Forbidden Doughnut

  Feb 16, 2018 A ring of galactic plasma. There is a twisted ring of material surrounding the nucleus of Galaxy Centaurus A; an “active galaxy” that exhibits axial jets and a doughnut-shaped plasma discharge. Active galaxies are brighter than other galaxies of the same type, since they radiate excess …

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Back to Basics

  Feb 14, 2018 Newton, Einstein, Darwin and the other early explorers of science discovered the “New World” of fundamental laws of reality, and the scientists who have come after them are mere colonists. Continuing this line of thought, John Horgan writes in THE END OF SCIENCE that the latecomers …

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A Brown Study

  Feb 13, 2018 Brown dwarf stars could be harbors for life in the cosmos. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled for launch in October 2018 on a five-year mission. Its goals are to search for the earliest galaxies—meaning that it will look for those with the greatest …

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Cassini’s Legacy

  Feb 12, 2018 Data from the now defunct Cassini mission provides more clues to Saturn’s environment. Cassini-Huygens was launched from Cape Canaveral on October 15, 1997. Its primary mission was to explore the Saturnian system, including the atmosphere, rings, magnetosphere and a number of its moons. As Cassini made its final …

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Imaginary Lines

  Feb 9, 2018 There are no discrete magnetic field lines. According to a recent press release, researchers from the Centre de physique théorique (CNRS/École Polytechnique) believe that twisted magnetic fields called, “flux ropes” become trapped in a “cage”, causing explosions of “magnetic energy” on the Sun. An “…entanglement of magnetic …

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Bubble Layers

  Feb 8, 2018 Spherical shells around stars are signs of electrical activity. More than 70 years ago Dr. Charles Bruce noted that planetary nebulae are similar to electric discharges. He reasoned that their shapes were hourglasses, with central stars obscured by dusty toroids. Since nebular shapes are similar to …

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Charge Flow

  Feb 7, 2018 Capacitance, resistance, and induction power the Sun. What are stars? And, by extension, what is the Sun? Consensus opinions state that the Sun is composed of elements formed in the Big Bang; other elements created in dying stars; and elements formed in supernovae explosions. Primordial hydrogen …

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Jet Power

  Feb 5, 2018 Are blazars close-by and not far away? Twin lobes of gamma-rays extending beyond the Milky Way’s central bulge highlighted a previous Picture of the Day. The formations, each about 65,000 light-years in diameter, are a sign that Birkeland currents form z-pinches in galactic plasmas. Electromagnetic fields …

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