Life on Earth: why we may have the Moon's now defunct magnetic field to thank for it

The Earth's magnetic field was most likely weaker when life evolved on our planet than it is today.

Jon Mound, Associate Professor of Geophysics, University of Leeds • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~5 min

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Solar wind flows in ‘switchbacks and spikes’

The Parker Solar Probe data clarifies the sun's magnetic activity—and may bolster our ability to predict dangerous solar wind events, researchers say.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
May 1, 2020 ~7 min

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Is this what our solar system’s ‘force field’ looks like?

There's a protective bubble around our solar system called the heliosphere. New research may bridge the divide between two major theories.

Kate Becker-Boston University • futurity
March 20, 2020 ~9 min

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