may, 16, 2002 archives

the grounding of all the jets in american airspace last september gave weather scientists a chance to study the effects of contrails on the weather. turns out they form the basis for large cloud banks, and moderate the daily temperature swing. (there's probably some joke about clouds and silver linings to be made here, but it probably wouldn't be in very good taste.)

wow, the sale of farmland may be coming to russia. for the first time since 1917. in just a few more years, they'll probably be paying people not to grow anything. god bless capitalism!

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