Electromagnetism news

The Sun, the Moon, and weather

Piers Corbyn at www.weatheraction.com is a commercial business but doesn't really give much away about his methodology. Richard Holle appears to follow a similar method of prediction and is open to all to evaluate - see www.aerology.com - look at the blog/research section.

See further on same subject at http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/richard-holle-u-s-tornado-acti... and http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/01/tornado-outbreak-tracking/#comment...

Magnetic Reconnection

Talk of the Devil. In yesterday's post, magnetic reconnection was quoted from a press release by www.space.com (see In the News 8th April, Venus Aurora) and today, the 9th April, at www.thunderbolts.info/forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5882 we have a forum discussion with the title, 'Magnetic Reconnection Plasma Physics 101' - where it claims magnetic reconnection theory is a misunderstood topic. Hannes Alfven, we are told, rejected the concept, but what does the mainstream mean when it uses the term, magnetic reconnection?

Earthquakes and the Moon

At http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/1866-odd-coincidence/ ... in 1866 the winter solstice coincided with a Full Moon and the Moon was also at perigree - its closest point to the Earth. EM Smith then lists a succession of earthquakes around the world - all in 1866, and then adds a few volcanoes to the brew. Might mean nothing at all - might mean something important. Same goes for a piece at http://news.discovery.com/history/bronze-age-calendar-120330.html ... did the ancient Danes have a lunar and solar calendar.

The Sun is turning ...

The Sun is still active and that large sunspot cluster will rotate towards the Earth later during April. It is still spitting CMEs apparently - see video at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/29/potential-for-large-solar-flares-a... ...another web site also has an interesting video and discussion - see www.solarimg.org/?p=2513

Lightning and free neutrons

At http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/cue-oliver-m-lightning-makes-fre... ... after a quarter of a century of denying Russian research, scientists in the West have at last acknowledged lightning can cause free neutrons. As they have been in denial for so long it is no surprise they are saying these are soft neutrons - not the big strong neutrons that will cause them sleepless nights. However, they have opened the drawbridge, EM Smith counters, and a lot of new ideas will flourish.

Windy Energy

At www.physorg.com/print248597825.html ... we learn that a paper in Nature claims the extraordinarily high energy emissions at the heart of the Crab Nebula come not from a pulsar at its core but from wind. The pulsar is what is left from after a large supernovae event, theorised as being a neutron star that spins 30 times a second - and appears to pulse in the process. Until now scientists have assumed the energy comes from the pulsar - as it arrives in bursts.

Solar Cycle

At  http://en.wikipedi.org/w/index.php?title=Solar_cycle&oIdid=476364656 the Wikipedia entry on the solar cycle is interesting - it looks at the history of the subject and notes that as long ago as 1908 sunspots were shown to  be strongly magnetised, and a bit later, the magnetic polarity of sunspot pairs was recogised - and the 22/11 years sunspot cycle. Now, as science doesn't proceed as agreeably as it is suggested at Wikipedia we can imagine there was some scepticism of this new finding.

Magnetic Stripes on the Sea Floor

One suspects that many things have been factored into the uniformitarian scientific model not because they are inherently more likely than alternative ideas that are discarded but merely because they fit the pattern of the uniformitarian hypothesis. One of these is the discovery in the early 1960s of magnetic stripes on the sea floor, firstly in deep Atlantic waters, and then in other ocean basins such as the Pacific. In one of those Eureka moments several strands of science came together and locked in Plate Tectonics with the Milankovitch cycle of eccentricity.

Lumps of ice falling out of the sky - what is their origin?

Former SIS member and long time deceased, Eric Crew, in a paper published in Speculations in Science and Technology volume 5:1 (1982) page 67-75 (is this journal still in existence?) with the title, 'Localised violent air disturbances apparently caused by lightning' in which he describes lightning as an atmospheric electrical discharge in which the voltage gradient responsible for the discharge exerts forces on the electrons and positive ions tending to cause movements in opposite directions along the discharge channel.