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Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. on Pope: ‘Is science policy a theological matter?’

Climate Depot - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:33
Nuclear power? GMOs? Birth control pills? Fracking? Human germline editing? Solar thermal stations? Vaccinations? Coal power? Good luck finding someone, anyone, with a consistently pro- or anti- technology position across just this small set of innovations. People around the world show a remarkable degree of inconsistency when applying religious principles to technological innovation. Of course, [...]

China may act as transit route for new fuel bank, says Kazakh official

World Nuclear News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:23
The International Atomic Energy Agency is considering the option of China as a transit route for low-enriched uranium to the planned international fuel bank in Kazakhstan, a Kazakh government official has told local journalists.

Ukraine prepares to cancel Khmelnitski agreement with Russia

World Nuclear News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:03
Ukraine is preparing the legal document required to cancel its contract with Russia concerning the completion of two units at the Khmelnitski nuclear power plant. The move was announced yesterday by Svetlana Kulchitskaya, deputy head of the atomic energy and nuclear industry department of the Ministry of Energy and Coal.

Wolsong 1 resumes operation following licence extension

World Nuclear News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 08:56
Unit 1 of South Korea's Wolsong nuclear power plant restarted yesterday after having been offline since November 2012 when its operating licence expired. A new licence was issued in February.

UK MET Office: Fastest decline in solar activity since the last ice age

Climate Depot - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 08:16

Matt Ridley: ‘Thanks largely to climate science, I see bad ideas can persist for decades…become intolerant dogmas’

Climate Depot - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:03

Study: Weak sun could offset some global warming in Europe and US

Climate Depot - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 19:19
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/23/weak-sun-could-offset-some-global-warming-europe-us-study Global warming in northern Europe and the eastern US could be partially offset in future winters because of the sun entering a weaker cycle similar to the one which enabled frost fairs to take place on the river Thames in the 17th and 18th century, according to new research. However, the study said any [...]

Britain faces FREEZING winters as slump in solar activity threatens ‘little Ice Age’

Climate Depot - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:54
http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/586404/Britain-freezing-winters-slump-solar-activity Climate experts warn the amount of light and warmth released by the sun is nosediving to levels “not seen for centuries”. They fear a repeat of the so-called ‘Maunder Minimum’ which triggered Arctic winter whiteouts and led to the River Thames freezing 300 years ago. The Met Office-led study warns although the effect will [...]

EPA Chief: ‘Climate Deniers’ Aren’t ‘Normal’

Climate Depot - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:00
http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/23/epa-chief-climate-deniers-arent-normal-human-beings/   EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told an audience Tuesday gathered at a White House conference “normal people,” not “climate deniers” will win the debate on global warming. McCarthy’s remarks came as she was talking about the reasons why the EPA put out a report on the negative health impacts global warming will have on [...]

EOn supports early closure of Oskarshamn units

World Nuclear News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:53
Unit 2 of the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in Sweden would close by 2020, with unit 1 shutting between 2017 and 2019, under a proposal announced today by majority owner EOn. Minority owner Fortum opposes the early shutdown of the units.

Canadian government approves overseas ownership

World Nuclear News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:37
The Canadian government has approved Australian majority ownership of the proposed Michelin uranium mine, in an exception to Canadian legislation on overseas ownership in commercial mining operations.

Dynamic connectivity predicts behavior [Neuroscience]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:34
Most brain activity occurs in an ongoing manner not directly locked to external events or stimuli. Regional ongoing activity fluctuates in unison with some brain regions but not others, and the degree of long-range coupling is called functional connectivity, often measured with correlation. Strength and spatial distributions of functional connectivity...

Backbones of evolutionary history [Ecology]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:34
Identifying the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that determine biological diversity is a central question in ecology. In microbial ecology, phylogenetic diversity is an increasingly common and relevant means of quantifying community diversity, particularly given the challenges in defining unambiguous species units from environmental sequence data. We explore patterns of phylogenetic...

CD14-independent TLR4 endocytosis and signaling [Immunology and Inflammation]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:34
Dimerization of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)/myeloid differentiation factor 2 (MD2) heterodimers is critical for both MyD88- and TIR-domain–containing adapter-inducing IFN-β (TRIF)-mediated signaling pathways. Recently, Zanoni et al. [(2011) Cell 147(4):868–880] reported that cluster of differentiation 14 (CD14) is required for LPS-/Escherichia coli- induced TLR4 internalization into endosomes and activation of...
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