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Md. Teachers Must Promote Environmental Literacy

The start of a new school year in Maryland brings a new requirement: All schools in the state must develop plans to promote environmental literacy. The new requirement is creating some challenges for teachers. The goal is to integrate environmental concerns into science, social studies and other topics.

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Post-Irene Cleanup May Damage Environment

Towns and villages in Vermont and upstate New York are beginning to recover from Tropical Storm Irene. But scientists say the widespread chemical and sewage spills, and the cleanup's effect on trout streams, could cause lasting environmental damage.

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Al Gore's '24 Hours' On Climate Change

Former Vice President Al Gore's 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth helped raise awareness around the issue of climate change. Gore returns in the lead up to the 2012 election with 24 Hours of Reality, a new project designed to "broadcast the reality of the climate crisis."

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How To Help Your Child's Brain Grow Up Strong

In a new book, neuroscientists Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt detail how parents can help their children learn the ABCs and self-control. The book, Welcome to Your Child's Brain, explores how the human brain develops from infancy to adolescence.

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Bone To Pick: First T. Rex Skeleton, Complete At Last

Discovered in 1902 by the "Indiana Jones" of fossil hunters, the first Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton fascinated the public. It was sold off during World War II, but a lone rib bone remained forgotten in the archives of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Now, a century after it was unearthed, T. rex is finally whole.

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Maximizing Your Workout With The Right Tunes

Gym junkies can tell you the right routine and equipment is important — and so is the right music. Sports psychologist Costas Karageorghis says the tempo and pacing of the music you listen to while working out can have a big effect on athletic performance.

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Blast At French Nuclear Waste Plant Leaves One Dead

An explosion at a nuclear waste processing plant in France has left one person dead and four others injured — one seriously. The French nuclear authority says the blast was contained within a furnace, and there is no leak of radioactive material. The plant, which lies about 25 miles north of Avignon, is not involved in electricity production and has no nuclear reactors.

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Agency Takes New Approach To Save Everglades Land

In Florida, federal officials have released plans for a new wildlife preserve just south of Orlando. The Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge will include at least 150,000 acres, but there's a twist — most of it will remain under private ownership.

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How A Clever Virus Kills A Very Hungry Caterpillar

Scientists have found the gene that drives a virus to kill gypsy moth caterpillars in a particularly gruesome way. The virus forces the caterpillars up to the tops of trees, where they melt and rain down virus onto the leaves below.

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Tornado Technology

Spotted owls in the Western U.S. face a new threat — not from loggers, but from another owl. Many scientists say more advanced detection and forecasting technology for tornadoes could help save lives; workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant are struggling to deal with radioactive water; and social scientists try to determine how TV ads affect habits of children and teenagers.

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