Sep 12 2014

Solar Storm Warning: Sun Shoots X-Flare Outburst at Earth

A cantankerous sunspot region erupted with a powerful X1.6-class solar flare at just the wrong time Wednesday. The blast was pointing right at us. That means the resulting outburst of electrically charged particles, known as a coronal mass ejection or CME, could have a disruptive effect.

The National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Center reported on its Facebook page that the height of the storm is expected to sweep over Earth on Saturday

Solar storms don’t have a significant impact on human health, although high-altitude fliers and astronauts may get an extra dose of radiation. In a worst-case scenario, the storms can deal a blow to orbiting satellites and power grids on Earth. In a best-case scenario, they merely cause heightened auroral displays. Read more »

Sep 08 2014

22 Foods You Can Store in Root Cellars

Carrots can last four to six months in a root cellar depending on the variety and conditions. Photo courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock (HobbyFarms.com)Use these root-cellar storage guidelines to keep your garden produce fresh for many months.

By Debbie Moors

From: HobbyFarms.com

By paying close attention to the crop varieties you choose, your timing for harvest and the best storage conditions for each type of fruit or vegetable, you’ll be able to enjoy the taste of summer well into winter with the help of a root cellar. Generally, you’ll have produce that stores well in a cold, damp environment, and produce that needs slightly warmer, drier conditions. In the following list, produce is sorted by temperature preference, with information on harvesting and storage guidelines and varieties that keep well. Read more »

Sep 04 2014

Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US

REUTERS/Rick WilkingCellphone tower

Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science.

Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts.

Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, used ESD’s CryptoPhone 500 to detect 17 bogus cellphone towers. ESD is a leading American defense and law enforcement technology provider based in Las Vegas.

With most phones, these fake communication towers are undetectable. But not for the CryptoPhone 500,  a customized Android device that is disguised as a Samsung Galaxy S III but has highly advanced encryption. Read more »

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