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Skeptical Scientist Dr. Willie Soon: Create a ‘place in hell’ for UN climate science – ‘Seriously, just close UN IPCC’

Climate Depot - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 18:45
Willie Soon, a rock star among climate change skeptics, pitched the idea of shutting down the United Nations’ panel of climate change researchers on Thursday, calling it an “anti-science movement.” Soon said he would create a “place in hell” to put the U.N.’s climate science and predictions. “There will be a very special place I [...]

Vatican Odd Couple: Popes Francis & Benedict ‘in complete disagreement…never talk to one another’

Climate Depot - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:30
Via: http://pewsitter.com/view_news_id_273108.php Bombshell from Vatican: Benedict and Francis “in complete disagreement”, “never talk to one another” By Andrew Parrish Pewsitter.com (ROME) – Speaking at a March 16th conference in Limburg, Germany, the long-time Vatican correspondent Andreas Englisch has delivered an explosive allegation: In contradiction of public appearances, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI “are in [...]

Climate change helped cause Brexit, says Al Gore

Climate Depot - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:10
By Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent Brexit was caused in part by climate change, former US Vice-President Al Gore has said, warning that extreme weather is creating political instability “the world will find extremely difficult to deal with”. Mr Gore, speaking at an event in which he previewed a sequel to his landmark 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient [...]

DC Science March Organizers Racked By Infighting Over ‘Diversity’

Climate Depot - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:35
The “March for Science” is being ripped apart by organizers who want to make gender and racial diversity the center of a march initially formed to push back against the Trump administration’s allegedly “anti-science” stance. Tensions over the march’s stance on diversity has caused some organizers to quit and many scientists to pledge not to attend [...]

Sen. Inhofe says environmentalist policies undermine US economy and national security

Climate Depot - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:46
By KEVIN MOONEY, CONTRIBUTOR • 3/23/17 2:19 PM Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., has “some good news” for Americans who have been burdened by environmental regulations and the dubious scientific findings that have been used to justify those regulations. “Obama’s war on fossil fuels is temporarily over,” he said during a video presentation this morning addressing [...]

Using chiral tactoids as optical probes to study the aggregation behavior of chromonics [Applied Physical Sciences]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:28
Tactoids are nuclei of an orientationally ordered nematic phase that emerge upon cooling the isotropic phase. In addition to providing a natural setting for exploring chromonics under confinement, we show that tactoids can also serve as optical probes to delineate the role of temperature and concentration in the aggregation behavior...

First cask emplaced at Sizewell B fuel store

World Nuclear News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:23
The first cask containing used nuclear fuel from the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor has been placed within the unit's new dry fuel store. The milestone marks the first use of dry used fuel storage technology in the UK.

Barakah 3 sets pipe welding quality benchmark

World Nuclear News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:16
Construction work at Barakah 3 in the United Arab Emirates has passed two milestones with the completion of reactor coolant loop pipe welding and the reactor containment building dome structure. The coolant loop work has set a new industry benchmark for quality in pipe welding.

Paladin announces arbitration proceedings

World Nuclear News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:15
Paladin Energy Limited plans to start arbitration proceedings against CNNC Overseas Uranium Holdings Ltd (CNNC Overseas) amid indications it will seek to acquire Paladin's interest in the Langer Heinrich uranium mine in Namibia. CNNC Overseas bought a 25% joint venture equity stake in Langer Heinrich for $190 million in January 2014.

New Bill Protects ‘Global Warming’ Skeptics From Prosecution

Climate Depot - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:06
A Maine lawmaker wants to protect people on both sides of the global warming debate from being prosecuted by the attorney’s general office or punished by state agencies. Republican state Rep. Larry Lockman introduced legislation to “limit the attorney general’s ability to investigate or prosecute people based on their political speech, including their views on [...]

Russian Scientists Dismiss ‘Global Warming’, Predict Decades Of Cooling

Climate Depot - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:45
Via: http://notrickszone.com/2017/03/23/russian-scientists-dismiss-co2-forcing-predict-decades-of-cooling-connect-cosmic-ray-flux-to-climate/ By Kenneth Richard on 23. March 2017 Scientific Papers Predict Cooling In Coming Decades A new scientific paper authored by seven scientists affiliated with the Russian Academy of Sciences was just published in the scientific journal Bulletin of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Physics. The scientists dismiss both “greenhouse gases” and variations in the Sun’s [...]

China's CGN extends its cooperation with Kenya

World Nuclear News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:38
China General Nuclear and the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board have extended their cooperation in the development of nuclear energy in the African country with the signing of two new agreements.

Watch Live from DC! Skeptics gather at 12th International Conference on Climate Change

Climate Depot - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:58
Livestream Youtube Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reVmhKjH_M8 (Constitution Ballroom A-B) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0i3HnA0TI4 (Constitution Ballroom C-F)   Livestream Youtube Day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_3S1JcFWUA (Constitution Ballroom A-B) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9JayMz5FYg (Constitution Ballroom C-F) The 12th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-12) will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 23–24 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC, and you will not want [...]

Hepatic FcRn regulates albumin homeostasis and susceptibility to liver injury [Cell Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:44
The neonatal crystallizable fragment receptor (FcRn) is responsible for maintaining the long half-life and high levels of the two most abundant circulating proteins, albumin and IgG. In the latter case, the protective mechanism derives from FcRn binding to IgG in the weakly acidic environment contained within endosomes of hematopoietic and...

Localized hepatic lobular regeneration by central-vein-associated lineage-restricted progenitors [Developmental Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:44
The regeneration of organ morphology and function following tissue loss is critical to restore normal physiology, yet few cases are documented in mammalian postnatal life. Partial hepatectomy of the adult mammalian liver activates compensatory hepatocyte hypertrophy and cell division across remaining lobes, resulting in restitution of organ mass but with...

Transition state mimics are valuable mechanistic probes for structural studies with the arginine methyltransferase CARM1 [Biochemistry]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:44
Coactivator associated arginine methyltransferase 1 (CARM1) is a member of the protein arginine methyltransferase (PRMT) family and methylates a range of proteins in eukaryotic cells. Overexpression of CARM1 is implicated in a number of cancers, and it is therefore seen as a potential therapeutic target. Peptide sequences derived from the...

Combining DNP NMR with segmental and specific labeling to study a yeast prion protein strain that is not parallel in-register [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:44
The yeast prion protein Sup35NM is a self-propagating amyloid. Despite intense study, there is no consensus on the organization of monomers within Sup35NM fibrils. Some studies point to a β-helical arrangement, whereas others suggest a parallel in-register organization. Intermolecular contacts are often determined by experiments that probe long-range heteronuclear contacts...

Media Touts A New Study Blaming Diabetes Epidemic On Global Warming

Climate Depot - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:45
The media is touting a new study claiming global warming could be, at least in part, to blame for the “diabetes epidemic” sweeping the globe. “When it gets warmer, there is higher incidence of diabetes,” Lisanne Blauw, a Ph.D. candidate at the Netherlands-based Einthoven Laboratory and the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post Tuesday. [...]

Trump Is ‘Not Considering’ A Carbon Tax — But some want you to think he is

Climate Depot - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:07
The White House is not considering a tax on carbon dioxide to fight global warming, according to an administration official. “The Trump Administration is not considering a carbon tax,” said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, according to Axios, shortly after Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave an ambiguous answer on the subject when asked by reporters at [...]

Hitachi-GE and Westinghouse set for GDA completion

World Nuclear News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:00
UK regulators expect to complete the Generic Design Assessment of the AP1000 and the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) in March and December this year, respectively. They have also reported the start of the GDA of the UK HPR1000, which they expect to complete in 2021.
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