Scientists tracking space ``weather'' are warning that communications networks are more vulnerable than ever to an approaching peak in solar storms, thanks to a surging reliance on space-based communications. High levels of solar activity are expected in 1999 as the Sun heads toward the solar maximum--the peak of its 11-year cycle--in early 2000. Violent geomagnetic storms could trigger interruptions to satellite-based broadcasting, telephone, paging and global positioning services, ...

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