A Nobel Prize for the Dark Side

“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, …

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Comet Elenin—the Debate that Never Happened

by David Talbott The comet Elenin, a subject of intense Internet discussion for several months, seems to have disappointed everyone.  I speak here not just of the doomsayers, who were awaiting a frightful specter in recent weeks.  You might think these folks would be happy that the celebrated intruder faded …

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Peer-review of Plasma Cosmology

The Bentham Open Astronomy Journal has now published a “Special Edition” ([Special Issue #002] [Pp. 162-210]) with a focus on Plasma Cosmology.  The issue titled “Some Initial Thoughts on Plasma Cosmology” features an editorial of the same title by Jeremy Duning-Davies. The Open Astronomy Journal is an Open Access online …

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Gravity Probe B and Related Matters

September 05, 2011 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 …

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Science Needs Natural Philosophers

29 August, 2011 “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 …

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