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Environmental Outlook: "The Ocean of Life" by Callum Roberts

For this month's Environmental Outlook: protecting the world's oceans. A noted marine conservationist on how people are harming the seas with overfishing, pollution and greenhouse gases, and what can be done.

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From Science Fiction To Fact, Robots Are Coming To A Farm Near You

Farm robots are here, not just in Star Wars. Some dairies already use milking machines that clean udders and monitor cow health, plus do the milking, and a fully automated tractor is coming out this fall.
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Medical Records Could Yield Answers On Fracking

Is fracking making people sick? The question has ignited a national debate. A proposed study in northern Pennsylvania could help resolve the issue. By mining more than 10 years' worth of patient records, researchers hope to better understand the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on health.
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'Close Encounters' With Gas Well Pollution

Hundreds of thousands of natural gas wells have sprung up across the country. In Garfield County, Colo., the drilling rigs are so close to homes that some people call them "Close Encounters." When the gas boom began a decade ago, residents began asking: Is it safe to live this close? Their quest for answers became too polarizing to pursue.
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Jet-Lagged By Your Social Calendar? Better Check Your Waistline

The disconnect between our social calendars and our biological clocks is creating "social jet lag," according to key researchers. And that's taking a toll on our weight because the body stores fat when it's not getting enough sleep.
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Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers

Mysterious fumes wafting in from outside have repeatedly sickened several nurses at a rural Pennsylvania health clinic, forcing the clinic to temporarily relocate. Like many other people living near gas wells around the country, the clinic's staff wonder whether the industry in their backyard is making them sick.
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Ape Apps: Orangutans Learn With iPads At Miami Zoo

People are not the only ones picking up on current trends in technology. The six orangutans at the Jungle Island zoological park in Miami have been using iPads to play games and learn about vocabulary. Orangutan caregiver Linda Jacobs describes how the process works and which orangutans are doing particularly well.
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California's Genetically Engineered Food Label May Confuse More Than Inform

A new analysis of the labeling initiative, which may go on the ballot in November, shows that it would create a complex and nuanced set of restrictions for food companies on what "natural" food is.
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With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy

Industry has ruined a lot of Pennsylvania's water. Coal mining companies hammered the state, leaving behind acidic water that turned thousands of miles of streams into dead zones. People in the state are looking for ways to make sure the fracking boom doesn't deal another blow to its water.

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