reading a fox news article today.....i know, i know! fox news.....uh-huh.....
but anyway, it was a side trip from global warming issues, and spoke of sun activity in recent years.
believe it or not.....our sun seems to be pooping out on us a bit of late. scientists aren't too concerned, because they figure the green house gases we've got.....all that fun stuff, well it's busy warming the planet anyway. next thing you know, they'll be telling us we don't need the sun at all....
well, myself have noticed over the last several years that the sun doesn't feel the same on my skin. mostly i figured it was just a manifestation of my insanity, or perhaps a symptom of getting old.
so was surprised to read that since about 2002 there have been almost NO sunspots.....and according to the article, when the sun would normally have 100 or more sunspots, it puts off more ultraviolet radiation......i.e. the stuff that makes you tan.
another interesting point, is that without the magnectic activity, the sun no longer protects us from what they laughingly call "cosmic rays." have no clue what that's supposed to be, but apparently we're getting hit by space cooties every day now and don't even know it....
in what i consider a related post, news today was released that states people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to die. within this article, it reports that there is a world-wide lowering of vitamin D levels:
"Global Low Vitamin D
In an article accompanying the research, the researchers report that on average both older and younger people around the world may not be getting enough vitamin D.
They speculate that it may be due to air pollution, a lack of outdoor activities, and increased urbanization, with more people staying and working indoors.
well, i propose that the lower levels may be due to the decrease in sunspot activity. so going outdoors may not be the cure...suggest everybody be sure and drink up their milk!