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Science News Archive - July 08, 2007

Wildfires erupted throughout the western United States as temperatures spiked and lightning struck, it was reported Sunday. In northern Nevada, lightning sparked nearly a dozen fires, burning about 55 square miles as temperatures hovered near 100 degrees Saturday, reported KTVN TV in Reno, Nev.

Elevated E. coli levels has caused a four-fold increase in Lake Michigan beach closings this year, it was reported Sunday. High temperatures, a few rainy downpours and sea gull feces may have contributed to the closings and a dozen additional advisory alerts, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Word of the Day
alicorn
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.
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