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Mysteries in the Clouds

Tiny microbes could be controlling our weather in an attempt to survive, according to Dr. Bruce Moffett and his team from the University of East London. They believe the airborne bacteria may be behind the formation of clouds and rainfall. The ability to manipulate the environment in this way would help the microbes survive and multiply.

The team plans to spend 18 months testing the theory that a self-sustaining ecosystem exists inside clouds. This will also help them understand the movement of airborne pathogens like foot-and-mouth prions. A "cyclonic cloud catcher" will be used to collect samples of cloud water across the U.K. The samples will then be analyzed to discover the composition and activity of any microbes present. Early tests have already shown the presence of micro-organisms in low-lying cumulus clouds. These bacteria would need to have natural defenses against ultraviolet rays.

Moffett says, "We are looking for evidence that microbial metabolism could have a major influence on patterns of climate and weather today. A really exciting possibility is that microbes have evolved ways of triggering cloud formation and rainfall to facilitate their own dispersal and reproduction. In other words, they could be controlling the weather."

If we could reproduce these microbes and seed clouds with them, maybe we could control the weather too.

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Matt Sun writes in the Australia Daily Telegraph about a mystery that?s occurring in his country: People are being showered by yellow goo falling from the sky. "This goo falls all over the car, and gives it a polka dot-like effect, but you can't work out where they come from as they don't appear until they dry," says victim Greg Bridges.

He first noticed the goo drops when renovating a house four months ago. "We were painting some doors white and these drops started falling on the doors, and it was a battle to keep them off," he says. "Because it was yellow, I thought it might have been waste dumped from jet liners, but there were no planes flying overhead at the time." The goo falls in all weather conditions, rain, hail or shine.

Environmental Protection Agency spokesman John Dengate says, "People have reported little spots mostly on their cars, and chances are they're not from a factory because the areas affected are widespread. These intriguing little things happen every few months, and we get people ringing up and asking about mysterious goo falling from the sky."

It turns out the falling goo is not factory exhaust or acid rain, it?s a combination of psyllids and bee droppings. Psyllids, also known as jumping plant lice, suck sap from eucalyptus trees to process it into a sugary liquid, but if they take in too much, they squirt the excess out of their bodies. They secrete large amounts of the sap onto plant leaves and also secrete a waxy protective cover called a lerp. Strong winds can blow these droplets up to miles away.

"A swarm of bees will all leave the hive on a warm day in winter and go to the toilet before going back home," Dengate says. "They are also a source of falling goo."

What?s going on with the weather? To find out, read ?The Coming Global Superstorm? by Whitley Strieber and Art Bell, soon to be a major motion picture, now available in hardcover signed by Whitley for only $9.95, click here.

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