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http://www.newscientisttech.com/article.ns?id=dn10189&feedId=online-news_rss20:

Navigation, power and communications systems that rely on GPS satellite navigation will be disrupted by violent solar activity in 2011, research shows.


A study reveals Global Positioning System receivers to be unexpectedly vulnerable to bursts of radio noise produced by solar flares, created by explosions in the Sun's atmosphere.


When solar activity peaks in 2011 and 2012, it could cause widespread disruption to aircraft navigation and emergency location systems that rely heavily on satellite navigation data.


Particularly intense solar activity occurs roughly every 11 years due to cyclic changes to the Sun's magnetic field – a peak period known as the solar maximum.


Solar flares send charged particles crashing into the outer fringes of the Earth's atmosphere at high velocity, generating auroras and geomagnetic storms.


Nature vs. Technology once again


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  Reply # 47333 2-Oct-2006 15:09
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freitasm: So, if it happens every 11 years, why didn't we read about catastrophes in 2000?



What? You don't remember the Y2K shambles that killed everything?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 47337 2-Oct-2006 15:49
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I died 4 times on 01/01/00, and was a passenger in no less than seven flights that plummeted toward the ground.
My toaster blew up, injuring the cat, and my laptop started dialling Russian premium adult lines (oh wait - that last one might have been me).




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You have no idea how hard it is to type all this out on a typewriter with all the little pictures and links and then copy it many many times... only to send it out by post to everyone so they can choose to reply or not and then reply to others comments or not... Where did the trees go.. ?

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