Electromagnetism news

Black Holes now make new stars

The usual tale of black holes swallowing matter around them is beginning to change its tune. At http://phys.org/p;rint301741495.html ... see what you make of it

Churning Sun

At http://phys.org/print301210854.html ... the Sun's magnetic field is a churning and undulating cycle as it reaches solar maximum - it then flips. Solar maximum comes roughly every 11 years when it reverse polarity, typically creating a larger number of sun spots, aurora, and geomagnetic storms. In this view, sun spots are magnetic fields emanating from the Sun - but others might disagree about what causes them.

Comet ISON ... will it, won't it?

At http://phys.org/print301286033.html ... the headline reads, 'Is the Christmas comet cracking up?' and at http://phys.org/print301247934.html ... the headline is 'Incoming comet ISON appears intact' - so, contradicting each other. Is it breaking up or is it not breaking up?

The lightning and the Scree

Fred Hoyle, in one of his books, Ice I think, made a connection with scree formation and lightning, and thought it unlikely that frost action alone could have created all those broken rocks commonly found on the summit and in big heaps spilling down the sides of mountains in upland areas of Britain, such as the Lake District and the Peak District. It seems this point of view has now been vindicated in a new study that took place in the Drakonsberg Mountains of southern Africa - where frost action is not so obvious.

The Royals and Electricity in the atmosphere

In 1251 lightning is said to have destroyed the bedchamber of the queen at Windsor and shook the whole house. In the nearby Windsor Forest thirty five trees were split asunder (Matthew Paris, Historia Anglorum). Lightning struck this year too, striking houses and setting them abaze (Weather Eye, The Times). For example, in Wakefield lightning hit a chimney, passed into the loft and then travelled through the central heating system and set the house on fire.

Solar Wind and the Atmosphere

At http://phys.org/print300354398.html ... a paper in Nature Physics shows for the first time, in academic literature, a direct link between solar storms, shock waves and soalar radio bursts. Solar storms were accompanied by solar radio bursts which can cause problems to satellite systems and mobile phone networks. Peter Gallagher, a solar physicist at Trinity College, Dublin, established a radio observatory in Ireland in order to monitor solar radio bursts.

Myth and Plasma events

All is quiet on the blogosphere. People are busy reading and dissecting what the IPCC 5th Report actually says. We've had the political statement - now its time to look at the ingredients. At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2013/09/22/sunshots/ ... Rens van der Sliujs takes a look at 'sun shooting' in mythology - the idea of an archer firing arrows at the Sun, or a somebody throwing a spear or javelin with the intention of actually hitting the Sun. It all seems incredulous and this is how it has generally been treated by commentators.

The Sun and thunderstorms

This story came out last week, or the week before, and entails the effects of solar wind on thunderstorms and lightning. Stephen Smith has taken up the baton and leads on the story from an Electric Universe slant - see www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2013/09/25/let-it-rain-2/

Fusion ... nearly there

While the politicos have been obsessed with CAGW and combing roof tops of the well to do with solar panels, quietly, and in the background, other scientists have been beavering away - on fusion, and the prospect of cheap power. This may prove to be a life saviour - in more ways than one. At http://phys.org/print299241680.html ... we are transported to the National Ignition Facility in the US. Here, lasers deliver 1.8 megajoules of energy and 500 terrawatts of power - just like that.

Amun. the Ram God

What in the heavens could have given birth to the concept of Amun, the Ram God. SIS member Gary Gilligan suggests the Van Allen Belts may hold a clue - see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130228155430.htm and www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130922155121.htm

Gary Gilligan's link is www.gks.uk.com/god-amun-aurora/ ... where he explains the connection.

Image, credit NASA and the Goddard Space Flight Centre, and Science Daily