http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/ ... OX20110812
Riots, wild markets: Did space storms drive us mad?
Everyone is pointing fingers -- at blundering politicians, hooded thugs, disaffected youths, bumbling police and greedy bankers -- but could the cause for all the madness really be the star at the center of our solar system?
Some academics have claimed that such geomagnetic storms can affect humans, altering moods and leading people into negative behavior through effects on their biochemistry.
Some studies have found evidence that hospital admissions for depression rise during geomagnetic storms and that incidents of suicide increase.
A 2003 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta found that such storms could affect the stock market, as traders were more likely to make pessimistic choices.
"Unusually high levels of geomagnetic activity have a negative, statistically and economically significant effect on the following week's stock returns for all US stock market indices," the authors found in their report.
It could of course be mere coincidence that this has been a rollercoaster week on the markets, and that Britain was rocked by a wave of ferocious rioting and looting.
Sun storms have a psychological impact on us?Does the Earth’s magnetic field cause suicides? (New Scientist, 2008)
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1 ... cides.html
Anna Krivelyova en Cesare Robotti, Playing the Field: Geomagnetic Storms and the Stock Market, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank (2003) http://www.frbatlanta.org/filelegacydocs/wp0305b.pdf
Palmer, S. et al., Solar and geomagnetic activity, extremely low frequency magnetic and electric fields and human health at the Earth’s surface, Surveys in Geophysics, 2006
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/k ... 5/00009010
Schumann resonance? The human physical body as an antenna?
Is astrology becoming a serious topic of science in the 21st century?
What is your view?