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Changes in the dynamics and composition of solar wind (a component of space weather) interacting with Earth magnetic field can lead to geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs). GMDs occur regularly and can induce electric currents in long conductors that form the backbone of infrastructure systems such as the electrical power grid, gas and oil pipelines, and railways. Geomagnetically induced currents (GICs) can disrupt and potentially damage these systems, which are critical to the economic and social well-being of many nations.

The 1859 Carrington event was one of the most severe space weat... More →
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David R. Criswell reports in Chapter 8 of the EMD Memoir 101 that Earth and our Moon intercept tiny fractions of the high-quality power generated by the Sun. The oceans and atmosphere, modified by the life of the growing biosphere, moderate the day-night swings of temperature to an average global temperature of 158 degrees C. Our moderating biosphere enabled humans to evolve to where our industries now consume increasing parts of the ancient - i.e., fossil fuels, high-grade minerals, and others, and modern biosphere - i.e., atmospheric oxygen, clean water, and others, and are significantly deg... More →
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China intends to develop a solar power station in space as part of its efforts to cut down smog, greenhouse gases, and tackle energy shortage. This plan is similar to the idea floated by Isaac Asimov in 1941 in a short fiction titled Reason, in which a space station could collect and transmit energy drawn from sun with the help of microwave beams, PTI reported, citing China state news agency Xinhua. If this plan materializes, it will even surpass the Apollo project and the International Space Station in terms of scale.... More →
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Christianna Reedy reports that space-based solar power has had a slow start, but the technology may finally take off in the next few decades. Since its inception, solar power has had a severe limitation as a renewable energy... it only works when the Sun is shining. This has restricted the areas where solar panels can be effectively used to sunnier, drier regions, such as California and Arizona. And even on cloudless days, the atmosphere itself absorbs some of the energy emitted by the Sun, cutting back the efficiency of solar energy. And let us not forget that, even in the best of circumstanc... More →
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Tim Wogan reports that a new, highly efficient process for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen has been demonstrated by researchers in Switzerland. The process combines a stable catalyst with a highly efficient perovskite solar cell. The perovskite solar cells do have a major drawback in that they breakdown after a few hours, but the researchers believe further advances in solar cell technology should take care of this problem.

As the most abundant energy source on the planet, solar energy is extremely attractive for weaning the human race off fossil fuels, but making the switc... More →
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Cade and Chan-Park (2015) report that although space weather is a fairly recent term, there is a rich history of similar terms being used beginning in the middle to late 1800s. Solar meteorology, magnetic weather, and cosmic meteorology all appeared during that time frame.

The actual first appearance of space weather can be attributed to the publication Science News Letter in 1957 (with the first modern usage in 1959) and was possibly coined by the editor at the time, Watson Davis.

More broadly, from the earliest days how did humanity refer to the science that we now cal... More →
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Daily independent video news on Sun activities and their effects on and around the Earth.

Also satellite videos and photos.

The best open-source for earth-sun conditions -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo3prvrLInE
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Space Weather, The International Journal of Research and Applications, is devoted to understanding and forecasting space weather for a fee. The scope of understanding and forecasting includes ... origins, propagation and interactions of solar-produced processes within geospace, interactions in Earth, space-atmosphere interface region produced by disturbances from above and below, influences of cosmic rays on humans, hardware and signals, and comparisons of the these types of interactions and influences with the atmospheres of neighboring planets and the Moon.

Manuscripts should emp... More →
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First place to check what is going on in the Sun, i.e., solar flares, CMEs, quantitative assessment of risk. Additional sources are provided below -

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/communities/space-weather-enthusiasts

http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/spaceweather/

http://spaceweathernews.com/

Other article of interest -

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110302-solar-flares-sun-storms-earth-danger-carrington-event-science/

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