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April 2012

We're Reaching the Tipping Point on Climate

We recently reported that changes in the Arctic could halt the Gulf Stream--maybe changing our climate permanently. Now climatologists are warning us that the world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter.

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Plants Remember the Dry Days

When plants talk to each other, what do they say? Some of them compare notes on how to survive a drought and plants that have been subjected to a previous period of drought learn to deal with the stress thanks to their memories of the experience.

This discovery...
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Here Comes Trouble!

Do you make decisions quickly based on incomplete information? Do you often lose your temper? Are you easily bored? Is your desk a mess?
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Discovery of a Water Planet

The most common type of star in the Milky Way is called a red dwarf--these are smaller, cooler, and longer-lived than our sun. There are 160 BILLION of them in our galaxy and 40% of them have Earth-like planets orbiting them at the right distance for liquid water to exist on their surfaces, a condition that is necessary for life.
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Faster Than Light Speed? Slow Down!

When a group of physicists who called themselves "Opera" announced in September that a group of subatomic particles called neutrinos had traveled faster than the speed of light, many physicists assumed...
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