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New Model Predicts Severe Solar Activity

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Sun-spawned cosmic storms that can play havoc with earthly power grids and orbiting satellites could be 50 percent stronger in the next 11-year solar cycle than in the last one, scientists said yesterday.

Using a new model that takes into account the sun's subsurface activity and data about previous solar cycles, astronomers offered a long-range forecast for solar activity that could start as soon as this year or as late as 2008.
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Jon Korein lives in the Philadelphia area. He has a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked as a programmer in research projects at UPenn and IBM, along with a number of smaller companies.

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