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Posted Thu Sep 3 2009: from ANI, via Yahoo:
Scientists identify 'tipping points' at which sudden shifts to new conditions occur
In a new research, scientists have identified 'tipping points' at which sudden shifts to new conditions occur in the world.... They found that abrupt changes in ocean circulation and Earth's climate, shifts in wildlife populations and ecosystems, the global finance market and its system-wide crashes, and asthma attacks and epileptic seizures share generic early-warning signals that indicate a critical threshold of change dead ahead. The team found that similar symptoms occur in many systems as they approach a critical state of transition.... Especially relevant, they discovered, is that "catastrophic bifurcations," a diverging of the ways, propel a system toward a new state once a certain threshold is exceeded.
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