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Solar Storm Goes Easy On Earth — But More Are Sure To Come, NASA Says

The huge solar storm that NASA detected hurtling toward Earth hit our planet at 5:42 a.m. ET Thursday. So far, there have been no reports of major power or communications disruptions. But it's not the last you'll hear about solar storms; the sun's activity won't peak until 2013.
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Sun Sends Solar Flares Speeding Toward Earth; Will Hit Thursday [VIDEO]

The sun ejected two huge solar flares Tuesday, and NASA says that we here on Earth will likely be affected somewhat by the magnetic fields and ionized gas that are now shooting toward the planet. But the phenomena might also bring aurora light shows to residents of the northern United States

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FDA Scientists Feel A Little Better About Where They Work

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration are feeling more optimistic about the future of their agency than they were back in 2006, according to a survey just out from the Union of Concerned Scientists. But they still report concerns about outside pressures on the agency's decisions and policies.
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Oklahoma Needs Qualified Wind Power Technicians

Wind power is all the rage in Oklahoma and could be a boon in a state that has been hit hard by unemployment. The problem is finding qualified people to work in the industry.
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Is U.S. Energy Independence Finally Within Reach?

The U.S. has been dependent on foreign oil for its energy needs for decades. Some analysts now say the country could become energy independent over the next decade. Still, exactly what "energy independence" means is in dispute.
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Farmers Face Tough Choice On Ways To Fight New Strains Of Weeds

In large sections of America's farmland, new strains of weeds are making life miserable for farmers. They've developed resistance to the country's No. 1 weedkiller, Roundup. Now farmers face a choice: Do they go for yet another kill-all-the-weeds chemical, or go back to more complicated, labor-intensive ways of fighting weeds?
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Antarctica Visitors Unwittingly Bring Invasive Species

The far reaches of Antarctica are no longer visited only by scientists and their support staff. Adventure tourists and curiosity seekers from Europe, North America and beyond now come by the boatful — and they're bringing some souvenirs from home. Ecologist Steven Chown tells Robert Siegel that visitors unknowingly carry seeds on their clothes and bags. He says they've helped spread dozens of invasive plant species on the continent and risk permanently changing Antarctica's ecology.
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Pigweed: A Genetically Diverse Monster

Pigweed is a weed that's changed life for practically every cotton farmer in Georgia. One expert says if you can't manage it, you won't be picking your cotton field.

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