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    Posted: 5/16/2012 11:15:45 AM EST
    HOLD FOR LIFESTYLES In this undated image released by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Arabidopsis plants, from the mustard family, seem to "remember" when they are stressed from lack of water and respond on a molecular level to survive. The plants that weren?t stressed, the non-trained ones, are on the left and the ones that had water withheld, the trained or stressed ones, are on the right as shown here. (AP Photo/University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Yong Ding)
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    Posted: 5/15/2012 4:40:47 PM EST
    Greek leader of the Left Democratic party (DIMAR) Fotis Kouvelis leaves the Presidential Palace in Athens, after a meeting with Political party leaders, on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Greece's president met the leaders of five political parties, broadening talks to try and form a coalition government and end a nine-day deadlock in the crisis-hit country. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
  •  - Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel and Environment Minister Roettgen leave a news conference in Berlin

    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel and Environment Minister Roettgen leave a news conference in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 7:59:04 AM EST
    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen leave a news conference in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  -  Environment Minister Roettgen of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) attends a news conference in Berlin

    Environment Minister Roettgen of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) attends a news conference in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 7:57:07 AM EST
    Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) attends a news conference in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
  •  - Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin

    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 7:56:39 AM EST
    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
  •  - Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin

    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 7:54:31 AM EST
    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel and Environment Minister Roettgen  arrive to address a news conference in Berlin

    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel and Environment Minister Roettgen arrive to address a news conference in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 7:51:43 AM EST
    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen arrive to address a news conference in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin

    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 7:43:34 AM EST
    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts at a news conference in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin

    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 7:35:54 AM EST
    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  •  - Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen  arrives to a party board meeting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin

    Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen arrives to a party board meeting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 7:02:03 AM EST
    Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen arrives to a party board meeting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel and Environment Minister Roettgen await start of  a party board meeting in Berlin

    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel and Environment Minister Roettgen await start of a party board meeting in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 6:39:31 AM EST
    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen await start of a party board meeting in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel and Environment Minister Roettgen await start of  a party board meeting in Berlin

    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel and Environment Minister Roettgen await start of a party board meeting in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 6:37:41 AM EST
    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen await start of a party board meeting in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 6:36:37 AM EST
    Federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and member of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Hannelore Kraft reacts during a statement to the media after NRW state elections before the weekly party board meeting in Berlin May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - German SPD party leader Gabriel addresses media before party board meeting in Berlin

    German SPD party leader Gabriel addresses media before party board meeting in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 6:34:32 AM EST
    German Social Democratic Party (SPD) party leader Sigmar Gabriel addresses the media after North-Rhine Westphalia state elections before the weekly party board meeting in Berlin May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 6:34:03 AM EST
    Federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and member of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Hannelore Kraft reacts during a statement to the media after NRW state elections before the weekly party board meeting in Berlin May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel  looks into her bag at  a party board meeting in Berlin

    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Merkel looks into her bag at a party board meeting in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 6:33:35 AM EST
    Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Angela Merkel looks into her bag at a party board meeting in Berlin, May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 6:31:51 AM EST
    Federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and member of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Hannelore Kraft reacts during a statement to the media after NRW state elections before the weekly party board meeting in Berlin May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 6:31:26 AM EST
    Federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and member of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Hannelore Kraft reacts during a statement to the media after NRW state elections before the weekly party board meeting in Berlin May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 6:30:51 AM EST
    Federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and member of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Hannelore Kraft reacts during a statement to the media after NRW state elections before the weekly party board meeting in Berlin May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  •  - German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    German federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia Kraft reacts during statement before party board meeting in Berlin

    Posted: 5/14/2012 6:30:21 AM EST
    Federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and member of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Hannelore Kraft reacts during a statement to the media after NRW state elections before the weekly party board meeting in Berlin May 14, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)