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Scientists Search for Answers From the Carbon in the Clouds
July 25, 2008
For scientists looking at climate change, a large area of uncertainty has to do with the effects of airborne particles, such as carbon-laden soot, but new technology is now helping researchers unveil secrets about the life cycles of atmospheric aerosols.
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