Blame It All On The Aurora Borealis?

Perhaps Anita Bush has been staring at the northern lights just a little too long. The visiting professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and has spent the last five years trying to prove that Alaska!s high rates of suicide, homicide and accidental death are the fault of geomagnetic storms caused by the aurora borealis -a.k.a. the northern lights. Worse, she suspects, the Alaska oil pipeline is intensifying the effect by carrying the aurora!s magnetic energy over miles of rock, making the pipe and rock alternative conductors.

The pipeline acts like a giant "lightning rod," Bush says, carrying energy all the way from the North Slope, where the aurora is strong, down to Valdez. Which, of course, explains the '89 Exxon Valdez oil spill, she says: scientists measured record-high aurora that year. What, no full moon?

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