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Group planning by bacteria may affect Earth’s climate

The type of consensus decision-making carried on at the Occupy Wall Street protest may go back almost to the origin of life on Earth. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have discovered that bacteria make group decisions as well. Not only that, but these collective decisions appear to influence…

Worst case: BP leak could last until Christmas

This year’s Christmas won’t be so merry under a worst-case scenario released Wednesday by a major energy investor. Writing about BP’s effort to plug a leak from a drill site that became exposed after a deepwater oil rig burst into flames and sunk in April, an energy investor noted that…