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'Round these parts we're all getting ready for Tropical Storm Don to drop in. We aren't entirely sure he's headed this way, but everyone is getting gussied up just in case he should stop by (I'm going to buy an extra bottle of water, and teach my dog the Charleston).

But the world hasn't stopped spinning just because a big old storm has started churning out in the Gulf.

Today, NPR had a story about two communities in eastern Sweden who volunteered to possibly become geologic disposal sites for nuclear waste. This is a far cry from the usual Swedish approach to all things nuclear - which is something more along the line of fierce protesting. Read about how nuclear energy in the country is taking a crack at a warm, fuzzy, open-door policy here.

On another note, I've never been to Yellowstone, but I've heard tell of how heart-stoppingly beautiful it is. So it's really a bummer that there's oil on the shoreline of Yellowstone River. Oil has washed up on the shores after an Exxon spill from July 1 that dumped about 1,000 barrels of oil into the river. Read up on the state of things here.

In other news, we may not be anywhere near the glory of seeing Young Frankenstein's Creature do "Puttin' on the Ritz" - one of THE most hilarious things that happened in film ever - but we may be closer to making inanimate life a little more lively. Scientists are working on it, and the New York Times story will tell you all about it.

Or you can just watch some "Young Frankenstein". Because it's comic genius.