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Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms

The federal government held its first ever auction for the right to build offshore wind farms on Wednesday. After 11 rounds, a Rhode Island company was the highest bidder, at $3.8 million.
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Canadian Regulators Investigate Mysterious Tar Sands Spills

Oil developers in the Canadian Tar Sands are trying to understand some odd oil eruptions around several drilling platforms where oil is coming up through the ground rather than through the wells they drilled. The latest of these events tarred about 50 acres of forest.
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Can The Smell Of Oranges Help Dieters Resist Sweet Treats?

A British researcher was curious to know whether smell could help fend off temptation. Her study found that the scent of fresh oranges seemed to help remind dieters to eat less chocolate.
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For Some Mammals It's One Love, But Reasons Still Unclear

Scientists are squaring off yet again on the question of why some mammals are monogamous. A new paper argues that monogamy is most likely the result of males trying to protect their youngsters from murderous rivals. A second study says monogamy in mammals evolved in species where females were scattered about.
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Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise

The industry estimates that the U.S. will need to add 2,000 miles of pipeline per year, and that's just natural gas. Oil will need its own infrastructure. That means there will be a lot of pipeline going through a lot of private land — along with sometimes long, drawn-out legal fights with landowners.
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Farm To Fido: Dog Food Goes Local

Feeding your pooch with locally sourced meats and vegetables may seem like the culinary equivalent of a Versace pet bowl. But producers of this posh-sounding pet food say it can cut down on food waste and help farmers.
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Chris Hadfield On Going Viral In Space

Chris Hadfield became a star as commander of the International Space Station, reaching out via social media to offer the public entertaining glimpses into life in orbit. Shortly after his return from the ISS, Hadfield announced his retirement from the Canadian Space Agency. Linda Wertheimer talks with Hadfield about his efforts to keep the public interested in space travel.
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Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert will power about 140,000 homes and be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals. But it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring conservationists and energy companies together to create a smoother path for future projects.
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'Batman' Style: How We Can See With Sound, Too

Echolocation: Birds do it, bats do it, and now even educated people do it. A team of researchers has devised an algorithm that could give the rest of us a way to discover our surroundings without using our eyes.
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Conservationists Call For Quiet: The Ocean Is Too Loud!

Man-made noises are making it difficult for creatures to hear each other in the ocean. Michael Jasny, in charge of marine mammal protection the Natural Resource Defense Council, says we have to quiet down. His and other conservation groups are making their case, seeking ways to turn down the volume.

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