Bob Johnson's talk at the SIS Spring Meeting in Watford will be . The Variability of the Sun and the Effects on Earth. In other words, what effects do CMEs have on the Earth system and the inhabitants on the surface.
At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/earths-core-has-a-differentia... ... seismic soundings are said to have provided new information on the nature of Earth's core. Chinese and US scientists collaborated in the project - see also http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0109.innercore_XiaodongSong.html and www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-01/ci-mli012215.php and www.principiea-scientific.org/new-study-invalidates-kirchhofa-s-law-of-t.... Tall Bloke asks, what is the implication for geomagnetism in history.
Tim Cullen at http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/a-christmas-recipe-for-snow/ ... makes the point the Sudden Stratospheric Warming events show that the polar vortex is an electro magnetic phenomenon in that it can be slowed down or can even reverse its direction - much in the same way that electro magnetic factors as a result of CMEs striking the atmosphere can switch or change the position of the Jet Stream.
The Lockheed Fusion project is going well they claim - go to https://cosmosmagazine.com ... (October 24th 2014) are working on a fusion reactor that could fit on the back of a truck and power a large town. Fusion is a nuclear reaction to which small nuclei are melded together to make larger ones - the opposite of what happens in the fission reaction of the normal nuclear power station. Both methods release lots of energy but fusion does not produce harmful and long lasting radioactive waste. The fuel on which it feeds, heavy hydrogens, is relatively cheap and commonly available.
At www.q-mag.org/understanding-and-forecasting-solar-eruptions.html ... Anne Marie de Grazia has translated into English some French research in which they have followed the evolution of the solar magnetic field in a zone of eruptive behaviour. Their calculations show the formation of a magnetic cord which emerges from inside the Sun, becomes associated with a subsequent sun spot. They show the structure plays an important role in triggering CMEs - eruptions.
The SIS 2014 Autumn Meeting took place on October 25th, staged at the Quaker Meeting House in Watford, a fine venue. The Quakers, and various other non-conformist denominations, including the first Baptist groups and the Congregationalists, were especially strong in the Chilterns and adjacent regions. Watford sits on the cusp of the London Basin, on the edge of the Chilterns. No doubt it had a role in the process of keeping non-conformism alive during the reign of Charles II when rivals to the Anglican Church were discouraged.
Thunderbolts for October 6th is 'I'm singeing in the rain' and is about charged water molecules interacting with Saturn's ionosphere - ionic rain from Saturn's Rings. These are one of the unusual and unexpected findings of the Cassini Mission which has interesting equipment onboard in order to study plasma and electromagnetism.