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U.S. Feels Less Guilt About Environmental Choices

A survey of global attitudes about the environment finds that Americans are unusually optimistic about an individual's ability to make a difference in dealing with environmental issues. Despite that, Americans are less likely than many people elsewhere in the world to change their behaviors. Those are some of the findings in the latest survey by the National Geographic project called the "Greendex."
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Researchers Take Stock Of 2011 Weather

How much of the recent hot weather can be attributed to global warming? Scientists will no doubt dig into the data and grapple with that question in the months to come. They have already taken a stab at that question regarding some of last year's extreme weather events, like the drought in Texas.
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Cool Down With A Hot Drink? It's Not As Crazy As You Think

Hot tea might not sound like the most refreshing of drinks for a 100-degree day. But neuroscientists say that receptors in your mouth may send a cool message when they detect hot foods.
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Firm Blamed In The Costliest Onshore Oil Spill Ever

More than 800,000 gallons of crude oil gushed into wetlands and a creek in western Michigan in 2010 after a pipeline operated by the Canadian company Enbridge burst. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board says the company and the agency that regulates it are culpable.
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Asteroid Named For Astronomer, Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny

It's been decided that an asteroid will be named after Frank Kameny, a government astronomer who was fired for being gay and later turned into a prominent gay rights activist.

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USGS To Survey Underground Faults In Southern Virginia

The underground faults in southern Virginia responsible for last August's 5.8 magnitude earthquake are under scrutiny by scientists utilizing low-flying planes.

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Listen: You Can Hear The Northern Lights, Researchers Say

There have been folktales for centuries about sounds supposedly coming from the sky when an aurora borealis is lighting up the night. Now, scientists in Finland say they've recorded the noises. What they don't know yet, is what causes them.
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Rising Shale Water Complicates Fracking Debate

Naturally polluted water from the Marcellus Shale can rise up through the natural-gas-rich rock formation to the surface. That means that water used in fracking potentially could, too. The water may be making its way up through natural fractures in the earth or old oil and gas wells.

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