Forests appear to be providing an important global ecosystem service:
NYTimes: Trees, Timber, and Global Warming
Newsweek: Carbon Farming (Columbia’s own Don Melnick is featured prominently in this!)
And while we’re talking about plants…
NYTimes: Plants Are Really Cool
The LHC has started smashing things together (finally!). The world appears to still be here (this may be a selection effect). Records have already been broken:
Hopefully the LHC will yield evidence for what dark matter is. CDMS is another experiment that’s been attempting to…recent results are somewhere between 1 and 2 sigma (not statistically significant enough). How tantalizing!
Maybe there’s something alive down there on Mars afterall?
EurekAlert: Methane in Mars’ Atmosphere
Speaking of the atmosphere, here are some articles worth reading regarding the phony hullabaloo surrounding the climate E-mails:
Turning to where Brain and Behavior meets math we find that humans have a very hard time thinking probabilistically:
And finally, an article from a while back on religion and science:
NYTimes: Evolution and Religion