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Vessel head for Haiyang 2

World Nuclear News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:57
The reactor pressure vessel head for China's Haiyang 2 reactor has been lifted into place, marking another milestone in the construction of the AP1000.

Japan two weeks from return to nuclear power

World Nuclear News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:55
Kyushu Electric Power Company plans to apply to regulators for the final 'applied safety inspection' of Sendai 1 on 3 August. This check is expected to take one week, making 10 August a potential start-up date.

The frictional, hydrologic, metamorphic and thermal habitat of shallow slow earthquakes

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 23:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2490

Authors: Demian M. Saffer & Laura M. Wallace

Triggered earthquakes suppressed by an evolving stress shadow from a propagating dyke

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 23:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2491

Authors: Robert G. Green, Tim Greenfield & Robert S. White

Large earthquakes can generate small changes in static stress: increases that trigger aftershock swarms, or reductions that create a region of reduced seismicity—a stress shadow. However, seismic waves from large earthquakes also cause transient dynamic stresses that may trigger seismicity. This makes it difficult to separate the relative influence of static and dynamic stress changes on aftershocks. Dyke intrusions do not generate dynamic stresses, so provide an unambiguous test of the stress shadow hypothesis. Here we use GPS and seismic data to reconstruct the intrusion of an igneous dyke that is 46 km long and 5 m wide beneath Bárðarbunga Volcano, central Iceland, in August 2014. We find that during dyke emplacement, bursts of seismicity at a distance of 5 to 15 km were first triggered and then abruptly switched off as the dyke tip propagated away from the volcano. We calculate the evolving static stress changes during dyke propagation and show that the stressing rate controls both the triggering and then suppression of earthquake rates in three separate areas adjacent to the dyke. Our results imply that static stress changes help control earthquake clustering. Similar small static stress changes may be important for triggering seismicity near geothermal areas, regions being hydrofractured and deflating oil and gas fields.

Hillary Clinton claims ‘Climate change is an urgent challenge that threatens all of us’

Climate Depot - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 19:49

Salon Mag. discusses using courts to punish ‘climate deniers’

Climate Depot - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 19:11
http://antigreen.blogspot.com/2015/07/salon-discusses-using-courts-to-punish.html “Salon” discusses using courts to punish climate deniers.Bring it on! Skeptics should be looking forward to this. A court case would be a great opportunity to expose the hollowness of the global warming scare. You can see why “Salon” is very tentative about the idea. For political reasons, the Dutch government could not mount [...]

Latest global warming theory: Skeptics murder climate scientists

Climate Depot - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 18:32

Cambridge professor Peter Wadhams insists three scientists have been ASSASSINATED

Climate Depot - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 18:29

Sssh! Hurricane season forecast to stay quiet

Climate Depot - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 18:27

Warmist Laments: Morano is one of handful of ‘self-described climate ‘skeptics’ who have wrestled thousands of the world’s leading scientists to a standstill of their own’

Climate Depot - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 18:24
http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20150721/OPINION/150729569   Morano is one of a relative handful of self-described climate “skeptics” who have wrestled thousands of the world’s leading scientists to a standstill of their own

‘How Arctic ice has made fools of all those poor warmists’

Climate Depot - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 22:42

Cambridge Professor: Big-Oil-Funded Death Squads Tried to Murder me Because I Knew Too Much About Global Warming

Climate Depot - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 20:25
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/25/cambridge-professor-big-oil-funded-death-squads-tried-to-murder-me-because-i-knew-too-much-about-global-warming/   A Cambridge professor whose doomsday predictions of Arctic ice melt have been proved consistently wrong by reality has found an exciting new way to draw attention to his shaky scientific cause: mysterious, unnamed figures are trying to murder him and have already assassinated three of his colleagues.   There were only four people [...]

Warmist Professor Wadhams speculates that 3 scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated

Climate Depot - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 10:28
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/globalwarming/11762680/Three-scientists-investigating-melting-Arctic-ice-may-have-been-assassinated-professor-claims.html   A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space of a few months. Professor Peter Wadhams said he feared being labelled a “looney” over his suspicion that the deaths of the scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ [...]

UN climate chief: Paris to set 50-year agenda – ‘Science is telling us that time is running out…We are at 5 minutes to 12′

Climate Depot - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 05:55

Biological rationale for musical consonance [Perspectives]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:40
The basis of musical consonance has been debated for centuries without resolution. Three interpretations have been considered: (i) that consonance derives from the mathematical simplicity of small integer ratios; (ii) that consonance derives from the physical absence of interference between harmonic spectra; and (iii) that consonance derives from the advantages...

WldS axonal protection is locally mediated [Neuroscience]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:40
The expression of the mutant Wallerian degeneration slow (WldS) protein significantly delays axonal degeneration from various nerve injuries and in multiple species; however, the mechanism for its axonal protective property remains unclear. Although WldS is localized predominantly in the nucleus, it also is present in a smaller axonal pool, leading...
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