Electromagnetism news

The Electric Sun

SIS member Robert Farrar has sent in an interesting review of Donald Scott's 'The Electric Sun' - which is worth chewing over. Go to http://www.answersingenesis.org/article/arj/v6/n1/plasma-astronomy ... which begins by telling us many creationists have been attracted to plasma astronomy, and after a while it becomes obvious the author is sceptical. He makes a series of specific criticisms of Don Scott's book which is worth reading - if only to get a flavour of what it is the opponents dislike.

Is magnetic north really moving at a rate of knots or is this all down to computer modelling?

Something to chew on here. See for example http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/black-and-white-bloch/ and http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/geomagnetism-virtual-reality-v...

Tim Cullen is not a fan of mainstream geomagnetic science, one of the main props of Plate Tetonics (which is his chief bugbear). He compares it to CAGW science - but is it really as bad as that?

The Solar Dynamo

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/08/29/a-new-understanding-of-the-solar-d... ... the story was sent in by Leif Svalgaard, solar scientist. He is unimpressed by the Electric Universe and consistently rejects various ideas on the solar system workings, such as those of Tall Bloke concerning planetary influences on the Sun. He is therefore coming from a mainstream angle - but at the same time, he is a sceptic, otherwise he wouldn't be active or a Watts Up regular.

Science and Observation

At http://phys.org/print296718236.html ... airline pilots often reported seeing strange lights, nicknamed sprites. They observed them when flying during storms, sometimes high above the actual clouds and stormy weather. Atmospheric scientists, in general, displayed little interest. It was not part of the science learned and residing in their memory bank.  We may also think in terms of disbelief - that pilots could observe something outside the mainstream knowledge base.

The Golden Ratio

Tall Bloke is back on to the theme of the Golden Ratio. His last post on the subject did not go down so well but this one is by Miles Mathis, an altogether clever chappie. The post has the title - 'The Physics behind the Golden Ratio'  - see http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/miles-mathis-the-physics-behin...

Magnetism and Mainstream

Tim Cullen has tuned his attention away from chalk, sand, and silica, and has four posts on magnetism - and how it is dealt with by mainstream scientists. I haven't had time to read  them but here are the links

http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/black-and-white-bloch/

http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/geomagnetism-virtual-reality-v...

http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/palaeomagnetism-logic-reversal/

http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/geomagnetism-salvaging-the-wre...

Electric Lightning Balls

At http://phys.org/print295092645.html ... a report on a paper researching ball lightning, 'Further Insight into the Nature of Ball Lightning' in the Journal of Physics and Chemistry says that ball lightning is a natural plasma like phenomenon associated with thunderstorms. A recently discovered laboratory phenomenon had striking similarities - observed when a high power spark was discharged form a cathode protruding from an electrolyte solution.

The Meteor and St Paul

This is all a bit speculative but interesting nonetheless. At the 76th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting (2013) the Chelyabinsk (Russian) meteor will be discussed and historical examples of similar will be aired, which of course include the 1908 Tunguska event. It then back tracked to first century AD as someone suggested a particular person, St Paul none the less, experienced a meteor event near Damascus (the flash of light that was interpreted as the Voice of God speaking to Paul at a personal level).

Anapole fields

At http://phys.org/print290089874.html ... most of the matter in the universe may be made out of particles with a doughnut shaped electromagnetic field known as an anapole. This hypothesis endows dark matter with electromagnetism and the research is published in the journal Physics Letters B (see  also adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013PhLB..722...341H).