Author Archives: BrainiYak

Study demonstrates the intellectually obvious link between ocean winds, surface eddies, and abyssal currents in the Southern Ocean 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study K. L. Sheen, A. C. Naveira Garabato, J. A. Brearley, M. P. Meredith, K. L. Polzin, D. A. Smeed, A. Forryan, B. A. King, J-B. Sallée, L. St. Laurent, A. M. Thurnherr, J. M. Toole, S. N. Waterman, and A. J. Watson, Eddy-induced variability in Southern Ocean […]

The shift of the geographic axis of Appalachian mountain chain — in Pennsylvania — is explained by a subsurface block of dense volcanic rock — that impeded the North American plate’s westward movement 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Margaret H. Benoit, Cynthia Ebinger, and Melanie Crampton, Orogenic bending around a rigid Proterozoic magmatic rift beneath the Central Appalachian Mountains, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.03.064 (in press, early online publication 28 April 2014) Citation — to press release University of Rochester, The bend in […]

Evolution of Cryptococcus gattii — from neurological disease agent in South America — to a pulmonary one in the American Pacific Northwest — demonstrates the kind of medical threat that biological change can pose 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study David M. Engelthaler, Nathan D. Hicks, John D. Gillece, Chandler C. Roe, James M. Schupp, Elizabeth M. Driebe, Felix Gilgado, Fabian Carriconde, Luciana Trilles, Carolina Firacative, Popchai Ngamskulrungroj, Elizabeth Castañeda, Marcia dos Santos Lazera, Marcia S. C. Melhem, Åsa Pérez-Bercoff, Gavin Huttley, Tania C. Sorrell, Kerstin Voelz, […]

Higher resolution NOAA climate model — suggests that southwestern Australia drying is due to anthropogenic greenhouse gases and ozone thinning — not volcanic emissions or changes in solar radiation 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Thomas L. Delworth and Fanrong Zeng, Regional rainfall decline in Australia attributed to anthropogenic greenhouse gases and ozone levels, Nature Geoscience, DOI:10.1038/ngeo2201 (online, 13 July 2014) Citation — to press release Monica Allen, New NOAA climate model shows Australia’s long-term rainfall decline due to human-caused climate change, […]

Bolivian Andes atmospheric ultraviolet measurements set record high 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Nathalie A. Cabrol, Uwe Feister, Donat-Peter Häder, Helmut Piazena, Edmond A. Grin, and Andreas Klein, Record solar UV irradiance in the tropical Andes, Frontiers in Environmental Science, DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2014.00019 (08 July 2014) Citation — to press release Frontiers, Record levels of solar ultraviolet on Earth’s surface measured […]

A recently gathered, more complete record of volcanic sulfate emissions for the last 2,000 years may improve climate models 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Michael Sigl, Joseph R. McConnell, Matthew Toohey, Mark Curran, Sarah B. Das, Ross Edwards, Elisabeth Isaksson, Kenji Kawamura, Sepp Kipfstuhl, Kirstin Krüger, Lawrence Layman, Olivia J. Maselli, Yuko Motizuki, Hideaki Motoyama, Daniel R. Pasteris, and Mirko Severi, Insights from Antarctica on volcanic forcing during the Common Era, […]

Beryllium lung disease is apparently caused — not by the metal ion itself — but by a change in the shape of the HLA protein in which it lodges 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Gina M. Clayton, Yang Wang, Frances Crawford, Andrey Novikov, Brian T. Wimberly, Jeffrey S. Kieft, Michael T. Falta, Natalie A. Bowerman, Philippa Marrack, Andrew P. Fontenot, Shaodong Daiemail, and John W. Kappler, Structural Basis of Chronic Beryllium Disease: Linking Allergic Hypersensitivity and Autoimmunity, Cell 158 (1): 132-142, […]

Brain appears to reroute auditory-induced emotional processing that occurs in tinnitus patients — from the amygdala to the insula and parahippocampus — a case of probably adaptive neural plasticity — that may help preserve neural processing times 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Jake R. Carpenter-Thompson, Kwaku Akrofi, Sara A. Schmidt, Florin Dolcos, and Fatima T. Husain, Alterations of the emotional processing system may underlie preserved rapid reaction time in tinnitus, Brain Research 1567: 28-41, DOI: 10.1016/j.brainres.2014.04.024  (03 June 2014) Citation — to press release Chelsey B. Coombs, People with […]

Changing toward a healthy lifestyle in young adults can moderately reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease in middle age — a study of 3,538 participants in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) prospective cohort 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Bonnie Spring, Arlen C. Moller, Laura A. Colangelo, Juned Siddique, Megan Roehrig, Martha L. Daviglus, Joseph F. Polak, Jared P. Reis, Stephen Sidney, and Kiang Liu, Healthy Lifestyle Change and Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Young Adults: Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study, Circulation 130 (1): […]

Recognizing BS when you read it — “Hitherto unrecognized feedback” salinity climate mechanism — from 2.6 million years ago — set out in a journal abstract absent the slightest supporting detail 0

Citation — to study Junsheng Nie, Thomas Stevens, Yougui Song, John W. King, Rui Zhang, Shunchuan Ji, Lisha Gong and Danielle Cares, Pacific freshening drives Pliocene cooling and Asian monsoon intensification, Scientific Reports 4: 5474, DOI: 10.1038/srep05474 (27 June 2014) Citation — to press release Press Office, Research provides new theory on cause of ice […]