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A bad solar storm could cause an “Internet apocalypse”

Even if the power comes back after the next big solar storm, the internet may not.

Enlarge / Even if the power comes back after the next big solar storm, the internet may not. (credit: Jean Claude Moschetti | REA | REDUX)

Scientists have known for decades that an extreme solar storm, or coronal mass ejection, could damage electrical grids and potentially cause prolonged blackouts. The repercussions would be felt everywhere from global supply chains and transportation to Internet and GPS access. Less examined until now, though, is the impact such a solar emission could have on Internet infrastructure specifically. New research shows that the failures could be catastrophic, particularly for the undersea cables that underpin the global Internet.

At the SIGCOMM 2021 data communication conference on Thursday, Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi of the University of California, Irvine presented “Solar Superstorms: Planning for an Internet Apocalypse,” an examination of the damage a fast-moving cloud of magnetized solar particles could cause the global Internet. Abdu Jyothi’s research points out an additional nuance to a blackout-causing solar storm: the scenario where even if power returns in hours or days, mass Internet outages persist.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/08/a-bad-solar-storm-could-cause-an-internet-apocalypse/
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How to Get Google’s Weather App on Your Android Phone

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Google doesn’t list its Weather app on the Play Store, but you can still add it to your home screen by using the official Google app on your Android phone. Here’s how to do it.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/735162/how-to-get-googles-weather-app-on-your-android-phone/
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The Best Android Weather Apps Now That Dark Sky is Dead

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To our great disappointment, Apple used its vast pool of wealth to buy the Dark Sky weather app. Support for Dark Sky ends today, leaving thousands of people in the dust. So what now? What other apps can provide the hyper-amalgamated weather information of Dark Sky?

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/39034/the-best-android-weather-apps-now-that-apple-is-killing-dark-sky/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Andrew Heinzman