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Experts warn US must take space storm threat seriously

• Terrence Aym
Scientists have underscored their previous warnings by issuing another at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. “We have to take the issue of space weather seriously,” said Sir John Beddington, the UK's chief scientist at the gathering. “The sun is coming out of a quiet period, and our vulnerability has increased since the last solar maximum.” The previous solar maximum occurred about a decade ago and saw flares with greater intensity than any that had ever been measured.

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