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Nature's Fireworks Possible Tonight

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Thunderstorms may develop in North Central Kansas late this evening, then spread across the remainder of the area after midnight

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The Nation's Weather

Posted: 07/04/2008 - A wet Independence Day was forecast for much of the nation, with showers and thunderstorms projected for the Pacific Northwest, the mid-Atlantic, the Ohio Valley and the Southeast. Clear skies were expected over the northern Plains, the Great Lakes and the Southwest.

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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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Dramatic Volcanism Forged Mercury's Surface

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Volcanic activity has played a central role in forging the surface of Mercury, scientists said on Thursday based on data collected by a NASA spacecraft that zoomed past the closest planet to the sun in January.

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Volcanoes on Mercury Solve 30-year Mystery

Posted: 07/04/2008 - A NASA spacecraft's first flyby of Mercury has yielded a wealth of information about the inner-most planet, some of which confirms volcanism occurred there, settling a longstanding debate.

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USGS News: July Science Picks

Posted: 07/03/2008 - In this edition of Science Picks, learn about an upcoming Canoe Journey to study water resources in the Salish Sea, a new USGS partnership to develop a volcano early warning system in Chile, how California sea otter populations are recovering at a slow rate and what the odds are of a 500-year flood in the Midwest. Discover what makes an old geyser faithful, a recent finding that may help explain the solar system?s formation and new research on the sage-grouse's chances for survival. As Independence Day approaches, many will ask what makes the colors in fireworks so vivid. Learn the answer to this and much more!

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Rainfall Totals

Updated: 07/03/2008 - Rainfall amounts from storms Wednesday night.

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That's Hot: Heat Wave Temps to Soar

Posted: 07/03/2008 - Nearly 15,000 people died in France during the heat wave that struck in 2003. Computer models show temperatures rising twice as fast as they once did. By mid-century, southern France's extreme heat waves should be around 111 F.

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G-8 Climate Scorecard Shows US in Last

Posted: 07/03/2008 - The U.S. has done the least among the world's eight largest economies to address global warming, a study released Thursday found.

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Tropical Storm Douglas Forms Off Mexico

Posted: 07/03/2008 - Tropical Storm Douglas formed off Mexico's west coast on Wednesday and as with two other recent storms this eastern Pacific season, it was not expected to hit land.

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Adopt a Scientist

Posted: 07/03/2008 - This story inaugurates a new monthly feature that will highlight the research undertaken by SETI Institute scientists, as well as provide an opportunity for you to join an expedition or participate directly in science or science education.

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Solar System a Bit Squashed, Not Nicely Round

Posted: 07/03/2008 - The solar system may not be a nice round shape, but rather a bit squashed and oblong, according to data from the Voyager 2 spacecraft exploring the solar system's outer limits, scientists said on Wednesday.

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A Few Showers and Storms Today

Posted: 07/03/2008 - There is the chance for a few showers and storms today, but Friday will be dry and cooler than normal.

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