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New data has revealed that the heliosphere, the protective shield of energy that surrounds our solar system, has weakened by 25 per cent over the past decade and is now at it lowest level since the space race began 50 years ago.
"We recreated what a flower would look like to a bee, based on studies that show bees have different colour capabilities than humans. Bees see ultra-violet colour as well as blue and green, while humans see a mix of blue, green, and red colours." Dr Dyer said.
Many flowers have evolved ultraviolet reflecting pigments, so that whilst a flower from the Australian Native plant Caroline Jessamine appears completely yellow to our eyes, bees can see this as a two colored flower.
high UV levels reduce the growth of plankton, a critical building block of the marine food chain. Increased exposure to UV damages some man-made materials such as paints, plastics, and construction materials.
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
Forgive my ignorance, but how does something that extends around the entire solar system (the heliosphere) have a direct impact on the sun's impact to Earth? I can understand the magnetosphere playing a role, as it shields us from Mr. Sun, but the idea that the heliosphere impacts us is confusing to me.
this shield protects us from "the harmful intergalactic cosmic radiation" that "would make life on Earth almost impossible by destroying DNA and making the climate uninhabitable."