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It’s not very often that members of a community bid farewell to a tree. But recently, about 40 Woods Hole residents gathered to say goodbye to one of the much-loved Copper Beech trees along Challenger Drive. The tree is about 150 years old, and its branches have begun falling off, posing a danger to passing motorists and walkers. The stately old beech sits among buildings owned by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The ceremony was organized by the institution, and was called “A Celebration of Life.”


Well more than 100 police and emergency response vehicles provided a hero's escort to Officer Jared MacDonald, as residents and friends lined Main Street cheering for him -- waving hand-made signs and American flags.

Town employee Jean Potter says she was amazed by the turnout, and that MacDonald deserves the support.

"He went by, and I did get to see him, and I was able to wave," she said. "And he looks great. He had a huge smile on his face, and he was waving and he looked really happy to be coming home to this."

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

If you are trying to peer up, past the earth’s atmosphere, all this bad weather of late poses a considerable challenge.  How do you study a distant galaxy when there’s snow falling on your telescope?

Neptune, Valentine's Day Blizzard of 2015, or simply the straw that broke the camel's back. Whatever you call it, we track the storm right here.

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The International Space Station orbits the earth more than 15 times a day. Want to see it? All you have to do  is look up at the right moment. You don't even need binoculars.

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The federal government is auctioning off more than 742,000 acres of federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard. The plan is to fill the area with offshore wind turbines – enough turbines to power 1-and-a-half million homes. But with the recent news that the offshore Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound may not go forward, it’s not at all clear that these new initiatives can succeed either. 

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For the last several weeks a comet has been visible in the sky – if you’ve known where to look with your binoculars. The comet is named Lovejoy, and it has a greenish hue.

28-year-old Marion Bartherotte is looking at a photograph of the staff of the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo. She says all the smiling faces are familiar to her.

"I see (Stephane) Charbonnier," she said. "I see Bernard Maris; I see (Georges) Wolinski; and here is (Jean "Cabu") Cabut -- ah, it is very sad."

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Last summer, the New Bedford whaleship Charles W. Morgan sailed around New England after an extensive restoration. The Morgan gained fame as the last remaining whaler in the world. But what of the other vessels that once were part of the large New Bedford whaling fleet? The story of New Bedford’s Stone Fleet is told by two park rangers from the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park - Judy Roderiques and Lucy Bly, also known as the “1850’s ladies,” Abby and Ruth.  

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Newlyweds Rachel and David Shepard were making dinner at home on Nantucket. In many ways, it was a typical house. It had electricity and running water. True to Cape Cod, it was even shingled. But it was also what’s called a ‘Tiny House’.

" A normal house," Rachel said, "except it’s built on a trailer. So it’s mobile, and the trailer limits the size. It’s twenty feet long by eight feet wide."

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