Major solar storms may be rare but can still cause major damage, explains Hyperbola. The 17th International Space Conference in Rome concentrated on various threats to and from space. Electromagnetic waves and charged particle emissions are among central concerns as geomagnetic superstorms can interfere with telecommunications. At The DEW Line, defence editor Craig Hoyle came across an Airbus Military C295 with winglets (C295W) on a trip to Seville. The 90kg (198lb) wing-tips will become standard for the medium transport’s baseline model late-2014. With engine improvements, the winglets should allow more payload, climb and endurance in hot and high conditions. On his eponymous blog, David Learmount gave a glimpse of the world’s shortest scheduled airline route – less than a minute flight time – between Scotland’s Orkney islands.
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