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Chick retinal horizontal cell photoreceptor [Neuroscience]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 13:01
In the vertebrate retina, three types of photoreceptors—visual photoreceptor cones and rods and the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs)—converged through evolution to detect light and regulate image- and nonimage-forming activities such as photic entrainment of circadian rhythms, pupillary light reflexes, etc. ipRGCs express the nonvisual photopigment melanopsin (OPN4), encoded...

Former Federal Hurricane Director ‘appalled’ at Hillary’s ‘false’ climate claims

Climate Depot - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:10
Neil L. Frank, Ph.D. (Meteorology), the longest-serving Director of the National Hurricane Center (1974–1987) and retired Chief Meteorologist of KHOU-TV, Houston (1987–2008) As former Director of the National Hurricane Center (1974–1987), I was appalled when, in a campaign rally at Miami-Dade College October 11, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, “Hurricane Matthew was likely more [...]

Future will soon be clear for Exelon plants

World Nuclear News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 09:51
Exelon expects to achieve "clarity" before the end of the year over the future of its nuclear plants in the states of New York and Illinois, president and CEO Chris Crane said yesterday.

Russia's Novovoronezh 6 operating at full power

World Nuclear News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 09:21
Unit 1 of the Novovoronezh II nuclear power plant is now operating at full power. Russia's first VVER-1200 reactor was connected to the grid on 4 August and Rosatom announced the latest milestone today, following its new director general's working visit to the plant yesterday.

IAEA sees good safety performance at Golfech

World Nuclear News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 09:18
EDF's Golfech nuclear power plant in France has demonstrated a strong commitment to safety, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. However, the mission made recommendations to reinforce some safety measures.

Nuclear has important role in Asia's energy future, says IEEJ

World Nuclear News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 08:02
Nuclear energy can help Asian countries achieve future economic growth, energy security and environmental protection, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) has said in its latest global energy outlook.

Asian nuclear driven by air quality and cooperation

World Nuclear News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 08:00
Two-thirds of nuclear construction is in Asia, with countries in that region now global leaders in reactor construction and operation, according to a report issued today by the World Nuclear Association.

UK's National Grid updates plans for new nuclear plants

World Nuclear News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 02:47
The UK's National Grid has unveiled proposals for a £2.8 billion ($3.4 billion) project to connect NuGeneration's planned nuclear power plant at Moorside in West Cumbria into the country's electricity network, ahead of ten weeks of consultation between 28 October 2016 and 6 January 2017.

Kozloduy and Belene milestones reached

World Nuclear News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 02:04
Work to upgrade unit 5 of the Kozloduy nuclear plant in Bulgaria has been completed, extending its operations by 30 years to 2047, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and Bulgaria's Energy Ministry both announced yesterday. Meanwhile, Bulgaria today committed itself to fast-tracking payment of the debt it incurred to Russian companies for scrapping the Belene nuclear power plant project.

Media claim: ‘Renewables surged past coal…become world’s biggest source of electricity’ – Reality: Coal produced 41% & Renewables 6%

Climate Depot - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:58
By STEVEN CAPOZZOLA 26 Oct 2016  CNBC viewers are being snookered. The business news network featured an article in the “Sustainable Energy” section of its Website that proclaimed: “Renewables surged past coal in 2015 to become world’s biggest source of electricity: IEA.” In reading that headline, one might get the impression that wind turbines and solar panels [...]

Cardiac role for SCN8A [Physiology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:17
Patients with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE) are at increased risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). De novo mutations of the sodium channel gene SCN8A, encoding the sodium channel Nav1.6, result in EIEE13 (OMIM 614558), which has a 10% risk of SUDEP. Here, we investigated the cardiac phenotype...

Differential growth triggers mechanical feedback [Developmental Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:17
Mechanical stress can influence cell proliferation in vitro, but whether it makes a significant contribution to growth control in vivo, and how it is modulated and experienced by cells within developing tissues, has remained unclear. Here we report that differential growth reduces cytoskeletal tension along cell junctions within faster-growing cells....

Hormone control of plant sex [Plant Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:17
Sexual reproduction in animals and plants shares common elements, including sperm and egg production, but unlike animals, little is known about the regulatory pathways that determine the sex of plants. Here we use mutants and gene silencing in a fern species to identify a core regulatory mechanism in plant sexual...

Global mapping of HCV E2 antibody recognition [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:17
The E2 envelope glycoprotein is the primary target of human neutralizing antibody response against hepatitis C virus (HCV), and is thus a major focus of vaccine and immunotherapeutics efforts. There is emerging evidence that E2 is a highly complex, dynamic protein with residues across the protein that are modulating antibody...

Seattle Times edited James Hansen’s description of cap-and-trade from ‘bribes’ to ‘politics’

Climate Depot - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:31
The Seattle Times doesn’t want anyone — especially James Hansen — to sully the image of Washington State’s proposed carbon tax. Here’s the paragraph in the op-ed that Hansen submitted to the Seattle Times: Here’s the paragraph in the op-ed that the Seattle Times ran: The Seattle Times also made this change to Hansen’s op-ed:

Climate Protection Goes Medieval…Ushers In New Age Of Indulgences And Almsgiving

Climate Depot - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:30
By P Gosselin on 26. October 2016 The other day as I was looking to book a hotel in the city of Hamburg I came across the Novum Style Hotel Hamburg. What caught my eye was that the booking and price conditions allow guests the option of offsetting the CO2 emissions that their stay produces. [...]

UN Poll Shows Climate Change Is the Lowest of All Global Concerns – 16th out of 16!

Climate Depot - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:24
by JAMES DELINGPOLE26 Oct 2016293 Every year the UN runs a pollwhich surveys people’s greatest concerns across the world. It’s significant because the responses run into the millions and canvas the views of people from all countries, rich and poor. So guess where ‘climate change’ comes on the global population’s list of priorities. Yes, that’s right. [...]

UN poll shows fighting ‘climate change’ is a dead-last issue

Climate Depot - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:22
According to the United Nations’ yearly poll that ranks people’s greatest worries, action on #Climate Change comes in dead last. That’s across all countries and groups, all genders, all education levels, and all age groups. At the top of the list was a “good education” and “better healthcare” followed by “better job opportunities.” Climate change [...]

Americans More Scared of Clowns than ‘Climate Change’ – 42% to 32%

Climate Depot - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:13
by JAMES DELINGPOLE26 Oct 2016 Americans are more scared of clowns than they are of climate change. According to a poll conducted by Chapman University, 42 per cent of Americans are afraid of clowns, whereas only 32 per cent are afraid of climate change. They’re also more scared of terrorist attacks (41 per cent), gun rights [...]
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