tbeatty: Etchy333: The sun went down below the horizon a few hours ago. I don't want to alarm anyone, but it may never come back.Meh. The sun's magnetic poles flip every eleven years or so. You never hear about the people on the sun complaining about global warming.
Twinkles: It's all a conspiracy by the map-printing industry to get us all to buy new maps with Australia in the northern hemisphere!
hardinparamedic: Given that this is being reported by the Daily Mail, a scientific journal of HIGH REPUTE, I don't see any reason to doubt this. Let the panic begin!
Smirky the Wonder Chimp: I guess it's a slow news day over at Mail Online, since the future pole flip has been known about for quite a few decades now, there wasn't much reason to panic twenty years ago, and there really isn't much to panic about now, either.There again, judging by the nekkid buttock pics on the sidebar of the TFA,
Smirky the Wonder Chimp: I guess it's a slow news day over at Mail Online, since the future pole flip has been known about for quite a few decades now, there wasn't much reason to panic twenty years ago, and there really isn't much to panic about now, either.There again, judging by the nekkid buttock pics on the sidebar of the TFA, it's pretty much ALWAYS a slow news day over there.
RobSeace: Twinkles: It's all a conspiracy by the map-printing industry to get us all to buy new maps with Australia in the northern hemisphere![www.affordablehousinginstitute.org image 600x425]
Hollie Maea: I've been assured that this already happened 9 years ago.[thishollowearth.files.wordpress.com image 318x414]
Target Builder: As the magnetic shield weakens, the spectacle of an aurora would be visible every night all over the EarthOn the upside, that would be pretty awesome.
t3knomanser: All the geological evidence we have indicates that while the field becomes more chaotic, the magnetopause still extends out to 3 Earth radii and will continue to protect us. This has happened many, many times before. There is no evidence that links reversals to any sort of cataclysm on Earth. If there were a sudden influx of radiation, we'd expect to see mass extinctions- and we don't.The process also takes 1,000-10,000 years, so... what I'm trying to say here is that this is a non-event.
Mean Daddy: Suwe we have to do this 30 times a year!!! Gwobal warming is the cawse of eberyting!!! I wed on a wiberal site its making the moon bigger!! It affects eberyting, now gwavity!!! I'm gonna whyte a check to Al Bore so he can fix it!!!
namatad: do we really have to do this 30 times a year?
IlGreven: namatad: do we really have to do this 30 times a year?...closer to 365 times a year...once for each day Fark GLs a "science" story from the Daily Fail.
Slypork: It's a conspiracy created by the compass industry that was losing business. Now everyone will have to buy new compassess since the old ones will point the wrong way.
Notabunny: So my kids' drawings are going to fall off the fridge? 'Cause I got tape. I'm ready.
THE GREAT NAME: Clearly the effect of a few decades with virtually no magnetic field to protect our technology is a much bigger deal
heliotrope: I'm scared. If the earth flips upside down, the country will be upside down? I'm a Northerner. I don't want to be a Southerner. Their beer is terrible, they're soft and they talk funny.
t3knomanser: THE GREAT NAME: Clearly the effect of a few decades with virtually no magnetic field to protect our technology is a much bigger dealFirst, this process is not a "few decades" long. It's thousands of years. Second, There is no evidence that the Earth will be without a magnetic field for this period of time- to the contrary, our best evidence indicates that the Earth's magnetosphere remains roughly the same.This isn't a matter of talking anything "down". There's no evidence that indicates any sort of alarm is necessary or helpful here. Further, unlike climate change, there is literally nothing we can do. The biggest vulnerability to solar radiation is the power grid, and it is impossible to harden it sufficiently to operate without the Earth's magnetosphere for protection. Further, since there's no evidence that it will be called upon to do so, it's foolish to seriously consider it anyway.What we do know is that the weakened field allows solar radiation to reach the upper atmosphere. We know this because of radioisotopes gathered from 40,000 year old ice cores (the same ice cores that allow us to measure the relative quantity of CO2 in the atmosphere). We know that there's no correlation between mass extinction cycles and geomagnetic reversals, implying that there's no organic danger due to radiation. We know that geomagnetic activity is chaotic and seemingly random (it is emphatically not periodic, and it's wrong to say we're "overdue" for a reversal). We know that the process is usually slow, but it can sometimes happen very quickly- the 40,000 year old Laschamp event happened over the course of less that 500 years. The Cretaceous Superchron lasted 10 million years.
THE GREAT NAME: that tl;dr overreaction speaks volumes, I'd say.
neuroflare: Sounds like sensationalist bullshiat
t3knomanser: THE GREAT NAME: that tl;dr overreaction speaks volumes, I'd say.God forbid we discuss SCIENCE. Personally, I think this whole thing is awesome, and it's exciting to think that I might see the start of a pole reversal in my lifetime. This pants-wetting freak-out garbage is just sad. This is exciting, and we don't need the Daily Fail raining on our parade!
THE GREAT NAME: This story is about science
THE GREAT NAME: the Guardian without question
t3knomanser: THE GREAT NAME: This story is about scienceNo, it isn't. It's in the Daily Fail. This is a story about science in about the same way the novel Cum for Bigfoot is a biography.THE GREAT NAME: the Guardian without questionOh yes, because I'm going to turn to a newspaper for discussions on science. You are a sad, poor, little troll.
hardinparamedic: Given that this is being reported by the Daily Mail, a scientific journal of HIGH REPUTE, I don't see any reason to doubt this. Let the panic begin![2.bp.blogspot.com image 139x200]Nah, I'm just shiatting you. The Daily Fail rags again!
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