The architecture firm HyBrid, which specializes in designing buildings from recycled shipping containers, created this solar-powered house for Sunset Magazine. Amy Eastwood hide caption

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Lobster boats in Maine have been pulling up soft-shell lobsters strangely early in the season. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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A view of Earth, with shading to enhance features. Only 10 contestants remain in the 2012 National Geographic Bee. NASA hide caption

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Herder Bat-Erdene Badam's mother. Khishigdelger Adiya, surveys the land around her home. She stands near what she described as a "sacred well" that has recently gone dry. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Surplus and expired drugs collected during the DEA's fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. New research suggests it might be better for the environment to dispose of drugs in household trash. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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Plastic surgeon Amy Pare says it's important for doctors to know what kind of substances patients she's treating might have been exposed to. Susan Philips/WHYY hide caption

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Researcher Hans Roy opens a core sample taken from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. A core sample like this one contained bacteria that settled on the seafloor 86 million years ago. Bo Barker Jorgensen/Science/AAAS hide caption

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A natural gas drilling rig's lights shimmer in the evening light near Silt, Colo. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Orca L112, also known as Victoria, was 3 years old when she washed up on the Washington coast. An investigation into her death has been inconclusive. Center for Whale Research hide caption

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A working gas well head is fenced in just opposite of a home in Dish, Texas. Dish is about 30 miles north of Fort Worth. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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