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[NS] A tech-destroying solar flare could hit Earth within 100 years

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The sun could be one of our biggest threats in the next 100 years. If an enormous solar flare like the one that hit Earth 150 years ago struck us today, it could knock out our electrical grids, satellite communications and the internet. A new study finds that such an event is likely within the next century.

They found that the most extreme superflares are likely to occur on a star like our sun about every 20 million years. The worst of these energetic bursts of ultraviolet radiation and high-energy charged particles could destroy our ozone layer, cause DNA mutations and disrupt ecosystems.

But in the shorter term, the researchers say that less intense superflares of a type we know can happen on our sun could still cause problems. In 1859, a powerful solar storm sent enormous flares towards Earth in the first recorded event of its kind. Telegraph systems across the Western world failed, with some reports of operators receiving shocks from the huge amounts of electrical current forced through the wires. Loeb says an event as powerful as the 1859 one could cause about $10 trillion of damage to power grids, satellites and communications. A flare just a bit stronger could even damage the ozone layer.

Previous work has shown that such an event seems likely to occur in the next century, with a 12 per cent chance of it happening in the next decade, but nobody seems to be all that worried, Loeb says. Asteroid impacts get all the attention when it comes to life-threatening space events, but Loeb and Lingam found that superflares would be just as deadly and are just as likely.

Source: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2150350-a-tech-destroying-solar-flare-could-hit-earth-within-100-years/
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My dads been telling me this since I was a child, computers will one day get scrambled by a big solar flare. Should be interesting.
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Seems like a good game premise.
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It's the end of the world as we know it, it's the end of the world as we know it. It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

Just like flooding disasters or forest fires or hurricanes or earthquakes our species has incredibly short term memory and planning skills. If it hasn't happened in living memory then on the whole our species will not expect, plan for, or prepare for any disaster and there's nothing much any of us can do to change that other then to be prepared ourselves. I have a 30 day supply of food sitting in my closet. I also have other items that you might need during a disaster. I wonder how many of the people posting in this forum can say the same.
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Maybe I will get my 8700k cpu until then.
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When Irma hit Florida so were Solar Flares too hitting the earth
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Don´t worry, this event will occur on it´s earliest the day when Half-life 3 releases.
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It's the end of the world as we know it, it's the end of the world as we know it. It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

Just like flooding disasters or forest fires or hurricanes or earthquakes our species has incredibly short term memory and planning skills. If it hasn't happened in living memory then on the whole our species will not expect, plan for, or prepare for any disaster and there's nothing much any of us can do to change that other then to be prepared ourselves. I have a 30 day supply of food sitting in my closet. I also have other items that you might need during a disaster. I wonder how many of the people posting in this forum can say the same.

Not gonna lie, I thought you posted the rest of the lyrics in that paragraph... I started reading the words to the song instead of seeing what you actually posted. Also that song is now in my head... I love/hate you. tongue.gif
     
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