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A group of restored World War Two aircraft touched down at Barnstable Municipal Airport recently. They’re part of the “Wings of Freedom” annual tour, and they offer an up close look at some of the historic bombers and fighters that helped to liberate Europe during the 1940s, and that still stir vivid memories today.

Lydia Keating

On a steamy August day, at 5:30 in the morning, I joined a crew of fishermen on the Maria Mendosa—one of the few trap fishing boats in the world. It’s called trap fishing because you catch fish in a massive floating net trap. And when I say massive, I mean a floating net the size of a football field.

There’s no bait. Instead, the fish get caught as the fishermen pull up the net. The traps are placed roughly 1 mile off the coast here in Narragansett Bay, just waiting for fish to come by. Captain Corey Forest said that the traps are like giant floating aquariums.

Kathryn Eident

Next month, the Smithsonian will open the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. It’s an idea that has been years in the making—advocates first suggested a museum in the early 1900s.

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Migratory birds historically have been difficult for scientists to study. Where they go, how they get there and how long it takes them have been mysteries for many species including the willet, a shorebird that nests along the Atlantic Coast.

Now, new technology is allowing scientist to track the birds -- but first, they need to catch them.

E2 Solar Cape Cod

Kate Wing might be the only person you’ll ever meet who smiles when she talks about her utility bill. 

“We don’t have to buy oil, we don’t have to worry about gas,” she said. “Everything in our house is electric because we have a heat pump that will heat our house and actually also cool our house, which has been helpful this summer.”

Laura Kelley points to a few saplings growing beneath a section of power lines in Orleans.

“So that’s a pine, and those are oaks,” she said.

Kelley knows a lot about Cape Cod plant life. She runs an organic landscaping company in Eastham. And the fact is, she said, if these little trees are allowed to grow to their full height, they’d be a problem.

“They would grow and become a harm if there were a storm,” she said. “They could take down our electrical source. We don’t want that to happen. We’re all in that together. ”

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State lawmakers approved a measure last week to create an advisory panel that will work with Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant owner, Entergy, when it permanently shuts down the plant by 2019.

http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/Bigelow/

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced it will begin enlisting commercial fishing boats to help gather data for its often-controversial stock surveys – shifting that task at least partially away from its research vessel Henry T. Bigelow. 

On Martha’s Vineyard, Lyme Disease and other tick borne illnesses are common topics of conversation. WCAI correspondent Angela Scionti reports about a new project that could stop transmission of these diseases. 

Composite: Uber.com / Justin Paradis

This Memorial Day marks a year since Uber launched on the Cape and the Islands. Since then, the company says it provided tens of thousands of rides, but that they couldn't quite keep up with the high seasonal demand. 

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