equipped with solar panels, a wind turbine, and a geothermal system. The home is on the grid, but outside the box.
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Conservationists Cope With A Planet Under Pressure

mike tidwell, conservationist

Conservationists know more than most about the perilous state of our planet -- and with that knowledge comes a considerable amount of stress.

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Alexandria Considers Extension Of BikeShare

Alexandria's city council will vote soon on whether to fund the expansion of the Capital BikeShare program into Old Town Alexandria.

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D.C. Government Building Goes Green

Mayor Vincent Gray at One Judiciary Square

An office building in D.C. will soon be joining the green bandwagon, and will receive upgrades that will reduce utility costs by 20 percent.

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The Trouble With Health Problems Near Gas Fracking

Many people who live close to gas drilling sites complain of serious illnesses. But there are few concrete data to help explain why they're getting sick. Investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten says weak industry regulations also make it hard to establish a clear connection between gas drilling and health effects.
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The Pawpaw: Foraging For America's Forgotten Fruit

pawpaw

The pawpaw is a tropical-type fruit native to North America with a long and almost forgotten history. Thomas Jefferson once prized it, and now scientists are looking at whether the pawpaw can claim some health benefits, along with cachet. NPR's Tiny Desk Kitchen goes on the hunt for this tasty treat.

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Pricier PB&J's In The Forecast, Thanks To Peanut Shortage

High cotton prices and bad droughts have conspired to create conditions that have caused a national peanut shortage. Consumers like Jennifer Rice will have to pay more to put peanut butter sandwiches in the lunchbox.
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Man Charged For Illegally Clearing Trees

snow geese on eastern shore

A 74-year-old man from Sullivan Cove, Maryland has become the first person to be charged for violating the Critical Area Act, which protects the critical Chesapeake watershed.

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