The Allegheny Front for the week of

August 17, 2013

Shale Roundtable Makes Recommendations for Industry

A group charged with examining the Marcellus Shale industry in a comprehensive, unbiased manner has made several recommendations regarding the development, distribution and research of natural gas.

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Energy Roundup: Headlines Fired Up Over Coal, Coal Waste, Natural Gas

It’s been a kind of wild west of energy news—from big coal power plants closing to energy grid officials saying, "Not so fast!  We need that electricity."  And then there is President Obama’s refocused commitment on the environment, but the White House's meddling in the legacy of coal energy’s waste.  The Allegheny Front has a rundown of recent energy news. 

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Floating Lab Monitors Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission estimates that more than 40 million people in the U.S. and Canada depend on the Great Lakes for food, drinking water and recreation. A state-of-the-art research vessel the “Muskie” is currently making its way through Lake Erie collecting data samples for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Startup Gardening Service Makes Getting Fresh Vegetables Easy

Woody Wilson, a graduate of Penn State University, took an idea he entered in an agriculture competition and made it his business. Wilson’s Home Farms gives State College area residents another way to bring local vegetables to their kitchen tables.

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"Romero" Corpse Flower Soon to Stink Up Phipps

From the city that brought you George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" zombie films, there's a plant that bears some of the same qualities: the corpse flower.  It blooms every six to 10 years, and when it does so, it stinks of rotting flesh. 

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Commentary: Natural Selection

Natural selection—Darwin's classic scientific idea and the engine of evolution -- is a staple of biology education. But occasionally we see something that brings home in a very tangible way how the environment shapes creatures—and how they can shape each other.

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