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Interactive: Mapping The U.S. Drought

More than half the country is experiencing drought conditions, some of them severe. Use this interactive map to see how the drought has covered the country — and how the conditions today compare to the past.
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Can Adding Iron To Oceans Slow Global Warming?

The process can cause blooms of algae that have the potential to soak up huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. A new study says this algae then drops to the sea floor, but some researchers caution that it's hard to track what happens to carbon in the ocean, and so-called "seeding" could have negative side effects.
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Drought In Danger Of Beaching Mississippi Barges

The drought that's impacting much the country is drying up crops and now rivers. The Mississippi River is experiencing water levels low enough to affect barge traffic. Barge companies are lightening loads, meaning more boats are needed for the same amount of cargo. Robert Siegel speaks with Mark Mestemacher, co-owner of Ceres Barge Line in St. Louis.
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Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

The country was just beginning to worry about nuclear fallout, and the Air Force wanted to reassure people that it was OK to use atomic weapons. And so on July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers stood on a patch of ground in the Nevada desert and waited for the bomb to drop.

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Thieving Rodents Keep Circle Of Life Going For Trees

Big seeds generally need large animals to move them around. But scientists have discovered that small mammals can sometimes move these seeds significant distances. These mammals steal the seeds from each other multiple times, moving them far from where they fell. This helps plants take root in new places.
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With Funding Gone, Last Undersea Lab Could Surface

For nearly 20 years, the NOAA's Aquarius Reef Base has operated off Key Largo 60 feet underwater as the world's only undersea research station. The Obama administration has essentially killed its funding, and the staff is now working to find other money to keep the research station alive.

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