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Protection From The Sea Is Possible, But Expensive

Norfolk, Va., has spent decades — and millions of dollars — raising houses and building barriers to successfully hold back the sea. Expanding such efforts to other vulnerable coastal areas, such as New York and New Jersey, could work, but costs could reach the billions.
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Norfolk, Va., Puts Flooding Survival Plan To The Test

The city has spent many years studying how to survive flooding in an era of rising sea levels. The centerpiece of its survival strategy is a comprehensive plan to keep water out of some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods.
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EPA: Hyundai, Kia Exaggerated Fuel Economy Ratings

U.S. regulators have found that Hyundai and Kia motor corporations have overstated the fuel economy for many of their vehicles. Melissa Block speaks with Jerry Hirsch of the Los Angeles Times about the issue and what it means for the auto makers that had been on the rise in the U.S market.
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Ray Kurzweil: "How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed"

Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the brain works, how the mind emerges from the brain and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of human intelligence.

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Levee Rebuilding Questioned After Sandy Breach

Experts are taking a close look at the country's levees after the failure of one caused massive flooding in New Jersey during Superstorm Sandy. Some argue that rebuilding levees may only set the stage for the next flooding disaster.
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Genetic Clues May Help Unravel Cause of Crohn's

While better treatment options are being developed for patients with Crohn's, doctors still don't know what causes the disease. Russell Cohen, co-director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at the University of Chicago Medicine, provides an update on current research.
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How Secure are Electronic Voting Machines?

Election Day 2012 is just around the corner, and many Americans will be casting their ballots on electronic voting machines. But how reliable are these devices? Michael Alvarez, professor of political science at Caltech, discusses the technologies at your polling station.
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Past is Present in 'An Enemy Of The People'

Although it was written in 1882, Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People still resonates today. Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines, the stars of a new production of the play, join Ira Flatow to talk about the play's themes of power and truth, and the role of whistle-blowers.

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