Science’s Looming ‘Tipping Point’

It is essential in these exuberant times to pay critical attention to both the observational constraints and to the basic mathematical laws, with a clear sense of what is solid theory and what is only unsupported speculation. This seeming platitude is offered here without jest, because at the present time there are ‘theories’ – scenarios…


A Nobel Prize for the Dark Side

Big Bang vs Plasma
Big Bang vs Plasma

 “Science today is about getting some results, framing those results in an attention-grabbing media release and basking in the glory.” —Kerry Cue, Canberra Times, 5 October 2011 On October 4, 2011 the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three astrophysicists for “THE ACCELERATING UNIVERSE.” Prof. Perlmutter of the University of California, Berkeley, has been…


Gravity Probe B and Related Matters

Artist concept of Gravity Probe B orbiting the Earth.
Artist concept of Gravity Probe B orbiting the Earth.

The following article is by Jeremy Dunning-Davies, Senior Lecturer in Physics at the University of Hull and member of the Royal Astronomical Society and Natural Philosophy Alliance. In a posting on the Thunderbolts web site on June 6th, Mel Acheson commented on the recent claims of finding a spiral galaxy in the southern skies which…


Science Needs Natural Philosophers

The death of physics
The death of physics

“Those who regard philosophy as a ‘soft’ and unscientific discipline, in contrast to the ‘hard’ and scientific fields of mathematics and physics, have accepted a Big Lie. The ideas of mathematicians and physicists can be no more objective or certain than the philosophic ideas on which they depend. Philosophy is the discipline that tells us…


Alfvén Triumphs Again (& Again)

Hannes Alfven receiving his Nobel prize from the King of Sweden.
Hannes Alfven receiving his Nobel prize from the King of Sweden.

The lack of news reports in recent months has been due to a very heavy workload in preparing papers, a course and presentations. This work continues with the upcoming Natural Philosophy Alliance’s 18th annual conference at the University of Maryland, July 6-9, where I will give two papers including the invited John Chappell Memorial Lecture.…


Deep Impact 2

Comet Tempel 1 Composite Map.
Comet Tempel 1 Composite Map.

What can be said about the Deep Impact spacecraft’s imminent second rendezvous with a comet? From NASA websites comes the following information: The Deep Impact spacecraft is about to rendezvous with another comet. It will be the fifth comet to be observed in a close flyby by a spacecraft. The mission is called by the…


Our Misunderstood Sun

This simple diagram of the hypothetical standard solar model gives no inkling of the complexity of the phenomena seen in the photosphere and above.
This simple diagram of the hypothetical standard solar model gives no inkling of the complexity of the phenomena seen in the photosphere and above.

“We stand on the verge of a vast cosmical discovery such as nothing hitherto imagined can compare with.” —Sir John Herschel in 1850, upon the discovery of a link between magnetic storms on Earth and sunspots, to Michael Faraday, the vaunted experimentalist who was investigating the links between electricity and magnetism. Incredibly, one hundred and…


Science, Politics and Global Warming

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 wild prejudices, transmitted to people who don’t know any better. That’s not a good future…


Electric Sun Verified

"Heliospheric ribbon" in the IBEX data.
"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?”  —Fred Hoyle, The Nature of the Universe NASA’s IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) spacecraft has made…


The Simple ELECTRIC UNIVERSE®

Playing with a magnet and a plasma discharge tube, the "Aurora Borealis Tube Display," by Resonance Research Corporation.
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 anecdotes.” —Gerrit L. Verschuur, Interstellar Matters Since my last report I have been in England…