Electromagnetism news

An experiment fit for the Electric Universe theory?

At http://phys.org/print255061090.html ... NASA is preparing a new mission, the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission - planned to launc in 2014. The 'Fast Plasma Instrument' is 100 times faster than anything that has gone before and the idea is to find out what is going on with so called 'magnetic reconnection'. Scientists are puzzled by magnetic lines that appear to cross and create burst of energy.

Cosmic Rays and the Moon's magnetosphere

At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2012/04/24/cosmic-ions/ there ios a post and a nice picture from the Icecube neutrino laboratory, on the fact that the origins of cosmic rays do not appear to be supernovae driven, commented on here a few days ago. Stephen Smith explains that in the Electric Universe theory cosmic rays are accelerated by double layers (as described in 1929 by Irving Langmuir) and form when electric currents flow through plasma.

The Venus Transit and the Venus magnetotail

At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/tim-cullen-the-secret-astronom... ... is a post by Tim Cullen, The Secret Astronomers Other Ball, April 20th. On the 5th and 6th of June this year there will be a Transit of Venus and scientists expect it to be a feast of settled science (and the author provides a list of names of past scientists that each brought something to the table). Tim Cullen looks at some of the science - the stuff they are avoiding. Basically, this is the magnetic mysteries.

Sun spots and Climate ... but what makes sun spots?

At http://notrickszone.com/2012/04/18/more-reconstructions-show-climate-is-... is taken from Germany's Die Kalt Sonne website which has suddenly become widely read by the general public following the success of the book of the same name, The Cold Sun. i) A Danish team from the University of Aarhus have published a study on climate in the journal, The Holocene.

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.