Electromagnetism news

Lightning and the Weather

This piece, at www.physorg.com/print241773967.html begins by telling us that at any given moment two thousand thunderstorms roll over Earth producing 50 flashes of lightning every second. Each lightning burst creates electromagnetic waves that begin to circle around the Earth - in the atmosphere. Some of these waves combine and increase in strength to create an atmospheric phenomenon known as Schumann Resonance. This provides a tool to analyse the weather on Earth, its electric environment, and what types of atoms and molecules exist in the atmosphere at any given time.

Lightning in Space

Lightning in space ... interesting post at www.physorg.com/print241098252.html which suggests the ESA/ NASA spacecraft orbitting around Saturn, the Cassini mission, should swing its cameras away from the large storm affecting the surface and have a closer look at the lightning bolts it is emitting - upwards. Lightning storms on Jupiter and Saturn are one thousand times more powerful than on Earth - and the sprites may be worth looking at. 

Study Group meeting november 17th, Willesden, London.

Apart from skirmishing with a few subjects most of the session was taken up by Tony Haynes talking about the promising areas of research that offer the prospect of cheap electricity - with a follow-up question and answer period. He described three new methods, all making use of Hydrogen in one way or the other. All three, he said, have potential but in various ways are at the fringe of acceptable consensus science.

Tall Bloke

At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/andrea-rossi-e-cat-megawatt-co... there is a post that covers a good deal of the ground e discussed at our recent Study Group get together in Willesden, the Andrea Rossi cold fusion experiment. The comments at the end of the post are also interesting. One refers to www.blacklightpower.com, also part of the discussion, and another one notes nickel is limited, also mentioned by Tony Haynes. Tall Bloke seems to think the Rossi experiment might be a scam - but he is not alone in this.

The Schoch Effect

A recent Thunderbolts email update on the January 2012 conference in Las Vegas indulged in a spot of Doomsaying - was the Sun about to become over active? I don't know if this was inspired by some of the hype on the Internet involving 2012 and massive CME events with an origin in the Sun but it served to introduce the fact Robert Schoch is going to be a speaker at the conference - a figure well known to the public.

Robert Schoch

According to the Thunderbolts web site Robert Schoch is a recent recruit to the Electric Universe theory and the idea of plasma playing a destructive role in the past history of the Earth, and he is going to be a speaker at the upcoming January EU Conference in Las Vegas (see www.thunderbolts.info). Robert Schoch is most famous for his association with John Anthony West and others, who dated the Great Sphinx thousands of years earlier than orthodoxy.

Solar Magnetic Polarity Reversal

Michael Armstrong on the www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2010/arch10/100401polarity.htm .... wrote a piece last year on the solar magnetic reversal every 11 years and corresponding with sun spot cycles, which is little understood. Armstrong seeks to explain the situation by making a connection with the electric sun hypothesis (but see also www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2009/arch09/090909polarity.htm

This piece, it may be noted, has a strong association with plasma physics and nuclear fusion - see www.physorg.com/print240166907.html 

Records of Aurorae and Climate Change

A paper by Nicola Scafetta in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-terrestrial Physics is reviewed at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/11/10/aurora-borealis-and-surface-temper... .. is set to expand the climate debate by drawing in solar flares and aurora borealist records. Basically, the claim is that oscillations in mid latitude auroras between 1700 and 1966 occurred in a cycle of some kind, at intervals that marry into instrumental global surface temperature records.

Looking at the universe - with different eyes

At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2011/10/31/windy-galaxies/ ... Stephen Smith has a look at the way astronomers describe features of the universe. For example, plasma behaves in unusual ways and observers assume it is the result of winds and shockwaves that they see. Plasma is driven at a very high rate of knots - as fast as 1000km a second. There seem to be powerful storms going on, or cluster activity with great clouds of gas - for want of a better description.