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Saturday, April 28, 2012

USA Science And Engineering Festival

Celebrate science with over 3,000 interactive exhibits and guest speakers at the USA Science and Engineering Festival April 28 to 29.

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Jobs Abound In Energy Industry's New Boom Time

New drilling technologies and rising fuel prices have generated a boom in U.S. oil and gas drilling. It is also creating many high-paying jobs for young people. The average starting salary for petroleum engineering grads is nearly $79,000.
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Power Grid Must Adapt To Handle Renewable Energy

Grid operators constantly match what power plants are producing with what people and their TVs, microwaves and air conditioners need. But when the electricity comes from unpredictable sources, like wind or solar power, balancing the grid is a challenge, a new study finds.
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Why Monsanto Thought Weeds Would Never Defeat Roundup

In 1993, Monsanto told government officials it didn't think its genetically engineered seeds would ever lead to resistant weeds. Now, it's clear the company was very wrong.
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Nuclear Woes Push Japan Into A New Energy Future

All of Japan's nuclear power plants will be offline by April and might never restart. That's forcing the country to increase its reliance on coal, oil and natural gas. This could cost the country an extra $100 million per day and significantly increase carbon dioxide emissions.
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NASA To Launch Rockets From Virginia

East coast sky watchers may be able to catch a glimpse of one NASA's rocket-launching experiment later this month.

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A Way To Save The Rhino, Just Not Its Horn

Rhino poaching is on the rise. The animal's horn is believed to have medicinal properties, and some say legalizing the trade could help squelch the black market. One controversial way to reduce poaching may be rhino ranches, where the horns are harvested for sale.
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Stubborn As A Mule's Knot: Massaging Ornery Beasts

The famous pack mules that carry supplies and people in and out of the Grand Canyon have back pain. One man is on a mission to make the lives of these beasts of burden a little less painful.
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LSD Gets Another Look As Alcoholism Treatment

A rigorous analysis of data from studies conducted decades ago suggest that one dose of the hallucinogenic drug could help people stop drinking. It's the latest work to call for further research on therapeutic use of hallucinogens.
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Crippled Japanese Reactors Face Decades Of Work

Though the immediate nuclear crisis in Japan has passed, the process of securing and stabilizing the radioactive materials from the melted-down reactors will be a long, expensive slog. Recovery workers will also need to decontaminate the area surrounding the plant.

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