No. 98: Mar-Apr 1995
An item in Science News about the earth's envelopment by a cloud of interstellar gas 2,000-8.000 years ago impelled J.M. Rankin to inquire if this cloud could change the cosmic-ray flux enough to affect carbon-14 dating. The answer seems to be YES. Unfortunately, we do not yet know enough to make corrections for this gastroastronomical event.
(Rankin, John M., and Frisch, Priscilla C.; "Carbon-14 Dating: Under a Cloud?" Science News, 147:51, 1995.)
Cross reference. See item under ASTRONOMY in this issue for more on this cloud.