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NRAT1 variation underlies rice aluminum tolerance [Plant Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:54
Aluminum (Al) toxicity is a major constraint for crop production on acid soils which compose ∼40% of arable land in the tropics and subtropics. Rice is the most Al-tolerant cereal crop and offers a good model for identifying Al tolerance genes and mechanisms. Here we investigated natural variation in the...

Saturable CQ transport via diverse PfCRT proteins [Microbiology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:54
Mutations in the chloroquine resistance transporter (PfCRT) are the primary determinant of chloroquine (CQ) resistance in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. A number of distinct PfCRT haplotypes, containing between 4 and 10 mutations, have given rise to CQ resistance in different parts of the world. Here we present a detailed...

Japan retains nuclear in energy mix

World Nuclear News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:40
Three years after the Fukushima accident, which led to calls for Japan to phase-out nuclear power, the country's cabinet has given its approval to an energy policy that recommends the restart of its idled nuclear reactors.

Regulator approves Olkiluoto I&C architecture

World Nuclear News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:04
Finnish nuclear regulator STUK has approved the overall architecture of the instrumentation and control (I&C) systems for Olkiluoto 3 but has asked for further studies to be completed before final approval.

More Westinghouse fuel for Ukraine

World Nuclear News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:57
Ukraine's national electricity utility Energoatom has extended its nuclear fuel supply contract with Westinghouse through to 2020. The country primarily sources its nuclear fuel from Russia.

Global warming now literally part of religion: ‘Some U.S. Christians have been doing what they call a ‘carbon fast’ for Lent’

Climate Depot - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:13
http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/10/the-church-of-climatology-global-warming-is-now-literally-part-of-religion/

A CONDESCENDING TRUTH: Warmists hope Hollywood elitists will ‘connect with ORDINARY Americans’ in alarmist TV series

Climate Depot - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:56
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/11/hollywood-celebrities-climate-change-years-of-living-dangerously

Nine blue whales ‘probably crushed to death by ice’

Climate Depot - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:11
Nine blue whales “probably crushed to death by ice” http://iceagenow.info/2014/04/blue-whales-probably-crushed-death-ice/ Warning: Disturbing images! 9 Apr 2014 – According to globalnews.ca, “several endangered blue whales have been found dead in ice off Newfoundland – probably crushed to death by ice, says the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).” Dr. Jack Lawson, a researcher with DFO, said [...]

Imagine the diaper rash! Eco-Friendly Diapers Made From Jellyfish – ‘Biodegrade in less than 30 days, & they soak up twice the mess’

Climate Depot - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 17:28
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/04/10/eco-friendly-diapers-made-from-jellyfish/#.U0b98-UpAup

Showtime’s New Climate Documentary Barely Looks at Science: ’95% of the show wasn’t about actual climate science’

Climate Depot - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:06
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/sean-long/2014/04/10/showtime-s-new-climate-documentary-barely-looks-science

UN’s 3rd part coming: IPCC WG3 ‘will show humanity has all the cards in hands to change pathway we now are on,’ says UN’s JPvan Ypersele

Climate Depot - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:21
IPCC WG3 “will show.humanity has all the cards in.hands to change.pathway we now are on,” @JPvanYpersele tells @WSJ http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303603904579491620728985540?mg=reno64-wsj https://twitter.com/Revkin/status/454236330638475264

Desmond Tutu: ‘We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet’ – ‘We must stop climate change’

Climate Depot - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:01
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/10/divest-fossil-fuels-climate-change-keystone-xl

93 Members of Harvard Faculty Call on University to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Climate Depot - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:51
93 Members of Harvard Faculty Call on University to Divest From Fossil Fuels http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/10/93-harvard-faculty-call-on-university-to-divest/ Today, 93 faculty members of Harvard University sent an open letter to the president and fellows of the school, calling on the corporation to divest from fossil fuel interests. In signing the letter, faculty members expressed disappointment with the April 7 statement from President [...]

New Paper Corroborates the Solar-Cosmic Ray Theory of Climate

Climate Depot - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:58
New Paper Corroborates the Solar-Cosmic Ray Theory of Climate http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-paper-corroborates-solar-cosmic-ray.html A paper published today in Environmental Research Letters corroborates the Svensmark cosmic ray theory of climate, whereby tiny 0.1% changes in solar activity are amplified via the effect on cosmic rays and cloud formation, which in turn may control global temperatures. The authors find cosmic [...]

Sp8 regulates inner ear development [Developmental Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:38
A forward genetic screen of N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea mutagenized Xenopus tropicalis has identified an inner ear mutant named eclipse (ecl). Mutants developed enlarged otic vesicles and various defects of otoconia development; they also showed abnormal circular and inverted swimming patterns. Positional cloning identified specificity protein 8 (sp8), which was previously found to...

Group II intron silences nuclear gene [Biochemistry]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:38
Group II introns are commonly believed to be the progenitors of spliceosomal introns, but they are notably absent from nuclear genomes. Barriers to group II intron function in nuclear genomes therefore beg examination. A previous study showed that nuclear expression of a group II intron in yeast results in nonsense-mediated...
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