Jim and Lyn Schneider installed solar panels and batteries because bringing grid power to their house in central Wyoming was going to cost around $80,000. Leigh Paterson/Wyoming Public Radio hide caption

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When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach WPRN

The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.

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Why 'Pep' The Prison Dog Got Such A Bum Rap

He killed the Pennsylvania governor's wife's cat — or so the story went. As it turns out, the Labrador was sentenced to the grim corridors of Eastern State Penitentiary to live up to his name.

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The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

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How Poet Percy Shelley Stirred His Politics Into His Tea Cup

In 19th century Britain, keeping sugar out of tea became a political statement against slavery. The sugar boycott was no easy choice for the radical writer, who hated slavery but loved tea.

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For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.

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Deceptive Cadence

A Mahler Symphony Squeezed In A Squeezebox

Accordionist William Schimmel creates a daring yet touching six-minute distillation of Mahler's mighty Ninth, with detours for tango and trumpet solos by Wynton Marsalis.

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Exploring The 'Wild And Haunting World Of Dolphins'

In her new book, Voices in the Ocean, Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and details some new threats the animals face, such as organized dolphin kills and man-made sounds in the ocean.

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Metropolitan Opera To Drop Use Of Blackface-Style Makeup In 'Otello'

The Met says it is committed to "colorblind casting" and that its production of Otello this fall will be the first without dark makeup since the opera was first seen at the company in 1891.

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After 10 Years, This Veteran Is Homeless No More

In 2009, then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki declared that all homeless veterans would have housing by 2015. New Orleans has made big strides in helping people like Marine Corps veteran Ronald Engberson get off the street. See how other cities measure up.

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