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Gambling on the Weather

NPR's Joe Palca reports on a global warming study by Stanford University scientists in today's issue of the journal Science. The study relied on gambling records from an annual guessing game in Anchorage, Alaska. The game began in 1917 when engineers building a railroad bridge had to stop because of ice. The engineers then passed their time by placing bets on when the ice would break up.

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