Electromagnetism news

Expanding Universe updatre

Thunderbolts have made their response to the claim that evidence has been found of an expanding universe - B mode polarisation (thought to be evidence of gravitational waves) - see www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2014/03/25/guths-goof/

At the Thunderbolts forum there is a general discussion and it is suggested that what has been seen is a slight shimmering of polarised light from a plasma discharge. Another poster said they might have been looking at light from magnetic fields.

Solar flares and magnetic loops

An international team led by University of Cambridge researchers has show how entangled magnetic field lines looping from the Sun's surface slop around each other and lead to an eruption of energy into space - go to http://phys.org/print315136097.html. The paper, published in The Astrophysical Journal, claims the mechanism has only been seen, as yet, in an X Class flare - but is probably also the case with other kinds of flare activity.

Big Coup

Guess who is speaking at the Electric Universe conference - Piers Corbyn. That should make it a bit exciting - I wonder what he will make of it all. Mind you, he must have researched EU before agreeing to speak, and some of his ideas do appear to correspond - but an electric Sun?

Many Moons Ago, Big Chill

This is not a reference to the Big Chill in the winter of 2013/4 but to a period of very cold weather that is recorded in the myths of different people around the world. Whether the big chill occurred contemporary in all those different places is another question, or whether it was cold in one place at one time and in another place at another time is an unknown. Anyway, Rens Van Der Sluijs can be read at www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2014/03/11/muddy-memories-2/ ... looks at different accounts by people from around the world.

Blue aurora

At http://spaceweather.com ... on March 3rd, had a piece on aurora, sparked by a prominent earth facing sun spot. Aurora are usually green, and sometimes red. These are the colours produced by oxygen when it is excited by electrons raining down from space. On February 22nd, a viewer in Norway, Micha Boumi, witnessed a blue aurora. 'All of a sudden the sky exploded and the sky looked like a great flame' he said. Blue is a sign of nitrogen - energetic particles striking ionised molecules of nitrogen at high altitude produces a cold azure glow.

Aurorae

At www.spaceweather.com for March 3rd (2014) there is some nice information on the recent aurora that could be seen as far south as the Channel Islands. The Greeks are interested into why at first the lights are somewhat placid and widely spread across thousands of miles of sky. The, for unknown reasons, the aurora will break up into highly structured and rapidly changing arcs, swirls, curls, pillars, even what look like flames of fire, with  changes occurring as quickly as a fraction of a second.

Earth Lights

 

Excellent piece on Earth Light at www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2014/02/28/earth-lights/ ... which is largely about research by Dr Friedemann Freund, who wrote an article, 'Rocks that Crackle and Sparkle and Glow: strange pre-earthquake phenomena' for the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

Donald Scott

William Thompson advises ... Donald Scott, author of 'The Electric Sky', and heavily criticised by Tom Bridgman, has a Bachelor's and Masters degrees in electrical engineering (from the University of Connecticut) and went on to work for General Electric. Later, he earned a doctorate in electrical engineering and became a member of faculty at the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts, and remained there until his retirement in 1998.

What are the problems that might dog the Electric Universe model?

We've all read the posts at www.thunderbolts.info and watched the various videos - but is it all so clear cut. Surely some of us have a queasy feeling in the hollow of the stomach - a gut feeling that it might involve some nice window dressing. Well, a former member of SIS and a regular on the Thunderbolts Forum has some interesting things to say on his blog at http://hozturner.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/critical-issues-for-electric-uni...

Back to the 775AD event ... the Chinese broadside

At Nature Science Reports 4:3728 (DOI:10.1038/srep03728) - download the four page article at http://cosmictusk.com/8th-century-event-flares-now-comets/ ... Yi Liu et al 'Mysterious abrupt C14 increase in coral contributed by a comet' - the work has the support of the National Science Foundation of China and concerns geochemistry as well as asteroids and comets. Received by Nature on the 6th of November 2013 and published 16th January 2014 - queries to weidongsun@gig.ac.cn