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Gutfeld Slams Bill Nye: March For Science Was Really ‘March for Silence’

Climate Depot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:41
Gutfeld criticized Nye for saying on a CNN panel that the network should not have allowed a global warming skeptic to join the debate. “You can’t even have one scientist on to question a comedian who got his degree in mechanical engineering,” he said. “He’s mocking skepticism which is the spine behind the scientific method.” [...]

Why the March for Science failed, as demonstrated by its own protest signs

Climate Depot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:39
https://medium.com/@dropeik.com/why-the-march-for-science-failed-as-demonstrated-by-its-own-protest-signs-d80a56a81605 Excerpt: But if there was one underlying theme to it all, this was a March for… …and to the extent that the March for Science was at its heart a rally in support of The Truth, it failed, because there is no such thing as THE Truth…and it ignores, or denies, massive scientific evidence [...]

‘March for Science’: ‘An effort to pressure scientists and voters to agree’ with their view

Climate Depot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:27
by J. SCOTT ARMSTRONG AND KESTEN C. GREEN What is the “Scientific method”? Saturday’s March for Science calls for “robustly funded” science and “political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.”  But is this just an attempt to dress up the marchers’ political beliefs as science? And what do [...]

New Study impresses AP’s Seth Borenstein – Uses ‘extensive computer models’ to find ‘man-made extreme weather has hit all over the world’

Climate Depot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:21
By SETH BORENSTEIN Published: Yesterday WASHINGTON (AP) – Most people on Earth have already felt extreme and record heat, drought or downpours goosed by man-made global warming, new research finds. In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists analyzed weather stations worldwide and calculated that in 85 percent of the cases, the record for hottest day of the [...]

CEI Releases Ad Urging Trump to Withdraw from Paris Climate Treaty

Climate Depot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:14
WASHINGTON — Today, White House senior advisers are scheduled to meet about the future of U.S. involvement in the Paris Climate Treaty, even though President Trump made a campaign promise to cancel the agreement. Since December 2015, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has made the constitutional, political, economic, and moral case against the Paris Climate Treaty. [...]

Bill Nye: The Perfect Talking Head for a March Against Science – ‘He promotes science as a close-minded ideology’

Climate Depot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:12
By STEPHEN MEYER Published on April 16, 2017 • 298 Comments Stephen Meyer Bill Nye may not be a scientist. But he used to play one on TV. Now he is an honorary co-chair and speaker for the “March for Science” in Washington D.C. and elsewhere on April 22. The choice of Nye as one of [...]

Russia to use Baltic NPP reactor vessel for Ostrovets 2

World Nuclear News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:02
Belarus and Russia have agreed to the delivery of the reactor pressure vessel originally built for the Baltic NPP - under construction in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad - to unit 2 of the nuclear power plant under construction in Ostrovets, in the Grodno region of Belarus, Rosatom has confirmed to World Nuclear News. The schedule for commissioning the Ostrovets 2 is uaffected and remains 2020.

Direct counterfactual communication via quantum Zeno effect [Physics]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:55
Intuition from our everyday lives gives rise to the belief that information exchanged between remote parties is carried by physical particles. Surprisingly, in a recent theoretical study [Salih H, Li ZH, Al-Amri M, Zubairy MS (2013) Phys Rev Lett 110:170502], quantum mechanics was found to allow for communication, even without...

Density dependence in demography and dispersal generates fluctuating invasion speeds [Population Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:55
Density dependence plays an important role in population regulation and is known to generate temporal fluctuations in population density. However, the ways in which density dependence affects spatial population processes, such as species invasions, are less understood. Although classical ecological theory suggests that invasions should advance at a constant speed,...

Spread of Zika virus in the Americas [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:55
We use a data-driven global stochastic epidemic model to analyze the spread of the Zika virus (ZIKV) in the Americas. The model has high spatial and temporal resolution and integrates real-world demographic, human mobility, socioeconomic, temperature, and vector density data. We estimate that the first introduction of ZIKV to Brazil...

EBV germinates lymphoma from the germinal center in a battle with T and NK cells [Commentaries]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:55
Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) is a ubiquitous herpesvirus infecting more than 95% of the population by adulthood. EBV is the first human virus known to associate with human cancers and the latent infection by EBV poses a public health burden worldwide (1). In the past five decades, scientific discoveries linked the...

Crossing the arterial wall with CARS [Commentaries]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:55
Regulation of the flow and movement of water is essential to the health and well-being of our bodies. Involving a diverse array of structures that range from molecular gatekeepers to tissue barriers, water flow and concentration are maintained at precise levels. However, in many instances we do not have a...

On the permeation of large organic cations through the pore of ATP-gated P2X receptors [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:55
Pore dilation is thought to be a hallmark of purinergic P2X receptors. The most commonly held view of this unusual process posits that under prolonged ATP exposure the ion pore expands in a striking manner from an initial small-cation conductive state to a dilated state, which allows the passage of...

Mind the magnesium, in dantrolene suppression of malignant hyperthermia [Commentaries]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:55
Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a pharmacogenetic syndrome wherein exposure to halogenated volatile anesthetics or to depolarizing muscle relaxants during general anesthesia may trigger a life-threatening hypermetabolic state driven by excessive Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) of skeletal muscle (1). Over 25 y ago, the acute administration of dantrolene...

Bayesian posteriors for arbitrarily rare events [Statistics]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:55
We study how much data a Bayesian observer needs to correctly infer the relative likelihoods of two events when both events are arbitrarily rare. Each period, either a blue die or a red die is tossed. The two dice land on side 1 with unknown probabilities p1 and q1, which...

Perfect chemomechanical coupling of FoF1-ATP synthase [Biochemistry]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:55
FoF1-ATP synthase (FoF1) couples H+ flow in Fo domain and ATP synthesis/hydrolysis in F1 domain through rotation of the central rotor shaft, and the H+/ATP ratio is crucial to understand the coupling mechanism and energy yield in cells. Although H+/ATP ratio of the perfectly coupling enzyme can be predicted from...

IAEA highlights nuclear technology in daily life

World Nuclear News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:11
Yukiya Amano, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), spoke yesterday about the "remarkable contribution" nuclear applications make to "so many areas of our lives" at the opening of the agency's first International Conference on Radiation Science and Technology (ICARST 2017). The event is being held this week at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna.

Russia aims to align CIS nuclear laws

World Nuclear News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 06:03
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree on aligning nuclear power legislation in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In a statement on Medvedev's official website on 22 April, the government said national laws in some countries of the CIS vary in relation to the civilian nuclear energy industry and the construction of nuclear power facilities.

A post-accretionary lull in large impacts on early Mars

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 23:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2937

Authors: William F. Bottke & Jeffrey C. Andrews-Hanna

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