'Black swan' predictions for 2013 include solar storm

U.S. Global Trends report does not include Mayan calendar worries, but a 'solar maximum' or cyberwar could cause problems

By , Computerworld |  Disaster Recovery, NASA

Rising sea waters will cause many problems, something illustrated by Hurricane Sandy, which forced New York's utilities to cut power to lower Manhattan, disrupting data centers, among many other services.

What is certain not to happen is that the world will not end on Dec. 21, per the Mayan calendar. This is not quite 2013-specific, but obviously if the world does end before New Year's Day the other concerns are moot.

NASA scientists say the Mayan calendar doesn't really end on Dec. 21, but is the end of "one long-count period," followed by the start of another calendar period.

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