Thursday, 8 March 2012

Magnetising the cosmic rayguns of a cloud city?

Given all the talk of the coronal mass ejection due today, and the idea of the sun waking up, I thought I'd do a quick post to follow those on plasma cosmology, symbiogenesis and potential for supervillain geoengineering, for fresh inspiration in fiction and gaming.

If the thinking discussed in this video is close to the reality, it may be that cosmic rays increase cloud formation. The link to the sun? The Earth's magnetic field is believed to shield against the rays, with the field being forced back as the solar wind picks up.

Which is to say that if the sun has been dozing, we might have had less cloud recently, and maybe more heating. Do current climate models account for the possibility? There are billions of currency units and lives involved. But then, as laypeople keeping up via mass media, can we trust what we hear about this research more than any other?

How could the fiction run with all of this? World building and campaign ideas abound...

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3 comments:

Angela Felsted said...

I bet you write really good fantasy and science fiction.

Trey said...

You know, maybe today's coronal injection is the cranky sun waking up...

Porky said...

@ Angela Felstead - I wouldn't like to say, especially if we're talking your standard in poetry, but I do know Trey does...

@ Trey - That one word - 'cranky' - makes me think there could be more beings along the lines of the lens flayer waiting to be teased out, and this one in your style.