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France’s socialist gov’t to drop carbon tax plan

Climate Depot - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 06:17
Source: GWPF It appears to be all crumbling for the elites: Brexit against their wishes; The Paris agreement; Trump wins popular vote in US;     and now France to drop carbon tax plan. From a report from Reuters:   The French government is set to drop plans to introduce a carbon tax, French financial [...]

Farmed fish doing alright at CO2 levels twenty, fifty, seventy times higher than today

Climate Depot - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 06:14
The World Wildlife Fund tells us that global CO2 is bad for global fish stocks, but ponder that professional fish farms can reach levels of CO2 twenty or even seventy five times higher, and the fish appear to be doing OK. Current guidelines for fish farms even suggest that “safe limits of CO2 range from [...]

A wasted political environment: Warmist Tom Steyer gets few results from his $174 million

Climate Depot - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 15:00
By Paul Driessen – – Wednesday, November 23, 2016 ANALYSIS/OPINION: It’s right out of “Brewster’s Millions.” A rich guy quickly blows through $174 million and in the end, walks away with nothing to show for it. That’s the strange but true story of hedge fund billionaire-turned green activist Tom Steyer. After making his fortune from [...]

AP warmists try to reassure themselves: ‘Trump rollback of Obama climate agenda may prove challenging’

Climate Depot - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:47
Trump said during the campaign he would “cancel” the Paris agreement to make global reductions in carbon emissions that Obama signed in December. The agreement was not a treaty and was not approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, and legal experts agree that as president Trump would have the authority to walk away. Even without a [...]

Pope warns Trump: Do not back away from UN climate pact – Pope declares ‘crisis of climatic change’

Climate Depot - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:49
Pope Francis has issued a climate change challenge directly to President Elect Trump. The Pope, in thinly veiled speech, urged Trump not to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations Paris agreement reached in 2015. The UN treaty has been said by critics to be “history’s most expensive treaty’,” with a “cost of between $1 trillion and [...]

Iter decommissioning to be studied

World Nuclear News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:28
A consortium led by Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract to examine the future decommissioning of the Iter fusion reactor, currently under construction at Cadarache in the south of France.

NRC begins third Pilgrim inspection

World Nuclear News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:06
A multi-disciplinary US Nuclear Regulatory Commission team has begun a 'top-to-bottom' review at Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear power plant. The review will take a total of three weeks and is the third and largest NRC inspection conducted as part of the regulator's heightened scrutiny of the Massachusetts plant.

Engineers enclose radioactive remains of Chernobyl 4

World Nuclear News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:55
The process of sliding the arched structure into place to shield the damaged unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been completed, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced. London-based EBRD said a ceremony in Chernobyl today marked the successful conclusion of the sliding operation, which it described as a key milestone before finalisation of the international program to transform Chernobyl into an environmentally safe and secure state by November 2017.

Data-driven parameterization of the generalized Langevin equation [Applied Mathematics]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:49
We present a data-driven approach to determine the memory kernel and random noise in generalized Langevin equations. To facilitate practical implementations, we parameterize the kernel function in the Laplace domain by a rational function, with coefficients directly linked to the equilibrium statistics of the coarse-grain variables. We show that such...

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals leads to lower world population growth [Sustainability Science]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:49
Here we show the extent to which the expected world population growth could be lowered by successfully implementing the recently agreed-upon Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs include specific quantitative targets on mortality, reproductive health, and education for all girls by 2030, measures that will directly and indirectly affect future...

Zika virus cell tropism in the developing human brain and inhibition by azithromycin [Microbiology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:49
The rapid spread of Zika virus (ZIKV) and its association with abnormal brain development constitute a global health emergency. Congenital ZIKV infection produces a range of mild to severe pathologies, including microcephaly. To understand the pathophysiology of ZIKV infection, we used models of the developing brain that faithfully recapitulate the...

Framework for making better predictions by directly estimating variables’ predictivity [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:49
We propose approaching prediction from a framework grounded in the theoretical correct prediction rate of a variable set as a parameter of interest. This framework allows us to define a measure of predictivity that enables assessing variable sets for, preferably high, predictivity. We first define the prediction rate for a...

Exploration of joint redundancy but not task space variability facilitates supervised motor learning [Neuroscience]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:49
The number of joints and muscles in a human arm is more than what is required for reaching to a desired point in 3D space. Although previous studies have emphasized how such redundancy and the associated flexibility may play an important role in path planning, control of noise, and optimization...

Near-atomic structural model for bacterial DNA replication initiation complex and its functional insights [Biochemistry]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:49
Upon DNA replication initiation in Escherichia coli, the initiator protein DnaA forms higher-order complexes with the chromosomal origin oriC and a DNA-bending protein IHF. Although tertiary structures of DnaA and IHF have previously been elucidated, dynamic structures of oriC–DnaA–IHF complexes remain unknown. Here, combining computer simulations with biochemical assays, we...

Permissive roles of cytokines interleukin-7 and Flt3 ligand in mouse B-cell lineage commitment [Immunology and Inflammation]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:49
Hematopoietic cells are continuously generated throughout life from hematopoietic stem cells, thus making hematopoiesis a favorable system to study developmental cell lineage commitment. The main factors incorporating environmental signals to developing hematopoietic cells are cytokines, which regulate commitment of hematopoietic progenitors to the different blood lineages by acting either in...

In vivo bioluminescence imaging reveals copper deficiency in a murine model of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [Biochemistry]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:49
Copper is a required metal nutrient for life, but global or local alterations in its homeostasis are linked to diseases spanning genetic and metabolic disorders to cancer and neurodegeneration. Technologies that enable longitudinal in vivo monitoring of dynamic copper pools can help meet the need to study the complex interplay...

Spatiotemporal imaging of small GTPases activity in live cells [Cell Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:49
Ras-like small GTPases function as molecular switches and regulate diverse cellular events. To examine the dynamics of signaling requires spatiotemporal visualization of their activity in the cell. Current small GTPase sensors rely on specific effector domains that are available for only a small number of GTPases and compete for endogenous...

Elucidating the druggable interface of protein-protein interactions using fragment docking and coevolutionary analysis [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:49
Protein−protein interactions play a central role in cellular function. Improving the understanding of complex formation has many practical applications, including the rational design of new therapeutic agents and the mechanisms governing signal transduction networks. The generally large, flat, and relatively featureless binding sites of protein complexes pose many challenges for...

CNN Host Calls For Marginalizing Global Warming Skeptics While Accepting A Press Freedom Award

Climate Depot - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:40
Some climate scientists and environmentalists even refused to publicly debate their critics. For example, in 2014 Dan Weiss, the former director of climate strategy at the liberal Center for American Progress, refused to appear on Fox Business to debate noted skeptic Marc Morano. Amanpour seems to agree with BBC and other outlets that have minimized [...]
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