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Posted Mon Jul 28 2008: from Houston Chronicle:
Scientists find soot has an even darker side
"Soot is one of mankind's oldest pollutants. Cavemen blackened their walls with it. During the Industrial Revolution, soot so thoroughly coated the English countryside that white moths died out and were largely replaced by black-bodied descendants to preserve their camouflaging abilities. Despite its long history, however, soot remained one of the least understood components of our air. But now, a raft of new studies is beginning to make clear how soot may play a critical role in everything from human health to global warming to whether it will rain tomorrow in Houston."
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