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1 Dec 2011
Alfred de Grazia is still buzzing - at 90 years and climbing.

The Quantavolution Conference in 2011 took place in October, in Athens (see www.qconference-athens-2011.grazian-archive.com ). Speakers included our very own Trevor Palmer, one of our favourite speakers, Mike Baillie, as well as Amanda Laoupi, Vladimir Rubtsov, and Flavio Barbeiro (who has contributed to SIS). Subjects ranged from doomsday cults, the 2300BC event, extraterrestrial impacts, Celtic myths and comets, plagues, advanced civilisations, sanskrit and ancient Greek gods in heaven with similarities to comets, and volcanic landscapes in the Mediterranean.

1 Dec 2011
Lightning and the Weather

This piece, at www.physorg.com/print241773967.html begins by telling us that at any given moment two thousand thunderstorms roll over Earth producing 50 flashes of lightning every second. Each lightning burst creates electromagnetic waves that begin to circle around the Earth - in the atmosphere. Some of these waves combine and increase in strength to create an atmospheric phenomenon known as Schumann Resonance. This provides a tool to analyse the weather on Earth, its electric environment, and what types of atoms and molecules exist in the atmosphere at any given time.

30 Nov 2011
Climategate 2 ... even the Taurids get an airing

George Howard at http://cosmictusk.com/climategate-2-0-540-ad-dust-veil-and-the-mike-bail... discusses an email in the cache from Mike Baillie, a reviewer of an article that was denying a cosmic connection in contrast to his own theory. He makes no pretence of who he is and attempts to argue against the volcanic explanation. Its an interesting take on the peer review process.

30 Nov 2011
Celestial processions at ... guess where?

An interesting story concerning Stonehenge and its environs has emerged - see for example www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52033 ... where it is said archaeologists from the University of Birmingham have found two large pits positioned on celestial alignments. It is being suggested these pits may have contained tall stones or wooden posts that were used to mark the rising and the setting of the Sun - and a procession associated with it.

30 Nov 2011
Early Human Footprints

One of the most controversial archaeological sites in North America is in the Mojave desert of California, in the low hills of the Calico Mountains. It displays evidence for the presence of tool making humans from at the latest, 200,000 years ago (see http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/unsettled-age-for-american-early... abd www.calicodig.org/text/16 ). A few years ago they were arguing that Clovis were the first people in the Americas and now ....

30 Nov 2011
Some science at the edge

According to a paper in Astrophysics and Space Science by Dragan Hajdukovik contemporary physics has two cornerstones, namely General Relativity and the Standard Model of Particle Physics. General Relativity is our best theory of gravitation. The Standard Model is a collation of Quantum Field theories and claims that everthing in the universe is made from six quarks and six leptons (and their anti-articles) which interact through exchange of gauge bosuns . However, he says these two theories do not fit with certain observations .... go to www.physorg.com/print241707260.html.

27 Nov 2011
Climategate 2

Another batch of emails has been released that add to and provide clarity to those emails released in 2009 shortly before the Copenhagen 'climate' feasting event. There is now another huge batch of emails trapped in cyberspace that cannot as yet be opened until the person responsible for the leak provides the password. The latest batch coincides with the upcoming Durban binge where the weather should be more agreeable than it was in Copenhagen - who can forget those fortuitous snow storms.

27 Nov 2011
Fishy tales and a lake in Gloucestershire that reached as far as Leicestershire

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2066156/Humans-mastered-deep-sea... is a case of jumping to conclusions. Whilst I have no problem with humans in boats 42,000 years ago actually catching big fish such as tuna is quite difficult - and as yet, unproven at that date.

24 Nov 2011
On the Pulse

Are pulsars giant permanent magnets? is the question being asked at www.physorg.com/print241178052.html with an image of a jet of plasma being ejected from on of its rotational poles - described as radiation. When the beams of material (radiation or plasma) are aligned towards the Earth instruments detect a pulse, hence what is otherwise known as a Neutron star is known as a Pulsar star. How do the magnetic fields of pulsars form and behave? It seems a new theory is suggesting pulsars are permanent magnets and surprisingly stable.

24 Nov 2011
Lightning in Space

Lightning in space ... interesting post at www.physorg.com/print241098252.html which suggests the ESA/ NASA spacecraft orbitting around Saturn, the Cassini mission, should swing its cameras away from the large storm affecting the surface and have a closer look at the lightning bolts it is emitting - upwards. Lightning storms on Jupiter and Saturn are one thousand times more powerful than on Earth - and the sprites may be worth looking at.