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Eye on the Atmosphere

A podcast about weather, climate, and people.  
Volunteers Across Nation to Track Climate Clues in Spring Flowers   BudBurst! Backyard Science Blooms in Springtime
A spring project for students and teachers, families, scouts, 4-H groups, gardeners, and others to observe the first buds appearing on local trees and flowers. Citizen science like BudBurst helps researchers understand our changing climate. (3:33, 3.1MB)  | Volunteers Across Nation to Track Climate Clues in Spring Flowers (news release, Thu Feb 14 09:00:00 MST 2008)

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Natural Ocean   Coral Reefs Get a Little Good News
Oceanographer Joan Kleypas and her team are investigating whether a natural ocean "thermostat" might help to keep ocean waters from getting too hot for corals--at least in one biologically diverse region of the Pacific Ocean. (5:09, 4.5MB)  | Natural Ocean "Thermostat" May Protect Some Coral Reefs (news release, Thu Feb 07 08:00:00 MST 2008)

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Solar Telescope Reaches 120,000 Feet on Jumbo-Jet-Sized Balloon   Solar Researchers Pin Hopes on High-Tech Balloon
The successful test flight clears the way for long-duration polar balloon flights that will capture unprecedented details of the Sun's surface. (4:17, 3.8MB)  | Solar Telescope Reaches 120,000 Feet on Jumbo-Jet-Sized Balloon (news release, Tue Oct 23 00:00:00 MDT 2007)

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