Prof. Trevor Palmer sent in the following piece, gleaned from the New Scientist 'special issue' of 2nd March. The headline on the cover asks, 'We've run out of explanations for the Universe. What's next?'. In the first article, 'Roots of Reality' Brain Greene, a theoretical physicist at Columbia University, New York, asks, 'what makes us so sure that mathematics can reveal nature's deepest workings?' He adds, 'deciding which mathematics to take serious is as much art as it is science'.
The size of clouds can vary under the influence of a global 'electrical heartbeat' in the atmosphere, University of Reading researchers have claimed. They looked at ten years of data fron the north and south poles, after becoming aware of the daily global ebb and flow of an electrical current in the atmosphere, the so called Carnegie Curve. The electricity came from electrified storms across the world and appears to affect the formation of clouds, or their thickness.
At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/ismael-bullialdus-finder-but-not keeper-of-the-inverse-square-law-of-gravitation/ ... a post under the heading of geomagnetism, gravity, solar physics and solar dynamics. Lots of science history. See also HH Ricker at http://tallbloke.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/ricker7.pdf ... did Kepler think in terms of a magnetic force which drove planets in their own orbits, towards the Sun and around the Sun? Hans Jelbring replied, the gravitational force proportional to the inverse distance squared is only working at two moments in one orbital circuit.
Every now and again Tall Bloke's Work Shop posts a piece to set the commenters tapping at their keyboards and their brains go into overdrive, and this post by astrophysicist Ian Wilson seem to fall into that bracket - see http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/ian-wilson-solar-system-timing... ... which began life as a long comment to an earlier post by Tall Bloke.
At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/makarieva-et-al-finally-get-th... and http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/makarieva-et-al-make-the-headl... which is being presented on sceptic sites as another blow to CAGW science - and see also www.thegwpf.org/research-blows-climate-science-wide-open/ and http://tallbloke.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/douglas-sheil.jpg
At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/01/gravitinos-will-they-unlock-the-my... .... is a post on the ongoing search to discover what exactly dark matter is (if it is anything) and why it is invisible. Ari Raklev of the University of Oslo thinks it is made of gravitinos, a rather out of favour particle, the hypothetical supersymmetric partner of the hypothetical particle, graviton.
At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/uoy-nsr011113.php ... scientists at the universities of York and Leeds have made a significant discovery about what might be involved in the destruction of ozone - over the oceans. It involves ozone depleting iodide oxide observed in particular regions of ocean geography and derives from hypoiodous acid, a gas released from ocean water. The presence of iodine in the atmosphere is thought to arise from emissions of organic compounds from phytoplankton - microscopic marine plants. Iodine and bromine combine to destroy large amounts of ozone.
Quoting somebody who visualised humans as living beneath an ocean of air, the atmosphere, Gabrielle Walker has the opposite point of view - fully committed to the consensus as far as AGW is concerned. Her book, An Ocean of Air; A Natural History of the Atmosphere, Bloomsbury:2007, is an altogether nice overview of not simply the science but how the scientists themselves arrived at their positions, and what hurdles were jumped.
At http://chiefio.wordpress.com/interesting-cosmic-rays-paper/ .... EM Smith is addressing his version of atmospheric science, the Water World. In doing so he expands by quoting Nur Shaviv at www.phys.huji.ac.il/~shaviv/Ice-ages/GSAToday.pdf who says, 'global climate possesses a stabilising negative feedback. A likely candidate for such a feedback is cloud cover (quoting Lindzen 1997 and Ou 2001). If so, it could imply that the water cycle is the thermostat of climate dynamics, acting both as a positive (water vapour) and negative (clouds) feedback ...'.
Erik Verlinde, professor of Theoretical Physics, and dabbler in String Theory, in a recent book, On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton, challenged the prevailing consensus opinion on gravity - see www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2012/11/gravity-doesnt-exist-is-gravity-an.... In fact, can gravity, and even the Big Bang, be an illusion, and Verlinde struggles, it seems, with dark matter, dark energy, and space within space. Likewise, he says it is illogical to think there was nothing and then it exploded, and we had lots of everything.