An Internet Apocalypse Could be Triggered by a Solar Superstorm

While the danger posed by major solar storms to our civilization’s power grids is well documented (such as Whitley’s must-read 2012 ebook on the subject, Solar Flares), the potential effects of such storms on another network vital to the functioning of our society—the internet—is not as well understood. A new study


A Sad, Special and Powerful Anniversary (and Much Unfinished Business)

On this day 20 years ago, the United States experienced the worst attack since December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Since 911, the country has changed profoundly. There is still much that is not known about what happened on that terrible day, which cost 3,000 innocent lives.

Celestial ‘Treasure Map’ Narrows Down Where Planet Nine Might Be Hiding

New research from the California Institute of Technology has narrowed down the area of the sky that the elusive Planet Nine might be hiding in. The new data includes a more succinct estimate of the planet’s mass and orbital characteristics, offering ongoing astronomical surveys a “treasure map” of sorts that might expedite

US Intelligence Community Unable to Determine COVID-19’s Origin

The US intelligence agencies tasked with uncovering the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are divided on the so-called “lab leak” hypothesis, with four of the five agencies drawing a conclusion saying that the virus was transmitted from an infected animal to a human host, while the fifth agency is leaning

With Double the Wind Power and Torrential Rainfall; Hurricane Ida Walloped the Gulf Coast and the Northeast

Hurricane Ida’s destructive appearance marks the first Category-4 hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, causing massive damage and flooding across the state of Louisiana. The storm’s impact was compounded by the resilience of its powerful Category-4 winds, a tempest that held on to its open-water strength—even hours after the

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