Electromagnetism news

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.

Electricity and human arteries

See www.physorg.com/print247133863.html ... scientists have found that arteries react curiously to external electric fields, according to a new paper in the forthcoming Physical Review Letters. Meanwhile, at www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2012/01/27/space-magnets/ we learn that in the 1930s Hans Alfven proposed the Milky Way contained a huge magnetic field so that incoming cosmic rays could move in spiral orbits along the arms of the galaxy.

Cold Plasma

'Low energy ions: a previously hidden solar system particle population' is the title of a paper in Geophysical Research Letters - see www.physorg.com/print246632486.html. Cold plasma in the upper atmosphere are low energy ions that couldn't be seen, or could not be detected, until recently. These electrically charged, and yes, they did mention the word electric, affect how the earth's system interacts with the Sun - and there is an abundance of cold plasma up there.

Watch the face of the Sun ...

You can now pick up a video or image of theSun on a weekly basis, just to see what it has been doing in the previous 7 days - www.physorg.com/print244977331.html. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is a co-operative venture between NASA and the European Space Agency (EPA) designed to study the internal structure of the Sun, its outer atmosphere and the origin of the solar wind, and the stream of ionised gas, or plasma, that blows outward throughout the Solar System.

Dr Gerald Pollack

Dr Gerald Pollack, author of 'Cells, Gels, and the Engine of Life' (2001), the subject being the electrical substructure of Life, is the latest recruit to the Las Vegas EU conference in January. He will present, 'the science of life in an electric universe'. Robert Johnson will also speak - but hurry, there is not a long time to go. Details of the conference can be viewed at www.thunderbolts.info/eu2012 and to register go to www.thunderbolts.info/wp/events-5/electric-universe-2012-conference-the-...

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.