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Thunderblog -- Chris Reeve lobostudio-hamburg-295008

Science as a Personal Journey

Science as a Personal Journey By Chris Reeve There is something you need to know about scientific controversies: Your own personal reaction to controversial science says much about the depth of your own thinking and your own propensity to lead. When we treat controversies as an open-ended clash of worldviews ...
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History of Electric Comet Theory: Part 3

History of Electric Comet Theory: Part 3 By Hannes Täger Ph.D. As electricity became a common element of many laboratories worldwide, its fascinating properties and massive potential began to capture the imagination of more and more researchers, many of whom were well known and well-funded public figures. Scientists now had ...
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Thunderblog -- great-comet_of_1811

History of Electric Comet Theory: Part 2

History of Electric Comet Theory: Part 2 By Hannes Täger Ph.D. General knowledge and understanding of electricity progressed at an exponential rate in the late 18th century as electricity increasingly offered new and feasible explanations for hitherto mysterious natural phenomena. Scientists across Europe and the World wrote a vast number ...
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History of Electric Comet Theory: An Introduction

History of Electric Comet Theory: An Introduction By Hannes Täger Ph.D.  Significant scientific hypotheses and theories asserting the electrical nature of comets have been proposed and explored for at least 250 years. Many natural philosophers, physicists, and astronomers believed that the characteristic physical and light phenomena of comets were fundamentally ...
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Thunderblog -- Electric Tornadoes

Tornado — The Electric Model

Tornado -- The Electric Model By Andrew Hall Cold, Dusty Plasma... Previously, in Nature's Electrode, we looked at an Electric Earth model for lightning genesis driven by a plasma corona formed from condensing and freezing water vapor in the central updraft of the thunderhead. We also looked at the thunderstorm ...
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The Summer Thermopile

The Summer Thermopile By Andrew Hall In a previous episode, we talked about Nature's Electrode. . .  how a cold plasma corona is the proper electronic model for lightning genesis, and how mechanisms for ionization in a thunderstorm work. Now let's take in the bigger picture to get a more coherent ...
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Nature’s Electrode

Nature's Electrode By Andrew Hall The image above is from NOAA and illustrates the consensus theory of lightning genesis. As you can see, it shows electrons collecting like marbles in a sink, accelerating down a slippery slope into what looks like a drain. A typical cloud-to-ground lightning needs a billion-trillion ...
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The Maars of Pinacate, Part Two

The Maars of Pinacate, Part Two By Andrew Hall If lightning can occur in the sky, why not in the ground? A capacitor stores electrical charge up to a point, and then lets go, like a dam breaking. It's called dielectric breakdown, and sparks are the result; sparks are the ...
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Thunderblog -- elegante-blast-cones2

The Maars of Pinacate, Part One

The Maars of Pinacate, Part One By Andrew Hall El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar is a geologic wonderland for volcanologists. It should also be a laboratory for study of the Electric Earth. Pinacate is a monogenic volcanic field in Sonora, Mexico that lies just south of the Arizona ...
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