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Space weather could wreak havoc in gadget-driven world

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A geomagnetic space storm sparked by a solar eruption like the one that flared toward Earth Tuesday is bound to strike again and could wreak havoc across the gadget-happy modern world, experts say. Contemporary society is increasingly vulnerable to space weather because of our dependence on satellite…

Space weather could wreak havoc in gagdet-driven world

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Earth just dodged a solar bullet. But it won’t be the last. Experts say a geomagnetic storm, sparked by a massive solar eruption similar to the one that flared toward the Earth on Tuesday, is bound to strike again, and the next one could wreak more…

Earth dodges geomagnetic storm: scientist

WASHINGTON – A wave of charged plasma particles from a huge solar eruption has glanced off the Earth’s northern pole, lighting up auroras and disrupting some radio communications, a NASA scientist said. But the Earth appears to have escaped a widespread geomagnetic storm, with the effects confined to the northern…

Amnesty slams Shell over oil spills in Nigeria

Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth Tuesday said they had filed an official complaint against Ango-Dutch firm Shell for shirking responsibility for oil spills in Nigeria and wreaking havoc on the environment. A joint statement said Shell’s operations in the southern oil-rich Niger Delta breached the Organisation for Economic…

2010 tied for Earth’s hottest year on record, NOAA reports

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that last year was tied as the planet’s hottest on record. Surface temperatures in 2010 were tied with 2005: both years, up approximately 1.12 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century’s average. Surface temperatures for the Earth’s oceans were also up by 0.88…

Forecasters keep eye on looming ‘Solar Max’

The coming year will be an important one for space weather as the Sun pulls out of a trough of low activity and heads into a long-awaited and possibly destructive period of turbulence. Many people may be surprised to learn that the Sun, rather than burn with faultless consistency, goes…

Japan probe reaches Venus, prepares to enter orbit

Japan probe reaches Venus, prepares to enter orbit; mission could illuminate Earth’s neighbor A Japanese probe reached Venus on Tuesday and prepared to enter orbit on a two-year mission that would mark a major milestone for Japan’s space program and could shed light on the climate of Earth’s mysterious neighbor.…

NASA reportedly discovers ‘completely alien’ life on Earth

Update: Watch video of NASA announcing their discovery at the bottom of this report It’s not exactly little green men but NASA is expected to announce Thursday that it has discovered a new life form unlike anything previously known. In a special news conference, NASA will reportedly say that it…

Japan confirms space probe brought home asteroid dust

A Japanese deep-space probe became the first ever to collect asteroid dust, during a seven-year odyssey that ended with its return to Earth over the Australian desert this year, Japan said Tuesday. The news crowns with success the journey of the unmanned Hayabusa probe, which five years ago made a…

Astronomers may have rare chance to spy on newborn black hole

Astronomers may have lucked into the ultimate in cosmic baby pictures: a voracious black hole fresh from its violent birth. After watching a nearby star that exploded into a supernova in 1979, astronomers now believe the star’s death wasn’t an ordinary one. The star’s explosion was big enough to cause…

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