An intense solar flare is being blamed for disrupting a NASA mission and could force airlines to reroute some flights. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the flare is also expected to expand the viewing field of the aurora borealis southward, perhaps down to Colorado and Illinois.
The project involved spies creating identities in networks that include Second Life and World of Warcraft, according to the reports. Another arm of the work is said to have collected massive amounts of data from Microsoft’s Xbox Live network and elsewhere.