Odd as it might seem, it is easier to predict changes in the climate 100 years from now than one decade from now, say scientists from major climate computing centers in the United States, England,
Germany, Japan, Australia and Canada are gathering at the Aspen Global
Change Institute to determine if and how scientists can create models
to make short-term climate predictions.
Worldwide climate change over the long term will matter more to the human experience than year-to-year oscillations. But over the short term, drought conditions will have a greater impact than global warming
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Earth sits between two worlds that have been devastated by past climate catastrophes. In the effort to combat global warming, our neighbors- Mars and Venus (image)- provide valuable insights into the way climate catastrophes affect planets.
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Particle theorists are NOT Bond villains: a CERN team has released a safety report on the imminently-activating Large Hadron Collider, unequivocally stating "This machine will not create a black hole that will blow up the universe." They presumably did so with the tone and tired expression of a mother at four AM, stating for the fortieth time that no, there are no monsters under the bed, and that little Timmy should go back to sleep.
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"This is a historic day in the struggle for animal rights and in
defense of our evolutionary comrades, which will doubtless go down in
the history of humanity."
Pedro Pozas, Spanish director of the
Great Apes Project.
Spain's parliament voiced its support on Wednesday for the rights of great apes to life and freedom in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature has called for such rights for non-humans -the new measures are the latest move turning once-conservative Spain into a liberal trailblazer.
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The SpaceX Dragon is a proposed conventional blunt-cone ballistic capsule spacecraft, capable of carrying seven people or a mixture of personnel and cargo, to and from low Earth orbit that will be launched atop a Falcon 9 vehicle. SpaceX has built a full-sized
prototype of the vehicle and "thoroughly tested" its life support
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The day that someone finally manages to create a climate model that accurately predicts the full range of planetary weather systems, I think we will probably be a hundred years too late. It is such a tough challenge, attempting to pin together the whole range of influences that go in to making our planets weather what it is.
More proof of this difficulty is found in a recent discovery by
researchers working off the west-African coast of Cape Verde. What the
researchers found has totally shifted the thinking concerning two types
of greenhouse gases: ozone and methane.
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"Over time, I've come to the conclusion that the amazing thing about
Mars is not that it's an alien world, but that in many aspects, like
mineralogy, it's very much like Earth."
Samuel P. Kounaves of Tufts University, who is leading the Phoenix Mission chemical analysis.
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A paper published in 2002 by University of Washington astronomer John Armstrong first presented an idea which could one day lead us to understanding how life formed on early Earth. It runs parallel to the idea that an meteorite found in Antarctica has preserved evidence of life on early Mars.
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Although it may appear round and planet-like in a small telescope, Messier 27 (M27), the Dumbbell Nebula, is now known to be an excellent example of a gaseous emission nebula created as a sun-like star runs out of nuclear fuel in its core.
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