The Volokh Conspiracy

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Can sunspots save Social Security from the boomers?


Maybe so. Compare this study:

A recent study conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has revealed that being born during a period of heightened solar activity can shorten our lifespan by over five years.

With this one:

The plot below … shows the size of the biggest individual spots in each year between 1900 and 2000. Notable spots include the Great Sunspot of 1947, which was three times larger than [a 1991 sunstorm].