Electromagnetism news

Super Solar Flare

It seems solar flares are in the news as Paul La Violette, in the journal Radiocarbon (June 2011, 53:2 page 303-323) claims a super solar flare was responsible for the Pleistocene extinctions - or those that occurred at the onset of the Younger Dryas event. He says that there was an abrupt rise in atmospheric radiocarbon concentrations in the Cariaco Basin varve record (from lake sediments) at 12.837 years BP (the beginning of the Younger Dryas event).

Volcanoes and earthquakes

At www.physorg.com/print226459407.html there is a report on a volcano in Chile that erupted on June 4th. A rift, 6 miles by 3 was torn out of the surface of the earth. The volcano lies 40 miles away from some magnitude 5 earthquakes which may indicate a tectonic origin for the volcano - and the volcano was again active on the 5th and 6th. Piers Corbyn, at www.weatheraction.com/displayarticle.asp?a-350&c=5 has suggested a link with a 10 meV proton burst on the Sun, as well as tornadoes in Massachusetts and Saskatchewan and wild winds in Montreal.

Music by Lightning

This story is at www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-tesla-lady-gaga.html ... and the artificial production of lightning via Tesla coils - on stage. The Open Spark project produces music out of lightning - available on video.

The Plasma Universe

News of an event on The Plasma Universe, 7pm to 8.30 at 27-29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London SW8 1SZ (for details go to http://bis-space.com/2011/02/17/1338/the-plasma-universe ). Plasma is all around us and the talk will be a journey through space and down to earth, exploring plasma and the numerous applications that can be made of it. Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist with a PhD from Imperial College where she researched fusion energy.

Newsplash - Wal and Dave are appearing on Coast to Coast radio on May 18th

A news flash from www.thunderbolts.info and for the information of American members of SIS, and anyone interested, Wal Thornhill and David Talbot are to appear on Coast to Coast radio at 11.00pm to 2.00am Pacific Time, this evening May 18th (it is already evening over here in the UK but there are some hours to go in the US). They will be speaking and answering questions on the Electric Universe hypothesis. On July 6th - 9th there is a conference at the University of Maryland on the Electric Universe which is advertised as a leading piece at www.thunderbolts.info/home.htm ...

Geomagnetic storms

A paper published by the Annales Geophyscae 27 (2009) (see www.ann-geophys.net/27/185/2009 or www.ann-geophys.net/27/185/2009/angeo-27-185-2009.pdf ) is about the connections between sun spots and geomagnetic storms. At www.sciencemag.org/content/108/2805/354.extract there is a short piece on the Great Sun Spot of 1947 - accompanied by bursts of solar noise - yes, noise. An hour long burst of solar noise occurred two days running with intermittent periods on both days.

Geomagnetism

At http://wattsupwiththat.com there are two more separate pages added to the blog. Go to top of Menu bar and click on Reference Pages and a drop down menu list appears. Click on Geomagnetic and this will take you to the new feature. At the bottom of the drop down list you can also click on solar - which is designed to accommodate postings on the subject of the Sun. Useful list of links on both pages.

An Electric Comet

This is another recommended web site from www.thunderbolts.info (see www.jmccanneyscience.com/CometHolmesSub_Page.HTM ). This is a web site of a scientist with time on his hands, one that hosts a weekly radio show on science in the USA. The story picked out goes back to 2007, and Comet Holmes. It suddenly flared up and became an extremely bright object a long way out from the Sun - and scientists were clearly perplexed.