DNR weekend reading: Do humans affect clouds that affect climate? Other stories

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Here are some articles for your weekend reading that you may not have seen in the general media:

environment 360: The Long Strange Journey of Earth’s Traveling Microbes
Airborne microbes — such as bacteria, fungal spores, and tiny algae — can travel thousands of miles and high into the stratosphere. Now scientists are beginning to understand their possible role in creating clouds, causing rain, spreading disease, and even changing climate.
— more:  New Scientist: Cloud-making: Another human effect on the climate

Scientific American: Are Category 6 Hurricanes Coming Soon?
Tropical cyclones like Irene are predicted to be more powerful this year, thanks to natural conditions, but researchers disagree on how to rate that intensity.

Scientific American Guest Blog: A View to a Kill in the Morning: Carbon Dioxide
In 1940, inspired by a tragic accident, a New York pathologist came up with the scenario for a perfect murder. The weapon? An odorless, tasteless, invisible gas we’ve heard so much about recently: carbon dioxide.

Short Sharp Science (New Scientist): Who knew that a peanut worm larva could be so lovely?
Imaging technology using fluorescent dyes produces an intriguing photo of the three-day-old Nephasoma pellucidum larva, part of an imaging technology exhibit currently at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

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