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Are We Alone, Little Ice Age edition

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitJun 28, 2011 6:14 PM

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Every month or so I go on SETI's "Are We Alone" radio show/podcast with Seth Shostak, and we discuss some weird scientifically distorted news item in a segment we call "Skeptic Check". The latest one is now online, where Seth and I talk about the recent news about the Sun's potentially weakening magnetic field, and some folks who have leapt to the conclusion that we're facing a new ice age because of it. Here's an article I wrote about this topic, and here's the direct link to the show.

[UPDATE: I just found out the AWA blog has links to the various show segments as stand-alone audio files, so here's the link to mine.]

The conclusion? Spoiler alert: don't stock up on portable heaters just yet.


Related posts: - Are we headed for a new ice age? - The Sun may be headed for a little quiet time - Are We Alone Skeptic Check: Tyche, or not Tyche - Are We Alone of DEATH

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