Briefly, some news

Climate Change News and Comments and a pending update for Einstein’s Universe and Magic Universe

After a New Year deadline evolved into urgent  recycling,  I’ve been blogless much longer than I had hoped. But now  I interrupt my silence to draw attention to three current items of news,  for more detailed attention later.

1. CERN’s CLOUD experiment (testing Svensmarks’s cosmic-ray theory) shows a large enhancement of aerosol production and the  results are due for release in 2 or 3 months’ time. See this Physics World interview with Jasper Kirkby, who is kind enough to recall a lecture I gave at CERN in 1997 outlining the Svensmark hypothesis. http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/multimedia/45950

2. Cambridge Conference on climate science and economic on 10 May 2011, where Svensmark’s contribution was well received. It’s also worth following the link in this report to the cartoons.  http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100087415/climate-change-an-emetic-fallacy/

3. Satellite test of General Relativity bears fruit after many, many years. http://einstein.stanford.edu/highlights/status1.html


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12 Responses to Briefly, some news

  1. Don B says:

    Welcome back.

    I saw the Physicsworld.com interview yesterday and sent the link to it and two other CLOUD related links to Judith Curry. I hope she will post about it on her Climate Etc.

  2. Bengt A says:

    I hope they will release video clips from the Cambridge conference. It would be interesting to hear first hand if Svensmark stands by his old claims or if there are any revisions. I have found an interesting recent presentation by Jasper Kirkby, 23rd march this year. He presents some preliminary results from CLOUD 45 min into the clip. I understand there is more to come?

    • Max_B says:

      Thanks for that link Benget, that’s the first real data I’ve seen from more recent runs of the CLOUD Experiment, and it looks really really comprehensive.

  3. Pascvaks says:

    Long time no read. Welcome back!

  4. alexjc38 says:

    Just to say welcome back, and I’m looking forward to reading about the CLOUD results this summer!

  5. Orson says:

    Yes! Glad to see nigel coming up for air, so to speak.

    I grew up on your early writings in the American Midwest. One college roommate of mine became a statistics professor, teaching for four years at MIT. Another became a neuroscientist, doing post-doc work at CalTech. Another mutual friend became a professor of astronomy. Only by mid-life did I follow suit when I came to the post-graduate study of environmental science at the University of London.

    From these early CLOUD report hints, it seems you will busy in 2 or 3 months for some weeks thereafter. So it is too early to say “congratulations” now – but I bet any such personal thanks will be lost in a well-deserved blizzard of attention coming soon.

    Therefore, may I be the first to offer pre-congratulations? Well done, Nigel.

    -Orson Olson
    Minneapolis, Minnesota (formerly)

  6. [...] här, och Nigel Calder (han som skrev boken The Chilling Stars tillsammans med Svensmark) här. Calder rapporterar dessutom om ännu ett experiment, utfört av en grupp i Århus som varit [...]

  7. Richard J says:

    Something in the ether tells me that a scientific David is about to slay a Philistine Goliath. May your part in this contemporary biblical epic be credited for posterity.

  8. [...] Nigel Calder has pointed out the following interview in Physics Worldabout CERN’s CLOUD experiment: [...]

  9. [...] have been studying this theory in the laboratory for the past several years, and according to Nigel Calder’s blog (former chief editor of New Scientist), the experiment is showing that cosmic rays have a strong [...]

  10. [...] have been studying this theory in the laboratory for the past several years, and according to Nigel Calder’s blog (former chief editor of New Scientist), the experiment is showing that cosmic rays have a strong [...]

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