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In Drought-Stricken Midwest, It's Fodder Vs. Fuel

As the drought continues to afflict the nation's corn belt, hog and chicken farmers are competing with ethanol factories for scarce and increasingly expensive corn. Meat producers say it's not a fair competition, because government rules call for a minimum level of ethanol production, no matter what the cost. They're campaigning for a suspension of those rules.
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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Abnormal Blazing Speed

In July, the surface of Greenland's ice sheet melted at an unusually fast rate. In the span of four days, an estimated 97 percent of the ice disappeared. Audie Cornish talks to NASA scientist Tom Wagner for more.
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Massive Ice Melt In Greenland Worries Scientists

A pair of NASA satellite images taken just four days apart tells a potentially worrying story of melting ice in the polar summer.
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'Heat Dome' Linked To Greenland's Biggest Melt In 30 Years

Satellite images show that from July 8 to July 12, nearly all of the ice sheet covering Greenland had experienced some melting. According to NASA, it's the biggest summer melt in more than 30 years.
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Summer Science: Clothes Keep You Cool, More Or Less

Stripping naked is a good way to cool off on a steamy day. But that won't pass muster on the street. Scientists say light-colored, lightweight clothing is the next best thing.
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Reduced Zoning Restriction Passed For 'Mega' Gas Stations

The Montgomery County Planning Board approved new zoning restrictions for "mega" gas stations like the one planned for a Costco in Wheaton, but the buffer approved is less than residents would have liked.

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Rifts Emerge Amid 'Frac Sand' Rush In Wisconsin

Western Wisconsin counties bordering the Mississippi River have a unique geography: steep bluffs with layers and layers of silica sand. The sand is extremely valuable because it's strong enough to prop open underground veins in shale fields so oil and natural gas can be released. It's called "frac sand," and Wisconsin appears to have more of it than any other state. But the hills are private property, so sand mining companies have to negotiate with local farmers — not all of whom are on board.

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