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Merger of US earth sciences agencies proposed

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Creation of a new Earth Systems Science Agency is urged in this week's edition of the journal Science, by merging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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July Tropical Storms

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Tropical Depression Two developed before sun-up Thursday morning off the coast of Africa, and by midday Thursday the National Hurricane Center had upgraded it to Tropical Storm Bertha.

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The Nation's Weather

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Here is Friday morning's national weather summary.

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Tropical Storm Douglas weakens

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Tropical Storm Douglas weakened to a depression off Mexico's coast on Thursday and was forecast to die at sea.

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Wildfire chases July 4th visitors from Big Sur

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Independence Day is normally a booming time for tourism here, with visitors settling into cliffside vacation homes or trekking out to campgrounds nestled among the redwoods. But this year, the only out-of-towners in Big Sur are firefighters working around the clock to save the storied community from flames.

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Tropical Storm Bertha

Posted: 07/03/2008 - Here is the latest advisory on Tropical Storm Bertha from the National Hurricane Center.

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Mars lander's next bake test could be its last

Posted: 07/03/2008 - The Phoenix lander's first chemical sniff of Martian soil did not turn up any trace of the building blocks of life. Its next whiff could be its last.

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Many ideas on how to get dolphins out of NJ rive

Posted: 07/03/2008 - From the sensible to the silly, there is no shortage of suggestions from the hundreds of spectators lining the banks of a river near the Jersey shore on how to get a group of 15 bottlenose dolphins back into the ocean.

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Washington's boyhood home found, but no hatchet

Posted: 07/03/2008 - The archaeologists were delighted to at last find the remains of George Washington's boyhood home but got stumped when they looked for evidence of the cherry tree and rusty hatchet.

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Hot future shock: Heat wave temperatures to soar

Posted: 07/03/2008 - During the European heat wave of 2003 that killed tens of thousands, the temperature in parts of France hit 104 degrees. Nearly 15,000 people died in that country alone. During the Chicago heat wave of 1995, the mercury spiked at 106 and about 600 people died.

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Space probes show solar system dented, not round

Posted: 07/03/2008 - When viewed from the rest of the galaxy, the edge of our solar system appears slightly dented as if a giant hand is pushing one edge of it inward, far-traveling NASA probes reveal.

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First floods, now pesky mosquitoes for Midwest

Posted: 07/03/2008 - First came the floods - now the mosquitoes. An explosion of pesky insects are pestering clean-up crews and just about anyone venturing outside in the waterlogged Midwest.

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Myanmar cyclone victims saved from traffickers

Posted: 07/03/2008 - More than 80 women and children who were victims of Myanmar's recent cyclone have been rescued from human traffickers scheming to smuggle them to neighboring countries.

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Scientists: Watermelon yields Viagra-like effects

Posted: 07/03/2008 - A slice of cool, fresh watermelon is a juicy way to top off a Fourth of July cookout and one that researchers say has effects similar to Viagra - but don't necessarily expect it to keep the fireworks all night long.

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