-- by Horatio Algeranon
Faster than light
Result from wormholes
Yes, that's right.
Then again, they might not, especially if they are not real.
In science, it is usually best to confirm that an effect is real (not just due to noise and/or experimental error ) before one proposes elaborate "explanations" as some did for the "Superluminal Neutrinos" and "Cold Fusion" (both due to experimental error) and others are now doing for the so-called "flat global temperatures" over the past decade, which are very consistent with the preceding long term trend, as Tamino shows with his most excellent animated graph:
The solid blue line is the long term trend from 1975 through 2000 -- extended with the center red line. The upper and lower dotted lines "bracket" the "expected deviations" of temperatures about that trend (due to "weather noise" like El Nino, La Nina and volcanic eruptions).
As you can see, recent global temperature (anomalies) are well within those brackets. In other words, there is really no evidence that recent temperatures have been "flat" (or even that the rate of warming has "slowed") and thus no reason to propose "explanations" for the latter.