Electromagnetism news

Spherules

At http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/APR05/Event/29058 there is a short abstract by CJ Ransom and Wal Thornhill that claimed z-pinch simulations in the laboratory actually produced spherules (in an experiment). The idea was to reproduce a plasma discharge in order to create spherules, which duly happened, that were nearly identical in appearance to those found on Mars, the so called blueberries (Bulletin of the American Physical Society, the 2005 APS Spring Meeting).

Some Thunder Bolts

There are some interesting posts over at Thunderbolts. For example, www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2011/arch11/110819.flood.html is about water on Mars - was the erosion caused by water or some other process? At www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2011/arch11/110818.doubt.html is about the doubt expressed by some mainstream scientists in the existence or otherwise of dark matter - is it real, or not?

Aurora and Ash

NASAs Goddard Space Flight Centre spokesman Tony Phillips says the STEREO spacecraft in combination with new data processing techniques has succeeded in tracking a solar storm from its origin in the Sun's corona to impact with the Earth, resolving a 40 year controversy on the structures of space weather. There is a video that can be watched at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/08/19/space-storm-tracked-from-sun-to-ea... which shows a CME event swelling into an enormous wall of plasma and then washing over the Earth.

Sun spot cycles

At www.thunderbolts.info/forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3107&start=0 ... at Thunderbolts forums a member comments on the current cycle of low sun spot activity and wonders what this might mean - less solar output? Low sun spot cycles are known historically but what do they imply from the angle of the Electric Universe theory. Less power in = less power out? A weakening of the Sun's protective sheaf? which might mean more energetic cosmic rays bombarding the solar system and therefore interacting with the atmosphere of the earth.

Speaker Meeting in September - addition

Robert Johnson, 'Evidence for the Anisotropy  of the Speed of Light' is available for download in pdf format at www.worldsci.org/pdf/abstracts/abstracts_6255.pdf

Frogs and bioelectricity

This story is at www.physorg.com/print230207865.html where it seems bioelectrical signals for normal head and facial formation in an organism has been captured in a time lapse video of the face of a tadpole. Published in the journal of Developmental Dynamics, biologists have found that before the face of a tadpole developed bioelectricl signals caused groups of cells to form patterns marked by different membrane voltage and pH levels. Hyperpolarised negatively charged areas shone brightly while other parts of the face were distinctly darker, an 'electric face' they say.

Earthquake Lights

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/332171/title/FOR_KIDS_Tsunami_trek_t... ... it seems the earthquake in March 2011 that shook the sea floor 80 miles east of Japan and released a tsunami wave also produced light phenomena in the sky captured on camera in Hawaii - glaring ripples that moved through the sky. These ripples, it is said, were following the tsunami wave below - or is that something just for the kids?

Lightning on Saturn

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-203&cid=release_2011-203 we learn that Cassini has taken images and sounds of electrical storms on Saturn - and one of them has been raging since December. It generates 10 lightning flashes a second - and this is the tenth such storm revealed by Cassini since 2004 (see also www.physorg.com/print229177638.html).

Maryland Meeting update

The July Maryland conference is being updated daily at the Thunderbolts web site - speakers and subjects are evolving and more information is forthcoming at www.thunderbolts.info so that those planning to attend can get a broader picture of the event. Good luck to all.

Magnetic Ropes and Solar Storms

George Mason University scientists have discovered that giant magnetic ropes are the cause of solar storms. Jie Zheng and Xin Cheng used images from the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft. It seems they are a long suspected process but could not previously be seen as the ropes moves extremely quickly. Magnetic ropes trigger solar eruptions which send charged plasma into space. When the magnetised cloud reaches earth a huge amount of energy comes into contact with the magnetosphere of the earth.