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As Gasoline Goes Up, Natural Gas Cheaper Than Ever

At the same time gasoline prices are soaring, the cost of electricity is falling. The reason? Cheap and plentiful natural gas. A utility in Massachusetts has just sliced rates by 34 percent. Coming out of a recession, the lower electricity prices are quietly boosting the economy and providing some welcome savings to businesses and families.
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Hydraulic Fracturing In The Marcellus Shale

A supply glut and price collapse in natural gas is slowing down the hydraulic fracturing boom in some areas. How market forces, state regulations and health and environmental concerns are shaping development of the Marcellus Shale.

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What Can We Learn From Video Games?

The White House is making what some would call an unconventional investment. It's studying the benefits of video games on those who play them. White House senior policy analyst Constance Steinkuehler is at the head of that research and she discusses the initiative with host Michel Martin.
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Plan To Slaughter Horses For Human Consumption Is Met With Distaste

A proposal to slaughter horses in New Mexico highlights this country's unique aversion to horse meat. It's the first since the federal government lifted a ban on slaughter for horse meat.
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Can You Think Your Way To That Hole-In-One?

Psychologists have come up with an interesting twist on the old notion of the power of positive thinking: They've shown that you may be able to improve your golf game by believing the hole you're aiming for is larger than it really is.
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Zoo Tells City: Please Feed The Animals

The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson finds itself in a unique situation: it has five new elephants — but the facility does not have enough leafy food to keep the large animals happy. "What we're looking for... I think the word 'snacks' came up," says zoo curator Jim Schnormeier.
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CDC Chief: New Vaccines In Haiti Will Save Tens Of Thousands

The campaign "will prevent 20,000 to 50,000 deaths among children in Haiti over the next decade," Dr. Thomas Frieden says at the end of a two-day trip to the nation.
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Virginia Researchers Make Inroads On Autism Treatment

Virginia researchers have had some success treating a severe form of autism amongst lab mice using bone marrow transplants — which they hope to eventually replicate in human patients.

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