Wow! What an amazing discovery!

The 2019 Ig Nobel Prize for Biology

Awarded to: Ling-Jun Kong, Herbert Crepaz, Agnieszka Górecka, Aleksandra Urbanek, Rainer Dumke, and Tomasz Paterek, for discovering that dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than living magnetized cockroaches.

No, I am not making this up.

Note: I still need to research whether a previous prize was awarded to the person(s) that discovered how to magnetize a cockroach in the first place.

If you think hurricane blackouts are bad…

then you need to learn about the Carrington Event, and the next global blackout.  Really.

The video above is good as far as it goes, but it doesn’t make the problems of recovery scary enough.  Large electrical transformers cannot simply be ordered off the shelf.  Some of the parts and materials used in them are in short supply and it can take over a year to get one delivered – assuming there is no blackout affecting the manufacturing and transportation of the unit.  Repairing and/or replacing electrical grid components will be a nightmare of epic proportions.

I could go on and on discussing how costly and lengthy recovery from a Carrington Event will be, but doing what we can to harden our electrical distribution network will go a long way toward mitigating the other problems that will arise.  It is easy to think about roads, bridges, and piplelines when thinking about infrastructure updates, but the electrical grid needs lots of attention.

Experts say there is a 12% chance (roughly 1 in 8) of a Carrington-level event happening by 2022.

If you want to keep track of what the sun is up to, I suggest the site spaceweather.com for a great daily look at what is up with the sun.