Volume 86 Issue 15 | pp. 40-42
Issue Date: April 14, 2008

Bacteria In Clouds

Microbial meteorologists investigate how airborne microbes might influence weather
Department: Science & Technology

Ten bucks says that the last time you looked up at the sky on an overcast day, musings about the behavior of bacteria in the clouds did not flit across your mind. Many of us think of the sky as an evolving mixture of inanimate entities: water vapor, nitrogen, oxygen, ozone, aerosols, polluting particles, and increasingly, carbon dioxide.

But a more comprehensive list would include pollen, algae, dandruff, and bacteria. On average, these so-called biogenic . . .

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