Sunspot cycle 24 does, at last, show signs of gathering some momentum. Despite the ups and downs in the sunspot count, there is an inexorable climb now towards the next maximum, probably on 2012 or 2013. This autumn we should start to get the regular 10m transatlantic openings again which, to me, are a sign that the new cycle is here and "good" for several years. In the press there's been some alarmist headlines about solar storms around the sunspot maximum knocking out swathes of the power systems and satellites around the world. Certainly the danger exists, but surely it is a manageable risk with planning and contingencies in place? See news.com.au on this subject.