Counterparties

By Felix Salmon
June 15, 2010
Guardian

" data-share-img="" data-share="twitter,facebook,linkedin,reddit,google" data-share-count="true">

Thomas Kinkade, drunk driver — Sacramento Bee

The death of the sun’s “magnetic soul”? — New Scientist

England 1-1 USA in lego — Guardian

McCain tweets words of wisdom to Jersey Shore’s Snooki — NYT

Congressman behaving badly — YouTube

These are beautiful, but are they true? If so, now I know what I’ve been doing wrong all these years — Design You Trust

More From Felix Salmon
Post Felix
The Piketty pessimist
The most expensive lottery ticket in the world
The problems of HFT, Joe Stiglitz edition
Private equity math, Nuveen edition
Five explanations for Greece’s bond yield
Comments
4 comments so far

This is a good example of the New Scientist writing style: get readers excited with disaster scenarios and pop-culture references and then slip in a little science. The problem is that the casual reader will only remember the former. This seems to be the key line: “Another example is the Maunder minimum, the period from 1645 to 1715 during which sunspots virtually disappeared and solar activity plummeted.” In other words, the sun does have periods of low sun-spot activity and the consequences for our planet are mild.

The magazine section at the front of Nature is a much better read for the interested layman.

Posted by JDB | Report as abusive

Not sure if there is a history with Mr. Kinkade, but there should probably be an alleged or arrested in there.

Posted by Dan_K | Report as abusive

hmm, seem unable to access the Design You Trust link, Felix.

Posted by REDruin | Report as abusive

I am not sure about your Kinkade reference either. Are you sad your favourite artist hath fallen? Did you scrape off the paint and see the numbers beneath? Are you now relishing in his predicament?

Posted by hsvkitty | Report as abusive
Post Your Comment

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/