Electromagnetism news

Plasma and Magnetic Fields

NASA has another story to delight - the Cassini spacecraft took images of enormous clouds of plasma periodically blooming around Saturn, moving the planet 'like an unbalanced load of laundry on a spin cycle' and words to that effect. The hot plasma, they continue, producing a repeating signature like a thump in the rotating magnetic field. The big question now being asked - why are these plasma explosions happening in such a periodic manner?

Tall Bloke

The Tall Bloke blog is worth looking at as it ties in with ideas about the EU and those of Rhodes Fairbridge. As he is discussing real science the commenters tend to be level headed individuals who have something to contribute to the debate. A joy to read.

The Plasma Universe

At www.physorg.com/print207563537.html ... Princetown Plasma Physics Laboratory has released information on a Plasma Physics workshop - the fourth state of matter. It is a hot electrically charged gas that makes up the Sun and other stars, and fuels the production of fusion energy. Plasma physics governs much of the behaviour of the visible universe, from Tokamaki to extre-galactic jets that are 10 billion times larger than the solar system. A tokamak is a type of magnetic fusion energy experiment.

Sprites on a video clip

At NASA's Space Weather.com (see link at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/10/02/watching-lightning-jets-hit-the-atmosphere/ ) there is a video clip of huge lightning discharges that are striking the ionosphere from thunderstorms below. It says that gigantic jets of lightning play an unknown role in the global flow of electricity around the planet. This is cutting edge science at the moment and amateur astronomers are being asked to contribute. 

The Magnetic Moon, Lightning on Earth and Venus, and the Ring of Saturn that was invisible until now

Magnetised regions on the far side of the Moon have been found to deflect the solar wind, shielding the Moon's surface (presented last Friday, 24th September, at an EPS meeting in Rome). Airless bodies interact with the solar wind quite differently than the earth, for example.

A new way to produce electricity to power engines

At the Rumor Mill Robert Mason has posted details of a hydroelectrolytic turbine he has invented - go to www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=181024 which he hopes will be taken up by somebody commercially. He is also asking for some critique of his invention and as a new member of SIS hopes that other members might provide some feedback. See what you think. Does his idea have traction?

A second pole slip ... what next ...

At www.physorg.com/print202971192.html Sept 6th ... for a second time evidence has been found the magnetic poles have flipped over in a very rapid manner. Geologists in 1995 found a lava flow in Oregon with an unusual magnetic pattern indicating it had shifted 10,000 times faster than expected. This was hotly disputed in geological circles and was so controversial many scientists simply still do not accept such an event. It does not fit into a uniformitarian context.

Fire in the Sun

At www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2010/arch10/100903fire.htm the Greeks and Romans had a variety of theories on what might power the Sun and surprisingly, the notion they had in the back of their heads was not very different from a plasma filled universe. Even the astronomer, John Herschel, in the 18th century, wrote a letter to Faraday speculating that the Sun might owe its brightness to cosmic electrical currents - with the upper atmosphere of the Sun auroralised by them ...

Dancing Electrons

At www.physorg.com/print202733904.html a report on a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that was prompted by physicists who struggled to understand the dance between electrons that create magnetic fields. A new model was formulated to learn more about quantum quirks of high temperature super conductors that has apparently had the side effect on the understanding of ferromagnetism.

Vortex of Fire

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/08/27/tornado-of-fire-in-brazil/ you will find some short video clips of a tornado of fire created during wild fires - transient phenomena captured by the abundance of mobile phones with cameras. Are these combustible tornados?

The video clips are available on a variety of blogs.