Ah another ignorant science journalist. “Normally a blast of radiation like this could be expected to wipe out much of the human race…” Really, normally we’d get wiped out? Thank god, Geordi got the magnetic field generators working. Or could it be that the human race wouldn’t have evolved without the protection of the Earth’s magnetic field?
This is just the universe sending a message: “You can eat right, exercise, and protest the industrial revoluiton but I brought you into this existence and I can take you out.”