A group of female eider ducks with one male.
The common eider nests in colonies on islands of the St. Lawrence estuary. The down that the female duck takes to fill her nest has exceptional insulating properties.
Students walk by security fences installed in front of the Supreme Court.
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Once again, the court has expanded the legal ways that public funds can be used for students at religious institutions.
PFAS, often used in water-resistant gear, also find their way into drinking water and human bodies.
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The federal government has new advisories on PFAS, which can put human health at risk in a list of ways, but so far only states are regulating the chemicals.
Carson v. Makin comes on the heels of other SCOTUS cases about aid to students in religious schools.
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Carson v. Makin, a case from Maine about aid to students attending religious schools, goes to the Supreme Court on Dec. 8, 2021.
Packaging for consumer products represents a large share of U.S. solid waste, and barely half of it is recycled.
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Maine and Oregon have enacted laws that require makers of consumer product packaging to pay for recycling or disposing of it. Will other states follow?
McAfee Knob in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the Appalachian Trail’s most scenic vistas.
When forester Benton MacKaye proposed building an Appalachian Trail 100 years ago, he was really thinking about preserving a larger region as a haven from industrial life.
An orchard near Kettleman City in California’s San Joaquin Valley on April 2, 2021.
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The US has one of the highest groundwater use rates in the world. When wells run dry, households may opt to conserve water, find new sources or sell and move.
Maine’s Penobscot River flows freely where the Veazie Dam once stood. Dam removals have reopened the river to 12 native fish species.
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Thousands of dams across the US are aging and overdue for maintenance. Taking them down can revive rivers, restore fish runs and create new opportunities for tourism and outdoor activities.
What can your vacation pix tell scientists?
To untangle the relationship between climate change, fall foliage and national park visitors, researchers are asking tourists to check their old photo albums for snapshots that could hold valuable data.
With no candidate taking a majority of the overall vote, election officials will be counting ballots again under Maine’s new ranked-choice voting system.
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The system allows voters to pick their first, second- and third-choice candidates – and could encourage more civil campaigns.
A vote is cast in New Hampshire 2012 primary.
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Some American voters hope that instant runoff can make our elections better. But a mathematician has an idea for another solution.
What if this was our choice on Election Day?
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In this year’s election, the system of majority voting didn’t allow voters to express their opinions adequately. If they had, the choice would have been between Kasich and Sanders.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference at the State House in Augusta, Maine.
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What if you could go into a voting booth and rank your first, second and third choices? It could happen in Maine, if voters approve.