I despair about the state of the general public’s knowledge of technology. Here is an example of why:
On Friday, an asteroid will come within 17,000 miles of the Earth—“a very close shave” by space standards, as my colleague Phil Plait puts it on Bad Astronomy. Recently, Bill Nye the Science Guy went on CNN to discuss the phenomenon—and anchor Deb Feyerick opened with a rather odd question: “Is this an effect of perhaps global warming?”
I presume Deb Feyerick is of above avearge intelligence. She has had the “benefit” of American higher education (BA in English Literature from Barnard) and still thinks there might be a direct connection between global warming and the orbit of a small asteroid.