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Argos -Automated Buoys Predict Climate Change from Land & Ocean Links

Cascobaybuoy_3 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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CERN to World on the Large Hadron Collider: "This machine will not blow up the universe."

Lhc_black_holes 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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Spain's Parliament Supports Right of Great Apes to Life & Freedom

400greatape "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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Ocean Sucking Up More Ozone than First Thought

Ozone_hole_2 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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Mars Soil Sample Reveals Presence of Nutrients for Plants to Grow

Mars_phoenix_soil_sample "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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Fragments of Ancient Earth to be found on Moon

Dry_valleysantarctica_7 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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