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Tornado Tech: What If Dorothy Had A Smartphone?

Forecasters are looking to next-generation technologies to get the word out to the public about tornado dangers. Programmable weather radios and apps that use GPS data are giving alerts on much smaller geographical areas where bad weather is expected.
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Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Underfunded, Advocates Say

Efforts are underway to clean up the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, but environmental activists caution that not enough funding is being dedicated to do the job properly.


Power Grid Must Adapt To Handle Renewable Energy

Grid operators constantly match what power plants are producing with what people and their TVs, microwaves and air conditioners need. But when the electricity comes from unpredictable sources, like wind or solar power, balancing the grid is a challenge, a new study finds.

Can An Early Spring Confuse Nature's Clock?

It's been an unusually warm winter in some parts of the country, with springtime temperatures and very little snow. How is nature responding? Purdue entomologist Tom Turpin and horticulturalist Kristin Schleiter of the New York Botanical Garden discuss how an early spring affects flower buds, beetles and bees.

Trauma, Not Radiation, Is Key Concern In Japan

Experts say health effects from the radiation released by last year's nuclear disaster will be minimal. But the lasting psychological trauma from the tsunami, including the loss of life and livelihoods, will be an ongoing struggle.

One Year Later: Japan's Wreckage And Recovery

Interactive photos show continuity and change in Japan since the tsunami struck one year ago.
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Scientists Scramble to Understand A Mystery Virus

A mysterious virus is killing amphibians and reptiles in a forest in Montgomery County, Md.

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Virginia Regulators Fail To Notify Public On Mountaintop Removal

Environmental groups are calling for the EPA to strip Virginia regulators of the ability to issue permits for mountaintop removal, saying they have been doing so without providing sufficient notice to the public.


Farmers Face Tough Choice On Ways To Fight New Strains Of Weeds

In large sections of America's farmland, new strains of weeds are making life miserable for farmers. They've developed resistance to the country's No. 1 weedkiller, Roundup. Now farmers face a choice: Do they go for yet another kill-all-the-weeds chemical, or go back to more complicated, labor-intensive ways of fighting weeds?