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Chesapeake Bay Sediment Plume Caused Less Damage Than Feared

Scientists say the huge sediment plume that formed in the Chesapeake Bay after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee did not cause the widespread damage they had feared.

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Delaware High Court Strikes Down Watershed Buffer Regulations

Delaware's high court has struck down state regulations requiring buffers around new development near the Inland Bays watershed.


Exploring Science At The End Of The Earth

Every year thousands of scientists visit Antarctica. Some study the gas plume from the active volcano, Mount Erebus. Others map the ever-changing ice caves. But they all face the same challenges of working on extreme terrain. Two researchers and a photojournalist discuss how research is done on the frozen continent.

Year in Review: Science Stories of 2011

From the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant to the end of NASA"s shuttle program, a great deal of science stories made headlines this year. Science writers Mariette DiChristina, Matt Crenson, Steven Levy, and Paul Raeburn join Ira Flatow to discuss the year's top stories in science.
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Virginia Tree Advocates Push New "Loves Trees" License Plate

Virginia tree advocates are trying to get a new license plate for the state to raise awareness of the state's depleted forests.


U.S. Military Tests Out Green Tech In Afghanistan

Saving money and lives, as well as improving national security, are the goals behind a U.S. military initiative to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. At one outpost in remote Afghanistan, Marines are using solar power; the Navy is also experimenting with biofuels.
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Environmentalists Call For Stricter Manure Regulations

Environmental groups in Maryland say poultry farms in the state produce enough manure to fill M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore -- with disasterous effects for the Chesapeake Bay.


60 Years After Leaving, Porpoises Again Play In SF Bay

Harbor porpoises are showing up in growing numbers under the Golden Gate Bridge. Six decades ago, they were driven away in part by wartime activities and poor water quality; now, researchers are trying to understand why they're returning.
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A Second Life For Area Christmas Trees

Christmas trees have already had their big day in the spotlight, but many county governments are giving them a second life with programs that make mulch out of trees left curbside in the coming weeks.