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Clouds: Lighter than air but laden with lead

Atmospheric lead causes clouds to form more easily, could change pattern of rain and snow

Space & Earth / Earth Sciences

created 14 hours ago | popularity 4.5 / 5 (4) | comments 7

(PhysOrg.com) -- By sampling clouds -- and making their own -- researchers have shown for the first time a direct relation between lead in the sky and the formation of ice crystals that foster clouds. The ...


Yellow submarine to try again for Atlantic glide (AP)

Yellow submarine to try again for Atlantic glide

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created 21 hours ago | popularity 4.8 / 5 (5) | comments 5

(AP) -- A second try is about to get under way at sending a little yellow submarine gliding across the Atlantic Ocean to collect scientific data from beneath the waves.


Energy secretary: Islands could disappear

Space & Earth / Environment

created 21 hours ago | popularity 4.6 / 5 (54) | comments 4

(AP) -- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is warning that if countries don't do something about climate change, "some island states will simply disappear."




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Discovered after 40 years: Moon dust hazard influenced by Sun's elevation

Space & Earth / Earth Sciences

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 3.8 / 5 (5) | comments 5

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Apollo Moon Program struggled with a minuscule, yet formidable enemy: sticky lunar dust. Four decades later, a new study reveals that forces compelling lunar dust to cling to surfaces ...


LRO to Help Astronauts Survive in Infinity

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to Help Astronauts Survive in Infinity

Space & Earth / Space Exploration

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (7) | comments 5

(PhysOrg.com) -- Space seems exotic, forbidding, and remote, but imagine trying to survive winter without a heated shelter or warm clothing. Our ancestors developed these technologies because they needed room ...



Scientists issue warning on future of central Arctic

Space & Earth / Environment

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 4.4 / 5 (32) | comments 3

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have warned that world leaders are in a race against time to make key decisions about the future of international co-operation in the Arctic.


Venus Disappears during Meteor Shower

Venus Disappears during Meteor Shower

Space & Earth / Space Exploration

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 4.8 / 5 (10) | comments 0

Picture this: It's 4:30 in the morning. You're up and out before the sun. Steam rises from your coffee cup, floating up to the sky where a silent meteor streaks through a crowd of stars. A few minutes later ...


Rescue shuttle moved to launch pad just in case (AP)

Rescue shuttle moved to launch pad just in case

Space & Earth / Space Exploration

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 4.5 / 5 (4) | comments 1

(AP) -- Space shuttle Endeavour is on a launch pad, ready to rocket off on a rescue mission if shuttle Atlantis needs help when it flies to repair the Hubble Space Telescope next month.


Study finds better way to protect streams from construction runoff

Space & Earth / Environment

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (3) | comments 1

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found an exponentially better way to protect streams and lakes from the muddy runoff associated with stormwater around road and other construction projects.


Publishers embrace vision for a green future

Space & Earth / Environment

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 1.5 / 5 (2) | comments 0

(AP) -- The publishing industry has been fitted for 20-20-20 vision.


How to deflect asteroids and save the Earth

Space & Earth / Space Exploration

created Apr 16, 2009 | popularity 4.5 / 5 (18) | comments 17

You may want to thank David French in advance. Because, in the event that a comet or asteroid comes hurtling toward Earth, he may be the guy responsible for saving the entire planet.


Ancient ecosystem thrives millions of years below Antarctic glacier

Ancient ecosystem thrives millions of years below Antarctic glacier

Space & Earth / Earth Sciences

created Apr 16, 2009 | popularity 4.8 / 5 (21) | comments 12

(PhysOrg.com) -- A reservoir of briny liquid buried deep beneath an Antarctic glacier supports hardy microbes that have lived in isolation for millions of years, researchers report this week in the journal ...


Cosmic heavyweights in free-for-all

Astronomers find most crowded collision of galaxy clusters

Space & Earth / Astronomy

created Apr 16, 2009 | popularity 4.7 / 5 (23) | comments 7

The most crowded collision of galaxy clusters has been identified by combining information from three different telescopes. This result gives scientists a chance to learn what happens when some of the largest ...


Megadroughts in sub-Saharan Africa normal for the region

Megadroughts in sub-Saharan Africa normal for the region

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created Apr 16, 2009 | popularity 4.3 / 5 (8) | comments 6

Devastating droughts worse than the infamous Sahel drought are part of the normal climate regime for sub-Saharan West Africa, according to new research.


Probing Question: Can humans control the weather?

Probing Question: Can humans control the weather?

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created Apr 16, 2009 | popularity 3.6 / 5 (5) | comments 3

Chinese officials claimed they prevented rain on the first day of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by launching rockets into the rain clouds the night before. Emeritus professor of meteorology Charles L. Hosler asserts ...


Kyoto treaty is ‘failing the world’s poor’, say scientists

Kyoto treaty is ‘failing the world’s poor’, say scientists

Space & Earth / Environment

created Apr 16, 2009 | popularity 1 / 5 (4) | comments 3

Initiatives aimed at cutting emissions while encouraging economic development are failing the world’s poorest countries, leading scientists from Oxford University are warning.


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Origins of sulfur in rocks tells early oxygen story

Space & Earth / Earth Sciences

created Apr 16, 2009 | popularity 4.4 / 5 (7) | comments 2

(PhysOrg.com) -- Sedimentary rocks created more than 2.4 billion years ago sometimes have an unusual sulfur isotope composition thought to be caused by the action of ultra violet light on volcanically produced ...


Host to 'Hot Jupiter'

Kepler Captures First Views of Planet-Hunting Territory

Space & Earth / Astronomy

created Apr 16, 2009 | popularity 4.7 / 5 (10) | comments 2

NASA's Kepler mission has taken its first images of the star-rich sky where it will soon begin hunting for planets like Earth.