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Neural control of exploratory behavior [Neuroscience]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:40
Exploratory drive is one of the most fundamental emotions, of all organisms, that are evoked by novelty stimulation. Exploratory behavior plays a fundamental role in motivation, learning, and well-being of organisms. Diverse exploratory behaviors have been described, although their heterogeneity is not certain because of the lack of solid experimental...

Odor combinations influence mouse behavior [Neuroscience]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:40
The mechanisms by which odors induce instinctive behaviors are largely unknown. Odor detection in the mouse nose is mediated by >1, 000 different odorant receptors (ORs) and trace amine-associated receptors (TAARs). Odor perceptions are encoded combinatorially by ORs and can be altered by slight changes in the combination of activated...

Role of a brain-gut axis in energy balance [Physiology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:40
The starvation-inducible coactivator cAMP response element binding protein (CREB)–cAMP-regulated transcription coactivator (Crtc) has been shown to promote starvation resistance in Drosophila by up-regulating CREB target gene expression in neurons, although the underlying mechanism is unclear. We found that Crtc and its binding partner CREB enhance energy homeostasis by stimulating the...

Analysis: NOAA & NASA altering past temperature data to promote ‘global warming’

Climate Depot - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:30
In 1978, NOAA showed 0.6 degrees global cooling since 1975 at the surface and in balloon data. The cooling was present in both hemispheres. 1520-0493(1978)106<0755:GTVSMA>2.0.CO;2 The National Academy of Sciences knew about this cooling in 1975. sn1975_climate_change_chilling_possibilities-1.pdf This cooling was seen in the vast majority of US stations and is still present in the untampered US [...]

‘When 32.6% becomes 97%— the bald-faced (consensus) lie that changed the western world’

Climate Depot - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:19
What the president was referring to was a 2013 paper by the University of Queensland’s John Cook. In his research, Cook studied 11,994 papers published between 1991 and 2011 that mentioned the search words “global warming” and “global climate change.” Guess what Cook found? Only 32.6% of the papers endorsed the view of anthropogenic (man-made) [...]

Al Gore’s Film 10 Years Later: Warmists gush: ‘The Slideshow That Saved The World’

Climate Depot - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:52
Did any of this actually “save the world?” OK, you got us. Ten years after the movie’s release, climate change is still a growing threat and a polarizing issue, with record-breaking heat unable to stop skeptics from tossing snowballs on the Senate floor. But we’re also seeing corporate, political, and societal mobilization against the crisis [...]

Scientific Research Confirms: Increased CO2 Improves Southern Hemisphere Forest Growth

Climate Depot - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:39
Plant life across the world has improved and increased profoundly,everywhere, due to the higher levels of atmospheric CO2, in combination with the modest global warming since the Little Ice Age. The most recent study confirming this benefit to the biosphere pinpoints exceptional growth and health for older forests in the Southern Hemisphere – specifically, the Cordilleras [...]

Antarctica’s Totten Glacier may melt in a few hundred years (or not)

Climate Depot - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:00
The floating portion of Totten Glacier in East Antarctica may be melting from warm sea water swirling beneath it, making it more vulnerable than previously thought to future melting. That’s according to a new study by scientists at the Imperial College London and institutions in Australia, the US, and New Zealand, and published yesterday in [...]

Horizon appoints JV for Wylfa Newydd project

World Nuclear News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:16
The UK's Horizon Nuclear Power has today appointed a joint venture responsible for construction of its Wylfa Newydd plant. The newly created company, Menter Newydd, is a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel Management Company and JGC Corporation (UK).

IEA advises rethink on Belgian phase-out policy

World Nuclear News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 09:44
Belgium should reconsider its nuclear energy phase-out policy, the International Energy Agency has suggested following a review of the country's overall energy policy. Belgium should adopt a national long-term energy strategy "without delay" in order to decarbonize the economy while ensuring security of supply and affordability of energy, it said.

Aussie Climate Professor: ‘Governments may need extraordinary emergency powers’ to combat ‘global warming’

Climate Depot - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 07:55
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/05/20/aussie-climate-professor-governments-may-need-extraordinary-emergency-powers/ Yet another Aussie academic attack on Democracy, Mark Diesendorf, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, UNSW, UNSW Australia has demanded wide ranging social changes, a “wartime response” to the climate emergency, including vesting the government with extraordinary powers in order to overcome resistance from “vested interests”. …in practice there are several big, non-technical barriers. These [...]
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