[Roland Piquepaille’s Technology Trends]: Nobody
really knows why Stradivarius and other violins designed in the late
17th and early 18th centuries still sound so good compared to modern
ones. Is it because of secret techniques, use of special wood or
something else? Now, two researchers think the cold climate, a mini ice
age which ruled over Europe during this period, is responsible for the
quality of musical instrument making.

Another factor to add to the cost/benefit analyses.

OTOH, our “what? me worry?” administration probably doesn’t need no
steenkin’ Strads, and in any case is boyed by Putin alegedly musing that
a few degrees of temperature rise would be just fine for Mother Russia.

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