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Texas Researchers Get BP Grants to Study Oil Spill Environmental Damage

Two Texas groups are among the first to get grants from British Petroleum's Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study how last year’s massive oil spill affected the Gulf of Mexico environment, and develop better methods of responding to future spills.

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via NASA Goddard Photo and Video
via NASA Goddard Photo and Video
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Tropical Weather for Texas? Maybe

Houston Chronicle Science Reporter Eric Berger is reading the meteorological tea leaves, and he reports today there's an outside chance that a tropical depression in the Caribbean is on a track that could take it into the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas - soon. 

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via Velo Steve
via Velo Steve
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Heat Wave Sets Records for Power Use

The primary manager of Texas’ electric power grid is waving the red warning flags again.  They say the state could set another record for power usage this week as the heat wave continues, and people need to use less electricity to keep the entire system from breaking down.

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via mhowry
via mhowry
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Perfectly Preserved Baby Mammoth Found in Arctic Ice in Siberia

A man herding reindeer in Russia's Arctic region found the perfectly-preserved, 40,000-year-old body of a baby woolly mammoth.

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via Bold Nebraska
via Bold Nebraska
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TransCanada Vows To Upgrade Safety of Controversial Pipeline

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Canadian company that wants to pipe oil from western Canada to Texas is working with U.S. officials to develop safety standards beyond those required by law, and make the pipeline as safe as possible.

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Photo by NOAA via Getty Images
Photo by NOAA via Getty Images
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Texas Welcomes Tropical Storm Don With Open Arms

People in central and south Texas are practically praying that Tropical Storm Don will come ashore, and it appears their prayers will be answered.

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Photo by NOAA via Getty Images
Photo by NOAA via Getty Images
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Tropical Storm Heading for South Texas

We have good news and we have bad news. First the good news.  It's going to rain, a lot, in South and Central Texas in the coming days.  The bad news?  It's because of a tropical storm now moving across the Gulf of Mexico and heading straight for the lower Texas coast.

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It’s Mid-July: Where are the Hurricanes?

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through December 1st, but that doesn't mean hurricanes start up right away.  June 1st marks the onset of warmer Atlantic and Caribbean temperatures that can lead to tropical disturbances.  Full blown hurricanes typically don't start until well into the season.

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