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Dark Matters: Filmmaker Michael Madsen considers the functional and conceptual challenges of Onkalo, a permanent nuclear waste store in Finland — chiefly, how to prevent future civilizations from breaking in before the waste decays.
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A man has his photo taken by a companion at the top of the the so-called "Rocky Steps" in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during a blowing snowstorm Dec. 26. Philadelphia has been pounded by multiple heavy snowstorms this winter and has learned the terrible truth: Sometimes, weather hype is not hype at all.
President Obama's joke notwithstanding, a Commerce Department agency has the prime responsibility to protect salmon when they're in the ocean and when they swim upriver to spawn.
During the 1980s, wildlife managers said striped bass like this one were overfished. Now, it appears that a weather pattern known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation may have been a contributing factor to the declines.
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Farmer Tim Winn, who has a farm on the banks of the Willamette River, says government scientists have concluded that there is nothing dangerous about the "Roundup Ready" version of the sugar beet crop.
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