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Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren't just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.
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Christmas Tree Farmers Invest Long-Term In The Holiday Spirit

Americans buy 25 million Christmas trees every year. They're slow-growing crops, but the trees can be a smart investment for small farmers like the Carroll family in Louisa, Va.
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Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.
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Ecologists Take On Tiny Green Beetles That Infest Ash Trees

The emerald ash borer is spreading across the U.S. and destroying ash trees. The pests usually only bothered ash trees, but an Ohio scientist has made a distressing discovery.
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Skip the Bag Charge, Get Busted

We tag along on a sting operation aimed at catching D.C.businesses that don't charge customers at five-cent bag fee.

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Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake

A new project places little kayaks filled with aquatic plants under latrines in floating homes on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. So how do the toilets clean the wastewater?
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Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be

Egg cartons these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's a glossary of carton jargon for the wannabe informed egg buyer.
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Staff Picks: An Evangelical Christian Believer In Climate Change

Weekend Edition staff have been picking their favorite interviews from 2014. Editor Natalie Winston talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about an interview with an evangelical Christian climate scientist.
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Bowser Taps Council Member Tommy Wells For Cabinet Position

Just a few months ago, Council Member Wells was battling with Bowser to become the Democratic candidate for mayo. But now he becomes the first-ever D.C. Council member to move to a position in a new mayoral cabinet.
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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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