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Local Leaders Try Eating On $5 Per Day

Could you eat for just $5 a day? Hundreds of Montgomery County, Md., officials and employees tried it last week to raise awareness about hunger in the affluent county, but some people who struggle to buy food found the week-long challenge offensive.

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Wild Turkeys Gobble Their Way To A Comeback

They run. They fly. They block traffic. Wild turkeys, which have become a nuisance in some places, bear little resemblance to the supermarket varieties that grace most Thanksgiving tables.
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Sky-High Vegetables: Vertical Farming Sprouts In Singapore

Urban farming goes vertical, as Singapore opens a 30-feet tall greenhouse for bok choy and cabbage. The farm is already producing half a ton of veggies per day for local supermarkets. But are these vertical "farmscrapers" any more efficient than traditional, flat greenhouses?
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Bioengineering Beer Foam

Reporting in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Tomás G. Villa and colleagues devised a recipe for improving beer foam. They identified a gene in brewer's yeast that prolongs beer foam lifespan by making a protein that protects the bubbles. They say they've brewed beers with heads that stay frothy for several hours.
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Sandy Flooding Halts Shellfish Harvesting In Chesapeake Bay

Flooding from Hurricane Sandy resulted in a massive run-off into area waterways. State health officials are concerned that the run-off may have contaminated shellfish.

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You Can Thank A Whey Refinery For That Protein Smoothie

Milk isn't just something you drink anymore. It's become a raw material, like crude oil, that's refined into more valuable products, such as sugar for infant formula and protein powder that's used in energy bars.

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