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Oceanic phytoplankton, atmospheric sulphur, cloud albedo and climate
The major source of cloud-condensation nuclei (CCN) over the oceans appears to be dimethylsulphide, which is produced by planktonic algae in sea water and oxidizes in the atmosphere to form aExpand
Biological homeostasis of the global environment: the parable of Daisyworld
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A model of animaginary planet having a very simple biosphere, consisting of just two species of daisy of different colours, sketches out the elements of a biological feedback system which might help regulate the temperature of the earth. Expand
The Ages of Gaia: A Biography of Our Living Earth
BBC 2's 1986 "Horizon" programme won many new followers for Jim Lovelock's startling new theory of life called Gaia. Existing theories held that plants and animals evolve on, but are distinct from,Expand
Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth
In this classic work that continues to inspire its many readers, Jim Lovelock puts forward his idea that the life of earth functions as a single organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is aExpand
A Physical Basis for Life Detection Experiments
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The Natural Environment Research Council will take over responsibility for the parts of the grants and awards programme that lie within its field, with the emphasis on continuity. Expand
Gaia as seen through the atmosphere
Life can flourish only within a narrowly circumscribed range of physical and chemical states and since life began the Earth has kept within this range. This is remarkable for there have been majorExpand
The haemolysis of human red blood-cells by freezing and thawing.
  • J. Lovelock
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Biochimica et biophysica acta
  • 1953
TLDR
The results of these observations suggest that the principal damaging effect associated with freezing is the concentration of the electrolytes present within and without the cell, and that the survival of rapidly frozen and thawed cells is attributed to this factor. Expand
Prevention of Freezing Damage to Living Cells by Dimethyl Sulphoxide
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This communication reports the protective action of dimethyl sulphoxide against freezing damage to human and bovine red blood cells and to bull spermatozoa. Expand
Atmospheric homeostasis by and for the biosphere : the gaia hypothesis
During the time, 3.2 x 109 years, that life has been present on Earth, the physical and chemical conditions of most of the planetary surface have never varied from those most favourable for life. TheExpand
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