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A Drought's Impact On Our Energy Grid

Record-setting droughts in the Midwest and South are threatening more than crops: half of the nation's water goes to cooling power plants.

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Where Did All The Watermelon Seeds Go?

Seedless watermelons are easier to eat than traditional ones, but are we sacrificing flavor? Plant breeders say watermelons have been bred to enhance flavor and convenience, and argue that seedless ones are usually sweeter.
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Pa. Town Chases New Energy Dream After Oil Bails

Marcus Hook, Pa., had been a refinery town for 109 years. But caught in big changes to the world of energy, the plant shut down last winter. Now the community's young mayor wants to reinvent the community as a hub for the natural gas industry.
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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Abnormal Blazing Speed

In July, the surface of Greenland's ice sheet melted at an unusually fast rate. In the span of four days, an estimated 97 percent of the ice disappeared. Audie Cornish talks to NASA scientist Tom Wagner for more.
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Massive Ice Melt In Greenland Worries Scientists

A pair of NASA satellite images taken just four days apart tells a potentially worrying story of melting ice in the polar summer.
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Epidemics Prefer Changing Planes In JFK Over ATL

Researchers at MIT have developed a pretty nifty computer model to figure out the most influential U.S. airports in the early stages of an epidemic's spread. John F. Kennedy International is No. 1, followed by Los Angeles International. You might be surprised to learn that Honolulu's airport ranks third.
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Summer Science: Clothes Keep You Cool, More Or Less

Stripping naked is a good way to cool off on a steamy day. But that won't pass muster on the street. Scientists say light-colored, lightweight clothing is the next best thing.
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Tie My Shoes, Please: How Persuasion Works

Scientists have long studied why some requests seem to be met with a yes while others get a no. Now, there's a new development: A study finds that asking for unusual favors can be very effective in getting people to comply.

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