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This workflow will open pages in Safari, displaying the latest articles added to the NASA Earth Observatory feeds. To accomplish this, the workflow will access an RSS feed from the US Government Science & Technology RSS Feeds webpage.

To construct the workflow, launch Safari, go the US Government Science & Technology RSS Feeds webpage, and click on the link for Earth Observatory in the Earth Science section. Next, launch Automator and position a new workflow window in front of and below the Safari window displaying the latest NASA Earth Observatory feeds. Drag the webpage proxy (the icon to the left of the website URL in the browser window) into the workflow area of the Automator document and release (see illustration below).

A new Get Specified URLs action containing the RSS feed URL will be added to the Automator workflow. This URL will be passed as input to the next action when the workflow is run.

Next, add the Filter Articles action, found in the Internet library category, to the end of the workflow. This action will parse the indicated sections of the feeds, like feed Title, feed Summary, or feed Content, looking for the terms you specify. Any feeds matching the specified parameters will be passed to the next action.

Next, add the Get Link URLs from Articles action, found in the Internet library category, to the end of the workflow. This action will parse the passed RSS feeds and extract any article links from their text. The resulting collection of link URLs will be passed to the next action.

The final action in the workflow wil be one for displaying the passed URLs in their own browser windows. Locate and add the New Safari Documents action (in the Internet action library) to the end of the workflow.

Run the workflow and new Safari browser windows will be created for each of the found articles. Merge the windows into a single browser window by selecting Merage All Windows from the View menu in Safari. You can now broswe the trailers by clicking the tabs in browser window.

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