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Clues to future climate may be found in the way that an ordinary drinking glass shatters. A study appearing this week in PNAS finds that microscopic particles of dust, emitted into the atmosphere when dirt breaks apart, follow similar fragment patterns to broken glass and other brittle objects. The research, by Jasper Kok (ASP), suggests there are several times more dust particles pumped into the atmosphere than previously thought, since shattered dirt appears to produce an unexpectedly high number of large dust fragments.
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