The Sun

29 Jun 2012

At's... ... this is another paper in Nature this week, headed by a Norwegian scientist. It suggests the Sun's outer atmosphere may be heated up by enormous tornadoes of magnetism churning at its surface. The study seeks to discover how the energy is created and describes it as 'a coronal heating problem' - but did you know that? Not if you read consensus blogs and web sites. The director of the Australian Space Academy, John Kennewell, was asked about the paper and replied cautiously, saying several other mechanisms are at the table - such as nanoflares (so small they can barely be detected yet alone seen) or acoustic waves that travel along megnetic field lines.

The same story is at ... where we learn that mathematicians from the University of Sheffiled were also involved in the research. They are talking about 'super' tornadoes which have a magnetic skeleton and spin at speeds over 600 mph and generate temperatures of millions of degrees. The tornadoes operate in plasma and it is known the energy involved originates from below - but how does it get into the atmosphere? Clearly, they didn't know, yet the consensus side have been waving smoke with mirrors, the same people that have continuously lamblasted the Electric Universe theory.

Meanwhile, at ... a huge cloud of gas is moving through the Milky Way. It will collide with the hypothetical black hole at the centre of the galaxy in one year's time - in 2013. We will then find out if the black hole is hungry - or on a diet, shunning a free lunch. This is crunch time approaching for the consensus people.

Over at ... a Harvard scientist has offered us all a new view of Earth's make-up, rather, the geochemical make-up of the mantle. Did the massive collision that is thought to have formed the Moon affect the chemical composition of the planet's innards? Apparently not. In a clever piece of research, taking samples from volcanic rock in Iceland, crushing it to release gas bubbles trapped inside, and then using a mass spectrometer to analyse the tiny trace amounts of gases, he found that isotopes of neon indicate the deep mantle consists of material unchanged and collected from the solar nebula at the beginning of the solar system, while gases in the upper mantle in contrast come from meteorites that formed further away. The really interesting discovery is that the research puts into question the idea of a moon forming impact event  - and at the same time raises questions for the Plate Tectonics hypothesis. We may expect some interesting responses in the course of time.