Electromagnetism news

Tabloid Science

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/07/23/a-remarkable-essay-on-near-tabloi... ... refers to Judith Curry who has been doing some literature research for a new paper on climate science when she came across a paper by Carl Wunsch, oceanographer. It concerns paleo-oceanography and paleo-climatology. It occurred to me the list of faults aimed at the CAGW community could also perhaps be aimed at some of the electric universe hype.

Safire Project

Interview with Michael Clarage at the Bath EU UK conference - go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=2472y3OC6aw&feture=youtu.be

A Cracker

The Sun and lightning on Earth - sent in by William. How does the Sun's rotational cycle influence lightning activity on Earth? At https://phys.org/print451112646.html ... a research team in Japan has been looking at the Sun's rotation cycle and how it might influence lightning - going back to astronomical diaries  dating from the 18th century. We are also told (but don't tell the CAGW crowd) ...

Electro-magnetic spiders

I think I've already posted this one but it has popped up again at http://spaceweather.com (July 20th 2018) ... did you know spiders can fly? Obviously they can't - but they do have a most amazing way of elevating themselves and travelling long distances (from a spider's perspective). Biologists even have a word for the process - ballooning. Spiders can spin a strand of silk and as it juts into the air, off they go - flying. Originally, researchers thought they were riding currents of air - but it is not as simple as that.

Green Flash on Mars

At http://spaceweather.com ... (13th July 2018) a green flash on Mars as it is approaching the Earth on the nearest point of its orbit. Mars is now an especially bright object in the night sky. Not quite as bright as Venus but still the brightest object apart from Venus, the Sun, and the Moon. See video evidence of the green flash.

Enceladus

Robert sent in the link www.centauri-dreams.org/2018/07/10/listening-in-on-enceladus/ ... (but see also https://phys.org/print450428555.html ) ... new research from NASAs Cassini spacecraft's final orbits show a powerful and dynamic interaction of plasma waves moving from Saturn to its moon Enceladus. The waves are said to move onmagnetic field lines connecting Saturn directly to Enceladus - an electrical circuit between to cosmic bodiews, as the energy flows back and forth.

Comet Brightness

At http://spaceweather.com (July 4th 2018) ... Comet PanSTARRS, the so called Green Comet, a green blob against the backdrop of stars, has just increased in brightness - dramatically. It actually brightened sixteen fold - according to Michael Jager, an Austrian amateur astronomer (in the late hours of July 2nd).

Fusion Energy

At www.space.com/40988-beam-target-fusion-reactor.html ... this is one the SIS chairman Tony Haynes (sadly, recently deceased) would have enthused about - a new approach that uses electrical and magnetic fields to create a hybrid fusion device. Could this possibly be the fusion break-through so eagerly sought after for so long? It is known as 'beam target fusion' as it does not try to fuse atoms but rather, hits a beam of atoms against a solid target - the atoms from the beam fuse with the atoms of the target.

Noctilucent Tornado

At http://spaceweather.com/ (June 25th 2018) there is a nice image of noctilucent clouds over Meghara in Co Derry. It was taken by Martin McKenna who said, their brightness and complexity has been getting more enhanced since the solstice, with whirls and knots glowing electric blue above a yellow midnight sun horizon. The tornado was once such formation - morphing into a succession of dynamic shapes (a wdge, a funnel, angel wings, an electrified smoke ring, and finally a long rope that resembled a tornado, reaching towards the far side of the sky.

Sprite at Night

   .... this image comes courtesy of http://spaceweather.com (June 23rd 2018) a sprite above a thundercloud taken by a pilot flying to Las Vegas from London, Brian Whittaker. The green bands are not auroral in nature but air glow - caused by chemical reactions in the upper atmosphere. Whittaker comments, the sprites are really high up in the atmosphere and he has probably missed them in the past by looking downwards.