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Battling 'Red Tide,' Scientists Map Toxic Algae To Prevent Shellfish Poisoning

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working to prevent outbreaks by tracking when and where red tide in Puget Sound will happen next.
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How To Spot A Mimic Octopus — The Mystery Revealed

Here's a handy guide to the amorphous and vibrant mimic octopus, courtesy of the webcomic xkcd.
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Ban the Tan?

States and counties across the country are cracking down on the use of indoor tanning beds by teens. We explore medical aspects of the issue.

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EPA Plan Targets New Coal-Fired Plants

The Environment Protection Agency released a draft rule Tuesday that puts new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from any future coal-fired power plants. The technology required to meet the new limits on carbon dioxide is currently so expensive that the rule effectively would put an end to the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the U.S.
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Shad Are Angling To Once Again Be The Tasty Harbinger Of Spring

For centuries, the shad run signaled that spring had arrived. But pollution, dams and overfishing decimated the once-mighty American shad. Now young chefs are working to rekindle a taste for this seasonal, local treat.
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Understanding the Organ Transplant Process

Former Vice President Cheney's recent heart transplant has drawn attention to organ donation. Diane and a panel of experts discuss how recipients are chosen and what potential donors need to know.

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Parlez Vous Francais? It Might Boost Brain Power

Ever wish you had studied a little harder in your high school French or Spanish class? According to a recent New York Times article, being bilingual has benefits that extend well beyond language skills. Guest host Jacki Lyden explores this issue with Ellen Bialystock, professor of psychology at York University.
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Pipe Down! That Noise Might Affect Your Plants

Aside from urban legends about talking to your flower pots, is there any reason to study the effect of noise on plants? One ecologist says yes — because noise pollution can disrupt the behavior of birds and other animals that plants rely on.
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NASA Reschedules Rockets Launch

NASA has canceled the launch of five suborbital rockets from Virginia's coast due to inclement weather.
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Debris Makes Space Station Astronauts Hunker Down

A discarded chunk of a Russian rocket forced six space station astronauts to seek shelter in escape capsules early Saturday, but passed safely in front of it. It was the third time in 12 years that astronauts have had to seek shelter from space junk.

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