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20 September 2016

At http://www.io9.gizmodo.com/what-if-dark-matter-were-actually-a-vast-elec… … Steve Roescraft has self published a paper arguing that electrostatic forces could be preventing galaxies from flying apart. He contradicts mainstream by saying that extreme activity at the centre of galaxies (black hole jets) is is able to propel electrons and negatively charged particles towards the outer regions of those galaxies. This would give the galactic core a net positive electric charge while the outskirts wee negatively charged. He says it is 'quite implausible that the core should remain electrically neutral' – see the http://arXiv.org blog (Physics)

At www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/09/pluto-is-emitting-x-rays-and-thats-really-weird ….which is a really weird headline as Gizmodo is supposed to be a science fiction web site – but is more into fantasy films than the real world. The author expresses surprise that Pluto emits x-rays and is clearly not conversant with the electric universe hypothesis. Pluto was regarded as a cold and frigid cosmic body but the New Horizons spacecraft discovered Pluto had an atmosphere and was not as lifeless as expected. Astrophysicist Scott Wolk wondered if Pluto might be visible in the x-ray spectrum, theorising that the solar wind hitting cold gas will create an x-ray glow. The Chandra X-Ray Telescope detected seven distinct pulsations of x-ray light which was surprising as New Horizons found no evidence of a magnetic field or of auroral activity on Pluto but for some reason it squirts methane at its moon, Chiron. The x-rays seen by Wolk appear to be internal. They are said to derive from carbon, nitrogen and oxygen present on Pluto. Now that is interesting – but is it weird?

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