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6a00d8341bf7f753ef0120a614b324970b-320wi A new study shows that cosmic radiation could be accelerating the growth of our Earth forests, though - as with most cosmic radiation effects - we don't know how it's happening or what the effects are.  But in accordance with standard "Science From Fantastical Space Radiation" practice, the results were only discovered by accident.

A team from the University of Edinburgh scanned samples from felled Scottish spruce trees to examine the rings.  Which, when you think about it, is just like scanning a document but without all the intermediary steps.  By examining the width of the yearly rings that form you can examine the growth of the tree over time, and while they were expecting climate factors to dominate cosmic ones turned up instead.

There was a clear correlation between cosmic radiation levels and growth, and while it wasn't the usual "Grow to twice the size and change color" effect we normally associate with radiation-fueled growth it still outperformed links with little things like "temperature" or "rain."  Which was a bit of a surprise.  

If you're asking "How could cosmic radiation change tree growth?", you and the researchers have a lot in common.  There are a few theories about how high energy protons slamming into the upper atmosphere, exploding into showers of exotic particles as they collide with air, could do this.  None of which people can agree on.  The idea that increased particle showers in the upper atmosphere can seed clouds and regular water showers further down has studies both for and against, while the idea that the unleashed particles are somehow spurring growth directly has only scifi for support so far.  Well, scifi and the fact it actually seems to be happening.

In any case, we can count ourself lucky the cosmic radiation didn't have more Fantastic effects on the foliage: invisible trees would be a major hazard, rubber trees don't grow in Scotland, and the environmental effects of forests turning to stone or catching fire are undesirable.


Luke McKinney


http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8311000/8311373.stm

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/122652654/HTMLSTART

Comments

NOT A DIFFICULT QUESTION, IS IT REALLY?

NOTHING COULD BE CREATED OR FORMED UNLESS SOMETHING RADIATES THE CREATIVE ENERGIES.

OF COURSE COSMIC RAYS CREATES AND ACCELERATES EVERYTHING, INCLUDED LIFE AS WE KNOW IT.

- EVEN THE BIBLE TELL THIS: IN THE BEGINNING WAS NOTHING - THE A LIGHT SHOWED UP AND CREATED EVERYTHING.

All the Best from
Ivar Nielsen
Natural Philosopher
www.native-science.net
www.cosmology-unified.net

Nature is superior to science and its ways are there for us all to see. Let us do our best too in helping the Nature in this task of the benefit of humanity.

Let's keep in mind that correlation does not prove causation. Could be that the record for cosmic radiation and the record in the tree rings are both affected by, say, cloud cover?

I'm sure the scientists who are working on it are looking into the causes. I'm also sure that jumping to zany conclusions about how "A LIGHT SHOWED UP AND CREATED EVERYTHING" is about as useful as accepting any other iron-age theories, and I dare Ivar Nielsen to avoid using anti-biblical technologies (scientifically derived from heretics like Galileo) such as the computer he uses to spread his ignorance.

This topic was really educational and nicely written. I approach to do some additional exploration on this.

My sense of cosmic rays seems to differ. Having known some Russian experimenters, years ago, who examined rays on mountain tops, without the clutter of our man-made interference patterns, we are completely naive about the impact of these rays which defy measurement and impact with the instrumentation currently available. Having worked in high energy physics and realizing the limitations of us mere mortals, both to understand and measure our surrounding universe, points to the facts (should there be any) that we are less than babes in the cosmos and less so in our understanding of our happenstance for existence.
One of my naive theories, 30 years ago, was that if I lived in a lead box, I could live forever because I would be protected from cosmic rays. The basis for that thought was that cosmic rays, daily and continuously, remove elements from our bodies and destine us for elimination. Aging is simply a result of our decay because of the continuing bombardment of the rays.
Point of fact: we can not reproduce or emulate in any fashion within our atmosphere. the nature or energy of cosmic rays.
Cynically I can say (which is a precept hovering in the minds of most scientists) we are an accident and perhaps an amusing experiment carried out by some curious kid existing in @#@##something we could never understand.

Enjoy what you have and remain curious.

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