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+ - Possible effects of radio waves on plants found->

dwguenther writes: A Lyons (Colorado) area woman with no academic pedigree has published a scientific paper in the International Journal of Forestry Research about the adverse effects of radio waves on aspen seedlings.

Katie Haggerty, who lives north of Steamboat Mountain, found in a preliminary experiment done near her house that aspens shielded from the waves were healthier than those that were not.

"I found that the shielded seedlings produced more growth, longer shoots, bigger leaves and more total leaf area. The shielded group produced 60 percent more leaf area and 74 percent more shoot length than a mock-shielded group," she said.

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+ - House of Commons Inquiry Clears Climate Scientists->

dwguenther writes: "The first of several British investigations into the e-mails leaked from one of the world's leading climate research centers has largely vindicated the scientists involved. The House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee said Wednesday that they'd seen no evidence to support charges that the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit ... had tampered with data or perverted the peer review process to exaggerate the threat of global warming."

    The important thing here is not the inevitable I-told-you-so's; the much more critical discussion needs to be about how the media bought into a public-relations scandal, casting false doubt on research results that the public needs to know about in order to make informed decisions.

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