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Beta spurs hurricane watch for Texas, expected to strengthen

A GeoColor satellite image taken Saturday shows Tropical Storm Beta, center, in the Gulf of Mexico. There's a chance Alabama will see more rain from Beta, but not until late next week, and there is a lot of uncertainty about where the heaviest rain could fall.

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Hundreds of thousands still without power in Sally clean-up

Orange Beach, Alabama , Mayor Tony Kennon told The Associated Press one person in the popular vacation spot died and another was missing as a result of the storm. "We don't want to sugar coat this; we're in it for the long haul", one utility posted on social media. Authorities warned that rain from the storm could swell eight waterways in Florida and Alabama to record levels.

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Tropical Storm Wilfred expected to strengthen overnight...no threat to land

The highest storm surge was in Pensacola, Florida , where Gulf water rose 5.6 feet. With the passing of Category 2 Hurricane Sally through the Gulf Coast, utilities have had their work cut out for them in dealing with power outages, but as of last night, crews from various utilities had restored power to almost 299,000 customers, 51 percent of those affected.

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Scientists say sun has entered new 25 years solar cycle

Solar Cycle 24 was the weakest one in the past 100 years, says Lisa Upton , a solar scientist with the Space Systems Research Corporation and co-chair of an worldwide panel that monitors the solar cycle . "We're saying Cycle 25 is going to be like Cycle 24 in terms of sunspots, but Cycle 24 produced an epic kind of 100-year storm ". This means we can hope to see plenty of sunspots, and possibly even some solar eruptions during the next total solar eclipse to cross the continental U.S.

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Viking DNA Research Yields Unexpected Information About Who They Were

Researchers found that these all-male raiding parties were made up of friends, family members and neighbors. A new study published by leading nature journal- aptly named Nature- has revealed that numerous Vikings who arrived on Irish shores did not have the blonde hair and blue eyes normally associated with Scandinavian countries.

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European space agency signs deal for asteroid defence mission

It shot right beside the Earth surface at a distance of 106,000km away. NASA can not now detect space rocks any smaller than 33ft (10 meters) in diameter. Hera will be, along with NASA's Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART) spacecraft, humankind's first probe to rendezvous with a binary asteroid system, a little understood class making up around 15% of all known asteroids, the agency said.


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