Northern Hemisphere glaciation during the Last Glacial Maximum.
A comment led me to Satyendra Nath Bose, an Indian Physicist and contemporary of Albert Einstein, who by all accounts was a pretty sharp character. Sharp enough that Bosons, the Higgs-Boson, and Bose-Einstein Condensate were all named after him.
Bose-Einstein Condensate? I just read Spin State, a Science Fiction novel by Chris Moriarty, and Bose-Einstein Condensates play a major role. We have a colony planet where we have discovered some naturally occurring Bose-Einstein Condensate crystals that have enabled us to develop an intersteller transportation system and so an intersteller civilization. These crystals are found embedded in coal, which is being dug and used for fuel, much as we do now, with all the attendant problems of unions, strikes, malevolent coal companies, robber baron bosses and the whole panoply of coal mining troubles. Which reminds me of:
Which reminds me that DEVO did a version of this song, and when I go looking for it, I find this, which is, um, I don't know. Disturbing? Amusing? Scary? Great?
Freedom from Choice is one of the reasons I like Costco. I don't want to have to sort through 27 different varieties everytime I need something. Socks, butter, tea, whatever, just give me one. Which brings us to this story: Supermarkets Find that Less Inventory Means More Money. It seems DEVO were ahead of their time.