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New Program Spurs Solar Development on Public Land

The government recently announced a new plan to facilitate the development of solar energy projects on public land in six Western states. Lawrence Susskind, a professor of urban and environmental planning at MIT, explains what it means for the future of renewable energy.
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When Infections "Spillover"

In his new book Spillover writer David Quammen traces the evolution of Ebola, HIV and other diseases that moved from animals to humans. Quammen describes how scientists look for the reservoirs of the infectious agents, and what might be done to prevent the next pandemic.
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How One Guy Raised $1.3 Million for a Tesla Museum

Matthew Inman, creator of the humor site "The Oatmeal," led an online drive that raised over $1 million for a new museum to honor the inventor Nikola Tesla. Inman discusses how to build a successful crowdfunding campaign, and why Tesla is the greatest geek who ever lived.
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Making Sense Of Presidential Polls

In less than a month, the 2012 presidential election turned from an almost certain victory for President Obama to a neck-and-neck race. New York Times blogger and statistician Nate Silver and Princeton neuroscientist Sam Wang talk about making sense of the polls--and why not all votes are created equal.
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Scientists In The Dark Over Birth Of The Moon

Most scientists agree that the Moon was born when a planet-sized object smashed into the young Earth. But the details are foggy--two papers in Science this week present very different scenarios for that collision. Planetary scientist Erik Asphaug says he wonders if the riddle of the Moon's formation may ever be solved.
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Charles Darwin And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Geniuses have it easy, right? They wake up and out pops the brilliance. Well, not really. And not if that genius is Charles Darwin, who's got lots to do and absolutely no desire to do it. Those days (like Oct 1., 1861) are days when Darwin decides he "hates everybody and everything."
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Top Five Myths of Genetically Modified Seeds, Busted

While there's hot debate over whether genetically modified food should be labeled or is killing us, there are some questions we can definitely answer. We're putting a stop to some of the myths about genetically modified seeds and when farmers can be sued over them.
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Climate Politics: It's Laugh Lines Vs. 'Not A Joke'

Stymied by Congress early on in his term while trying to advance his climate policies, President Obama has resorted to taking incremental actions that don't need congressional approval. Mitt Romney doesn't mention climate change in his energy plan, and favors cheap energy sources like coal.

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