Please post ideas for new threads, tips on relevant and interesting threads elsewhere, and notes about pretty much anything you like here.

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

  1. oldbrew says:

    Link back to Suggestions 33

    [for viewing only please]

  2. oldbrew says:

    How Earth slows the solar wind to a gentle breeze

    NASA satellite data reveals electron-scale energy transformation at the leading edge of Earth’s magnetic field
    Date: May 31, 2018

    A new study describes the first observations of the process of electron heating in Earth’s bow shock. The researchers found that when the electrons in the solar wind encounter the bow shock, they momentarily accelerate to such a high speed that the electron stream becomes unstable and breaks down. This breakdown process robs the electrons of their high speed and converts the energy to heat.

  3. oldbrew says:

    One foot of sea level rise in 200 years – not exactly a disaster…

    Reconstructing longest American water level, instrumented flood record, in Boston Harbor
    Date: June 1, 2018
    Source: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

    Using newly-discovered archival measurements to construct an instrumental record of water levels and storm tides in Boston since 1825, researchers report that local averaged relative sea level rose by nearly a foot (0.28 meters) over the past 200 years, with the greatest increase occurring since 1920. The work also highlights tides and their significant effect on flooding in the city.

    “The astronomical influences on tides can be a bit confusing, but our research shows that slow changes in the moon’s orbit around the earth relative to the earth’s orbit around the sun results in high tides increasing and decreasing over an 18.6-year cycle.”

    This means extreme high tides may be as much as four inches greater at the high point in this cycle compared to its low point, he adds.
    – – –
    See also: The Effect of the 18.6-Year Lunar Nodal Cycle on Regional Sea-Level Rise Estimates

    A known decadal-scale variation is the 18.6-year nodal cycle. Here, we show how failing to account for the nodal cycle resulted in an overestimation of Dutch sea-level rise. The nodal cycle is present across the globe with a varying phase and a median amplitude of 2.2 cm.
    – – –
    The lunar nodal cycle and its effects on climate

  4. oldbrew says:

    The usual hand-wringing about the climate here, but ignoring the waffle we find…. Methane hydrate buried below permafrost and the ocean floor could meet the world’s energy needs for 100 years

    Japan,US,Russia,Canada and others are interested. If costs can match (e.g.) sea drilling it could be viable.

  5. Paul Vaughan says:

    Stabilizing Peace by Piece:
    Chilling Some Thing Deep in the Western Swamp

    “The sun beat down upon my face
    Ain’t no denying
    With no provision but an open face
    The story was quite clear

    Leave the path that led me to that place
    To sit with elders of a gentle race this world has seldom seen
    Pilot of the storm who leaves no trace like sorts inside a dream
    Not a word I heard could I relate
    They talk in song from tongues of lilting grace of days for which they sit and wait
    When all will be revealed” — Led Zeppelin “Kashmir”

    Never mind revolution where revelation will suffice.

    Nearly every face booked itself for cold multivariate methods tapping the shallow Western OCEAN surf face, rooting out the climatically revolting swamp thing.

    Lukewarm isn’t cold enough to balance heated threats to stability. Deeply faulted seizure of western states by a climatically heated revolutionary faith naturally met counterbalancing stabilization by just ice.

    Whether superficially lukewarm and stagnant or boiling transparently at devilish depth, revolutionary swamp water that couldn’t be drained from faulted stately assumptions was frozen solid by the stablest polar eyes to ensure peace, piece by Pareto Principled piece.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Why some scientists say physics has gone off the rails

    Has the love of “elegant” equations overtaken the desire to describe the real world?
    by Dan Falk / Jun.02.2018

    “All of the theoretical work that’s been done since the 1970s has not produced a single successful prediction,” says Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. “That’s a very shocking state of affairs.”
    . . .
    In a new book entitled “Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray,” [physicist Sabine] Hossenfelder argues that many physicists working today have been led astray by mathematics — seduced by equations that might be “beautiful” or “elegant” but which lack obvious connection to the real world.

    “I can’t believe what this once-venerable profession has become,” she writes. “Theoretical physicists used to explain what was observed. Now they try to explain why they can’t explain what was not observed. And they’re not even good at that.”

    List of unsolved problems in physics
    – – –
    More of the same in the report. Were they waiting for Hawking to leave the stage?

  7. p.g.sharrow says:

    GOD is not a Mathematician, GOD works in applied science, An Engineer.
    The universe works because it has to. There is no alternative.
    It is all in the music of the spheres. Atoms sing their song, if you listen. GOD’s symphony of creation…pg.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Re: Major study on climate change canceled due to too much ice
    June 1, 2018 by Robert
    – – –
    Jim Watt
    June 2, 2018 at 7:06 am | Reply
    This is a reposting of a 2017 incident….

  9. A C Osborn says:

    The GWPF has a 2 articles on the new Welsh Nuclear Plant Deal.
    it appears that the Taxpayers will contribute £9Bn towards the cost, but our brilliant government have negotiated a strke price of “only” £77.50 per megawatt hour.
    Another fantastic deal brokered by a very desperate goverment.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Collective gravity, not Planet Nine, may explain the orbits of ‘detached objects’
    June 4, 2018, University of Colorado at Boulder

    Bumper car-like interactions at the edges of our solar system—and not a mysterious ninth planet—may explain the dynamics of strange bodies called “detached objects,” according to a new study.

    CU Boulder Assistant Professor Ann-Marie Madigan and a team of researchers have offered up a new theory for the existence of planetary oddities like Sedna. This minor planet orbits Earth’s sun at a distance of 8 billion miles but appears separated from the rest of the solar system.

    Read more at:

    There are no clear boundaries between the scattered and detached regions.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Archaeologists Find A Wealth Of New Geoglyphs Near The Famed Nazca Lines In Peru

  12. oldbrew says:

    Mastering the workings of the universe is still a good way off…

    Data discrepancies may affect understanding of the universe
    June 6, 2018, University of Texas at Dallas

    “The inconsistencies we have found need to be resolved as we move toward more precise and accurate cosmology,” Ishak-Boushaki said. “The implications of these discrepancies are that either some of our current data sets have systematic errors that need to be identified and removed, or that the underlying cosmological model we are using is incomplete or has problems.”

    Read more at:

  13. oldbrew says:

    Interesting, but the climate change bit looks a trifle optimistic. It seems solar-induced fluorescence (the “glow”) is standard everywhere.

    UNH researchers shine a light on more accurate way to estimate climate change

    It doesn’t matter if it’s a forest, a soybean field, or a prairie, all plants take up carbon dioxide during photosynthesis – the process where they use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into food. During this changeover, the plants emit an energy “glow” that is not visible to the human eye, but can be detected by satellites in space. Now, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have taken that one step further. By using satellite data from different major land-based ecosystems around the globe, they have found that the photosynthesis glow is the same across all vegetation, no matter the location. This first-of-its-kind global analysis could have significance in providing more accurate data for scientists working to model carbon cycle and eventually help better project climate change.

  14. A C Osborn says:

    I was shocked by this Tweet by Ned.

    Ned Nikolov, Ph.D. @NikolovScience
    Replying to @tjtjgeol and 49 others

    Actually, our analysis of NASA planetary data showed that the presence water is a RESULT of the atmospheric thermal effect (ATE), not a cause for it. On a planetary scale, water has NO effect on the global temperature. That’s a new insight coming from a new data analysis!”

    How can Water (in the Oceans), which stores so much energy from the Sun, have No effect on the global temperature?
    It is obvious from comparing the Tropics to High Dry Deserts that water has a major affect on how much the Temperature fluctuates on a day night basis.
    So if you have a waterless world that has a different atmosphere to ours will it have the same swings as ours?
    Note I am not talking long term “average” here.

  15. Paul Vaughan says:

    global average surface temperature
    global average surface temperature
    global average surface temperature
    global average surface temperature

    Understatement: Ned gets misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misrepresented.

  16. oldbrew says:

    “The universe is incredibly simple” says renowned physicist at annual lecture
    05 June 2018

    He also described how his theories conflicted with Stephen Hawking’s, leading to a bet between the two, which he said he is currently on the way to winning.

    The full lecture can be watched in the video here…

  17. oldbrew says:

    Magnetic fields could hold the key to star formation
    June 8, 2018, University of Central Lancashire

    This ground-breaking discovery suggests that the Pillars have evolved due to the strength of the magnetic field and that the Pillars are held up thanks to magnetic support, suggesting that stars could be formed by the collapse of clumps of gas being slowed down by magnetic fields, and resulting in a pillar-like formation.

    Read more at:
    – – –
    No magnetism without electricity, but they don’t like to mention that 😐

  18. oldbrew says:

    NASA Satellites Make Magnetic Discovery in Turbulent Space Near Earth
    By Samantha Mathewson, Contributor | June 10, 2018

    The new 3D observations captured by MMS show that magnetic reconnection behaves differently in the magnetosheath, according to the study, published May 9 in the journal Nature.

    “Compared to standard reconnection that occurs over tens of thousands of miles, this new magnetic reconnection spans only a couple of miles within turbulent plasma,” NASA officials said in the video. Thus, these smaller reactions accelerate particles 40 times faster than standard reconnection observed in the magnetosphere.

    “The more we understand how those particles are accelerated, the better we can protect our spacecraft and astronauts as we explore deeper into the solar system,” NASA officials added.
    – – –
    They keep saying magnetic field lines do this or that, and we keep commenting that magnetic field lines don’t physically exist. They are a concept only, and this is well known.

    What are Magnetic Field Lines?
    Magnetic field lines or lines of force are the imaginary lines introduced by Michael Faraday (1791-1867) to visualize magnetic field. Lines of force are graphical representation of a field. The lines of force are the path along which an isolated unit North Pole would move along in the field.
    [bold added]

  19. oldbrew says:

    Star system with three Earth-sized planets discovered

    Scientists have discovered two new planetary systems, one of which hosts three Earth-sized planets.
    By: PTI | London | Published: June 11, 2018

    The first exoplanetary system is located in the star K2-239, characterised as a red dwarf type M3V from observations made with the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Garafia, La Palma).

    It is located in the constellation of the Sextant at 50 parsecs from the Sun (at about 160 light years). It has a compact system of at least three rocky planets of similar size to the Earth (1.1, 1.0 and 1.1 Earth radii) that orbit the star every 5.2, 7.8 and 10.1 days, respectively. The other red dwarf star, called K2-240, has two super-Earth-like planets about twice the size of our planet. [bold added]
    – – –
    Ratio of ‘5.2, 7.8’ days is 2:3

  20. oldbrew says:

    Report: The effects of solar wind bombardment can be very dramatic

    Re: moon rock
    “Up to now it was assumed that the kinetic energy of the fast particles is primarily responsible for atomization of the rock surface,” says Paul Szabo, a Ph.D. student in Friedrich Aumayr’s team and first author of the current publication.

    “But this is only half the truth: we were able to show that the high electrical charge of the particles plays a decisive role. It is the reason that the particles on the surface can do much more damage than previously thought.”

    Szabo explains, saying that when solar wind particles are multiply charged, they end up lacking several electrons. They can then carry a large amount of energy which is released in a flash on impact. [bold added]

    Read more:

  21. oldbrew says:

    Weather warning as Storm Hector set to batter Greater Manchester with 60mph winds and heavy rain

    The Met Office said the north of the region including Wigan, Bolton and Rochdale is likely to be the worst hit

    The weather warning is in place from 3am on Thursday morning until 3pm the same day, which could cause disruption to morning rush hour and the school run.

    Forecaster say those planning to travel tomorrow morning should be aware there could be disruption to road, rail and air transport.

  22. oldbrew says:

    The Mayor of London has confirmed London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will expand to cover the area within the North and South Circular roads from 2021.

    This will see strict emissions limits impact drivers of cars, vans, buses, coaches, and lorries, in an area that is 18 times larger than the current ULEZ. It is estimated that 100,000 cars, 35,000 vans, and 3,000 lorries might be affected by the expanded zone and tougher standards each day.
    . . .
    Drivers within the expanded zone using vehicles that don’t meet emissions restrictions will pay a daily charge of £12.50.

  23. oldbrew says:

    A possible explanation for varying measurements of Venus’s rotation rate
    June 20, 2018

    The researchers report that the simulation did show a wave formed in the cloud tops, similar to that seen on the actual planet. But they also found that the braking effect caused by the atmosphere running into the mountains actually slowed the spin of the planet—the amount depended on the time of day. They found that on average, though, the effect was enough to cause up to two minutes of variation in planet spin speed—not enough to account for the observed seven minutes of variability, but enough to suggest other physical features could be playing a similar role.

    Read more at:

  24. oldbrew says:

    Thursday 21 June 2018
    Orkneys, Scotland: Arguments rage over wind project

    Feelings were running high at the meeting – which had a turnout described by community council secretary Angus Murray as “the biggest attendance I’ve ever seen at any community council ever”.
    . . .
    The planned turbines are all approved for siting within a supposed 2km buffer zone of houses, with most of them within 1.5km – one mile – and one as close as 1km. Many commented on the impact this will have on people living there and some asked why the scheme could not be moved further out into the moor. The answer was because most of that ground has European designation as a Special Protected Area. “But you can build close to houses?” said one person. “We’re not specially protected?”

    Read more at:

  25. oldbrew says:

    Obsolete wind turbines showering their localities with debris…

    Germany’s “Ticking Time Bombs”…Technical Experts Say Wind Turbines Posing “Significant Danger” To Environment!
    By P Gosselin on 22. June 2018

    No legal requirement to keep them properly maintained and safe.

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