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Solar activities could affect day-to-day living more than we think

12 May 11

Relying on communications and power systems such as mobile phones and household electricity is becoming second nature to the world we live in. However, our society and quality of life are becoming more vulnerable to solar activities like these and many of us don't even realise it.

This topic is to be discussed at an event at the University of Bradford next week when expert in space weather will host a talk which will highlight space weather and its solar activities which are potential hazards to human life and technology.

Dr Rami Qahwaji at the University of Bradford is a Reader in Visual Computing and his research areas include 2D/3D satellites imaging, space weather, medical imaging and Biometrics. The event is in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Speaking about the event Dr Qahwaji said: "There have been many recent advances which help us to predict the extremes of space weather. As a nation we rely very heavily on mobile phone communication and satellite navigation systems but these are not protected from other factors which could have a massive effect on our day-to-day lives."

The talk is open to the general public and will take place on Wednesday 18 May at 6.30pm in C7, Richmond Building. Arrival from 6pm. For more information or to register interest contact Dr Crinela Pislaru on 01484 472162 or email

12 May 11

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