Aco, you all can run; I will sit, watch and laugh
my calories off that way. What happens when the oceans interrupt the flow of runners?
I had found an article at work that indicated that some sciencetists thought that solar activity had something to do with the slowing of Venus' rotation. Not saying it is true; just saying what I read.
But it has to be ALL of us Summerland... (hm... you don't happen to live near an East Coast by any chance?
The Sun is a better possibility than the atmosphere - at least it is an outside source. The problem would be what it could be - Venus has bugger-all magnetosphere so any effect would almost have to be a physical one - what could it be that we haven't seen or felt?
I think eventually we will see more and more scientists begin to look for new theories. There are too many WTF? moments happening in fields where they say they've got it all but nailed down.
One thing I have never seen a comment on is electric fields. While Venus has no intrinsic magnetic field, it does have metals and moving metal through a magnetic field WILL induce current and an electric field. We know the Sun's magnetosphere reaches Earth so Venus is smack in it.
Also the solar wind is plasma, charged particles streaming out from the Sun - moving a charged planet through that HAS to generate the mother of all EMF fields.
So it is a possibility that the Sun could be influencing. But again the sheer scale of the energy transfer begs the question of what it could be. You'd think if it affected Venus so strongly we'd at least have had some effect here. Maybe Venus has an off-centre mass of metals that are causing a surge in the forces being applied as it spins? But then the attractive factor as the mass came around would balance the slowing factor as the mass moved away...
I admit, it's a puzzle. Just thinking out loud here BTW. One thing they should look at is possible measurement effects - we recently saw a spate of reports about the Sun altering radioactive processes - maybe their measuring devices are being affected?
There's some strange shit happening all around...