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Searching For Meaning In A Cheap Toaster

Carl Sagan once said that if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. In his book The Toaster Project, author and artist Thomas Thwaites describes his effort to build a cheap plastic toaster from scratch, and what the project taught him about material goods, self-reliance, international commerce, and globalization.
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When Politics Meets Science

In his new book, Fool Me Twice, writer Shawn Otto tells why he thinks science is under assault in America. Otto, CEO and co-founder of Science Debate 2008, also explains why his "American Science Pledge" for candidates might bring more science into political decision making.
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Scientists Seek A Break In Aquaculture's Fish-Eat-Fish Chain

A new report from Food and Water Watch turns up the heat on how we feed farmed fish and the environmental toll it takes. It takes three pounds of wild fish to feed one pound of farmed salmon, so scientists are looking for alternatives.
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Environmental Groups Join EPA In Bay Cleanup Fight

A federal judge ruled Thursday that environmental groups would be allowed to back the EPA in defending policies meant to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

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Maryland Incinerators Make Coal Look Clean

Maryland is rapidly becoming the waste-to-energy capital of the nation, according to one environmental watchdog group in the state.

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D.C. Officials: Sewage Project Will Raise Rates, Bring Jobs

The huge sewage treatment project D.C. launched yesterday will mean significant water rate hikes during the next several years -- but city officials are also hoping it will bring hundreds of jobs to residents.

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D.C. Breaks Ground On $2.6 Billion Sewage Tunnel

The sewage system in D.C. is undergoing a $2.6 billion upgrade, the largest construction project in the District since the Metro.

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Facing Planetary Enemy No. 1: Agriculture

A new study looks at whether we can feed the world without destroying the Earth. The answer is yes, but how to make it happen is complicated, and will require big changes in the way we practice agriculture.
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Poll: Marylanders Support Offshore Wind Power

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A new poll shows Maryland residents would be willing to pay more for their power if it came from cleaner sources like offshore wind.

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Anti-Mosquito Activist Tells City To Put a Sock In it

A D.C. man is waging a war on mosquitoes, and he says his homemade sock-laden traps work just as well as the ones used by the U.S. Department of Health.

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