Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Ready to ‘Flip’?

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Such an event would dramatically alter the planet’s weather, and cripple communications and power systems.

Despite scientists going well out of their way to insist it’s not going to happen, there is tangible evidence to suggest something major is about to happen with Earth’s magnetic field. And that could impact every human being. Continue reading

The White House is Prepping for the Most Violent Space Weather Imaginable

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The sun emitting potentially dangerous solar flares. // NASA

 

 

In November, the White House’s National Science and Technology Council released its National Space Weather Action Plan outlining how the federal government might respond to a solar storm, the term used to describe varying bursts of energy released by the sun.

According to researchers, an extreme enough solar storm could cripple the world’s electronic and satellite systems, potentially causing financial damages tallying over $2 trillion.

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Securing Command — Strategic commander worried about cyber attacks on nuclear command and control

At times, news like this makes one wonder if it’s a strong case of déjà vu that was probably never fully admitted.

U.S. strategic nuclear weapons and the command systems that control them are vulnerable to cyber attacks although most are hardened against many types of electronic attacks, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said on Tuesday.

Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee that nuclear weapons and the communications used to control them are older and thus less vulnerable to disruption by computer network attacks.

“However, we are very concerned with the potential of a cyber related attack on our nuclear command and control and on the weapons systems themselves,” Kehler said. “We do evaluate that.” Continue reading