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Rapid Sea Ice Growth After The Shortest Arctic Melt Season On Record

Climate Depot - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 15:51
Arctic sea ice extent is as high or higher than last year, 30% higher than 2012, and almost the same as 2013.

Analysis: NY Times & Zika: a brief case study on climate change hype

Climate Depot - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 15:43
By David Wojick The folks who make their living by hyping the supposed threat of runaway global warming use a lot of scary language in the process. Here the ever creative New York Times has set what may be a new standard in scary climate change hype, by tying it to the Zika outbreak. In [...]

GOP Lawmaker Tricks Obama’s Climate Adviser With Arctic Melting Article From 1922

Climate Depot - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 15:16
Obama ‘s Chief Climate Adviser on 1920’s global warming: ‘It is a crisis we’re trying to address’ Responding to a 1922 Washington Post story detailing the then warming climate conditions in the Arctic, White House Climate Adviser Chistine Goldfuss tells Congressman Tom McClintock, “It is a crisis we’re trying to address.” Oversight Hearing on the [...]

As Americans Tire of Eco-Panic, Hillary Quietly Drops ‘Climate Change’ Rhetoric

Climate Depot - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:18
by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.21 Sep 2016104  Ever since July, Hillary Clinton has eliminated the words “climate change” from most of her public addresses, according to recent reports. A Yale University study released in July revealed that only 17 percent of American voters describe themselves as “alarmed” about climate change, or would rank it as [...]

Making protein scaffolds on membrane nanotubes [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:52
Bin/Amphiphysin/Rvs (BAR) domain proteins control the curvature of lipid membranes in endocytosis, trafficking, cell motility, the formation of complex subcellular structures, and many other cellular phenomena. They form 3D assemblies that act as molecular scaffolds to reshape the membrane and alter its mechanical properties. It is unknown, however, how a...

Brassinosteroids participate in freezing tolerance [Plant Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:52
Brassinosteroids (BRs) are growth-promoting plant hormones that play a role in abiotic stress responses, but molecular modes that enable this activity remain largely unknown. Here we show that BRs participate in the regulation of freezing tolerance. BR signaling-defective mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana were hypersensitive to freezing before and after cold...

Stress-induced MR and GR GRE binding [Neuroscience]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:52
A stressful event results in secretion of glucocorticoid hormones, which bind to mineralocorticoid receptors (MRs) and glucocorticoid receptors (GRs) in the hippocampus to regulate cognitive and affective responses to the challenge. MRs are already highly occupied by low glucocorticoid levels under baseline conditions, whereas GRs only become substantially occupied by...

Biogeochemical modeling of an oxygen minimum zone [Microbiology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:52
Microorganisms are the most abundant lifeform on Earth, mediating global fluxes of matter and energy. Over the past decade, high-throughput molecular techniques generating multiomic sequence information (DNA, mRNA, and protein) have transformed our perception of this microcosmos, conceptually linking microorganisms at the individual, population, and community levels to a wide...

Light scattering of intermediate filament assembly [Physics]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:52
Vimentin intermediate filaments (IFs) are part of a family of proteins that constitute one of the three filament systems in the cytoskeleton, a major contributor to cell mechanics. One property that distinguishes IFs from the other cytoskeletal filament types, actin filaments and microtubules, is their highly hierarchical assembly pathway, where...

Detection of stratospheric intrusions by 35S [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:52
The extent to which stratospheric intrusions on synoptic scales influence the tropospheric ozone (O3) levels remains poorly understood, because quantitative detection of stratospheric air has been challenging. Cosmogenic 35S mainly produced in the stratosphere has the potential to identify stratospheric air masses at ground level, but this approach has not...

High pressure-induced distortion in f.c.c. of Tl [Physics]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:52
The complex and unusual high-pressure phase transition of III-A (i.e. Al, Ga, and In) metals have been investigated in the last several decades because of their interesting periodic table position between the elements having metallic and covalent bonding. Our present first principles-based electronic structure calculations and experimental investigation have revealed...

Mutation profiling of relapsed ALL [Medical Sciences]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:52
Although multiagent combination chemotherapy is curative in a significant fraction of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients, 20% of cases relapse and most die because of chemorefractory disease. Here we used whole-exome and whole-genome sequencing to analyze the mutational landscape at relapse in pediatric ALL cases. These analyses identified numerous...

Strain and low-d couplings in allosteric proteins [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:52
In many proteins, especially allosteric proteins that communicate regulatory states from allosteric to active sites, structural deformations are functionally important. To understand these deformations, dynamical experiments are ideal but challenging. Using static structural information, although more limited than dynamical analysis, is much more accessible. Underused for protein analysis, strain is...

Fourth Hongyanhe unit enters commercial operation

World Nuclear News - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:18
Unit 4 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province has started commercial operation, China General Nuclear announced on 19 September.

Ignalina gets operating licence for storage facility

World Nuclear News - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:00
An operating licence was issued yesterday for the new interim used fuel storage at the Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania, the State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (Vatesi) announced today. The licence permits commissioning of the facility, known as the ISFSF B1 Project, and the start of hot trials with ten new design casks. ISFSF B1 Project is located in Visaginas municipality.

Kazakhstan extends links with Ukraine

World Nuclear News - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 09:54
Askar Zhumagaliyev, chairman of KazAtomProm, and Igor Nasalik, Ukraine's energy and coal industry minister, have held their second meeting on future cooperation in the nuclear energy sector. The world's biggest uranium producer said in a statement yesterday the meeting focused on production of fuel for Ukrainian nuclear power reactors.


Climate Depot - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 08:01
Date: 20/09/16 Ivo Vegter, Daily Maverick The ability to make accurate predictions is a hallmark of good science. Predictions by environmental doom-mongers have proven to be wrong time and time again. No wonder most people no longer believe them. If we do not reverse global warming by the year 2000, “entire nations could be wiped off the face [...]

China Funds And Builds Europe’s New Coal Power Plants

Climate Depot - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 07:57
From GWPF:   The Balkan region’s first privately-funded power plant came online on Tuesday, increasing the region’s dependency on coal-fired power stations even as environmental concerns are driving them to the brink of the extinction elsewhere in Europe. It was built by China’s Dongfang Electric Corp and financed with the help of a 350 million [...]
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