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New Freewire chargers are bidirectional, work during blackouts

Innovative EV charging developer FreeWire Technologies is improving its flagship lineup of Boost chargers to offer an even more flexible and capable lineup that now includes bidirectional capabilities, power sharing, and site backup should the local grid encounter any power outages. While the infrastructural world and local electric cals struggle to keep up with the rising number of EVs hitting the road, FreeWire has introduced a unique lineup of battery integrated chargers that are easier to install…

India’s Internet blackouts have big consequences for its economy

In July 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an audience of more than 15,000 in Delhi. Clad in a crisp all-white kurta, Modi declared, “I dream of a digital India where 1.2 billion connected Indians drive innovation.” That speech signaled the commencement of the government’s Digital India campaign, an ambitious effort aimed at establishing India as a future digital superpower.The ensuing near decade has seen the Indian government establish an extensive digital infrastructure, leading to more people…

Solar storm! Sun unleashes massive X-class solar flare, triggers radio blackouts on February 9

There is no respite from solar storms for Earth. The Sun emitted a powerful X-class solar flare on February 9, reaching its peak at 8:10 a.m. (1310 GMT), resulting in shortwave radio blackouts across regions of South America, Africa, and the Southern Atlantic. Originating from sunspot AR3576, which had previously exhibited an M-class flare and plasma eruption on February 5, this recent solar flare marked a significant event in solar activity. Fortunately, by February 8, the sunspot had moved away as the sun and Earth…

Sun sparks solar storm, causes radio blackouts on Earth; NASA SDO reveals reason and affected regions

On December 31, the Sun generated the strongest solar flare in 7 years and it was captured by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). It originated from the same sunspot that hurled out another X2.8 solar flare on December 14. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this X-class solar flare also sparked radio blackouts. Now, it has been revealed that Earth is still reeling from the efforts of the solar storm thereby generated, and radio blackouts are still being observed. The regions…

NASA’s SDO snaps strongest solar flare since 2017, sparking radio blackouts on Earth

Slowly and steadily, solar activity has been on the rise after a brief lull. In the last few months, we've witnessed a growing number of solar flares, and solar storms, all of which have been linked to the current solar cycle. For the unaware, the solar cycle is an 11-year period during which the Sun's activity crests and troughs. According to scientists, the solar cycle 25 will enter the peak of solar maximum in mid-2024, and it has already exceeded the predicted number of sunspots. However, the solar activity isn't…

Massive M5-class solar flare erupts on Sun; blackouts hit Earth, solar storm coming too, shows NASA

Yesterday, it was the turn of Mars, and today, December 9, the Earth is again the central focus of the unceasing solar activity on the Sun. Just four hours ago, a massive solar flare eruption took place on the Sunspot AR3511, according to data from NASA. The solar flare was measured to be M5.49, which is the highest-intensity flare we have seen in the last three months. The flare subsequently triggered a short-wave radio blackout on Earth. It is possible that the flare also released a coronal mass ejection (CME) cloud…

Multiple M-class solar flares erupt on the Sun triggering radio blackouts on Earth, reveals NOAA

Yesterday, December 5, a minor solar storm struck the Earth sparking auroras in the arctic circles. It was a minor affair, but the solar activities have been relentless with the Sun nearing the peak of its solar cycle. In the last 24 hours, three separate M-class solar flares have erupted on the Sun, releasing extreme ultraviolet radiation. The radiation has resulted in triggering short-wave radio blackouts on Earth, as per data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is unclear at this point whether…

M-class solar flare erupts on the Sun, shows NASA; blackouts triggered on Earth, solar storm possible

Yesterday, a massive sunspot spanning 200,000 kilometers containing as many as 12 dark cores was reported on the Sun. As per information from the NASA Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO), there was a high chance that it could explode at any moment, and that is exactly what happened just an hour ago. An M-class solar flare was seen erupting on the sunspot, whose extreme ultraviolet radiation sparked a short-wave radio blackout on the Earth. While NASA has not been able to confirm the presence of any Earth-bound coronal mass…

Electricity Use Booms in Texas, a Harbinger for the Country

Updated Nov. 13, 2023 7:18 am ETListen to article(2 minutes)Everything is bigger in Texas, including its electricity use, which is increasing at historic rates in a sign of what is to come for much of the U.S.The country’s largest electricity producer and user saw sales grow at five times the national rate for the past decade, roughly like adding Louisiana. A crushing heat wave this summer broke 10 peak demand records for the main Texas grid operator, which narrowly avoided blackouts one hot evening.Copyright ©2023Dow

Blackouts by Justin Torres review – a queer-gothic dreamworld | Justin Torres

If you locked Shirley Jackson and David Wojnarowicz in a room together, they might invent the kind of mouldering dreamworld that Justin Torres conjures in his new novel, Blackouts: a queer‑gothic version of the Hotel California.My review notes are full of these pop-cultural thought experiments: imagine Scheherazade plucking her stories from the Kinsey Report; Kiss of the Spider Woman restaged in a psychiatric hospital; the Old Testament rewritten by Tennessee Williams. Blackouts is both a tale and a product of queer…