Science: A Look at Man's Planet

When the sun rose over Moscow last June 28, Russian astronomers observed a solar flare—a great jet of intensely hot gas spurting out of the sun. They flashed the news to the World Warning Agency near Washington, D.C., and a volley of messages alerted scientists all over the world, including those parts that were still in darkness. The effects of the flare, a violent magnetic storm and a radio blackout, were observed from the South Pole to the Arctic and all around the equator.

With this example of cooperation began the International Geophysical...

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