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Frankenstorm: Has Climate Change Created A Monster?

This year, Americans saw a strangely warm winter, a ridiculously hot summer and extreme drought conditions. As Hurricane Sandy advances on the East Coast, folks may be wondering if climate change has come to pass. Let's see what science can tell us.
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A Hurricane Once More, Sandy Defies The Rules

It's still unclear whether Sandy, which was both downgraded then upgraded early Saturday morning, will be a devastating storm or just a bad one. It is clear, however, that Sandy will be remembered as the storm that broke all the rules and baffled the nation's top weather forecasters.
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What's A Lake Doing In The Middle Of The Desert?

In the United Arab Emirates, a new ecology is emerging at a lake formed by desalinated water that's been pumped in from the Persian Gulf.
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Lakes Emerging In Deserts Worry Some Ecologists

Lakes are popping up in the desert in places like the United Arab Emirates, raising concerns about their ecological impacts.
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Computers, Pinch Of Art Aid Hurricane Forecasters

The "spaghetti maps" that forecast hurricane tracks, such as those being used to predict the track of Hurricane Sandy, have become increasingly accurate and sophisticated. That's in part because of the work performed by some of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
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Medusa's Gaze And Vampire's Bite

In Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters, science journalist Matt Kaplan writes of real-life zombies in Haiti, poisoned by a witch's brew of pufferfish and tree frogs, and discusses how rabies infection could explain the vampire's aversion to garlic, water and sunlight.
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The SciFri Book Club Falls For Mr. Feynman

The Science Friday Book Club meets this week to talk about our fall pick: "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" : Adventures of a Curious Character. Physicist Lawrence Krauss joins the club to discuss Feynman's contributions to physics and his unconventional life.
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Scared To Death... Literally

Earthquakes, terrorist attacks and muggings have all scared people to death. Sporting events, too, sometimes cause frenzied fans to drop dead. Neurologist Martin Samuels of Brigham and Women's Hospital explains how positive or negative excitement can lead to a heart-stopping surge of adrenaline.

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