Extreme solar storms can strike out of the blue. Are we really prepared?

A surprise solar storm in 2003 disrupted hundreds of flights all over the world, causing spacecraft controllers to lose track of low Earth orbit satellites for days and cut power to tens of thousands of people in Sweden. Now, nearly 20 years later, one of the world’s leading space weather forecasters admits that our life-giving … Read more

Extreme heat waves may be our new normal, thanks to climate change. Is the globe prepared?

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Think the intense heat baking the nation and much of the world this summer seems like an apocalyptic blockbuster? Just wait for the sequel. Already occurring more often, heat waves are forecast to increase in potency and duration because of climate change, say scientists, who fear the globe is ill-prepared to … Read more