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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) reported on January 18, 2017 that electricity blackouts from an extreme space weather event – generated by a super-storm on the sun – could cost the U.S. up to $40 billion daily, or more. The AGU journal Space Weather published a new study on this subject, which indicates that more than half the financial loss would happen outside the blackout zone. –$40 billion a day for solar super-storms by Deborah Byrd

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a day when all the electricity goes out due to a solar storm.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react to the loss of electricity?

Art Prompt: Solar storm

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the dangers of an extreme space weather event.

Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Flickr

Light Bulb II - Final seconds

Electric lighting was first installed in the White House in 1891, during the Benjamin Harrison presidency. Although the President refused to operate the light switches himself, for fear of being electrocuted. Since electric lighting was barely a decade old, few homes relied on it exclusively, using it instead as a novelty light source. Harrison and the First Lady left the operation of all electrical light switches to their domestic servants. Not much of a surprise considering Harrison was referred to by his staff as “the human iceberg.” Supposedly the Harrisons would often leave the lights on all night rather than touch the switches. -Justin Kitch,

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in the early days of electric lighting.

Journaling Prompt: What modern convenience is most important to you and why?

Art Prompt: Newfangled electric lights

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about how electric lighting changed life back in the last 19th century.

Photo Credit: Pascal Bovet on Flickr
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