Breaching a “carbon threshold” could lead to mass extinction

Study finds that carbon dioxide emissions may trigger a reflex in the carbon cycle, with devastating consequences.

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In the brain, when neurons fire off electrical signals to their neighbors, this happens through an "all-or-none" response. The signal only happens once conditions in the cell breach a certain threshold.

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An escape route for carbon

Study shows minerals sequester carbon for thousands of years, which may explain oxygen's abundance in the atmosphere.

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As many of us may recall from grade school science class, the Earth's carbon cycle goes something like this: As plants take up carbon dioxide and convert it into organic carbon, they release oxygen back into the air.

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Study of quark speeds finds a solution for a 35-year physics mystery

Number of proton-neutron pairs determine how fast the particles move, results suggest.

A general view of the ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) Control Room with staff monitoring the screens during a behind the scenes tour at CERN, the World's Largest Particle Physics Laboratory. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
February 20, 2019

MIT physicists now have an answer to a question in nuclear physics that has puzzled scientists for three decades: Why do quarks move more slowly inside larger atoms?

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Study: Much of the surface ocean will shift in color by end of 21st century

Climate-driven changes in phytoplankton communities will intensify the blue and green regions of the world’s oceans.

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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
February 4, 2019

Climate change is causing significant changes to phytoplankton in the world's oceans, and a new MIT study finds that over the coming decades these changes will affect the ocean's color, intensifying its blue regions and its green ones. Satellites should detect these changes in hue, providing early warning of wide-scale changes to marine ecosystems.

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