Yearly Archives: 2009

Science, Politics and Global Warming

Global warming

“In the end, science offers us the only way out of politics. And if we allow science to become politicized, then we are lost. We will enter the Internet version of the dark ages, an era of shifting fears and … Continue reading

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Electric Sun Verified

"Heliospheric ribbon" in the IBEX data.

“Is it likely that any astonishing new developments are lying in wait for us? Is it possible that the cosmology of 500 years hence will extend as far beyond our present beliefs as our cosmology goes beyond that of Newton?”  … Continue reading

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Playing with a magnet and a plasma discharge tube, the "Aurora Borealis Tube Display," by Resonance Research Corporation.

“Some people in each successive generation believe that theirs is the one that has at last seen everything clearly, that their insights point to the truth, the final answer. Yet scientific discovery marches on and today’s truth will become tomorrow’s … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Shrinking Red Star

An image of Betelgeuse’s atmosphere observed at a wavelength of 7mm.

We cannot see what is not on our mental ‘map.’ Almost the entire visible universe is in the form of highly-conductive plasma but electrical discharge in plasma is nowhere on the map. The red supergiant star Betelgeuse, the bright reddish … Continue reading

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Cosmology in Crisis—Again!

The only place in the universe where we find the big bang.

“Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever could.” —from The Sound of Music. It seems the toughest thing for scientists to grasp—that a cherished paradigm like the big bang can be wrong. The latest crisis was reported in on May … Continue reading

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Newton’s Electric Clockwork Solar System

Charged planets

We are told that gravity rules the cosmos. The story of the big bang, the origin of galaxies and stars, and our ultimate fate are founded on this belief. But the March 2009 Astronomy magazine carries the surprising headline, “Is … Continue reading

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The Black Hole at the Heart of Astronomy

This image shows the form of the plasmoid at the center of the galaxy (and the particle jets created when the magnetic field begins to collapse).

“Astronomical fads have always involved miracle working to some degree, and their discussion in so-called workshops and in the streams of papers that pour into the journals have affinities to the incantations of Macbeth’s witches on the blasted heath.” —Fred … Continue reading

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It’s Time for Change

Time for change

But scientists, who ought to know  Assure us that it must be so.  Oh, let us never, never doubt  What nobody is sure about. —Hilaire Belloc Tumultuous times like these encourage questioning of long-held convictions. Our predicament seems the result … Continue reading

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Astronomy has little to celebrate in 2009!

Excerpt from the letter from the telescope allocation committee barring Arp from access to telescopes.

For those who haven’t noticed, this year is “The International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009).” The International Year of Astronomy will involve 135 nations and thousands of events around the world. It marks the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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