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"the clouds are alive" -- ArsTechnica article

by liz | January 16, 2013 21:54 16 Jan 21:54 | #5615 | #5615

Clouds By theaucitron

With more discussion happening on the idea of a global atmospheric sampling event based on our balloon mapping platform, this article crossed my desk, courtesy of bioinformatics guru Andrew Hill of Vizzuality.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/01/the-clouds-are-alive-as-microbes-fly-unfriendly-skies/

Excerpt from the article: "So then, it’s likely that bacteria really are active in clouds. And they’re not just bit players—they have a significant effect on the chemistry of cloud water. They’re controlling the concentration of hydroxyl radicals and forming particles that could be future condensation nuclei (making clouds that would be more reflective and less likely to generate precipitation). In order to fully understand the behavior of clouds, researchers are going to have to pay attention to the vagabond microbes eking out a living at 5,000 feet."


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