Electromagnetism news

Strange Earth

    January 6th in northern Ontario, weird light show. Go to www.livescience.com/57482-light-pillars-photo-ontario.html ... and for some weird geological pictures there is a video show at www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/californias-geological-phenomena-that...

liquid iron jet stream

A liquid iron plume streaming from Earth's core has been likened to an internal jet stream. It is claimed that it is actually accelerating which is interesting as the magnetic north pole is behaving oddly. The European Space Agency's Swarm satellite system is providing sharp x-ray images of the core according to Phil Livermore of the University of Leeds (the findings are published in the December issue of Nature Geoscience). The new information is helping scientists to understand the earth's magnetic field.

Fusion energy

At http://phys.org/print401535144.html ... the generation of fusion energy utilises the fusion reaction that occurs inside a high temperature plasma. To do that plasma is confined in a magnetic field, see ...

   ... and computer simulation is being used to understand the behaviour of plasma in the quest to develop commercial fusion energy. Research is ongoing.

Atmospheric Thermostat

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/12/15/agu16-researchers-dial-in-to-ther... ... yes, a thermostat in the atmosphere that works like a thermostat in a car engine. It dramatically cools the air after it has bas been superheated by the solar wind (CME events). Solar flares zooming towards the earth create shock waves, we are told, similar to sonic booms, and heat the upper layers of the atmosphere.

Mars magnetism

At http://phys.org/print397736203.html ... Mars has numerous pockets of magnetism locked up in its crust - but scientists assure us that Mars has no inner dynamo, the hypothetical source of magnetism on Earth. How does it get there? Even more mysterious is the claim that these scattered pockets of magnetism actually influence the atmosphere of Mars. How do they do that?

Ping

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2016/11/mysterious-pinging-sound-detected-... ... wildlife has disappeared - such as bowhead whales, bearded and ringed seals etc. Instead, a strange noise has been heard coming from the sea floor. What is going on?

Mount St Helens

   At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2016/11/mount-st-helens-is-getting-weirder... ... geologists have been trying to understand how Mount St Helens works. It is a volcano of the Cascade Arc and one of a string of eruptive volcanoes that run parallel to the hypothetical subduction zone between tow major plates between British Columbia and California.

spinach is useful

At http://phys.org/print393744113.html ... researchers have used spinach in a novel way in order to take advantage of its interplay with sunlight to produce electricity. The findings are written up in Nature Communications (Sept 2016) and the idea is to take advantage of the way plants photosynthesise. They used the membrane of a spinach leaf (nice fat leaves) to create a photo electro chemical cell that can produce electricity and hydrogen from water and sunlight. The raw material of the device is water - its product is an electric current, hydrogen and oxygen.

colliding worlds

Wal Thornhill mentioned colliding words in the video played at the September 2016 speaker meeting, emphasizing that Velikovsky didn't say worlds collided (in spite of the title of his book) but that two large cosmic bodies would be repelled before they could actually collide, as a result of electromagnetic effects. At http://astronomy.com/news/2016/09/the-moon-may-be-obliterated-pieces-of-... ... we are told the moon may have been made from pieces of the earth that had reformed following a collision with another planet sized body.

September 1941

   At https://eos.org/features/the-geomagnetic-blitz-of-september-1941 ... there is an image (see above) of aurora over Iowa way back in 1941. The geomagnetic storm built up over the course of a week and illuminated the night sky leaving Allied shipping open to German submarine attack but also affected modern communications systems in Europe and the US, with telephone calls interrupting radio programmes for example.