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Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, but astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build an 18-story telescope.

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Goats and Soda

Palm Oil Plantations Are Blamed For Many Evils. But Change Is Coming

In Indonesia, efforts are underway to grow palms in a sustainable way. But that's putting a squeeze on small farmers.

Leo Thompson stands in front of his isolated home, where he has lived for 35 years, on the Navajo Nation reservation. Like an estimated 18,000 Navajos homes, his his isn't connected to the electrical grid — it's a half-mile from the nearest line — and until recently Thompson used a generator for power. Ibby Caputo/NPR hide caption

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U.S.

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

The panels, funded by government grants, are helping thousands of tribal residents take advantage of the everyday luxuries enjoyed by other Americans — like turning on lights or storing food.

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Leo Thompson stands in front of his isolated home, where he has lived for 35 years, on the Navajo Nation reservation. Like an estimated 18,000 Navajos homes, his his isn't connected to the electrical grid — it's a half-mile from the nearest line — and until recently Thompson used a generator for power. Ibby Caputo/NPR hide caption

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