An eruption on April 16, 2012 was captured here by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in the 304 Angstrom wavelength, which is typically colored in red. The venet on 23 July 2012 was even more powerful than this. Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA
  • A Worldwide Nuclear Catastrophe Is A Real Risk If A Massive Solar Storm Hits Earth

    On 23 July 2012, an eruption similar to this exploded on the face of the sun blasting a stream of material into space that narrowly missed our planet.

    Had this event happened just one week earlier then Earth would have been directly in the line of fire and we would still be picking up the pieces. An event like this could knock out power grids, kill satellites, cut communications, bring down the internet and lead to transport chaos and food shortages that would take at least a year to recover from.

    And that is not the worst of it: a severe solar storm could disable nuclear reactor cooling systems around the world bringing the risk of a global nuclear catastrophe...

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    Picture courtesy: NASA/SDO/AIA

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An eruption on April 16, 2012 was captured here by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in the 304 Angstrom wavelength, which is typically colored in red. The venet on 23 July 2012 was even more powerful than this. Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA

Solar Storms Threaten Global Nuclear Nightmare

Nuclear Reactors Worldwide Are At Risk From A Solar Super Storm That Could Disable Cooling Systems And Emergency Back-Ups Causing Meltdowns And Explosions Our planet came within a whisker of disaster two years ago. On 23 July 2012, an eruption exploded on the face of the sun blasting a stream of material into space that … Continue reading

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Ebola Death Rate Much Higher Than Press Reports Suggest

Ebola in West Africa is almost certainly far more deadly than press reports indicate. Simplistic analysis of the regular updates issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has led many reputable news outlets to underestimate the true death rate of this killer disease while the WHO itself avoids issuing an ongoing analysis of what it … Continue reading

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Time To Reassess The Role Of The Sun In Climate Change

As the so called pause in global warming continues, space scientists may be giving climate scientists some pause for thought. Global surface temperatures have remained statistically flat for over a decade following a rapid rise in the second half of the 20th century despite the fact that the long-term increase in carbon dioxide associated with … Continue reading

Evidence of airborne transmission of Ebola between animals presented in a scientific paper in 2012. The authors wrote that "Segmental attenuation and loss of respiratory epithelium in the bronchiolar wall (large arrow) with some areas of the lungs relatively unaffected (arrowhead). Immunostaining for Ebola virus antigen was detected in occasional respiratory epithelial cells (small arrow) as well as within alveolar and septal macrophages. Bar = 50 μm." Courtesy: authors and Scientific Reports.

WHO Chief Warns Of Ebola Mutation Risk

  The longer that Ebola is allowed to circulate in West Africa then the greater the risk that the virus will evolve into an even more virulent form. This unprecedented crisis, caused by the most lethal strain in the family of Ebola viruses (Ebola Zaire), is the largest outbreak of disease ever recorded, and it … Continue reading

Created by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) microbiologist Frederick Murphy, this artificially coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) image reveals some of the structure displayed by an Ebola virus. Courtesy: CDC/ Frederick A. Murphy

Ebola: Scary Facts About A Very Scary Virus

Diseases do not come a lot worse than Ebola – the virus that has so far killed at least 672 people since February in an outbreak in west Africa that appears to be out of control. There is no cure, no effective treatment and between 50 per cent and 90 per cent of those who … Continue reading

This press release says  "much of the increase measured for Southern Hemisphere sea ice could be due to a processing error in the satellite data". the trouble is that the research does not support the spin.

Shame On The Climate Spin Merchants

For a few moments yesterday it looked as though one of the great scientific puzzles of recent times had finally been solved. How can it be in an era of global warming, with average surface temperatures at record highs for much of the last two decades and with the Arctic polar ice cap shrinking, that … Continue reading

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Antarctic Sea Ice Chalks Another Record Despite Record Temperatures

Antarctic sea ice extent has set a new record as computer forecasts predict that Arctic sea ice extent will be above average this Summer even though global surface temperatures are at record levels. Sea ice extent in the Antarctic reached a record level for June with an anomaly – the variation from the long term … Continue reading

Letter from nine leading medical experts to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that questions NICE guideance on statins.

Statins Row – A Debate Over Drug Efficacy Or A Symptom Of NHS Sclerosis?

A row rumbling on within the medical profession in the UK has erupted into the news again this week over the role of statins – the blood cholesterol lowering drugs that can cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes. By dramatically reducing cholesterol levels in the blood, statins can lower the risk of premature … Continue reading

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Prepare For Weird Weather! An El Nino Is Bubbling Up…

California’s long drought may be about to end as Australia gets much drier and the rest of the world experiences some decidedly odd weather – as well as excitable press headlines – all thanks to a huge bubble of warm water that is building up in the Pacific Ocean. This periodic warming of the surface … Continue reading

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Thirty Five Years To The Day After Thatcher Was Elected: Where Is Our Modern Leader?

Thirty five years ago today Margaret Thatcher became British Prime Minister, taking the helm of a country in a deep economic and social crisis following several years of mismanagement under the successive stewardships of Edward Heath, Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. The world was different in so many ways back then. There were no mobiles, … Continue reading

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