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Airborne nuclear tests can mimic solar storms

Humans can influence space weather.|Short Read
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Forecasting solar storms

To forecast potentially catastrophic space weather, NASA uses a software framework developed at the University of Michigan. |Short Read
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Solar storms: Regional forecasts now possible

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Rice University have developed a new tool to help forecast solar storms and their effects on the power grid and communication satellites.|Medium Read
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Smallsats could help predict solar storms

The Sun can be a destructive neighbor, and Thomas Zurbuchen weighs in on space-based sensors to provide timely and accurate warning of approaching CMEs.|Short Read
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Lights Out

The power goes out. The aurorae stretch to the tropics. Could a major solar storm mean a year without electricity? |Long Read
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AE researcher Jared Hobeck harnesses energy from piezoelectric grass

Jared Hobeck is harnessing the movement of synthetic grass blades in wind to generate energy to power small electronics and in-situ sensors.|Medium Read
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Iverson Bell – Researching the future of space satellites

Mr. Bell is investigating the potential of electrodynamic tether propulsion technology to enhance the capabilities of an emerging class of smartphone-sized satellites.|Short Read
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Which way to Mars?

Have recent developments brought us closer— or is a trip to Mars, once considered inevitable, as far away as ever?|Long Read
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Lecture offers a planetary scientist’s tour through the solar system

The son of Hungarian Holocaust survivors, Tamas Gombosi took an unlikely path to his post as an eminent space scientist at U-M.|Medium Read
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Peter Tchoryk: An entrepreneurial CEO

At MAC, Peter’s been able to combine his passions for scientific research and entrepreneurial creation. |Medium Read
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Asteroid mining: Is it worth it?

The task of selecting promising asteroids and traveling to them is the first step in a complicated and vastly expensive operation.|Short Read
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Mars Science Lab update: What remains of Mars’ atmosphere is still dynamic

Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what's left remains active, according to recent findings from the Mars Science Laboratory.|Medium Read