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The scissors will be wielded to commercial spam, lewd suggestions, and anything else I don’t like. 😎

  1. oldbrew says:

    Link back to Suggestions 31

    [for viewing only please]

  2. oldbrew says:

    From Erl Happ: Confirmation
    Posted on February 17, 2018

    Review of this …
    Climate sensitivity to the lower stratospheric ozone variations
    Original research article
    Pages 9-14
    N.A. Kilifarska

    From the abstract: A new mechanism for O3 influence on climate is proposed.

  3. oldbrew says:

    XMM-Newton spies first clear X-ray flares from massive stellar lighthouse
    February 27, 2018, European Space Agency

    “We observed the star with XMM-Newton for almost 40 hours and found something even more unexpected,” says Ignazio Pillitteri of the INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Italy, and leader of the research team.

    “Rather than a smooth, steady emission, the X-rays pulsed periodically outwards from Rho Ophiuchi A, varying over a period of roughly 1.2 days as the star rotated – like an X-ray lighthouse! This is quite a new phenomenon in stars bigger than the sun.”

    Rho Ophiuchi A is far hotter and more massive than our parent star. It remains unknown how X-rays are generated in such stellar heavyweights; one possibility is a strong intrinsic magnetism, which would be observable via signs of surface magnetism. However, how such a magnetic field would come to be – and how it would be linked to any X-ray emission – remains unclear.

    Read more at:
    – – –
    No magnetism without electricity.

  4. oldbrew says:

    A fluke breakthrough could be the missing link for an electric car age

    Soft contact lens technology could link renewables and the grid and make electric cars better

    In the 1970s, Dr Donald Highgate found a way to make contact lenses more comfortable. With colleagues at the University of Surrey, he developed a transparent, flexible polymer that held water like a sponge.

    Now, the same technology has spawned a new supercapacitor material that could accelerate the adoption of electric cars, and solve one of the biggest problems facing renewables.

    Instead of storing energy in chemical form like a battery, supercapacitors hold it in an electrical field, like static collecting on a balloon.

  5. oldbrew says:

    An Archaeologist Says He’s Figured Out The Secret of The Pyramids’ Peculiar Alignment
    How was this possible 4,500 years ago?

    For centuries, the pyramids of Giza have puzzled researchers – not just their mysterious voids and hidden chambers, but exactly how ancient Egyptians built such impressive structures without modern technology.

    One of the most confounding issues is how the structures became so perfectly aligned.

  6. sunspotlover says:

    Can you predict earthquakes?
    No. Neither the USGS nor any other scientists have ever predicted a major earthquake. We do not know how, and we do not expect to know how any time in the foreseeable future. An earthquake prediction must define 3 elements: 1) the date and time, 2) the location, and 3) the magnitude.

    What if 1) and 3) can be calculated?

    I ask this question because I published a prediction for March 3-4…

  7. oldbrew says:

    Re. recent cold weather, Lubos Motl writes from the Czech Republic:
    There’s clearly nothing dangerous about a world that is 3 °C warmer. In the morning, we would have –11 °C instead of –14 °C which we actually had – it would still be chilly.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Trump Shreds Media, Democrats — Even Himself — At Ritzy DC Soiree

    On how to reduce global warming: “We’re going to reduce the carbon footprint when we travel by shrinking the press pool so we only have room for Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, and Judge Jeanine.”

    Trump closed by saying: “I just want to say this, this is one of the best times I’ve had with the media — this might be the most fun I’ve had since watching your faces on election night.”

  9. oldbrew says:

    @ sunspotlover

    PG prediction: We expect a 6.0M plus earthquake on March 3

    There was a 6.0 in Papua New Guinea about 5 hours ago.

    PG: A 7.5Mw+is possible around noon on March 4. If the quake is delayed, the magnitude will increase till

    No 7.5+ so far.
    – – –
    Re Saturn-Chiron-Uranus there’s a good conjunction match here:
    77 S = 45C = 27 U
    This gives 50 S-U = 32 S-C = 18 U-C
    Divide by 2:
    25 S-U = 16 S-C = 9 U-C
    5² S-U = 4² S-C = 3² U-C

  10. oldbrew says:

    Issue Date: March 5, 2018
    Why efforts to use green fuels sometimes run afoul

    Some microbes thrive on biofuels and can contaminate fuel equipment and clog engines

    Private motorists have little to worry about because they tend to use and replace small quantities of fuel frequently. But for airlines and other organizations that store enormous quantities of fuel, contamination could be a problem. For the U.S. Air Force, which has a mandate to rely increasingly on biobased fuels, extreme caution is in order.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Massive astrophysical objects governed by subatomic equation
    March 5, 2018, California Institute of Technology

    Propagation of waves through an astrophysical disk can be understood using Schrödinger’s equation — a cornerstone of quantum mechanics.

    Read more at:

  12. oldbrew says:

    Scientists crack 70-year-old mystery of how magnetic waves heat the sun
    March 6, 2018, Queen’s University Belfast

    Dr. David Jess from the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s University Belfast explains: “For a long time scientists across the globe have predicted that Alfvén waves travel upwards from the solar surface to break in the higher layers, releasing enormous amounts of energy in the form of heat. Over the last decade scientists have been able to prove that the waves exist but until now there was no direct evidence that they had the capability to convert their movement into heat.

    “At Queen’s, we have now led a team to detect and pinpoint the heat produced by Alfvén waves in a sunspot. This theory was predicted some 75 years ago but we now have the proof for the very first time. Our research opens up a new window to understanding how this phenomenon could potentially work in other areas such as energy reactors and medical devices.”

    Read more at:

  13. A C Osborn says:

    oldbrew, that sounds interesting, magnetic directly to heat.
    I must admit I have never heard of Alfvén waves.

    [reply] Alfvén won a Nobel prize for finding them (broadly speaking)

  14. oldbrew says:

    Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists
    Carbon-free fusion power could be ‘on the grid in 15 years’

    The promise of fusion is huge: it represents a zero-carbon, combustion-free source of energy. The problem is that until now every fusion experiment has operated on an energy deficit, making it useless as a form of electricity generation. Decades of disappointment in the field has led to the joke that fusion is the energy of the future – and always will be.

    The just-over-the-horizon timeframe normally cited is 30 years, but the MIT team believe they can halve this by using new superconducting materials to produce ultra-powerful magnets, one of the main components of a fusion reactor.

    Prof Howard Wilson, a plasma physicist at York University who works on different fusion projects, said: “The exciting part of this is the high-field magnets.”
    – – –
    Seeing is believing 😐

  15. oldbrew says:

    Bob Weber writes:
    The sun’s changing magnetic field is wholly responsible for weather and climate change. The ocean warms or cools at decadal scales depending on the amount of TSI energy received, at the sun’s magnetic activity level expressed via solar indices: 94 v2 SSN, 120 sfu F10.7cm flux, and at SORCE TSI of 1361.25 W/m^2, indices which are controlled by the sun’s magnetic field evolution.

    CO2 beyond human emissions is a by product of TSI ocean warming and cooling, and accumulates in the atmosphere as heat accumulates in the ocean, and is a negligible contributor to our solar warmed earth. CO2 emissions are not a real climate issue. It’s phony. Call me a ‘denier’ – do I give a rip – I’ll call you a solar denier!

    The sun and only the sun caused the 20th century warming!

  16. oldbrew says:

    Polar bear row rumbles on…

    Amstrup & colleagues can’t refute my critique of their 2007 polar bear survival model, Part 1
    Posted on March 11, 2018

  17. tallbloke says:

    “The just-over-the-horizon timeframe normally cited is 30 years, but the MIT team believe they can halve this “

    Surely this is just normal grant-chasing timeframe acceleration. Or maybe it’s time contraction caused by the stronger gravitational fields around fusion reactors.


  18. oldbrew says:

    TB: as the saying goes…fusion is the energy source of the future – and always will be.

    Like ‘free beer tomorrow’.

  19. oldbrew says:

    Alien atmospheres recreated on Earth
    By Mary Halton
    Science reporter, BBC News
    9 March 2018

    Researchers have recreated the chemistry of atmospheres on distant planets for the first time in the lab, according to two new papers.

    They found that hazes, such as the hydrocarbons that shroud Saturn’s moon Titan, can be produced on a class of exoplanets known as super-Earths and mini-Neptunes.

    Chemical hazes and clouds can influence surface temperature and the potential for a planet to support life.

    The work can help guide future studies.

  20. oldbrew says:

    German climate policy is not compatible with the Paris climate change agreement

    Coal power in Germany is so cheap that Germany even exports 8% of its electricity production

    Tragic 😎

  21. oldbrew says:

    Baffled scientists…

    Article written: 1 Dec , 2017

    They also determined that this anomaly appears to be dependent on the ratio between the spacecraft’s radial velocity and the speed of light, and that this decreases very fast as the craft’s altitude over Jupiter’s clouds changes. These issues were not predicted by General Relativity, so there is a chance that flyby anomalies are the result of novel gravitational phenomena – or perhaps, a more conventional effect that has been overlooked.

    The flyby anomaly is a discrepancy between current scientific models and the actual increase in speed (i.e. increase in kinetic energy) observed during a planetary flyby by a spacecraft. In multiple cases, spacecraft have been observed to gain greater speed than scientists have predicted and, as yet, no convincing explanation has been found.

  22. oldbrew says:

    Painting a clear picture of how nitrogen oxides are formed
    March 12, 2018

    “If you can run your engine at a lower temperature, you can avoid the formation of much of the NOx”

  23. oldbrew says:

    This bit of sea ice forgot to ‘rapidly disappear’…

    American scientists rescued from icebound Antarctic island
    Mar 11, 2018

    The four U.S. scientists and a support staff member conducting research on Antarctica’s Joinville Island were airlifted by helicopter Sunday from an icebreaker ship dispatched by Argentina, said the National Science Foundation, which funds and manages the Antarctic program.
    – – –
    – – –
    BBC News: The Argentine navy has rescued four US scientists and a contractor from an Antarctic camp after the US icebreaker due to pick them up could not reach them because of thick sea-ice. [bold added]

  24. oldbrew says:

    Another setback for dark matter theory…

    New study suggests galactic bulge emissions not due to dark matter
    March 13, 2018

  25. p.g.sharrow says:

    Mater creates a stress in the fabric of space, or Aether. This stress is manifest as mass/inertia and gravity. The apparent excess mass or dark mater/energy is the result of this overall stress in the area. Lensing of energy is another result of this stress caused by galactic amounts of Mater in a concentrated area, a Giant bubble of stress caused by the charge of Mater that is less then the charge of deep space. There is not nothing in space. Space is packed solid full of charge in chaos. EMF is organization that travels in the charge chaos as if it were in a perfect elastic…pg

  26. oldbrew says:

    Citizen Scientists Discover New Feature of the Aurora Borealis

    It wasn’t scientists who discovered the thin, purple, east-to-west traveling glow in the northern night sky. It was people with cameras and a nerdy passion for auroras.

    Researchers today gave an official proposal to name this structure first observed by citizen scientists: a Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement (STEVE), along with an idea behind STEVE’s cause.

  27. oldbrew says:

    Another futile attempt to frame Earth’s climate as a one-parameter system.

    Climate sensitivity—reducing the uncertainty of uncertainty
    March 16, 2018

  28. oldbrew says:

    Less snow = global warming
    More snow = climate change

    Climate activists predict both outcomes — more snow, less snow — so they are never wrong

    Alarmists Resurrect Theory That Global Warming Is Making Winters Colder

  29. oldbrew says:

    The connection between cosmic rays, clouds and climate – Svensmark

    GWPF video with the Svensmarks…

  30. oldbrew says:

    NASA: How Cloud Data Is Improving Weather Forecasts
    March 7, 2018

    One reason weather models can struggle with predicting clouds and their effects is because clouds are not well sampled by conventional atmospheric observations, which come mostly from ground-based sensors, aircraft and weather balloons — none of which provide comprehensive, timely cloud data throughout the full depth of the atmosphere.

    Using imagery from GOES and other satellites, though, the algorithms developed by SatCORPS can piece together key information on clouds, such as their altitude, thickness, density and whether they’re composed of ice crystals, liquid water, or both.
    – – –
    Not from NASA…

  31. oldbrew says:

    The man who could have saved the Titanic: Medals go on sale of sailor was ditched from crew at last minute but forgot to hand in key of binocular cupboard

    David Blair was in charge of the keys to cabinet containing bird’s nest binoculars
    However he was replaced by Titanic’s owners and forgot to hand over the keys
    Without it, lookouts were unable to get to binoculars before ship struck iceberg
    A lookout who survived told an inquiry that binoculars could have saved Titanic


    PUBLISHED: 09:05, 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:56, 15 March 2018

    Read more:

  32. J Martin says:

    An overlay of cosmic rays on that “not from NASA” chart would be nice. Though I think we know how that will work out.

  33. J Martin says:

    Juno. Lorentz relativity perhaps.

  34. oldbrew says:

  35. A C Osborn says:

    Oldbrew, re the Cloud Graph we have both displayed on here.
    There is another wrinkle to the story.
    JoNova has a post on rainfall controlling Temperatures in Australia, the moisture in the ground around weather stations evaporates and cools the Thermometer.

  36. oldbrew says:

    ACO – Thanks, interesting.

    At a glance there seems to be a relationship between rainfall and water vapour.

    It’s Water Vapor, Not the CO2

  37. oldbrew says:

    Climate extortion time again…

    California Sues Over Global Warming, Judge Orders Climate Lesson
    Courting Climate Comedy

    By WILLIAM M BRIGGS Published on March 10, 2018

    The descent of climate science into the surreal is about to take another comedic slide. A judge has ordered the State of California and a handful of oil companies to present to him on 21 March “a two-part tutorial on the subject of global warming and climate change.”

    Why? The cities of San Francisco and Oakland representing California are suing. They claim that British Petroleum and a group of other oil companies have created a “nuisance.” How? By not admitting, or hiding, or fibbing about what they knew about their products’ influence on global warming.
    – – –
    Those Fraudulent Climate Litigation Shakedowns
    written by Paul Driessen March 9, 2018

    Some semi-bankrupt US cities spot an opportunity, or think they do.

  38. oldbrew says:

    Are Indians worried about ’emissions’ – or do they just want to get around, like Americans, Europeans, Chinese etc.?

    Indian airports stretched as passengers reach new heights
    March 18, 2018

    India’s airports are struggling to cope with a massive surge in passenger numbers and billions of dollars must be spent to boost their capacity, analysts have warned.

    The country is witnessing a huge boom in air travel as its growing middle class increasingly takes to the skies but experts say infrastructure is failing to keep up.

    “There’s an urgent need for capacity building in major Indian airports as they are bursting at the seams and close to saturation,” Binit Somaia, South Asia Director at the Centre for Aviation (CAPA), told AFP.

    India has witnessed a six-fold increase in passenger numbers over the past decade as citizens take advantage of better connectivity and cheaper fares thanks to a host of low-cost airlines.

    Read more at:

  39. Paul Vaughan says:

    Re: March 18, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Watery abuse of central limit theorem is more general than that.

    The awakening is a decade too late.

  40. sunspotlover says:

    Start sunspot cycle 25

    Almost all the researchers think cycle 25 will start late 2019… However, I checked the solar flux data in comparison with the start of sunspot cycles… Conclusion: Cycle 25 can start any moment… Can anyone check my findings? Greatly appreciated

    Lowest solar flux monthly mean strength at or in the 6 months preceding the start of each cycle

    Cycle Observed flux Adjusted flux Absolute flux Start Cycle
    Date Strength Date Strength Date Strength Date
    19 1954/ 05 65.4 1954/ 01 63.6 1954/ 01 57.2 1954/04
    20 1964/ 07 67.0 1964/ 07 69.2 1964/ 07 62.3 1964/10
    21 1976/ 07 67.6 1976/ 02 68.9 1976/ 02 62.0 1976/03
    22 1986/ 06 67.6 1986/ 09 69.5 1986/ 09 62.5 1986/09
    23 1996/10 69.2 1996/10 68.8 1996/10 61.9 1996/09
    24 2008/06 65.7 2008/12 66.9 2008/12 60.2 2018/12
    25 2018/ 01 67.8 2018/01 61.0
    Comparison between the lowest solar flux values at each cycle (Penticton data). Source: Monthly mean 10.7cm radio flux values (sfu): Penticton, B.C., Canada.

  41. oldbrew says:

    SC 5 bumped along the bottom for a while (nearly 2 years). Could SC 24 do the same?

  42. oldbrew says:

    Astronomer Announces He Has Discovered … Mars
    By Jeanna Bryner, Live Science Managing Editor | March 22, 2018

    “The object reported in ATel 11448 has been identified as Mars. Our sincere apologies for the earlier report and the inconvenience caused.”

    Ten days early? 🤣

  43. Chaeremon says:

    @oldbrew, if Venus+Jupiter are in physical resonance, then Venus behaves to Jupiter like the Trojans do. Q: when was the last time that Venus+Jupiter passed the Sun ~parallel in same direction (for observers on Earth) and ~short timeframe?

  44. oldbrew says:

    Chaeremon – around 2nd April 2017 (from solar simulator).

  45. oldbrew says:

    As if we didn’t know…

    A return to firewood is bad for forests and the climate. So reports William Schlesinger, President Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, in an Insights article published today in the journal Science.
    . . .
    “It makes no sense to have Europeans embracing wood pellets as carbon neutral, while overlooking the carbon dioxide emitted during shipment and the losses of carbon storage from forests in the United States.”

    Read more at:

  46. Chaeremon says:

    @oldbrew, Re: around 2nd April 2017. Thank you. That month Jupiter was opposite to Sun, as observed from Earth. Imagine in your Apr 2 orbital view, that Jupiter is also on solar conjunction side (Venus inferior, Jupiter superior); that config I sought. I’m looking for a characteristic diff in frequency of configs occurrence.
    B.t.w. both configs recur after 13 (Fibonacci) synodic Venus, for a few times, if window of opportunity is ~½ month.

    [reply] solar simulator image:

  47. oldbrew says:

    A mysterious phenomenon dubbed Steve has been spotted by stargazers in Scotland.

    More properly described as a Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, it was seen during displays of the Aurora Borealis overnight.

    When Swarm met Steve

    – – –
    Mystery of purple lights in sky solved with help from citizen scientists
    Date: March 14, 2018
    Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

    Citizen scientists, satellites and researchers solve the mystery of new purple lights in the sky. The lights, called STEVE, provide scientists insight into Earth’s magnetic field.

    Steve is an important discovery because of its location in the sub auroral zone, an area of lower latitude than where most auroras appear that is not well researched. For one, with this discovery, scientists now know there are unknown chemical processes taking place in the sub auroral zone that can lead to this light emission.

    Not ‘solved’ but they have a clue at least.

  48. Chaeremon says:

    @oldbrew (March 23, 2018 at 7:07 am), I sought one like 26. August 2015, both planets doing solar conjunction (as seen from Earth). Sorry I cannot upload astro simulator image.

  49. oldbrew says:

    Chaeremon – V & E together opposite Jupiter: mid-August 1991. Mercury there too.

    2 Jupiter orbits = 23.725~ years
    3 * 5 V-E synods = 23.98 years
    (98.9% match)

  50. oldbrew says:

    Report: Earth’s oxygen burst into production ‘like a FIREHOSE’ 2.3 billion years ago in a rapid event that transformed the planet into a habitable world

    Earth’s atmosphere experienced an oxygen upswing about 2.4-2.3bn years ago
    It’s long been a mystery whether this was gradual, or occurred rapidly
    An analysis of ancient sea salts now suggests production had a ‘major change’
    Researchers say concentrations reached at least 30 percent of what exists today

    Read more:
    – – –
    Two-billion-year-old salt rock reveals rise of oxygen in ancient atmosphere
    Date: March 22, 2018
    Source: Princeton University

  51. oldbrew says:

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