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Political Showdown Over Fishing Season In Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly is deeply divided over a proposed law that would transform fisheries management in the state. We get the latest from Annapolis.


Scout Leaders Who Toppled Ancient Rock Formation Are Charged

The men videotaped themselves as one of them pushed over a Jurassic-era sandstone pillar at Utah's Goblin Valley State Park.

State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents

The department's final environmental assessment of the Keystone XL pipeline found that blocking the project probably wouldn't stop the development of Canada's tar sands. But the review didn't endorse the pipeline either. Secretary Kerry — and, ultimately, President Obama — will have the final say.

U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

The report concludes that the production of Canada's tar-sand crude, which causes more greenhouse gases than other forms, won't be affected if the pipeline moves forward.

Australia OKs Dumping Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef Park

The dredging operation is part of a plan to expand a coal port in Queensland. Environmentalists have warned that dumping sediment could kill off delicate corals, but park officials said dredging would be "subject to strict environmental conditions."

What's The Problem With Feeling On Top Of The World?

Research explores the consequences of boosting self-esteem when it is not justified. When self-esteem is artificially boosted, it reduces performance and effort — as people seek to protect the fragile gain in self-esteem by withdrawing from effort and the risk of failure. When self-esteem is diminished without justification, people appear to work harder to retrieve lost feelings of self-worth.

Scientists Come Close To Finding True Magnetic Monopole

Magnets have a north pole, and a south pole. But electromagnetic theory says there should be a bit of matter that is unipolar, that is either north or south pole, but not both. So far the search for the real magnetic monopole has been fruitless, but now physicists at Amherst college have created a synthetic magnetic monopole, something that provides hope that the search for the real thing will ultimately succeed.

Changing Climate In Argentina Is Killing Penguin Chicks

The world's largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguins is seeing unprecedented deaths among young birds. A scientist who has spent 30 years studying the penguins says that climate change is to blame — triggering, among other things, more heat waves and wetter storms that kill fledglings.

SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost

The FAA is poised to decide whether to grant the space company a launch license. If it does, SpaceX could build its first commercial orbital launch facility near the border city of Brownsville. The prospect of living in the world's newest aerospace hub has stirred a buzz among locals.

Researchers Watch As Our Brains Turn Sounds Into Words

To understand speech, the brain has to quickly recognize the sounds used to form words. Now researchers have discovered a way to watch how the brain does this. They've found that the process of understanding speech involves highly specialized brain cells, which respond specifically to the dozen sounds produced by the human vocal tract.