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+ - X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday-> 1

Submitted by kit_triforce
kit_triforce (3682453) writes "From http://www.southerncaliforniaw... satellites have just detected a powerful X1.6-class solar flare (Sept. 10 @ 17:46 UT). The source was active sunspot AR2158, which is directly facing Earth. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash.

Ionizing radiation from the flare could cause HF radio blackouts and other communications disturbances, especially on the day-lit side of Earth. In the next few hours, when coronagraph data from SOHO and STEREO become available, we will see if a CME emerges from the blast site. If so, the cloud would likely be aimed directly at Earth and could reach our planet in 2 to 3 days."

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Comment: Re:Sorry, she is not worthy of the title (Score 2, Interesting) 75

by kit_triforce (#47830713) Attached to: White House Names Google's Megan Smith As CTO
I have a degree in Geology but have been employed as an IT consultant for 15 years. Degrees are a wonderful foundation, but there is no substitute for work experience, and working you often learn more then you ever could in a classroom. Roughly 80% of my technical abilities came from self-study and on-the-job training and experiences. Look at her work history, and what she has done. She is the best qualified person we have seen coming in to this position by quite a large margin.

Comment: Re:Some rocks under p != All rocks under p (Score 1) 72

by kit_triforce (#47168087) Attached to: Geophysicists Discover How Rocks Produce Magnetic Pulses
Remember that for the most part, most of the world has at least some igneous inclusions that might make this possible, and that further research may point to other electromagnetic discharges that may be detectible. Also, this does not mean underwater. Rocks formed underwater can only be volcanic, as the rapid cooling due to surrounding water creates the microcrystalline-to-glass consistency that makes up ALL volcanic rock. Igneous, by definition, has cooled slowly over time, allowing for crystal growth (individual minerals precipitating out of the magma at certain temperatures). The water is extremely deep groundwater, under massive pressure and heat, and affects the chemistry and physics of the magma.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.

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