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The Solar Dynamics Observatory was launched in 2010 as part of NASA’s Living With a Star Program. The observatory is studying our sun’s magnetic field and the solar activity (such as flares and coronal mass ejections) that can interfere with electrical and telecommunication networks on Earth. This image shows the solar corona and magnetic loops during an eclipse of the sun by the Earth.
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Each January, the editors of
IEEE Spectrum offer up some predictions about technical developments we expect to be in the news over the coming year. You’ll find a couple dozen of those described in the following special report. Of course, the number of things we could have written about is far higher, so we had to be selective in picking which projects to feature. And we’re not ashamed to admit, gee-whiz appeal often shaped our choices.