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Maryland Oyster Shell Recycling Bill To Be Signed Into Law

A bill to offer incentives for the recycling of oyster shells may go a long way towards helping recovering oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay.


Who Paid For Last Summer's Drought? You Did

Corn and soybean farmers not only survived last year's epic drought — thanks to crop insurance, they made bigger profits than they would have in a normal year, a new analysis finds. And a big chunk of those profits were provided through taxpayer subsidies.

How Doctors Would Know If Syrians Were Hit With Nerve Gas

An international team of doctors is helping Syrian health workers recognize the signs of a chemical attack. They're also teaching them how to collect and preserve tissues as potential evidence if war crimes charges are brought.
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Progress Made In Cutting Pollutants In Chesapeake Bay

States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are more than a quarter of the way toward meeting goals for cutting the bay's three main pollutants by 2025.


He Helped Discover Evolution, And Then Became Extinct

Charles Darwin is known as the father of evolution. But another British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, played a major role in developing the theory of natural selection before fading into obscurity. A trip to what's now Sulawesi in Indonesia, and the unique animals he found there, helped form his seminal ideas.

Europe Bans Pesticides In Move To Protect Honey Bees

Three popular pesticides are being banned in the European Union, where officials are hoping the change helps restore populations of honey bees, vital to crop production, to healthy levels.
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Invasive Plant Threatens Maryland's Deep Creek Lake

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is looking into ways to deal with Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive plant that can affect aquatic life in the area.

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Cicadas Coming To D.C. Area... To Make Love

The 17-year emergence of the Brood II cicadas are due to arrive within the next few weeks.

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Fire Helps Natural Land In Maryland Stay Renewed

Ecologists at Nassawango Creek Preserve near Maryland's Eastern Shore are renewing the land by setting it on fire.