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In Second Inaugural, Obama Makes Climate A Priority

President Obama pulled out a surprise in his inaugural address. After barely mentioning climate change in his campaign, he put it on his short list of priorities for his second term. Experts believe he'll use the EPA to ramp up efforts to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants.
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To Catch A Marten: Seeking Clues In Olympic National Forest

Scientists are worried about the elusive members of the weasel family that live in parts of Olympic National Forest in Washington state. To see whether martens are endangered, volunteers are installing remote camera traps to take photos of the animals.
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Former Anti-GMO Activist Says Science Changed His Mind

For years, British environmental activist Mark Lynas vandalized genetically modified food crops. Then, he had a change of heart. He went in front of the world to reverse his position, telling the anti-GMO lobby to "get out of the way and let the rest of us get on with feeding the world sustainably."
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Cheaper Bedbug Extermination May Be Near

A new drug is in the works to exterminate bedbugs at a cheaper price.

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Powerful But Fragile: The Challenge Of Lithium Batteries

Aviation authorities in the U.S. and abroad have grounded the new Boeing 787 because of problems with its big lithium batteries. The batteries pack an electrical punch, but can create incredible heat — and even fires — if things go wrong. This is a problem for electric car makers, too.
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A Worm's Ovary Cells Become A Flu Vaccine Machine

The Food and Drug Administration just approved a flu vaccine made by cells taken from the fall armyworm, an agricultural pest. The cells produce copies of a piece of the flu virus's outer coat that primes the immune system. Conventional vaccines use the whole virus and take longer to produce.
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How Do You Fend Off The Flu?

Aside from getting the flu shot, how do you outsmart the wily virus? Hoard hand sanitizer? Dodge door knobs? Or quietly slink away from coughing commuters? Dr. Nicole Bouvier, a flu researcher at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, talks about what works--and what doesn't--in avoiding influenza.

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