Electromagnetism news

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.


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.

Christmas Trees

At www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2010/arch10/101224candles.htm ... an interesting article by Rens van der Sluijs on illuminated christmas trees - and plasmoids.

Dusty Plasma ... and tribulations of an EU proselytiser

The Plasma Universe Wikipedia-like Encyclopedia has some interesting entries (see www.plasma-universe.com/Dusty_plasma/ ). This one, with the title 'dusty plasma', sets out to describe precisely what this phenomenon is - and it raises some interesting possibilities. It is apparently a combination of plasma and micrometre sized particles. Such dusty particles can be charged and combined with plasma they will behave like plasma - and even acrete into larger particles, or grains.

The Magnetic Field of the Earth

At www.wired.com/wiredscience/2-1-/12/magnetic-copper-slag/ .... it seems that copper slag from Iron Age smelting activities at Khirbet es/Nahu in NE Jordan and from Timna in what is now southern Israel has been C14 dated to the 10 and 9th centuries BC, and a magnetic field that spike twice during the 180 years they studied, has been dated at 980 and 890BC. On both occasions the magnetic field jumped up in strength but within 20 years had fallen back down again.