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23 May 2011
Some things are worth looking at ... some things are not ...

At we have news from a German team that have been checking the thickness of ice in the Beaufort Sea (in the Arctic) and they have found that ice formed over this current winter is thinner than it was over the last couple of years. This implies it will melt in the summer - as it does every year.

We are also informed the earth's iron heart, its inner core, can melt - this discovery was learnt from a computer simulation (see Nature May 19th).

23 May 2011
The Plasma Universe

News of an event on The Plasma Universe, 7pm to 8.30 at 27-29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London SW8 1SZ (for details go to ). Plasma is all around us and the talk will be a journey through space and down to earth, exploring plasma and the numerous applications that can be made of it. Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist with a PhD from Imperial College where she researched fusion energy.

23 May 2011
Volcanoes, Tornadoes, and Earthquakes - why the swarm?

On May 15th Piers Corbyn of predicted an earthquake 'somewhere' in the world between 19th and 21st of May. On May 21st an earthquake in Iceland activated the Grimsvotn volcano (see image below) (go to for further images) and see and which has some nice comments and links. Grimsvotn erupted 8 times in the 20th century and again in 2004.

22 May 2011
A stellar puzzle

This story is at ... the Kepler spacecraft has found a mystery - described as a treasury of wonders, even a freak show of oddball stars. The primary mission of Kepler is to look for planets orbiting around stars - that may have life. So far it has found 1200 planets, betrayed by small repetitive dips in the brightness of parent stars as the shadow of a planet crossing a star's face.

22 May 2011
Radio telescope captures Jets on lip of black hole

The story is at ... researchers using radio telescopes throughout the southern hemisphere think they have an image (pictured) of particle jets erupting from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy. It is thought the jets arise as infalling matter approaches the black hole but we don't know how they form, it was said. However, the findings involve 'advanced computer techniques' that allow data from several telescopes to yield images with the sharpness of a single giant telescope.

21 May 2011
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer

A new instrument was installed on the International Space Station (see ) designed to sift and detect cosmic rays to discover how they originate and how they effect matter. Do they come from exploding stars - supernovae? Are they part of anti-matter?

21 May 2011
Coast to Coast

Now anyone can listen to a transcript of the Wal Thornhill and Dave Talbot radio talk on Coast to Coast by simply going to ... in it Wal Thornhill claims Venus was a comet that settled into a stable orbit - an extension of Velikovsky, and gravity is an electrical force between neutral atoms. Dave Talbot is in the same Velikovskian frame as he says Venus was the great doomsday comet depicted in early cultures (this is from a blurb at the radio station) ... and all this took place ten to twelve thousand years ago.

21 May 2011
The oceans and the climate - a new study

This story occurs at May 20th and Pierre Gosselin is faintly sarcastic in his description of a new study just published by Nature that says the oceans play a role in climate that is still not understood. In a cynical post he casts a jaundiced eye on the surprise expressed by the climate scientists - his take on their enthusiastic description of previously unknown fluctuations of currents and ocean temperatures in the tropical Atlantic.

20 May 2011
Cosmic Rays, Clouds, and the Solar Wind

At May 15th and May 17th Nigel Calder draws our attention on an update on the Svensmark hypothesis. As the CERN CLOUD experiment took so long to get going and is not due out for awhile as yet and so the Danish decided to do their own laboratory experiment, in Copenhagen. A study of their findings has just been published in Geophysical Review Letters (12th May), with the title 'Aerosol nucleation induced by a high energy particle beam'.

20 May 2011
Staying with the Sun ...

Another web site or blog that is interesting for those into the Electric Universe theory - see It seems that beneath the photosphere the surface of the Sun is solid - not gaseous. It goes on to say that Birkeland said this nearly 100 years ago. His early laboratory research with an electrified iron sphere suspended in a vacuum created images remarkably similar to modern satellite x-ray images of the Sun (with pictures).