US boffins have warned that increased sun spot activity could have a bad effect on computers and communications systems in three years? time.
A group of scientists sponsored by the US government said that increased activity in the radiation-charged 'solar wind' may upset a range of systems including PCs, mobile phones, satellites and navigation systems.
Every 11 years, sun spot activity increases and the gap between the last incidence and the one expected in three years? time has coincided with a huge increase in the use of such systems. No one is entirely sure how systems will react to the increase in radiation.
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