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Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl

This winter's unexpected arctic bird invasion has given owl researchers a rare opportunity. They're fitting a few of the errant owls with GPS backpacks to track their return to the Arctic.

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The Salt

Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria

A Brooklyn waste treatment plant has become an unlikely lab for an ambitious effort to turn millions of tons of food scraps from New York City's apartments and restaurants into renewable energy.

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Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement?

Companies want to know what you think of their product — and they're not afraid to ask. Surveys might be annoyingly pervasive to customers, but they provide valuable information for a low price.

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In Tsunami's Wake, Fierce Debate Over Japan's 'Great Wall'

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Iraqi Shiite mourners carry the coffin of a soldier killed in clashes with anti-government fighters in Fallujah earlier this month. The government faces a months-long crisis in Anbar province, where it has lost the city of Fallujah as well as shifting parts of provincial capital Ramadi to anti-government militants. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Iraq, Anbar Faces Extremists Stronger Than Those U.S. Fought

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Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria

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NY Minute (Barrio Bump Instrumental) [feat. The Real Live Show] Nickodemus

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Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement?

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Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences

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N.Y. Governor Says College For Inmates Will Pay Off For Taxpayers

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