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From the White House to Minnesota gardens, an effort to make more room for pollinators

Honey bees and other pollinators are in big trouble. President Barack Obama wants to help save them with a new protected bee habitat corridor along I-35 spanning the US from Laredo, Texas to Duluth Minnesota. Catherine Winter, who lives in Duluth and keeps bees herself, tracked down some other bee enthusiasts to talk about the president's plan and their own efforts to protect the pollinators that help feed us all.

Science, Tech & Environment

Biggest solar flare of the year showers the Earth

The largest solar flare of the year erupted from the sun earlier this month. Space weather is the stuff that gets spewed out by the sun and other stars -- electromagnetic energy, solar material. It travels through the solar system and interacts with everything it comes across, including the Earth's magnetic field. While we're mostly protected from harmful radiation, solar activity is sometimes disruptive and predicting it is difficult.