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Comment: Whitehouse is blocking petitions with robots.txt (Score 1) 765 765

I wanted to try searching for other petitions that have been similarly denied comment, but I couldn't because whitehouse.gov/robots.txt disallows all petition and response pages. Seems that the petition pages are the only ones they disallow. Also, the petition search on the site doesn't return 86ed petitions.

Space

+ - Astronomers Again Baffled by Solar Observations

SteakNShake writes: Once again professional astronomers are struggling to understand observations of the sun. ScienceDaily reports that a team from Saint Andrew's University announced that the sun's magnetic fields dominate the behavior of the corona via a mechanism dubbed the "solar skeleton". Computer models continue to be built to mimic the observed behavior of the sun in terms of magnetic fields but apparently the ball is still being dropped; no mention in the announcement is made of the electric fields that must be the cause of the observed magnetic fields. Also conspicuously absent from the press releases is the conclusion that the sun's corona is so-dominated by electric and magnetic fields because it is a plasma. In light of past and present research revealing the electrical nature of the universe, this kind of crippling ignorance among professional astrophysicists is astonishing.
Mars

+ - Martian Global Warming?

An anonymous reader writes: A Russian scientist believes that global warming on Earth may be caused by the Sun and cites warming on Mars as evidence:

Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun. "The long-term increase in solar irradiance is heating both Earth and Mars," he said.

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