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Science News: IT departments across the country are more than happy to blame ‘solar flares’ for any and all computer problems people might encounter during the next week.

The Earth is being battered by a storm of charged particles from the sun, which could disrupt power grids, satellite navigation and is surely the reason why Microsoft Word is not opening documents properly.

The storm peaked yesterday afternoon, but IT departments all over the U.K are warning that it could affect computers until the end of next week – perhaps even longer.

“Already I’m hearing about printer jams,” tutted senior IT consultant Andy Descarte.

He suggests workers shouldn’t phone or email about it, just leave the IT department alone.

“It’s the solar storm causing a spike in the power grid,” warned Descarte. “That’s why you can’t get on Facebook. Or whatever.”

Story: Simon Swatman

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