Earthquake lights were considered to be apocryphal in the lobbies of academia, and largely ignored. They were taken up by the likes of Paul Devereux, on the fringe of science. He wrote two books on the subject - and they are very illuminating. No actual scientist had made a study or witnessed them and therefore they did not exist - the usual pretence. This could be described as the perfect example of consensus science.
At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2524770/ESA-satellite-reveals-po... ... it seems Arctic sea ice has increased by 50 per cent since last year. Why isn't this common knowledge? What has the mainstream media got against telling the truth? They couldn't stop gloating last autumn when sea ice was low. In fact, they were hyperventillating - even the politicos got very excited. This year - virtually nothing.
In Provence in the South of France over 30 countries have combined to set up a research facility known as ITER. This international nuclear fusion project has the aim of producing a nuclear reactor capable of producing unlimited supplies of cheap, clean, safe and sustainable electricity so that all the Greens can continue to play with their laptops and charge up their mobile phones and various other gadjets.
Well, this idea has resurfaced again, it would seem. Two Japanese physicists (Nature News, November 2013) claim an obscure bit of physics theory was the clearest evidence yet that our universe could be just one big projection (see www.arxiv.org/abs/1311.5607 and http://phys.org/print306152303.html). In string theory certain types of unverses might actually be holograms of real two dimensional universes.
You have heard of the expanding earth theory - which gives Plate Tectonics a run for its money. Now we have the expanding universe theory - see http://phys.org/print305887548.html. It's all down to heat. It also doesn't require a squib - or Big Bang.
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland is said to have found the Higgs boson, formed during collisions between bunches of protons travelling close to the speed of light. However, CERN scientists have also been smashing protons into ions of lead to generate clouds of quarks and gluons - the fundamental particles inside the protons and neutrons of the atomic nucleus. This has found that the emerging quark-gluon plasma is more liquid than expected. See http://phys.org/print305544262.html
At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/cosmic-ray-blues-hadronic-shower/ .... Tim Cullen is surpassing himself this week as he sifts through a variety of sources on cosmic rays and hadronic showers, a process somewhat more complex than electromagnetic showers although both involve ionisation as they enter the atmosphere. Hadronic showers take longer to develop than electromagnetic showers - and they are also associated with Cherenkov Light, which is an intense shade of blue.
At http://phys.org/print304868667.html ... it seems we have a post by somebody not entirely convinced of cold fusion. However, it seems that ECAT portable cold fusion plants, as developed under Andrea Rossi, are on sale - orders are being taken. The acid test is therefore coming shortly - will they work? Within three months we shall know if the first buyers are happy - or unhappy with their new toys.
Consensus theories are often kept on board long after their sell by date. People become attached to them - a sort of comfort zone. Should that apply to science - does that apply to science?
At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/methane-myopia-7-miles-mathis/ ... we have a link to somebody also criticising mainstream's treatment of methane - go to http://milesmathis.com/meth.pdf
Tim Cullen notes that within ice cores the methanogens have a plentiful supply of water from which they could liberate hydrogen. This suggests methanogens (in ice cores) reduces co2 levels while increasing the levels of CH4 and O2 which suggests the 'settled science' of extracting climate data and atmospheric gas levels from ice cores is basically, poppycock.