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  1. Detection of a Large Flare in the RS CVn Star WY Cnc

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    Kozhevnikova, A. V.; Alekseev, I. Yu.; Heckert, P. A.; Kozhevnikov, V. P.

    2006-08-01

    We report detection of an optical flare in the RS CVn spotted star WY Cnc. The flare duration is 64 min, the amplitude is 0.134 mag and the energy is 1 * 10^35 erg in the B band. The WY Cnc spot activity before and during the flare is analyzed.

  2. RS CVn stars - Chromospheric phenomena

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    Bopp, B. W.

    1983-01-01

    The observational information regarding chromospheric emission features in surface-active RS CVn stars is reviewed. Three optical features are considered in detail: Ca II H and K, Balmer H-alpha and He I 10830 A. While the qualitative behavior of these lines is in accord with solar-analogy/rotation-activity ideas, the quantitative variation and scaling are very poorly understood. In many cases, the spectroscopic observations with sufficient SNR and resolution to decide these questions have simply not yet been made. The FK Com stars, in particular, present extreme examples of rotation that may well tax present understanding of surface activity to its limits.

  3. Differential rotation and activity cycles in RS Canum Venaticorum binaries. I - RU CNC and CQ AUR

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    Busso, M.; Scaltriti, F.; Blanco, C.; Catalano, S.; Rodono, M.; Marilli, E.; Pazzani, V.

    1984-06-01

    A number of seasonal light curves of the RS CVn variables RU Cnc and CQ Aur, obtained from 1977 - 1978 to 1982 - 1983 at Catania and Torino Observatories, are studied by applying recently developed techniques of time series analysis for nonequally sampled data. The results of this study appear to support the hypothesis that dark spots are responsible for the photometric variations. A simple method, based on a solar analogy, allows to determine both the differential rotation and the latitude drift of the spotted regions. The latitude drift is accompanied by variations of the light curve amplitude suggesting the existence of spot activity cycles with a period of about 4 years in both binary systems.

  4. Infrared observations of RS CVn stars

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    Berriman, G.; De Campli, W. M.; Werner, M. W.; Hatchett, S. P.

    1983-01-01

    The paper presents infrared photometry of the RS CVn binary stars AR Lac (1.2-10 microns) and MM Her (1.2-3.5 microns) as they egressed from their primary and secondary eclipses; of the eclipsing systems RS CVn and Z Her at maximum light (1.2-10 microns) and of the non-eclipsing systems UX Ari and HR 1099 (1.2-10 microns). An analysis of these and published V data based on flux ratio diagrams (linear analogues of color-color diagrams) shows that G and K stars supply the infrared light of these systems. In AR Lac, the combined light of a G5-K0 subgiant and either a late F dwarf or an early F subgiant can account for the observed visual and infrared light curves. None of these systems shows infrared emission from circumstellar matter. This result is simply understood: dust grains would not be expected to form in the physical conditions surrounding the subgiant, and the corona and chromosphere (whose properties have been deduced from spectroscopic X-ray observations) should not produce appreciable infrared emission.

  5. H i and CO in the circumstellar environment of the S-type star RS Cancri

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    Libert, Y.; Winters, J. M.; Le Bertre, T.; Grard, E.; Matthews, L. D.

    2010-06-01

    Context. The history of mass loss during the AGB phase is key to understanding the stellar evolution and the gas and dust replenishment of the interstellar medium. The mass-loss phenomenon presents fluctuations with a wide variety of timescales and spatial scales and requires combining data from multiple tracers. Aims: We study the respective contributions of the central source and of the external medium to the complex geometry of circumstellar ejecta. Methods: This paper presents Plateau de Bure Interferometer and IRAM 30-m telescope CO rotational line observations, along with H i data obtained with the Nanay Radio Telescope for the oxygen-rich semi-regular variable RS Cnc, in order to probe its circumstellar environment on different scales. Results: We detect both the CO(1-0) and the CO(2-1) rotational lines from RS Cnc. The line profiles are composite, comprising two components of half-width ~2 km s-1 and ~8 km s-1, respectively. Whereas the narrow velocity component seems to originate in an equatorial disk in the central part of the CO envelope, the broad component reveals a bipolar structure, with a north-south velocity gradient. In addition, we obtain new H i data on the source and around it in a field of almost 1 square degree. The H i line is centered on vLSR = 7 km s-1 in agreement with CO observations. A new reduction process reveals a complex extended structure in the northwest direction, of estimated size ~18', with a position angle (~310) opposite the direction of the stellar proper motion (~140). We derive an H i mass of ~3 10-2 M_? for this structure. Based on a non spherical simulation, we find that this structure is consistent with arising from the interaction of the star undergoing mass loss at an average rate of ~10-7 M? yr-1 over ~2-3 105 years with the interstellar medium. Conclusions: Using CO and H i lines, we show that the circumstellar environment around RS Cnc includes two related but well separated regions. With CO, we find a bipolar geometry that probably originates from the intrinsic behavior of recent mass-loss processes. With H i, we find a trail of gas, in a direction opposite to the proper motion of RS Cnc lending support to the hypothesis of an interaction with the interstellar medium. This work illustrates the powerful complementarity of CO and H i observations with regard to a more complete description of circumstellar environments around AGB stars. Based on observations carried out with the IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer. IRAM is supported by INSU/CNRS (France), MPG (Germany) and IGN (Spain).

  6. Theoretical studies of the RS Canum Venaticorum stars

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    Mullan, D. J.

    1982-01-01

    The activity in RS Canum Venaticorum (CVn) is investigated. Models for chromospheric structure are developed and the role of magnetic fields both in the photosphere as well as in the chromosphere and upper atmosphere are examined. T Tau stars are also studied from the same points of view. The properties of magnetic field loops are used to help understand the atmospheric structure in RS CVn stars. The concepts developed in the case of these stars appear to be applicable over a much broader region of the HR diagram. The absence of stable magnetic loops in the atmospheres of late type giant stars suggests that the atmospheres of RS CVn active components are qualitatively distinct from the solar atmosphere.

  7. A XMM observation of a RS CVen star

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    Orio, Marina; Ogelman, Hakki

    2002-04-01

    A hitherto poorly studied RS C Ven star in the direction of the Large Magellanic Cloud was observed serendipitously with XMM during our observation of a LMC source. We report on the ACIS spectrum and show how this observation brings new knowledge to the field.

  8. Period investigation of two RS CVn-type binary stars: RU Cancri and AW Herculis

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    Tian, Y. P.; Xiang, F. Y.; Tao, X.

    2009-02-01

    Orbital period variations of two RS CVn-type binaries, RU Cnc and AW Her, are presented based on the analysis of all available times of light minima. It is discovered that the orbital period of RU Cnc shows two possible period oscillations with periods of 13.38(0.23) and 37.6(3.4) years. The corresponding amplitudes of the oscillations are about 0.0098(0.0023) and 0.0119(0.0017) days. For AW Her, it is found that the period shows a cyclic variation with a period of 12.79(0.34) years and an amplitude of about 0.0327(0.0063) days. Since RU Cnc and AW Her are two RS CVn-type systems, the cyclic period oscillations are more likely to be caused by the magnetic activity cycles.

  9. MOA-2010-BLG-523: 'FAILED PLANET' = RS CVn STAR

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    Gould, A.; Yee, J. C.; Pinsonneault, M. H.; Dong, Subo; Gaudi, B. S.; Hung, L.-W.; Bond, I. A.; Udalski, A.; Han, C.; Jorgensen, U. G.; Greenhill, J.; Tsapras, Y.; Bensby, T.; Allen, W.; Almeida, L. A.; Jablonski, F.; Bos, M.; Christie, G. W.; DePoy, D. L.; Lee, C.-U.; Collaboration: muFUN Collaboration; MOA Collaboration; OGLE Collaboration; MiNDSTEp Consortium; RoboNet Collaboration; PLANET Collaboration; and others

    2013-02-15

    The Galactic bulge source MOA-2010-BLG-523S exhibited short-term deviations from a standard microlensing light curve near the peak of an A {sub max} {approx} 265 high-magnification microlensing event. The deviations originally seemed consistent with expectations for a planetary companion to the principal lens. We combine long-term photometric monitoring with a previously published high-resolution spectrum taken near peak to demonstrate that this is an RS CVn variable, so that planetary microlensing is not required to explain the light-curve deviations. This is the first spectroscopically confirmed RS CVn star discovered in the Galactic bulge.

  10. Long-term spottedness variations of 16 RS CVn stars

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    Kozhevnikova, A. V.; Alekseev, I. Yu.

    2015-10-01

    An improved zonal model for spotted stellar photospheres enabling analysis of two active longitudes simultaneously present on a star is used to determine the spottedness parameters for a sample of chromospherically active RS CVn binary stars. Variations of the spot-activity characteristics of these systems with time are analyzed for time scales of several decades, in order to search for evolutionary changes of their spotted regions. The analysis made use of observations acquired during multi-color photometric monitoring of six spotted active RS CVn systems conducted at the Astronomical Observatory of the Ural Federal University and the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory since 2003, as well as data from the literature. Half of the stars display drifts of their spots towards the equator and poles during some time intervals; however, the speeds of the spots' latitude drifts are lower than the analogous speeds for sunspots, by factors of 1.5-4, on average. Correlations or anti-correlations between a spot's area and its latitude were detected for nine stars, with the correlation coefficients R ranging from 0.54 to 0.93; stronger correlations are found for stars whose spot areas increasewith increasing latitude during the entire analyzed time interval. Activity cycles lasting from 5 to 28 years have been determined or confirmed for nine of the studied systems.

  11. Magnetic field topology of the RS CVn star II Pegasi

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    Kochukhov, O.; Mantere, M. J.; Hackman, T.; Ilyin, I.

    2013-02-01

    Context. The dynamo processes in cool active stars generate complex magnetic fields responsible for prominent surface stellar activity and variability at different time scales. For a small number of cool stars magnetic field topologies were reconstructed from the time series of spectropolarimetric observations using the Zeeman Doppler imaging (ZDI) method, often yielding surprising and controversial results. Aims: In this study we follow a long-term evolution of the magnetic field topology of the RS CVn binary star II Peg using a more self-consistent and physically more meaningful modelling approach compared to previous ZDI studies. Methods: We collected high-resolution circular polarisation observations of II Peg using the SOFIN spectropolarimeter at the Nordic Optical Telescope. These data cover 12 epochs spread over 7 years, comprising one of the most comprehensive spectropolarimetric data sets acquired for a cool active star. A multi-line diagnostic technique in combination with a new ZDI code is applied to interpret these observations. Results: We have succeeded in detecting clear magnetic field signatures in average Stokes V profiles for all 12 data sets. These profiles typically have complex shapes and amplitudes of ~10-3 of the unpolarised continuum, corresponding to mean longitudinal fields of 50-100 G. Magnetic inversions using these data reveals evolving magnetic fields with typical local strengths of 0.5-1.0 kG and complex topologies. Despite using a self-consistent magnetic and temperature mapping technique, we do not find a clear correlation between magnetic and temperature features in the ZDI maps. Neither do we confirm the presence of persistent azimuthal field rings found in other RS CVn stars. Reconstruction of the magnetic field topology of II Peg reveals significant evolution of both the surface magnetic field structure and the extended magnetospheric field geometry on the time scale covered by our observations. From 2004 to 2010 the total field energy drastically declined and the field became less axisymmetric. This also coincided with the transition from predominantly poloidal to mainly toroidal field topology. Conclusions: A qualitative comparison of the ZDI maps of II Peg with the prediction of dynamo theory suggests that the magnetic field in this star is produced mainly by the turbulent ?2 dynamo rather than the solar ?? dynamo. Our results do not show a clear active longitude system, nor is there evidence of the presence of an azimuthal dynamo wave. Based on observations obtained with the Nordic Optical Telescope, operated on the island of La Palma jointly by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, at the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias.

  12. 1977-78 and 1978-79 photoelectric light curves of the RS CVn-type binaries VV Mon, RU CNC and CQ AUR

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    Cerruti-Sola, M.; Scaltriti, F.; Blanco, C.; Catalano, S.; Marilli, E.; Rodono, M.; Strazzulla, G.; Chambliss, C. R.

    1980-11-01

    In this paper we present UBV observations of RS CVn-type eclipsing binaries carried out at Torino Astronomical Observatory, at Catania Astrophysical Observatory, and at Kitt Peak National Observatory in the years 1977-78 and 1978-79. These two sets of observations show that remarkable changes have occurred in the outside eclipse lightcurve of the binaries. VV Mon shows a significant increase in brightness around phase 0.25 with respect to the level observed in 1977-78. RU Cnc shows a bump around phase 0.75 completely absent during 1977-78. A retrograde shift of the maximum after the secondary minimum is apparent in CQ Aur. A new epoch of CQ Aur primary minimum is determined: JD (Hel.) = 2443814.02 0.03 and the following improved ephemeris is derived: Min1 (Hel.) = 2443814.02 10d.62255 E. Limiting values for the geometric elements of CQ Aur are : ? = 0.22, rc = 0.28, rh = 0.06.

  13. Possible magnetic activity cycles in two solar-type overcontact binary stars: AD Cnc and FG Hya

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    Qian, S.-B.; Soonthornthum, B.; Yuan, J.-Z.; He, J.-J.; Zhu, L. Y.

    2006-08-01

    W UMa-type binary stars are overcontact systems where both components are filling the critical Roche lobes and sharing a common convictive envelope (CCE). This type of binaries offers a good chance to study the effects of the CCE on solar-type magnetic activity. Recently, two solar-type overcontact binaries, AD Cnc (Sp.=K0; P=0.2827 days) and FG Hya (Sp.=G0; P=0.3278 days), have been monitored for several years photometrically with the 1.0-m telescope in Yunnan Observatory. The light levels at both minima and both maxima in the light curves were found to be variable. An orbital period analysis of the two systems were done based on our new determined times of light minimum combined with the others compiled from the literature. After long-term period changes were removed, double cyclic period changes were discovered for the two binaries. The light curves of those sample stars have been analysed with the new version of the W-D method and the properties of dark spot on the photospheric surface were determined. The main results are as following. (1) For FG Hya, we found that both the orbital period and the depth of the primary minimum show a cyclic change with a period of 36.4 years and in the same phase. The variation of the light curve, the spotted primary component and the connection between the period change and the depth of the primary minimum all indicate that the G0-type primary component display solar-type magnetic activity cycle with a period of 36.4 years. (2) The long-term evolution of dark spot on the photospheric surface of the primary component is presented based on the analysis of the variation of the light curves. It is found that the dark spot activity may have a 17-year cycle, which is close to the period of one cyclic component of the period variations (16.2 years). This suggests that the primary component (K0-type star) may have a 17-year magnetic activity cycle.

  14. The Motion Verified Red Stars (MoVeRS) Catalog and Low-Mass Field Stars with Warm Dust

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    Theissen, Christopher; West, Andrew A.; Dhital, Saurav

    2016-01-01

    We present the Motion Verified Red Stars (MoVeRS) catalog of proper motion selected low-mass stars from SDSS, 2MASS, and WISE. These surveys provide a time baseline of ~12 years for sources found in all three surveys, and a precision better than 10 mas/year.The MoVeRS catalog is augmented with proper motions from SDSS+USNO-B and the full sample contains 8,735,004 photometric point-sources selected based on colors and their significant (2?) proper motions. This catalog will be useful for finding new low-mass common proper motion systems, along with providing a large input catalog for numerous studies of low-mass stars. In addition, we use the MoVeRS catalog to present a preliminary sample of low-mass field stars exhibiting signatures of warm dust (mid-infrared excesses). Such systems are thought to originate from collisions of terrestrial planets, raising even more questions about the habitability of planetary systems around low-mass stars.

  15. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Motion Verified Red Stars (MoVeRS) (Theissen+, 2016)

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    Theissen, C. A.; West, A. A.; Dhital, S.

    2015-09-01

    We present a photometric catalog of 8,735,004 proper motion selected low-mass stars (KML-spectral types) within the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) footprint, from the combined SDSS-DR10, Two-Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) Point Source Catalog (PSC), and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) AllWISE catalog. Stars were selected using r-i, i-z, r-z, z-J, and z-W1 colors, and SDSS, WISE, and 2MASS astrometry was combined to compute proper motions. The resulting 3,518,150 stars were augmented with proper motions for 5,216,854 earlier type stars from the combined SDSS and United States Naval Observatory B1.0 catalog (USNO-B). We used SDSS+USNO-B proper motions to determine the best criteria for selecting a clean sample of stars. Only stars whose proper motions were greater than their 2-sigma uncertainty were included. Our Motion Verified Red Stars (MoVeRS) catalog is available through SDSS CasJobs and VizieR. (2 data files).

  16. Southern RS CVn systems - Candidate list. [spectral catalog of variable binary stars

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    Weiler, E. J.; Stencel, R. E.

    1979-01-01

    A list of 43 candidate RS CVn binary systems in the far southern hemisphere of the sky (south of -40 deg declination) is presented. The candidate systems were selected from the first two volumes of the Michigan Spectral Catalog (1975, 1978), which provides MK classifications for southern HD stars and identifies any unusual characteristics noted for individual stellar spectra. The selection criteria used were: (1) the occurrence of Ca II H and K emission; (2) known or suspected binary nature; (3) regular light variations of zero to one magnitude; and (4) spectral type between F0 and K2 and luminosity less than bright giant (II).

  17. Very Short-Duration UV-B Optical Flares in RS CVn-type Star Systems

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    Vander Haagen, G. A.

    2013-06-01

    Very short duration UV-B optical flares were observed during a high-cadence search for conventional flares on three RS CVn type stars: AR Lac, II Peg, and UX Ari. A statistical criterion was developed for isolating these short-duration optical flares from random photon events. Five flares, ranging in duration from 30 to 85 ms with peaks 0.29-0.51 mag. above the mean, were detected within the 132 hours of monitoring time. The time resolution of the observations was 5 ms for AR Lac and 10 ms for II Peg and UX Ari.

  18. Discovery of non-radial pulsations in the spectroscopic binary Herbig Ae star RS Chamaeleontis

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    Bhm, T.; Zima, W.; Catala, C.; Alecian, E.; Pollard, K.; Wright, D.

    2009-04-01

    Context: To understand the origin of stellar activity in pre-main-sequence Herbig Ae/Be stars and to get a deeper insight into the interior of these enigmatic stars, the pulsational instability strip of Palla and Marconi is investigated. In this article we present a first discovery of non radial pulsations in the Herbig Ae spectroscopic binary star RS Cha. Aims: The goal of the present work is to detect non-radial pulsations in a Herbig Ae star for the first time directly by spectrographic means and to identify the largest amplitude pulsation modes. Methods: The spectroscopic binary Herbig Ae star RS Cha was monitored in quasi-continuous observations during 14 observing nights (Jan. 2006) at the 1 m Mt. John (New Zealand) telescope with the Hercules high-resolution echelle spectrograph. The cumulative exposure time on the star was 44 h, corresponding to 255 individual high-resolution echelle spectra with R = 45 000. Least-square deconvolved spectra (LSD) were obtained for each spectrum, representing the effective photospheric absorption profile modified by pulsations. Difference spectra were calculated by subtracting rotationally broadened artificial profiles, these residual spectra were analysed and non-radial pulsations detected. A subsequent analysis with two complementary methods, namely Fourier Parameter Fit (FPF) and Fourier 2D (F2D) has been performed and first constraints on the pulsation modes derived. Results: For the very first time, we discovered by direct observational means using high-resolution echelle spectroscopy, non-radial oscillations in a Herbig Ae star. In fact, both components of the spectroscopic binary are Herbig Ae stars and both show NRPs. The FPF method identified 2 modes for the primary component with (degree ?, azimuthal order m) couples ordered by decreasing probability: f1 = 21.11 d-1 with (?, m) = (11, 11), (11, 9) or (10, 6) and f2 = 30.38 d-1 with (?, m) = ( 10, 6) or (9, 5). The F2D analysis indicates for f1 a degree ? = 8-10. For the secondary component, the FPF method identified 3 modes with (?,m) ordered by decreasing probability: f1 = 12.81 d-1 with (?, m) = (2, 1) or (2, 2), f_2b = 19.11 d-1 with (?, m) = (13, 5) or (10, 5) and f3 = 24.56 d-1 with (?, m) = (6, 3) or (6,5). The F2D analysis indicates for f1 a degree ? = 2 or 3, but proposes a contradictory identification of f_2b as a radial pulsation (? = 0). Based on observations collected at the 1 m McLellan telescope at Mt John, NZ.

  19. Vitesses radiales photolectriques de binaires clipses. VI. Orbites spectroscopiques et lments physiques de 12 toiles doubles Photoelectric radial velocities of eclipsing binaries VI. Orbital and physical elements of 12 double stars

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    Imbert, M.

    2002-06-01

    Spectroscopic orbits of the 12 eclipsing binary systems, TW And, CD And, RS Ari, RU Cnc, TW Cnc, UU Cnc, V788 Cyg, AW Her, MM Her, RV Lib, EW Ori and ZZ UMa are obtained from Coravel and Elodie radial velocity measurements. We obtain a first orbit for CD And, RS Ari, TW Cnc, and V788 Cyg. For the systems TW And, RU Cnc, UU Cnc, AW Her, MM Her, RV Lib, EW Ori and ZZ UMa, the new spectroscopic orbits are either better or of quality comparable to that previously published. The physical properties of these systems were estimated with the photometric parameters from available data except CD And, TW Cnc, UU Cnc, V788 Cyg and RV Lib for which we found a model compatible with the observations. The systems RU Cnc, AW Her, MM Her and RV Lib belong to RS CVn group. In general these systems were difficult to observe with Coravel, on the one hand because the stars are relatively weak and on the other hand because of nature of the components giving peaks of correlation with weak contrast. La plupart des observations ont t effectues l'Observatoire de Haute-Provence (CNRS). Based, in part, on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, la Silla, Chile. La Table 1 est disponible seulement sous forme lectronique au CDS via ftp cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) ou via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/387/850

  20. HE 0017+0055: A probable pulsating CEMP-rs star and long-period binary

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    Jorissen, A.; Hansen, T.; Van Eck, S.; Andersen, J.; Nordström, B.; Siess, L.; Torres, G.; Masseron, T.; Van Winckel, H.

    2016-02-01

    Context. A large fraction of the carbon-enhanced, extremely metal-poor halo giants ([Fe/H] < -2.5) are also strongly enriched in neutron-capture elements from the s process (CEMP-s stars). The conventional explanation for the properties of these stars is mass transfer from a nearby binary companion on the asymptotic giant branch (AGB). This scenario leads to a number of testable predictions in terms of the properties of the putative binary system and the resulting abundance pattern. Among the CEMP stars, some stars further exhibit overabundances in r-process elements on top of the s-process enrichment, and are tagged CEMP-rs stars. Although the nucleosynthesis process responsible for this kind of mixed abundance pattern is still under debate, CEMP-rs stars seem to belong to binary systems as do CEMP-s stars. Aims: Our aim is to present and analyse in detail our comprehensive data set of systematic radial-velocity measurements and high-resolution spectroscopy of the CEMP star HE 0017+0055. Methods: Our precise radial-velocity monitoring of HE 0017+0055 over 2940 days (8 yr) with the Nordic Optical Telescope and Mercator telescopes exhibits variability, with a period of 384 d and amplitude of 540 ± 27 m s-1 superimposed on a nearly linear long-term decline of ~1 m s-1 day-1. We used high-resolution HERMES/Mercator and Keck/HIRES spectra to derive elemental abundances with 1D LTE MARCS models. A metallicity of [Fe/H] ~ -2.4 is found, along with s-process overabundances of the order of 2 dex (with the exception of [Y/Fe] ~ + 0.5), and most notably overabundances of r-process elements like Sm, Eu, Dy, and Er in the range 0.9-2.0 dex. With [Ba/Fe] > 1.9 dex and [Eu/Fe] = 2.3 dex, HE 0017+0055 is a CEMP-rs star. We used the derived atmospheric parameters and abundances to infer HE 0017+0055 evolutionary status from a comparison with evolutionary tracks. Results: HE 0017+0055 appears to be a giant star below the tip of the red giant branch. The s-process pollution must therefore originate from mass transfer from a companion formerly on the AGB, which is now a carbon-oxygen white dwarf (WD). If the 384 d velocity variations are attributed to the WD companion, its orbit must be seen almost face-on, with i ~ 2.3°, because the mass function is very small: f(M1,M2) = (6.1 ± 1.1) × 10-6M⊙. Alternatively, the WD orbital motion could be responsible for the long-term velocity variations, with a period of several decades. The 384 d variations should then be attributed either to a low-mass inner companion (perhaps a brown dwarf, depending on the orbital inclination), or to stellar pulsations. The latter possibility is made likely by the fact that similar low-amplitude velocity variations, with periods close to 1 yr, have been reported for other CEMP stars in a companion paper. A definite conclusion about the origin of the 384 d velocity variations should however await the detection of synchronous low-amplitude photometric variations. Based on observations performed with the Mercator telescope and the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT), operated by the Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Association at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, Spain, of the Instituto de Astrofïsica de Canarias.

  1. CNC Programming I.

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    Casey, Joe

    This document contains five units for a course in computer numerical control (CNC) for computer-aided manufacturing. It is intended to familiarize students with the principles and techniques necessary to create proper CNC programs manually. Each unit consists of an introduction, instructional objectives, learning materials, learning activities,…

  2. Open architecture CNC system

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    Tal, J.; Lopez, A.; Edwards, J.M.

    1995-04-01

    In this paper, an alternative solution to the traditional CNC machine tool controller has been introduced. Software and hardware modules have been described and their incorporation in a CNC control system has been outlined. This type of CNC machine tool controller demonstrates that technology is accessible and can be readily implemented into an open architecture machine tool controller. Benefit to the user is greater controller flexibility, while being economically achievable. PC based, motion as well as non-motion features will provide flexibility through a Windows environment. Up-grading this type of controller system through software revisions will keep the machine tool in a competitive state with minimal effort. Software and hardware modules are mass produced permitting competitive procurement and incorporation. Open architecture CNC systems provide diagnostics thus enhancing maintainability, and machine tool up-time. A major concern of traditional CNC systems has been operator training time. Training time can be greatly minimized by making use of Windows environment features.

  3. The CCD photometric study of the newly identified RS CVn binary star V1034 Hercules

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    Dog?ru, D.; Erdem, A.; Dog?ru, S. S.

    2009-11-01

    This paper presents a new CCD Bessell VRcIc light curves and photometric analysis of the newly discovered RS CVn type eclipsing binary star V1034 Her. The light curves were obtained at the anakkale Onsekiz Mart University Observatory in 2006. Variations of the orbital period of the system were firstly studied. The ( O - C) diagram with a low range of observing time of about 20 years shows an upward parabola, which indicates a secular increase in the orbital period of the system. The light curves are generally those of detached eclipsing binaries; however, there are large asymmetries between maxima. The VRcIc light curves were analysed with two different fitting procedures: Wilson-Devinney method supplemented with a Monte Carlo type algorithm and Information Limit Optimization Technique (ILOT). Our general results find V1034 Her. as a well detached system, in which the components are filling 65% of their Roche lobes. Light curve asymmetries of the system are explained in terms of large dark starspots on the primary component. The primary star shows a long-lived spot distribution with active longitudes in the same hemisphere.

  4. CAD/CAM/CNC.

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    Domermuth, Dave; And Others

    1996-01-01

    Includes "Quick Start CNC (computer numerical control) with a Vacuum Filter and Laminated Plastic" (Domermuth); "School and Industry Cooperate for Mutual Benefit" (Buckler); and "CAD (computer-assisted drafting) Careers--What Professionals Have to Say" (Skinner). (JOW)

  5. A study of the wake-like distortions in the light curves of RS CVn stars by means of time analysis

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    Busso, M.; Scaltriti, F.

    1983-11-01

    Time series analysis techniques have been applied to lightcurves of RS CVn binaries. The procedure consists in (1) reconstitution of uniformly sampled data by means of a least-square fit in the frequency domain; (2) application of the cross-correlation technique to find the phase displacement between lightcurves of different years. In the hypothesis that the observed variations are due to dark spots, for RU Cnc and CQ Aur the authors find evidences of the existence of a differential rotation and of a latitude drift of the spots, similar to the solar ones; the relative parameters are computed.

  6. Rotational modulation and flares on RS Canum Venaticorum and BY Draconis stars. 18: Coordinated VLA, ROSAT, and IUE observations of RS CVn binaries

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    Fox, David C.; Linsky, Jeffrey L.; Veale, Anthony; Dempsey, Robert C.; Brown, Alex; Neff, James E.; Pagano, Isabella; Rodono, Marcello; Bromage, Gordon E.; Kuerster, Martin

    1994-01-01

    As part of a coordinated program of multi-wavelength observations of RS CVn close binary systems, we observed 15 systems with the Very Large Array (VLA) and 10 systems with IUE, simultaneously or nearly simultaneously with the ROSAT All Sky Survey observations of these stars. Of the 22 systems observed with ROSAT, three were observed both by IUE and the VLA. Radio observations were made at 3.6, 6 and 20 cm. Of the 15 observed RS CVn systems, we detected 11 with greater than 4 sigma confidence at one or more wavelengths. The IUE observations were made within the RIASS (ROSAT-IUE All Sky Survey) program. We present the results of the VLA observations, along with the corresponding subsets of the ROSAT Position Sensitive Proportional Counter (PSPC) X-ray and Wide Field Camera (WFC) XUV survey, and RIASS IUE observations. We obtained an extended VLA/IUE/ROSAT simultaneous coverage of one system, TY Pyx, covering more than one orbital period. These observations reveal that the quiescent radio flux of TY Pyx is relatively constant over time scales of up to 7 hours, but that it did change by a factor of 3 over 24 hours, probably due to a flare on 1990 Nov. 12. The UV, XUV and X-ray fluxes do not show large day-to-day or phase-related variability. The observation of the decay phase of a radio flare on EI Eri, with no accompanying X-ray or XUV flare, suggests that the lack of a strong correlation between X-ray and radio flares previously noted for dMe flare stars holds for RS CVn systems as well. We suggest that the radio flare may have been due to a coherent emission process such as electron cyclotron emission. The simultaneous measurements presented here provide a unique test of the general correlation between radio and soft X-ray luminosities, L(sub radio) approximately L(sub x exp m) (Drake et al. 1989) with a power-law slope close to unity, which was previously derived using data obtained years apart. Our derived slopes are consistent with and thus support the general correlations between coronal and chromospheric/transition region emissions previously derived from nonsimultaneous measurements of a much larger sample of these variable sources. However, the importance of simultaneous measurements for accurate energy balance calculations is stressed.

  7. Rotational modulation and flares on RS CVn and BY Dra stars. IV - The spatially resolved chromosphere of AR Lacertae

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    Walter, F. M.; Neff, J. E.; Linsky, J. L.; Gibson, D. M.; Rodono, M.

    1987-01-01

    The authors observed the RS Canum Venaticorum system AR Lacertae systematically over an orbital period with the International Ultraviolet Explorer in October 1983. Contemporaneous radio observations were obtained at the VLA. The spectra of the Mg II k emission line were analyzed using a Doppler imaging technique. In this way, three discrete regions of emission were identified in the outer atmosphere of the K star-two 'plages' and a chromospheric brightening that was related to a radio flare. The widths of the plage profiles indicate that the two plages together cover about 2 percent of the visible stellar hemisphere, and their v sin i values indicate that they lie close to the equator of the K star. The Mg II k surface flux in the plages is about five times the mean Mg II k surface flux of the K star.

  8. X-ray-selected candidates for the RS CVn and W UMa classes of binary stars

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    Fleming, Thomas A.; Gioia, Isabella M.; Maccacaro, Tommaso

    1989-01-01

    X-ray luminosity, spectral type, radial-velocity variation, rotationally broadened line profile, and Ca II H and K line emission data are used to identify 12 new candidates for the RS CVn class and seven new candidates for the W UMa class from spectroscopic binaries which are contained in the Einstein Extended Medium Sensitivity Survey. Under the assumption that the candidates are genuine members of each class, local space density estimates of 4.47 + or - 1.19 x 10 to the -4th/cu pc for RS CVn binaries and 8.47 + or - 3.00 x 10 to the -5th/cu pc for W UMa binaries are found. Although the density estimate for the W UMa binaries is shown to be consistent with previous estimates obtained from optically selected samples, the estimate for the RS CVn binaries is more than an order of magnitude greater than previously determined space densities.

  9. INVESTIGATION FOR THE ENRICHMENT PATTERN OF THE ELEMENT ABUNDANCES IN r+s STAR HE 0338 - 3945: A SPECIAL r-II STAR?

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    Cui Wenyuan; Zhang Jiang; Zhu Zizhong; Zhang Bo E-mail: zhangbo@hebtu.edu.c

    2010-01-01

    The very metal-poor star HE 0338 - 3945 shows a double-enhanced pattern of the neutron-capture elements. The study of this sample could help people gain a better understanding of s- and r-process nucleosynthesis at low metallicity. Using a parametric model, we find that the abundance pattern of the neutron-capture elements could be best explained by a binary system formed in a molecular cloud that had been polluted by r-process material. The observed abundance pattern of C and N can be explained by an asymptotic giant branch (AGB) model. Combined with the parameters obtained from Cui and Zhang, we suggest that the initial mass of the AGB companion is most likely to be about 2.5 M{sub sun}, which excludes the possibility of forming a Type 1.5 supernova. By comparing with the observational abundance pattern of CS 22892 - 052, we find that the dominant production of O should accompany the production of the heavy r-process elements of r+s stars. Similar to r-II stars, the heavy r-process elements are not produced in conjunction with all the light elements from the Na to Fe group. The abundance pattern of the light and r-process elements for HE 0338 - 3945 is very close to the pattern of the r-II star CS 22892 - 052. Therefore, we suggest that HE 0338 - 3945 should be a special r-II star.

  10. Multiple wavelength microwave observations of the RS Canum Venaticorum stars UX Arietis, HR 1099, HR 5110, and II Pegasi

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    Willson, Robert F.; Lang, Kenneth R.

    1987-01-01

    The variabilities, core size and magnetic field of the RS CVn star UX Arietis was measured with the VLA at pairs of frequencies near 1415 MHz and 4835 MHz on June 10, 1985. Data were also gathered on HR 1099, HR 5110 and II Peg. UX Arietis exhibited variability on time scales ranging from 30 sec to 1 hr at 4835 MHz, but no detectable variations at 1415 MHz. An upper limit of 900 billion cm was placed on the size of the core emitting region, which is estimated to have a magnetic field strength of 15 G. The 30 sec variations are attributed to absorption by thermal plasma between the G5 and K1 companions of the UX Arietis system.

  11. Characterization of the Transiting Super-Earth 55 Cnc e

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    Demory, Brice-Olivier; Gillon, M.; Deming, D.; Seager, S.

    2011-09-01

    The transiting nature of 55 Cnc e has been recently unveiled independently by the MOST satellite in the visible (Winn et al. 2011) and Warm Spitzer in the infrared (Demory et al. 2011). 55 Cnc e is the only transiting super-Earth orbiting a naked eye star, which makes this planet a true Rosetta stone in the field of low-mass exoplanets. We will present new follow-up observations scheduled during Summer 2011 that will provide better constraints on the internal structure and immediate environment of this intriguing super-Earth.

  12. Doppler Imagery of the Spotted RS Canum Venaticorum Star HR 1099 (V711 Tauri) from 1981 to 1992

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    Vogt, Steven S.; Hatzes, Artie P.; Misch, Anthony A.; Krster, M.

    1999-04-01

    We present a set of 23 Doppler images of the spotted RS CVn star HR 1099 (V711 Tauri; HD 22468) obtained from 1981 to 1992. HR 1099 shows a large, cool polar spot that has persisted for the 11 yr of this study and other low-latitude spots that come and go on relatively short (less than 1 yr) timescales and can emerge anywhere on the star. The polar spot has variable protuberances that look very similar to the time-variable vertical extensions of the Sun's polar coronal hole. The area of the polar spot and its extensions shows marginal evidence of being variable, with a period of about 3 yr and an amplitude of about 1% that is perhaps indicative of a weak cycle, but this is not yet conclusive. Comparison of our Doppler images with previously published ``few spot'' model fits to the light curves shows that such simple spot-model solutions, while sometimes in agreement, are often misleading and nonunique, particularly when the light-curve amplitude is small. Moreover, these spot-model fits do not recover the existence of the polar spot. The Doppler images show quite good agreement among multiple images at a given epoch and between different Doppler imaging research groups using completely independent data sets and imaging software. Our (cool spots only) Doppler imaging solutions, when properly thresholded, generally well reproduce the published light curves. However, in one instance the difficulty of fitting light curves suggests that at least one hot spot was present on HR 1099 during one observing season. Variations in the mean brightness of the system at the observed 0.05 mag level seem to correlate with spot area, particularly the polar spot, indicating that the mean light level is a pretty good proxy of spot area on HR 1099. While the polar spot with variable extensions was always present, isolated spots also frequently appeared at both mid- and low latitudes. On several occasions isolated prominent spots emerged and then disappeared on or near the equator. The ``migrating photometric wave'' on HR 1099 is due not to a simple longitudinal migration of spots on a differentially rotating star but rather to changes in the spatial distribution of a few spots (some of which move but most of which are fixed in longitude) that emerge and then disappear. So, at least for HR 1099, the phase drift of this migrating photometric wave minimum contains very little unique information about differential rotation or spot migration. While the tracking of individual features involves some uncertainty and speculation because of our limited time sampling, the tracks of two long-lived spots suggest that some spots that emerge at low or intermediate latitudes may migrate up to the pole in a clockwise spiral (slower than the orbit), then apparently merge with the polar spot. If these dark spots trace magnetic flux, we speculate that some of the magnetic flux emerging at lower latitudes migrates poleward and merges with the polar spot flux. It is not yet clear whether this flux is of the same or opposite polarity to the polar spot and thus whether these poleward-migrating, low-latitude spots reinforce or cancel the polar spot field. One of the high-latitude spots also appeared to get stretched in longitude as it approached the polar spot, and its overall track is quite reminiscent of the annulus of toroidal field found by Donati et al. encircling the polar spot of HR 1099 in 1990.9. In general, the spots appear to be very tightly locked to the orbital frame of the system, and most disappear before they have had a chance to migrate significantly. Like solar coronal holes, they show very little evidence for shear due to differential rotation. A few selected, long-lived features gave longitudinal migration rates of 1 part in 300 to 1 part in 3600 of the rotation period, in the sense that intermediate and low latitudes rotate slightly slower than the orbital angular velocity, while the pole and highest latitudes appear to be synchronized to the orbit. The implied differential rotation is thus of opposite sign and about a factor of 56 less than for the Sun. The rotation rate versus latitude behavior can be well fitted with a variety of formulae, including the Maunder formula. One of the best fits is provided by a rotation period versus latitude that is proportional to the surface strength of a centered axisymmetric magnetic dipole field, with the pole synchronized to the orbit and lower latitudes rotating more slowly. We believe that these starspots are not measuring photospheric differential rotation. Instead, like solar coronal holes, their relatively low degree of shearing and nearly solid body rotation may be enforced by a multikilogauss, axisymmetric, nearly current-free quasi-potential global magnetic field. Our Doppler images also agree very closely with the Zeeman-Doppler imagery of Donati et al. and support their finding that regions around the edge of the polar spot and within bright spots show largely monopolar fields of at least 300-700 G strength. The large, permanent cool polar spots, the very low observable differential rotation and shearing of starspots, and the evidence of strong, essentially unipolar magnetic fields associated with them leads us to believe that HR 1099 and other rapidly rotating RS CVn stars harbor quite strong (multikilogauss) axisymmetric global magnetic dipole fields. These fields have historically been largely hidden from view by their high degree of rotational symmetry, by being concentrated in the low surface brightness dark spots, and by these stars' high degree of rotational line broadening. We propose that the starspots on HR 1099 and other rapidly rotating RS CVn stars are, by analogy with solar coronal holes, large unipolar, magnetic regions that are tightly frozen into multikilogauss, axisymmetric global dipole fields in these stars. Since the large cool polar spots, the signature of these dipoles, are not present on more slowly rotating RS CVn stars, we believe that they must be dynamo-induced fields rather than remnant fossil fields. Based on observations collected at UCO/Lick Observatory, McDonald Observatory, and the European Southern Observatory.

  13. Degraded RNA transcript stable regions (StaRs) as targets for enhanced forensic RNA body fluid identification.

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    Lin, Meng-Han; Albani, Patricia P; Fleming, Rachel

    2016-01-01

    The detection of messenger RNA (mRNA) using reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) is becoming common practice for forensic body fluid identification. However, the degraded and scarce nature of RNA from forensic samples mean that mRNA transcripts are not consistently detected or remain undetected in practice. Conventional primer design for RT-PCR (and quantitative RT-PCR) includes targeting primers to span exon-exon boundaries or by having the primers on two separate exons, and satisfying common primer thermodynamic criteria. We have found that the conventional placement of primers is not always optimal for obtaining reproducible results from degraded samples. Using massively parallel sequencing data from degraded body fluids, we designed primers to amplify transcript regions of high read coverage, hence, higher stability, and compared these with primers designed using conventional methodology. Our findings are that primers designed for transcript regions of higher read coverage resulted in vastly improved detection of mRNA transcripts that were not previously detected or were not consistently detected in the same samples using conventional primers. We developed a new concept whereby primers targeted to transcript stable regions (StaRs) are able to consistently and specifically amplify a wide range of RNA biomarkers in various body fluids of varying degradation levels. PMID:26485676

  14. NEW EVIDENCE OF MAGNETIC INTERACTIONS BETWEEN STARS FROM THREE-DIMENSIONAL DOPPLER TOMOGRAPHY OF ALGOL BINARIES: {beta} PER AND RS VUL

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    Richards, Mercedes T.; Agafonov, Michail I.; Sharova, Olga I. E-mail: agfn@nirfi.sci-nnov.ru

    2012-11-20

    Time-resolved H{alpha} spectra of magnetically active interacting binaries have been used to create three-dimensional (3D) Doppler tomograms by means of the Radioastronomical Approach. This is the first 3D reconstruction of {beta} Per, with RS Vul for comparison. These 3D tomograms have revealed evidence of the mass transfer process (gas stream, circumprimary emission, localized region, absorption zone), as well as loop prominences and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) in {beta} Per and RS Vul that could not be discovered from two-dimensional tomograms alone. The gas stream in both binaries may have been deflected beyond the central plane by the donor star's magnetic field. The stream was more elongated along the predicted trajectory in RS Vul than in {beta} Per, but not as pronounced as in U CrB (stream state). The loop prominence reached maximum V{sub z} velocities of {+-}155 km s{sup -1} in RS Vul compared to {+-}120 km s{sup -1} in {beta} Per, while the CME reached a maximum V{sub z} velocity of +150 km s{sup -1} in RS Vul and +100 km s{sup -1} in {beta} Per. The 3D tomograms show that the gas flows are not symmetric relative to the central plane and are not confined to that plane, a result confirmed by recent 15 GHz VLBI radio images of {beta} Per. Both the 3D H{alpha} tomography and the VLBI radio images support an earlier prediction of the superhump phenomenon in {beta} Per: that the gas between the stars is threaded with a magnetic field even though the hot B8V mass-gaining star is not known to have a magnetic field.

  15. CNC Preparation Meets Manufacturing Opportunity

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    Cassola, Joel

    2006-01-01

    This article features the machining technology program at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) of Wilmington, North Carolina. North Carolina's Cape Fear Community College is working to meet diverse industry needs through its CNC training. The school's program has gained the attention of the local manufacturing community and students when it shifted…

  16. Rossiter-McLaughlin Observations of 55 Cnc e

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    López-Morales, Mercedes; Triaud, Amaury H. M. J.; Rodler, Florian; Dumusque, Xavier; Buchhave, Lars A.; Harutyunyan, Avet; Hoyer, Sergio; Alonso, Roi; Gillon, Michaël; Kaib, Nathan A.; Latham, David. W.; Lovis, Christophe; Pepe, Francesco; Queloz, Didier; Raymond, Sean N.; Ségransan, Damien; Waldmann, Ingo P.; Udry, Stéphane

    2014-09-01

    We present Rossiter-McLaughlin observations of the transiting super-Earth 55 Cnc e collected during six transit events between 2012 January and 2013 November with HARPS and HARPS-N. We detect no radial velocity signal above 35 cm s-1 (3σ) and confine the stellar v sin i sstarf to 0.2 ± 0.5 km s-1. The star appears to be a very slow rotator, producing a very low amplitude Rossiter-McLaughlin effect. Given such a low amplitude, the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect of 55 Cnc e is undetected in our data, and any spin-orbit angle of the system remains possible. We also performed Doppler tomography and reach a similar conclusion. Our results offer a glimpse of the capacity of future instrumentation to study low amplitude Rossiter-McLaughlin effects produced by super-Earths.

  17. ROSSITER-MCLAUGHLIN OBSERVATIONS OF 55 Cnc e

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    López-Morales, Mercedes; Rodler, Florian; Dumusque, Xavier; Buchhave, Lars A.; Latham, David W.; Triaud, Amaury H. M. J.; Harutyunyan, Avet; Hoyer, Sergio; Alonso, Roi; Gillon, Michaël; Kaib, Nathan A.; Lovis, Christophe; Pepe, Francesco; Queloz, Didier; Ségransan, Damien; Udry, Stéphane; Raymond, Sean N.; Waldmann, Ingo P.

    2014-09-10

    We present Rossiter-McLaughlin observations of the transiting super-Earth 55 Cnc e collected during six transit events between 2012 January and 2013 November with HARPS and HARPS-N. We detect no radial velocity signal above 35 cm s{sup –1} (3σ) and confine the stellar v sin i {sub *} to 0.2 ± 0.5 km s{sup –1}. The star appears to be a very slow rotator, producing a very low amplitude Rossiter-McLaughlin effect. Given such a low amplitude, the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect of 55 Cnc e is undetected in our data, and any spin-orbit angle of the system remains possible. We also performed Doppler tomography and reach a similar conclusion. Our results offer a glimpse of the capacity of future instrumentation to study low amplitude Rossiter-McLaughlin effects produced by super-Earths.

  18. Ground-based search for the atmosphere of the super-Earth 55Cnc e.

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    de Mooij, Ernst; Esteves, Lisa; Karjalainen, Raine; Lopez-Morales, Mercedes; Jayawardhana, Ray; Watson, Chris

    2015-12-01

    The star 55Cnc is currently one of the brightest stars in the sky known to host a transiting planet, the super-Earth 55Cnc e. This super-Earth has a density lower than that of the Earth and could potentially have either a significant water fraction or a hydrogen-rich envelope, although the latter is expected to have vaporated.We will present the first ground-based transit detections of 55Cnc e obtained with the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma, and show the status of our follow-up program aimed at searching for its atmosphere at low and high-spectral resolution with telescopes on the ground, including the WHT, NOT, and Subaru.

  19. Motion Verified Red Stars (MoVeRS): A Catalog of Proper Motion Selected Low-mass Stars from WISE, SDSS, and 2MASS

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    Theissen, Christopher A.; West, Andrew A.; Dhital, Saurav

    2016-02-01

    We present a photometric catalog of 8,735,004 proper motion selected low-mass stars (KML-spectral types) within the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) footprint, from the combined SDSS Data Release 10 (DR10), Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) point-source catalog (PSC), and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) AllWISE catalog. Stars were selected using r ‑ i, i ‑ z, r ‑ z, z ‑ J, and z ‑ W1 colors, and SDSS, WISE, and 2MASS astrometry was combined to compute proper motions. The resulting 3,518,150 stars were augmented with proper motions for 5,216,854 earlier type stars from the combined SDSS and United States Naval Observatory B1.0 catalog (USNO-B). We used SDSS+USNO-B proper motions to determine the best criteria for selecting a clean sample of stars. Only stars whose proper motions were greater than their 2σ uncertainty were included. Our Motion Verified Red Stars catalog is available through SDSS CasJobs and VizieR.

  20. BD Andromedae: A new short-period RS CVn eclipsing binary star with a distant tertiary body in a highly eccentric orbit

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    Kim, Chun-Hwey; Song, Mi-Hwa; Yoon, Jo-Na; Jeong, Min-Ji; Han, Wonyong

    2014-06-20

    A photometric study of BD And was made through the analysis of two sets of new BVR light curves. The light curves with migrating photometric waves outside eclipse show that BD And is a short-period RS CVn-type binary star. The analysis of all available timings reveals that the orbital period has varied in a strictly cyclical way with a period of 9.2 yr. The periodic variation most likely arises from the light-time effect due to a tertiary moving in a highly elliptical orbit (e {sub 3} = 0.76). The Applegate mechanism could not operate properly in the eclipsing pair. The light curves were modeled with two large spots on the hotter star and a large third light amounting to about 14% of the total systemic light. BD And is a triple system: a detached binary system consisting of two nearly equal solar-type stars with an active primary star and a G6-G7 tertiary dwarf. The absolute dimensions of the eclipsing pair and tertiary components were determined. The three components with a mean age of about 5.8 Gyr are located at midpositions in main-sequence bands. The radius of the secondary is about 17% larger than that deduced from stellar models. The orbital and radiometric characteristics of the tertiary are intensively investigated. One important feature is that the mutual inclination between two orbits is larger than 60, implying that Kozai cycles had occurred very efficiently in the past. The possible past and future evolutions of the BD And system, driven by KCTF and MBTF, are also discussed.

  1. BD Andromedae: A New Short-period RS CVn Eclipsing Binary Star with a Distant Tertiary Body in a Highly Eccentric Orbit

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    Kim, Chun-Hwey; Song, Mi-Hwa; Yoon, Jo-Na; Han, Wonyong; Jeong, Min-Ji

    2014-06-01

    A photometric study of BD And was made through the analysis of two sets of new BVR light curves. The light curves with migrating photometric waves outside eclipse show that BD And is a short-period RS CVn-type binary star. The analysis of all available timings reveals that the orbital period has varied in a strictly cyclical way with a period of 9.2 yr. The periodic variation most likely arises from the light-time effect due to a tertiary moving in a highly elliptical orbit (e 3 = 0.76). The Applegate mechanism could not operate properly in the eclipsing pair. The light curves were modeled with two large spots on the hotter star and a large third light amounting to about 14% of the total systemic light. BD And is a triple system: a detached binary system consisting of two nearly equal solar-type stars with an active primary star and a G6-G7 tertiary dwarf. The absolute dimensions of the eclipsing pair and tertiary components were determined. The three components with a mean age of about 5.8 Gyr are located at midpositions in main-sequence bands. The radius of the secondary is about 17% larger than that deduced from stellar models. The orbital and radiometric characteristics of the tertiary are intensively investigated. One important feature is that the mutual inclination between two orbits is larger than 60, implying that Kozai cycles had occurred very efficiently in the past. The possible past and future evolutions of the BD And system, driven by KCTF and MBTF, are also discussed.

  2. Synthetical Reliability Analysis Model of CNC Software System

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    Xu, Yue; Xia, Yinjie; Wan, Yi

    CNC technology is the core of advanced manufacturing technology, and CNC software system is the very important part of numerical control system. The entire CNC system will not work normally, once the potential failure makes the software invalid. As to the current study of CNC sysytem, in use of the FAULT glitch tree, established a glitch tree for the CNC system; find the minimum cut sets with Fussed method and then according to the probability of several common glitches, make quantitative analysis in the reliability of the CNC system so that scientific ways can be provided for the reliability design, maintenance and management of the CNC system.

  3. Rotational modulation and flares on RS CVn and BY Dra stars. III - IUE observations of V711 Tau (= HR 1099), II Peg, and AR Lac

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    Rodono, M.; Byrne, P. B.; Neff, J. E.; Linsky, J. L.; Simon, T.

    1987-01-01

    Observations of three RS CVn stars, which were obtained over the stellar rotation cycles with the IUE satellite, are presented. Emission lines from high-temperature transition regions and chromospheres analogous to those observed in the solar spectrum were observed. The only visible component of II Peg and both components of V711 Tau and AR Lac appear to be chromospherically active. For the latter systems, the Mg II line surface flux from the G-type star is higher than that from the K subgiant, which dominates the observed UV line flux. Moreover, evidence of long-term ultraviolet variability is presented for AR Lac. The emission line fluxes for II Peg and, marginally, for the other two systems were observed to vary in antiphase with the optical variations at the time of the IUE observations. By comparing the results of Rodono et al. (1986) for two-spot models with the variation of UV line flux, evidence of a close spatial correlation between spot and plagelike features is found.

  4. The Orbital Architecture of 55 Cnc: An Orbital Resonance, Jupiter Analog, and Transiting Super-Earth

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    Nelson, Benjamin E.; Payne, M.; Ford, E.; Wright, J.

    2011-09-01

    55 Cnc is the only naked eye star with a known transiting planet (Winn et al. 2011) and one of a few systems with five known planets characterized via Doppler methods. The planets span a wide range of masses and orbital periods. We investigate the orbital architecture, focusing on two of the giant planets near 3:1 mean-motion resonance and the potential impact on the dynamical effects on the other planets. To quantify the uncertainty in the orbital parameters of the 55 Cnc system requires exploring a high-dimensional ( 35) parameter space and using self-consistent N-body integrations, both of which are computationally demanding. To surmount these challenges, we apply a differential evolution Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm to characterize the orbital properties and masses. We present these results and discuss the implications on the dynamical evolution of the 55 Cnc system.

  5. Entering the operative correction machining processes CNC

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    Nekrasov, R. Yu; Starikov, A. I.; Lasukov, A. A.

    2015-09-01

    The article describes the solution to the problem of compensation of errors occurring during machining on CNC machines. We propose a method of mathematical modeling of processes diagnostics and control of technological equipment. The results of the diagnosis of the CNC machine, as well as the mathematical model describing the dependence of the positioning error of the executive bodies of operating component of cutting force PZ, in the range of movement OX.

  6. Improving Energy Efficiency in CNC Machining

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    Pavanaskar, Sushrut S.

    We present our work on analyzing and improving the energy efficiency of multi-axis CNC milling process. Due to the differences in energy consumption behavior, we treat 3- and 5-axis CNC machines separately in our work. For 3-axis CNC machines, we first propose an energy model that estimates the energy requirement for machining a component on a specified 3-axis CNC milling machine. Our model makes machine-specific predictions of energy requirements while also considering the geometric aspects of the machining toolpath. Our model - and the associated software tool - facilitate direct comparison of various alternative toolpath strategies based on their energy-consumption performance. Further, we identify key factors in toolpath planning that affect energy consumption in CNC machining. We then use this knowledge to propose and demonstrate a novel toolpath planning strategy that may be used to generate new toolpaths that are inherently energy-efficient, inspired by research on digital micrography -- a form of computational art. For 5-axis CNC machines, the process planning problem consists of several sub-problems that researchers have traditionally solved separately to obtain an approximate solution. After illustrating the need to solve all sub-problems simultaneously for a truly optimal solution, we propose a unified formulation based on configuration space theory. We apply our formulation to solve a problem variant that retains key characteristics of the full problem but has lower dimensionality, allowing visualization in 2D. Given the complexity of the full 5-axis toolpath planning problem, our unified formulation represents an important step towards obtaining a truly optimal solution. With this work on the two types of CNC machines, we demonstrate that without changing the current infrastructure or business practices, machine-specific, geometry-based, customized toolpath planning can save energy in CNC machining.

  7. Chromospherically active stars. III - HD 26337 = EI Eri: An RS CVn candidate for the Doppler-imaging technique

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    Fekel, Francis C.; Quigley, Robert; Gillies, Kim; Africano, John L.

    1987-01-01

    Spectroscopic observations of the chromospherically active G5 IV single-lined binary HD 26337 = EI Eri are presented. An orbital period of 1.94722 days is found for the star. It has moderately strong Ca II H and K emission and strong ultraviolet emission features, while H-alpha is a weak absorption feature that is variable in strength. The inclination of the system is 46 + or - 12 deg, and the unseen secondary is probably a late K or early M dwarf. The v sin i of the primary is 50 + or - 3 km/s, resulting in a minimum radius of 1.9 + or - 0.1 solar radius. The star is within the required limits for Doppler imaging. The primary is close to filling its Roche lobe, resulting in a strong constraint that the mass ratio is 2.6 or greater, with a primary mass of at least 1.4 solar mass. The distance to the system is estimated at 75 pc.

  8. Star Images, Star Performances (College Course File).

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    Butler, Jeremy G.

    1990-01-01

    Describes a course that focuses attention on the position of the actor, especially the star actor, in cinematic and television signification. Divides the course into three sections: "The Star System,""Stars as Images," and "Star Performance." (RS)

  9. Review on CNC-Rapid Prototyping

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    Z, M. Nafis O.; Y, Nafrizuan M.; A, Munira M.; J, Kartina

    2012-09-01

    This article reviewed developments of Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) technology in rapid prototyping process. Rapid prototyping (RP) can be classified into three major groups; subtractive, additive and virtual. CNC rapid prototyping is grouped under the subtractive category which involves material removal from the workpiece that is larger than the final part. Richard Wysk established the use of CNC machines for rapid prototyping using sets of 2-D tool paths from various orientations about a rotary axis to machine parts without refixturing. Since then, there are few developments on this process mainly aimed to optimized the operation and increase the process capabilities to stand equal with common additive type of RP. These developments include the integration between machining and deposition process (hybrid RP), adoption of RP to the conventional machine and optimization of the CNC rapid prototyping process based on controlled parameters. The article ended by concluding that the CNC rapid prototyping research area has a vast space for improvement as in the conventional machining processes. Further developments and findings will enhance the usage of this method and minimize the limitation of current approach in building a prototype.

  10. Multiband Photometric and Spectroscopic Analysis of HV Cnc

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    Gkay, G.; Grol, B.; Derman, E.

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, radial velocity and VI- and JHKS - (Two Micron All Sky Survey) band photometric data of the detached system HV Cnc have been analyzed. The primary component of HV Cnc, which is a member of the M67 cluster, is suspected to be either a blue straggler or turn-off star. The system is a single-lined spectroscopic binary and its light curve shows a total eclipse. Spectroscopic observations of the system revealed the third component, which shows contribution to the total light of the system. Light curve and radial velocity data have been analyzed using the Wilson-Devinney (W-D) code and JHKS filter definitions computed for the W-D code in this work. Our analysis shows that the mass and radius of the primary and secondary components are 1.31 M ?, 0.52 M ?, 1.87 R ?, and 0.48 R ?, respectively. All results are compared with previously published literature values and discussed.

  11. MULTIBAND PHOTOMETRIC AND SPECTROSCOPIC ANALYSIS OF HV Cnc

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    Gkay, G.; Grol, B.; Derman, E.

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, radial velocity and VI- and JHK{sub S} - (Two Micron All Sky Survey) band photometric data of the detached system HV Cnc have been analyzed. The primary component of HV Cnc, which is a member of the M67 cluster, is suspected to be either a blue straggler or turn-off star. The system is a single-lined spectroscopic binary and its light curve shows a total eclipse. Spectroscopic observations of the system revealed the third component, which shows contribution to the total light of the system. Light curve and radial velocity data have been analyzed using the Wilson-Devinney (W-D) code and JHK{sub S} filter definitions computed for the W-D code in this work. Our analysis shows that the mass and radius of the primary and secondary components are 1.31 M {sub ?}, 0.52 M {sub ?}, 1.87 R {sub ?}, and 0.48 R {sub ?}, respectively. All results are compared with previously published literature values and discussed.

  12. An intelligent CNC machine control system architecture

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    Miller, D.J.; Loucks, C.S.

    1996-10-01

    Intelligent, agile manufacturing relies on automated programming of digitally controlled processes. Currently, processes such as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining are difficult to automate because of highly restrictive controllers and poor software environments. It is also difficult to utilize sensors and process models for adaptive control, or to integrate machining processes with other tasks within a factory floor setting. As part of a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program, a CNC machine control system architecture based on object-oriented design and graphical programming has been developed to address some of these problems and to demonstrate automated agile machining applications using platform-independent software.

  13. RS Canum Venaticorum

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    Rodon, M.; Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    RSCVn=RS Canum Venaticorum (BD +36 2344, HD 114519; ?1950.0=13h08m18s, ?1950.0=+3612'.0; ?d=2.79 s yr-1, ??=-0.319' yr-1) is a detached CLOSE BINARY STAR (F5 V+K2 IV) in the CANES VENATICI constellation (cf Rodon et al 1995 for a discussion of the spectral classification). In addition to the canonical eclipse-related light variability, early photometric observations had already shown uneven o...

  14. SY Cnc, a case for unstable mass transfer?

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    Casares, J.; Martnez-Pais, I. G.; Rodrguez-Gil, P.

    2009-11-01

    Intermediate-resolution (0.5-1 ) optical spectroscopy of the cataclysmic variable (CV) SY Cnc reveals the spectrum of the donor star. Our data enable us to resolve the orbital motion of the donor and provide a new orbital solution, binary mass ratio and spectral classification. We find that the donor star has spectral-type G8 +/- 2 V and orbits the white dwarf with P = 0.3823753 +/- 0.0000003 d, K2 = 88.0 +/- 2.9 kms-1 and V sini = 75.5 +/- 6.5 kms-1. Our values are significantly different from previous works and lead to q = M2/M1 = 1.18 +/- 0.14. This is one of the highest mass ratios known in a CV and is very robust, because it is based on resolving the rotational broadening over a large number of metallic absorption lines. The donor could be a slightly evolved main sequence or descendant from a massive star which underwent an episode of thermal time-scale mass transfer.

  15. CNC Machining Of The Complex Copper Electrodes

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    Popan, Ioan Alexandru; Balc, Nicolae; Popan, Alina

    2015-07-01

    This paper presents the machining process of the complex copper electrodes. Machining of the complex shapes in copper is difficult because this material is soft and sticky. This research presents the main steps for processing those copper electrodes at a high dimensional accuracy and a good surface quality. Special tooling solutions are required for this machining process and optimal process parameters have been found for the accurate CNC equipment, using smart CAD/CAM software.

  16. Very low luminosity stars with very large amplitude flares

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.

    1990-01-01

    CCD frames of CZ Cnc, KY Cep, the gamma-ray burster optical transient, and NSV 12006 are analyzed. Also studied are 549 archival photographic plates of the CZ Cnc field. These observations are compared with the data of Lovas (1976). Flare events on CZ Cnc are examined. Based on the data it is noted that CZ Cnc is a main-sequence star, has a magnitude of 16.1, a distance of 100 pc, occasional large-amplitude flares, and frequent flares with amplitudes greater than 4 mag.

  17. Rotational modulation and flares on RS CVn and BY Dra stars. VI - Physical parameters of the chromospheres/transition regions of V 711 Tau (HR 1099), II Peg and AR Lac during October 1981

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    Byrne, P. B.; Doyle, J. G.; Brown, A.; Linsky, J. L.; Rodono, M.

    1987-01-01

    Ground-based optical and IUE satellite-ultraviolet observations of three RS CVn stars are combined with density sensitive line ratios and differential emission measure curves to describe the physical conditions in their outer atmospheres. Solar-like densities are found to be representative of average conditions on two of the stars, V 711 Tau and AR Lac. The total radiative losses from these two stars are estimated and found to be larger than the sun by at least two orders of magnitude. Consideration of the volume emitting in two of the principal transition region lines suggests a possible relation between the disk 'filling factor' for these two lines and the dynamo-related Rossby number. Only one hemisphere of the star II Peg, the one showing least evidence of starspots, is similar. On the opposite hemisphere the presence of a discrete emitting region is deduced which is almost coincident in phase with the passage of the dominant optical spot group across the visible disk. The dimensions of this region, and an illustrative interpretation in terms of a large emitting magnetic loop, are discussed. It is compared to large active region loops on the sun.

  18. Understanding and Writing G & M Code for CNC Machines

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    Loveland, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    In modern CAD and CAM manufacturing companies, engineers design parts for machines and consumable goods. Many of these parts are cut on CNC machines. Whether using a CNC lathe, milling machine, or router, the ideas and designs of engineers must be translated into a machine-readable form called G & M Code that can be used to cut parts to precise

  19. Advanced CNC Programming (EZ-CAM). 439-366.

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    Casey, Joe

    This document contains two units for an advanced course in computer numerical control (CNC) for computer-aided manufacturing. It is intended to familiarize students with the principles and techniques necessary to create proper CNC programs using computer software. Each unit consists of an introduction, instructional objectives, learning materials,

  20. Advanced CNC Programming (EZ-CAM). 439-366.

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    Casey, Joe

    This document contains two units for an advanced course in computer numerical control (CNC) for computer-aided manufacturing. It is intended to familiarize students with the principles and techniques necessary to create proper CNC programs using computer software. Each unit consists of an introduction, instructional objectives, learning materials,…

  1. Understanding and Writing G & M Code for CNC Machines

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    Loveland, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    In modern CAD and CAM manufacturing companies, engineers design parts for machines and consumable goods. Many of these parts are cut on CNC machines. Whether using a CNC lathe, milling machine, or router, the ideas and designs of engineers must be translated into a machine-readable form called G & M Code that can be used to cut parts to precise…

  2. Effect of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) on rheological and mechanical properties and crystallization behavior of PLA/CNC nanocomposites.

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    Kamal, Musa R; Khoshkava, Vahid

    2015-06-01

    In earlier work, we reported that spray freeze drying of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) yields porous agglomerate structures. On the other hand, the conventional spray dried CNC (CNCSD) and the freeze dried CNC (CNCFD) produce compact solid structures with very low porosity. As it is rather difficult to obtain direct microscopic evidence of the quality of dispersion of CNC in polymer nanocomposites, it was shown that supporting evidence of the quality and influence of dispersion in a polypropylene (PP)/CNC nanocomposite could be obtained by studying the rheological behavior, mechanical properties and crystallization characteristics of PP/CNC nanocomposites. In an effort to produce a sustainable, fully biosourced, biodegradable nanocomposite, this manuscript presents the results of a study of the rheological, mechanical and crystallization behavior of PLA/CNCSFD nanocomposites obtained by melt processing. The results are analyzed to determine CNC network formation, rheological percolation threshold concentrations, mechanical properties in the rubbery and glassy states, and the effect of CNCSFD on crystalline nucleation and crystallization rates of PLA. These results suggest that the porosity and network structure of CNCSFD agglomerates contribute significantly to good dispersion of CNC in the PLA matrix. PMID:25843840

  3. Catalogue of Main Characteristics of Pulsations of 173 Semi-Regular Stars

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    Chinarova, L. L.; Andronov, I. L.

    2000-12-01

    The characteristics of brightness variations of 173 semi-regular stars are tabulated: the moments and brightness of the extrema; the effective periods, amplitudes and significance obtained by using different methods: a) the periodogram analysis (harmonic least squares t) with prewhitening to determine characteristics and significance of waves with 3 periods; b) the wavelet analysis to determine characteristics of statistically significant waves; ) the "running parabola" scalegram analysis to determine the optimal filter half - width for smoothing. The characteristics may be used for more precise classification of semi-regular variables. Characteristics of the 6509 extrema of 147 stars are listed. The electronic version is available via http://ila.webjump.om. The observations for the analysis have been taken from the AFOEV and VSOLJ databases (with a duration up to 94 years) for the stars: AQ, EH, EK, RS, RU, RV, ST, TV, TY, TZ, UX, VX And; GY, PX, S, V, V844 Aql; V, Z Aqr; T Ari; AG, RS, S, UU, Z Aur; RV, RW, RX, RZ, U, V, WY Boo; T Cae; RR, RS, RY, S, ST, U Cam; RT Cap; PZ, SV, UX, V393, V465, WZ Cas; T, Y Cen; AR, RU, RW, RX, SS, TY, W Cep; T Cet; RS, RT, T, X Cnc; RR, RS, TT CrB; V, Y Cvn; AA, AF, AI, AV, AW, BC, RS, RU, RV, RW, RZ, TT, V460, W Cyg; EU, U Del; RS, RY, S, TX, UX, WZ Dra; SY, Z Eri; IS, NQ, RS, SW, TU, TV, Y Gem; DE, MZ, RR, ST, SX, UU, X Her; FF, RT, U, V, W, Y Hya; RS Lac; RY, SX Leo; RX, S Lep; U, W LMi; Y, EG, R, SZ Lyr; RV, SW, X Mon; V759 Oph; BQ, FX, GT, RT, W Ori; AF, AK, SV, TX Peg; AD, BU, DY, FZ, RS, RU, S, SU, SY, T, UZ, W, XX Per; R Pic; RT, RW, Z Psc; BM Sco; S Sct; FG Ser; X Sge; AB, TT, W, Y Tau; W Tri; RX, RY, RZ, ST,SV, V, Y, Z UMa; R, V UMi; RT, SS, SW Vir; RU Vul.

  4. GROUND-BASED TRANSIT OBSERVATIONS OF THE SUPER-EARTH 55 Cnc e

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    De Mooij, E. J. W.; López-Morales, M.; Karjalainen, R.; Hrudkova, M.; Jayawardhana, Ray

    2014-12-20

    We report the first ground-based detections of the shallow transit of the super-Earth exoplanet 55 Cnc e using a 2 m class telescope. Using differential spectrophotometry, we observed one transit in 2013 and another in 2014, with average spectral resolutions of ∼700 and ∼250, spanning the Johnson BVR photometric bands. We find a white light planet-to-star radius ratio of 0.0190{sub −0.0027}{sup +0.0023} from the 2013 observations and 0.0200{sub −0.0018}{sup +0.0017} from the 2014 observations. The two data sets combined result in a radius ratio of 0.0198{sub −0.0014}{sup +0.0013}. These values are all in agreement with previous space-based results. Scintillation noise in the data prevents us from placing strong constraints on the presence of an extended hydrogen-rich atmosphere. Nevertheless, our detections of 55 Cnc e in transit demonstrate that moderate-sized telescopes on the ground will be capable of routine follow-up observations of super-Earth candidates discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite around bright stars. We expect it also will be possible to place constraints on the atmospheric characteristics of those planets by devising observational strategies to minimize scintillation noise.

  5. Ground-based Transit Observations of the Super-Earth 55 Cnc e

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    de Mooij, E. J. W.; Lpez-Morales, M.; Karjalainen, R.; Hrudkova, M.; Jayawardhana, Ray

    2014-12-01

    We report the first ground-based detections of the shallow transit of the super-Earth exoplanet 55 Cnc e using a 2 m class telescope. Using differential spectrophotometry, we observed one transit in 2013 and another in 2014, with average spectral resolutions of ~700 and ~250, spanning the Johnson BVR photometric bands. We find a white light planet-to-star radius ratio of 0.0190-0.0027+0.0023 from the 2013 observations and 0.0200-0.0018+0.0017 from the 2014 observations. The two data sets combined result in a radius ratio of 0.0198-0.0014+0.0013. These values are all in agreement with previous space-based results. Scintillation noise in the data prevents us from placing strong constraints on the presence of an extended hydrogen-rich atmosphere. Nevertheless, our detections of 55 Cnc e in transit demonstrate that moderate-sized telescopes on the ground will be capable of routine follow-up observations of super-Earth candidates discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite around bright stars. We expect it also will be possible to place constraints on the atmospheric characteristics of those planets by devising observational strategies to minimize scintillation noise.

  6. Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopy of Three Long Period Nova-Like Variables, V363 Aur, AC Cnc and RZ Gru

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    Bisol, Alexandra; Sion, E. M.

    2011-01-01

    We have selected three nova-like variables: V363 Aur, RZ Gru and AC Cnc, all of which are UX UMa types, having similar orbital periods well beyond the 3 to 4 hour range where most nova-likes are found. All should have very similar secondary stars given the fact that they their physical parameters are so similar. V363 Aur is a bona fide SW Sex star, and AC Cnc is a probable one, while RZ Gru is not a member of the SW Sex subclass. Our objective is to carry out the first synthetic spectral analysis of far ultraviolet spectra of the three systems using state-of-the-art models both of accretion disks and photospheres. Therefore we shall compare the distances we obtain from the best fitting synthetic spectral models to other distance estimates in the literature. We present model-derived accretion rates and distances for all three systems. The FUV flux range of RZ Gru and V363 Aur is dominated by radiation from an optically thick, steady state, accretion but for AC Cnc, we find that a hot white dwarf accounts for 70% of the FUV flux. We compare the FUV characteristics and physical properties of these three long period nova-like systems to the properties of other nova-likes at shorter periods. This work was supported in part by NSF grant AST0807892 to Villanova University.

  7. First time-series optical photometry from Antarctica. sIRAIT monitoring of the RS CVn binary V841 Centauri and the ?-Scuti star V1034 Centauri

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    Strassmeier, K. G.; Briguglio, R.; Granzer, T.; Tosti, G.; Divarano, I.; Savanov, I.; Bagaglia, M.; Castellini, S.; Mancini, A.; Nucciarelli, G.; Straniero, O.; Distefano, E.; Messina, S.; Cutispoto, G.

    2008-10-01

    Context: Eradicating the problems associated with the Earth's day-night cycle is mandatory for long and continuous time-series photometry and had been achieved with either large ground-based networks of observatories at different geographic longitudes or when conducted from space. A third possibility is offered by a polar location with astronomically-qualified site characteristics. Aims: We present the first scientific stellar time-series optical photometry from Dome C in Antarctica and analyze approximately 13 000 CCD frames acquired in July 2007. Methods: The optical pilot telescope of the International Robotic Antarctic Infrared Telescope, named small IRAIT (sIRAIT), and its UBVRI CCD photometer were used in BVR for a continuous 243 h (10.15 days) with a duty cycle of 98% and a cadence of 155 s. The prime targets were the chromospherically active, spotted binary star V841 Cen and the non-radially pulsating ?-Scuti star V1034 Cen. Results: We confirmed the known 0.2-day fundamental period of V1034 Cen and detected a total of 23 further periods between 2.2 h and 3.5 days. In July 2007, V841 Cen's V amplitude due to spots appeared to be at a record high of 0.4 m in V. We completed a spot-model analysis with a light-curve inversion technique and discovered the star with a spot filling factor of 44% of the visible hemisphere, among the highest ever measured values for active stars, and a temperature-difference photosphere minus spot of 750 100 K. Its odd-numbered (for a single site) rotation period was determined with a higher precision than before (5.8854 0.0026 days), despite our comparably short data set. The rms scatter from a 2.4-h data subset was 3 mmag in V and 4.2 mmag in R. The differential data quality is 3-4 times higher than with the 25 cm Fairborn Automatic Photoelectric Telescope in southern Arizona and is probably due to the exceptionally low scintillation noise at Dome C. Conclusions: We conclude that high-precision CCD photometry with exceptional time coverage and cadence can be acquired at Dome C in Antarctica and be successfully used to complete time-series astrophysics.

  8. CNC grinding of valve housing piston holes

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    Ashbaugh, F.A.

    1991-11-01

    Grinding has traditionally been used for machining operations requiring close dimensional tolerances and better surface finishes than can be obtained from other metal removal techniques. Using a grinding process for the last metal removal operation, the close tolerances and surface finishes can be easily held while eliminating the adverse conditions from the current metal removal processes. Pre-machined test parts were sent to a machine tool supplier to have the critical inside features of a typical piston bore finish machined using an internal CNC grinder equipped with high-frequency spindles. The piston bore and sealing angle were ground using a standard 120-grit silicon carbide wheel. The wafer step was machined using a solid carbide tool designed and built at Allied-Signal Inc., Kansas City Division (KCD). Six consecutive parts were machined for evaluation. The repeatability on all six parts was within print requirements. The inside corner radii was less than 0.002 in. and the surface finish was 8.2 arithmetical average or better as defined by ANSI B46.1, Surface Texture. Machining parts by this grinding process would eliminate bellmouth, chatter, waviness, and traveler polishing operations. It would produce a superior surface finish, small inside radii, and small easily removable burrs. It would also hold tolerances closer and significantly reduce scrap, rework, rejects, and deviations. 1 fig.

  9. A novel CNC aspheric grinding machine

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    Hu, Jianjun; Pan, Junhua

    2005-12-01

    Aspheric surface can be thought as being enveloped by a series of spherical surfaces with their centres on the same axis but having different positions. These spherical surfaces are tangent with the aspheric surface. We have manufactured a ?600 CNC aspheric grinding machine with this novel operating principle. We choose ?p , ? and ?p as the key parameters of our grinding machine. ?p is the distance between the cup-shaped tools' bottom and the vertex of the aspheric surface. ?p is the rotational angle of the cup-shaped tool. ? is the space angle of the cup-shaped tool during the fabrication process of convex aspheric surface. Using this grinding machine, we can fabricate a conic concave aspheric surface continuously about three hours. But we need change the cup-shaped tool one time when we fabricate a conic convex aspheric surface in also about three hours. Our grinding machine can also be used to fabricate high-order aspheric surface. We used this machine fabricating a RC telescope system's primary and the secondary mirror. The PV-value is less than 5?m for the primary ?350 concave hyperbolic aspheric surface which departure is about 55?m. We can polish and finish this aspheric surface with these residual errors easily. The manufacturing cost of the machine is about 300,000 RMB which is 1/10 of the LOH's product with the same maximum aperture of workpiece.

  10. Final Report: CNC Micromachines LDRD No.10793

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    JOKIEL JR., BERNHARD; BENAVIDES, GILBERT L.; BIEG, LOTHAR F.; ALLEN, JAMES J.

    2003-04-01

    The three-year LDRD ''CNC Micromachines'' was successfully completed at the end of FY02. The project had four major breakthroughs in spatial motion control in MEMS: (1) A unified method for designing scalable planar and spatial on-chip motion control systems was developed. The method relies on the use of parallel kinematic mechanisms (PKMs) that when properly designed provide different types of motion on-chip without the need for post-fabrication assembly, (2) A new type of actuator was developed--the linear stepping track drive (LSTD) that provides open loop linear position control that is scalable in displacement, output force and step size. Several versions of this actuator were designed, fabricated and successfully tested. (3) Different versions of XYZ translation only and PTT motion stages were designed, successfully fabricated and successfully tested demonstrating absolutely that on-chip spatial motion control systems are not only possible, but are a reality. (4) Control algorithms, software and infrastructure based on MATLAB were created and successfully implemented to drive the XYZ and PTT motion platforms in a controlled manner. The control software is capable of reading an M/G code machine tool language file, decode the instructions and correctly calculate and apply position and velocity trajectories to the motion devices linear drive inputs to position the device platform along the trajectory as specified by the input file. A full and detailed account of design methodology, theory and experimental results (failures and successes) is provided.

  11. CO And HI Emission from The Circumstellar Envelopes of Some Evolved Stars*

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    Diep, P. N.; Hoai, D. T.; Nhung, P.; Tuan-Anh, P.; Le Bertre, T.; Winters, J. M.; Matthews, L. D.; Phuong, N. T.; Thao, N. T.; Darriulat, P.

    2016-02-01

    Studies of the CO and HI radio emission of some evolved stars are presented using data collected by the IRAM Plateau de Bure interferometer and Pico Veleta telescope, the Nançay Radio Telescope and the JVLA and ALMA arrays. Approximate axial symmetry of the physical and kinematic properties of the circumstellar envelope (CSE) are observed in CO emission , in particular, from RS Cnc, EP Aqr and the Red Rectangle. A common feature is the presence of a bipolar outflow causing an enhanced wind velocity in the polar directions. I emission extends to larger radial distances than probed by CO emission and displays features related to the interaction between the stellar outflow and interstellar matter. With its unprecedented sensitivity, FAST will open a new window on such studies. Its potential in this domain is briefly illustrated.

  12. New ephemerides for 120 eclipsing binary stars

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    Mallama, A. D.

    1980-10-01

    New ephemerides based on data from 1968 to 1978 have been derived for 120 eclipsing binary stars with Algol-like light curves. The original visual timings are grouped into yearly normals of rather high accuracy. The program stars are: RT And, UU And, xZ And, RY Aqr, CX Aqr, CZ Aqr, EE Aqr, V346 Aql, WW Aur, UW Boo, ZZ Boo, Y Cam, SV Cam, AL Cam, TU Cnc, R CMa, RX CMa, TU CMa, AG CMi, TV Cap, Rz Cas, TV Cas, AB Cas, U Cep, EG Cep, RW Cet, U CrB, V Crt, Y Cyg, SW Cyg, UW Cyg, WW Cyg, zZ Cyg, AE Cyg, V456 Cyg, V477 Cyg, V687 Cyg, V728 Cyg, W Del, TY Del, YY Del, FZ Del, Z Dra, RR Dra, TW Dra, A' Dra, S Equ, TZ Eri, WX Eri, RW Gem, TX Gem, YY Gem, AF Gem, RX Her, SZ Her, TU Her, TX Her, UX Her, CC Her, CT Her, V338 Her, RX Hya, TW Lac, VX Lac, AU Lac, CM Lac, Y Leo, RW Leo, UU Leo, UV Leo, T LMi, RS Lep, Lib, UZ Lyr, EW Lyr, FL Lyr, RW Mon, TU Mon, BO Mon, U Oph, RV Oph, V449 Oph, FL Ori, FT Ori, UX Peg, BN Peg, DI Peg, Z Per, RT Per, RV Per, ST Per, xZ Per, p Per, Y Psc, xZ Pup, U Sge, XY Sgr, V505 Sgr, RS Sct, AK Ser, AO Ser, RW Tau, HU Tau, X Tri, TX UMa, UX UMa, vV UMa, xZ UMa, zZ UMa, W UMi, RU UMi, UW Vir, AK Vir, BF Vir, BH Vir, Z Vul, AX Vul, BE Vul, BO Vul, and BU Vul.

  13. CNC Turning Center Advanced Operations. Computer Numerical Control Operator/Programmer. 444-332.

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    Skowronski, Steven D.; Tatum, Kenneth

    This student guide provides materials for a course designed to introduce the student to the operations and functions of a two-axis computer numerical control (CNC) turning center. The course consists of seven units. Unit 1 presents course expectations and syllabus, covers safety precautions, and describes the CNC turning center components, CNC

  14. Design of an open-architecture EDM SoftCNC

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    Zheng, Jun-Min; Wang, Zhen-Long; Chi, Guan-Xin; Zhao, Wan-Sheng

    2005-12-01

    This paper presents a new kind of electro-discharge machining (EDM) software computer numerical control (SoftCNC) system which is based on RTLinux platform and Finite State Machine (FSM) method. An EDM SoftCNC function model is given and the structure of SoftCNC based on the function model is proposed. The Binary FSM (Motion FSM and control FSM) model of the whole system is also proposed. To simplify complexities, the system FSM is decomposed to a set of FSMs. The motion decision-making FSM which is the dispatcher of motion tasks is designed. The auto task FSM and interpolate algorithm FSM are proposed. In control FSM, the control signal generator-decoder model is proposed, as well as the auto decision FSM is fabricated. Three abstract layers: function abstract layer, communication abstract layer and hardware abstract layer are designed to enhance enclosure and porting of SoftCNC. Run on MD21 machine, the performance implies that the system is stable, reliable and with low-latency.

  15. Implementation of Additive Rapid Prototyping on Retrofit CNC Mill

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    Freeform fabrication techniques are gaining popularity as a means of making parts. Layered additive methods are associated with rapid prototyping. Many rapid prototyping methods are commercially proprietary and may cost thousands of dollars. Using a retrofit CNC mill for layered fabrication and C...

  16. CNC Turning Technician. A Competency-Based Instructional System.

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    Sloan, Kelly; Hilley, Robert

    This competency-based curriculum guide for instructing students in using computer numerically controlled (CNC) turning machines is one of a series of instructional guides for the machinist field developed in Oklahoma. Although developed jointly with Baxter Technologies Corporation and oriented toward the Baxter Vo-Tec 2000 Future Builder CNC…

  17. Fidget with Widgets: CNC Activity Introduces the Flatbed Router

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    Tryon, Daniel V.

    2006-01-01

    The computer numerical control (CNC) flatbed router is a powerful tool and a must-have piece of equipment for any technology education program in which students will produce a product--whether it involves Manufacturing, Materials Processing, or any of the vast array of Project Lead the Way courses. This article describes an activity--producing a…

  18. Fidget with Widgets: CNC Activity Introduces the Flatbed Router

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    Tryon, Daniel V.

    2006-01-01

    The computer numerical control (CNC) flatbed router is a powerful tool and a must-have piece of equipment for any technology education program in which students will produce a product--whether it involves Manufacturing, Materials Processing, or any of the vast array of Project Lead the Way courses. This article describes an activity--producing a

  19. Generation of gear tooth surfaces by application of CNC machines

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    Litvin, F. L.; Chen, N. X.

    1994-04-01

    This study will demonstrate the importance of application of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines in generation of gear tooth surfaces with new topology. This topology decreases gear vibration and will extend the gear capacity and service life. A preliminary investigation by a tooth contact analysis (TCA) program has shown that gear tooth surfaces in line contact (for instance, involute helical gears with parallel axes, worm gear drives with cylindrical worms, etc.) are very sensitive to angular errors of misalignment that cause edge contact and an unfavorable shape of transmission errors and vibration. The new topology of gear tooth surfaces is based on the localization of bearing contact, and the synthesis of a predesigned parabolic function of transmission errors that is able to absorb a piecewise linear function of transmission errors caused by gear misalignment. The report will describe the following topics: description of kinematics of CNC machines with six degrees of freedom that can be applied for generation of gear tooth surfaces with new topology. A new method for grinding of gear tooth surfaces by a cone surface or surface of revolution based on application of CNC machines is described. This method provides an optimal approximation of the ground surface to the given one. This method is especially beneficial when undeveloped ruled surfaces are to be ground. Execution of motions of the CNC machine is also described. The solution to this problem can be applied as well for the transfer of machine tool settings from a conventional generator to the CNC machine. The developed theory required the derivation of a modified equation of meshing based on application of the concept of space curves, space curves represented on surfaces, geodesic curvature, surface torsion, etc. Condensed information on these topics of differential geometry is provided as well.

  20. Generation of gear tooth surfaces by application of CNC machines

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    Litvin, F. L.; Chen, N. X.

    1994-01-01

    This study will demonstrate the importance of application of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines in generation of gear tooth surfaces with new topology. This topology decreases gear vibration and will extend the gear capacity and service life. A preliminary investigation by a tooth contact analysis (TCA) program has shown that gear tooth surfaces in line contact (for instance, involute helical gears with parallel axes, worm gear drives with cylindrical worms, etc.) are very sensitive to angular errors of misalignment that cause edge contact and an unfavorable shape of transmission errors and vibration. The new topology of gear tooth surfaces is based on the localization of bearing contact, and the synthesis of a predesigned parabolic function of transmission errors that is able to absorb a piecewise linear function of transmission errors caused by gear misalignment. The report will describe the following topics: description of kinematics of CNC machines with six degrees of freedom that can be applied for generation of gear tooth surfaces with new topology. A new method for grinding of gear tooth surfaces by a cone surface or surface of revolution based on application of CNC machines is described. This method provides an optimal approximation of the ground surface to the given one. This method is especially beneficial when undeveloped ruled surfaces are to be ground. Execution of motions of the CNC machine is also described. The solution to this problem can be applied as well for the transfer of machine tool settings from a conventional generator to the CNC machine. The developed theory required the derivation of a modified equation of meshing based on application of the concept of space curves, space curves represented on surfaces, geodesic curvature, surface torsion, etc. Condensed information on these topics of differential geometry is provided as well.

  1. CNC subaperture polishing process arrangement for microroughness minimisation

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    Prochaska, F.; Matousek, O.; Tomka, D.; Polak, J.; Poláková, I.

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the optimal subaperture polishing procedure for aspherical surfaces on the Optotech MCP 250 CNC machine. Due to the fact that the CNC subaperture polishing process runs along well defined paths, certain frequencies develop on the polished surface, which can be limiting for the resulting microroughness. A proper sequence of polishing steps in different tool motion control modes can minimize these frequencies and help to substantially reduce microroughness. In this context, various tool motion control modes ("Spiral spindle mode", "Spiral axis mode" and "Raster mode") in combination with different tools were tested. The resulting microroughness values were observed in the defined mid-frequency and high-frequency areas. The best results, i.e. the lowest microroughness values were obtained using a combination of the processes "Ball spiral axis mode", "FEM raster mode", "spiral spindle 2D FEM correction mode" and "AFJ spiral axis mode"

  2. Motion Simulation Analysis of Rail Weld CNC Fine Milling Machine

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    Mao, Huajie; Shu, Min; Li, Chao; Zhang, Baojun

    CNC fine milling machine is a new advanced equipment of rail weld precision machining with high precision, high efficiency, low environmental pollution and other technical advantages. The motion performance of this machine directly affects its machining accuracy and stability, which makes it an important consideration for its design. Based on the design drawings, this article completed 3D modeling of 60mm/kg rail weld CNC fine milling machine by using Solidworks. After that, the geometry was imported into Adams to finish the motion simulation analysis. The displacement, velocity, angular velocity and some other kinematical parameters curves of the main components were obtained in the post-processing and these are the scientific basis for the design and development for this machine.

  3. Research and exploitation of CNC laser manufacturing online monitoring system based on OpenGL

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    Wang, Gang; Hu, Shengsun; Wang, Mingjian; Ding, Wei; Zhao, Jie

    2010-12-01

    CNC manufacturing online monitoring technology is a significant method to improve the processing quality and achieve an important part of intelligent processing. Based on OpenGL 3D graphics technology, a Computer Numerical Control (CNC ) Laser Manufacturing 3D model is established; based on the model and the powerful ability of OpenGL, a CNC manufacturing on-line monitoring system is developed so as to achieve the ability of CNC remote real-time online monitoring in different working locations. Remote real-time online monitoring of different position of the CNC is realized. The online monitoring scope of the CNC is enlarged, with more flexibility to meet the demands of practical application, meanwhile the cost of hardware investment is greatly reduced.

  4. Researches Regarding The Circular Interpolation Algorithms At CNC Laser Cutting Machines

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    Tîrnovean, Mircea Sorin

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents an integrated simulation approach for studying the circular interpolation regime of CNC laser cutting machines. The circular interpolation algorithm is studied, taking into consideration the numerical character of the system. A simulation diagram, which is able to generate the kinematic inputs for the feed drives of the CNC laser cutting machine is also presented.

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  6. CNC Turning Center Advanced Operations. Computer Numerical Control Operator/Programmer. 444-332.

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    Skowronski, Steven D.; Tatum, Kenneth

    This student guide provides materials for a course designed to introduce the student to the operations and functions of a two-axis computer numerical control (CNC) turning center. The course consists of seven units. Unit 1 presents course expectations and syllabus, covers safety precautions, and describes the CNC turning center components, CNC…

  7. Modeling of tool path for the CNC sheet cutting machines

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    Petunin, Aleksandr A.

    2015-11-01

    In the paper the problem of tool path optimization for CNC (Computer Numerical Control) cutting machines is considered. The classification of the cutting techniques is offered. We also propose a new classification of toll path problems. The tasks of cost minimization and time minimization for standard cutting technique (Continuous Cutting Problem, CCP) and for one of non-standard cutting techniques (Segment Continuous Cutting Problem, SCCP) are formalized. We show that the optimization tasks can be interpreted as discrete optimization problem (generalized travel salesman problem with additional constraints, GTSP). Formalization of some constraints for these tasks is described. For the solution GTSP we offer to use mathematical model of Prof. Chentsov based on concept of a megalopolis and dynamic programming.

  8. H I Observations of the Asymptotic Giant Branch Star X Herculis: Discovery of an Extended Circumstellar Wake Superposed on a Compact High-velocity Cloud

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    Matthews, L. D.; Libert, Y.; Grard, E.; Le Bertre, T.; Johnson, M. C.; Dame, T. M.

    2011-02-01

    We report H I 21 cm line observations of the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star X Her obtained with the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and the Very Large Array. We have unambiguously detected H I emission associated with the circumstellar envelope of the star, with a mass totaling M H I ? 2.1 10-3 M sun. The H I distribution exhibits a head-tail morphology, similar to those previously observed around the AGB stars Mira and RS Cnc. The tail is elongated along the direction of the star's space motion, with a total extent of >~ 6farcm0 (0.24 pc) in the plane of the sky. We also detect a systematic radial velocity gradient of ~6.5 km s-1 across the H I envelope. These results are consistent with the H I emission tracing a turbulent wake that arises from the motion of a mass-losing star through the interstellar medium (ISM). GBT mapping of a 2 2 region around X Her reveals that the star lies (in projection) near the periphery of a much larger H I cloud that also exhibits signatures of interaction with the ISM. The properties of the cloud are consistent with those of compact high-velocity clouds. Using 12CO J = 1-0 observations, we have placed an upper limit on its molecular gas content of N H2 < 1.3 1020 cm-2. Although the distance to the cloud is poorly constrained, the probability of a chance coincidence in position, velocity, and apparent position angle of space motion between X Her and the cloud is extremely small, suggesting a possible physical association. However, the large H I mass of the cloud (gsim2.4 M sun) and the blueshift of its mean velocity relative to X Her are inconsistent with an origin tied directly to ejection from the star.

  9. The moderately interacting Algol binary RS Cephei

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    Plavec, Mirek J.; Dobias, Jan J.

    1987-01-01

    In agreement with previous observers, it is found that the eclipsing binary RS Cep is an Algol-type semidetached system. From IUE spectra and Lick Observatory optical scans, the spectral types of the components are determined as B9.7e V + G8 III-IV. The effective temperature of the primary star is found to be 9670 K (with an uncertainty of about 150 K). From the photometric elements, the spectral types, and the semidetached nature of the system, a satisfactory model of the system is developed, giving masses 2.4 and 0.4 solar mass, radii 2.3 and 7.6 solar radii, and separation of the components 32 solar radii. This model leads to a distance of 910 pc; the color excess is E(B - V) = 0.03 mag. Balmer emission lines are observed in the optical scans, so that the system is a Be star. An IUE spectrum obtained during the total primary eclipse reveals a number of UV emission lines, typical for interacting Algols and W Ser stars. Power emitted in these lines is about twice as high as that in TT Hya or U Cep, therefore, RS Cep is a relatively active Algol system. A broad 'bulge' of excess relative flux is observed roughly between wavelengths 210 and 270 nm in the totality spectrum, and interpreted as broad blends of emission lines of Fe II; the same Fe II lines, formed in a circumstellar shell or disk, cause additional absorption in the out-of-eclipse spectra.

  10. Shared and service-oriented CNC machining system for intelligent manufacturing process

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    Li, Yao; Liu, Qiang; Tong, Ronglei; Cui, Xiaohong

    2015-10-01

    To improve efficiency, reduce cost, ensure quality effectively, researchers on CNC machining have focused on virtual machine tool, cloud manufacturing, wireless manufacturing. However, low level of information shared among different systems is a common disadvantage. In this paper, a machining database with data evaluation module is set up to ensure integrity and update. An online monitoring system based on internet of things and multi-sensors "feel" a variety of signal features to "percept" the state in CNC machining process. A high efficiency and green machining parameters optimization system "execute" service-oriented manufacturing, intelligent manufacturing and green manufacturing. The intelligent CNC machining system is applied in production. CNC machining database effectively shares and manages process data among different systems. The prediction accuracy of online monitoring system is up to 98.8% by acquiring acceleration and noise in real time. High efficiency and green machining parameters optimization system optimizes the original processing parameters, and the calculation indicates that optimized processing parameters not only improve production efficiency, but also reduce carbon emissions. The application proves that the shared and service-oriented CNC machining system is reliable and effective. This research presents a shared and service-oriented CNC machining system for intelligent manufacturing process.

  11. Shared and service-oriented CNC machining system for intelligent manufacturing process

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    Li, Yao; Liu, Qiang; Tong, Ronglei; Cui, Xiaohong

    2015-11-01

    To improve efficiency, reduce cost, ensure quality effectively, researchers on CNC machining have focused on virtual machine tool, cloud manufacturing, wireless manufacturing. However, low level of information shared among different systems is a common disadvantage. In this paper, a machining database with data evaluation module is set up to ensure integrity and update. An online monitoring system based on internet of things and multi-sensors "feel" a variety of signal features to "percept" the state in CNC machining process. A high efficiency and green machining parameters optimization system "execute" service-oriented manufacturing, intelligent manufacturing and green manufacturing. The intelligent CNC machining system is applied in production. CNC machining database effectively shares and manages process data among different systems. The prediction accuracy of online monitoring system is up to 98.8% by acquiring acceleration and noise in real time. High efficiency and green machining parameters optimization system optimizes the original processing parameters, and the calculation indicates that optimized processing parameters not only improve production efficiency, but also reduce carbon emissions. The application proves that the shared and service-oriented CNC machining system is reliable and effective. This research presents a shared and service-oriented CNC machining system for intelligent manufacturing process.

  12. Radio emission of cataclysmic variable stars

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    Fuerst, E.; Benz, A.; Hirth, W.; Geffert, M.; Kiplinger, A.

    1986-01-01

    Eight cataclysmic variable stars were observed at 6 cm wavelength using the Very Large Array (VLA). The objects were: CN-Ori, SS-Aur, YZ-Cnc, SU-Uma, Z-Cam, V603-Aql, EM-Cyg, and RZ-Sge. Most of these objects were in optical high stage, but none were detected beyond flux limits between 0.1 and 0.3 mJy.

  13. Spatial augmented reality on industrial CNC-machines

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    Olwal, Alex; Gustafsson, Jonny; Lindfors, Christoffer

    2008-02-01

    In this work we present how Augmented Reality (AR) can be used to create an intimate integration of process data with the workspace of an industrial CNC (computer numerical control) machine. AR allows us to combine interactive computer graphics with real objects in a physical environment - in this case, the workspace of an industrial lathe. ASTOR is an autostereoscopic optical see-through spatial AR system, which provides real-time 3D visual feedback without the need for user-worn equipment, such as head-mounted displays or sensors for tracking. The use of a transparent holographic optical element, overlaid onto the safety glass, allows the system to simultaneously provide bright imagery and clear visibility of the tool and workpiece. The system makes it possible to enhance visibility of occluded tools as well as to visualize real-time data from the process in the 3D space. The graphics are geometrically registered with the workspace and provide an intuitive representation of the process, amplifying the user's understanding and simplifying machine operation.

  14. Systematics for checking geometric errors in CNC lathes

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    Araújo, R. P.; Rolim, T. L.

    2015-10-01

    Non-idealities presented in machine tools compromise directly both the geometry and the dimensions of machined parts, generating distortions in the project. Given the competitive scenario among different companies, it is necessary to have knowledge of the geometric behavior of these machines in order to be able to establish their processing capability, avoiding waste of time and materials as well as satisfying customer requirements. But despite the fact that geometric tests are important and necessary to clarify the use of the machine correctly, therefore preventing future damage, most users do not apply such tests on their machines for lack of knowledge or lack of proper motivation, basically due to two factors: long period of time and high costs of testing. This work proposes a systematics for checking straightness and perpendicularity errors in CNC lathes demanding little time and cost with high metrological reliability, to be used on factory floors of small and medium-size businesses to ensure the quality of its products and make them competitive.

  15. Continuous tone printing in silicone from CNC milled matrices

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    Hoskins, S.; McCallion, P.

    2014-02-01

    Current research at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the University of the West of England, Bristol, is exploring the potential of creating coloured pictorial imagery from a continuous tone relief surface. To create the printing matrices the research team have been using CNC milled images where the height of the relief image is dictated by creating a tone curve and then milling this curve into a series of relief blocks from which the image is cast in a silicone ink. A translucent image is cast from each of the colour matrices and each colour is assembled - one on top of another - resulting is a colour continuous tone print, where colour tone is created by physical depth of colour. This process is a contemporary method of continuous tone colour printing based upon the Nineteenth Century black and white printing process of Woodburytype as developed by Walter Bentley Woodbury in 1865. Woodburytype is the only true continuous tone printing process invented, and although its delicate and subtle surfaces surpassed all other printing methods at the time. The process died out in the late nineteenth century as more expedient and cost effective methods of printing prevailed. New research at CFPR builds upon previous research that combines 19th Century Photomechanical techniques with digital technology to reappraise the potential of these processes.

  16. UVBY Photometry of the Magnetic Chemically Peculiar Stars HR 1297, 36 Aurigae, and HR 2722 and the Nonmagnetic Chemically Peculiar Stars HR 1576 and alpha CANCRI

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    Adelman, Saul J.; Brunhouse, Eric F.

    1998-11-01

    Differential Strmgren uvby photometric observations from the Four College Automated Photoelectric Telescope are presented for the magnetic CP stars HR 1297, 36 Aur, and HR 2722 and the nonmagnetic CP stars HR 1576 and alpha Cnc. Both the moderately rotating HR 1576, a mercury-manganese star, and alpha Cnc, a metallic-line star, are nonvariable. For HR 1297 we refined Winzer's period to 1.06457 days. Our period of 14.366 days for 36 Aur is an alias of Winzer's period and is in keeping with the sharp-lined nature of this star. We found a more accurate period of 2.31523 days for the low-amplitude variable HR 2722.

  17. PSMA6 (rs2277460, rs1048990), PSMC6 (rs2295826, rs2295827) and PSMA3 (rs2348071) genetic diversity in Latvians, Lithuanians and Taiwanese

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    Sjakste, Tatjana; Paramonova, Natalia; Wu, Lawrence Shi-Shin; Zemeckiene, Zivile; Sitkauskiene, Brigita; Sakalauskas, Raimundas; Wang, Jiu-Yao; Sjakste, Nikolajs

    2014-01-01

    PSMA6 (rs2277460, rs1048990), PSMC6 (rs2295826, rs2295827) and PSMA3 (rs2348071) genetic diversity was investigated in 1438 unrelated subjects from Latvia, Lithuania and Taiwan. In general, polymorphism of each individual locus showed tendencies similar to determined previously in HapMap populations. Main differences concern Taiwanese and include presence of rs2277460 rare allele A not found before in Asians and absence of rs2295827 rare alleles homozygotes TT observed in all other human populations. Observed patterns of SNPs and haplotype diversity were compatible with expectation of neutral model of evolution. Linkage disequilibrium between the rs2295826 and rs2295827 was detected to be complete in Latvians and Lithuanians (D?=1; r2=1) and slightly disrupted in Taiwanese (D?=0.978; r2=0.901). Population differentiation (FST statistics) was estimated from pairwise population comparisons of loci variability, five locus haplotypes and PSMA6 and PSMC6 two locus haplotypes. Latvians were significantly different from all Asians at each of 5 SNPs and from Lithuanians at the rs1048990 and PSMC6 loci. Lithuanian and Asian populations exhibited similarities at the PSMC6 loci and were different at the PSMA6 and PSMA3 SNPs. Considering five locus haplotypes all European populations were significantly different from Asian; Lithuanian population was different from both Latvian and CEU. Allele specific patterns of transcription factor binding sites and splicing signals were predicted in silico and addressed to eventual functionality of nucleotide substitutions and their potential to be involved in human genome evolution and geographical adaptation. Current study represents a novel step toward a systematic analysis of the proteasomal gene genetic diversity in human populations.

  18. Rotational modulation and flares on RS CVn and BY Dra-type stars. I - Photometry and spot models for BY Dra, AU Mic, AR Lac, II Peg and V 711 Tau (= HR 1099)

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    Rodono, M.; Cutispoto, G.; Pazzani, V.; Catalano, S.; Byrne, P. B.

    1986-01-01

    Multicolor wide-band photometry of five active stars is presented. The observations were carried out at several places before, during and after the period of IUE observations for the purpose of determining the location, sizes, and evolution of photospheric spots at the time when chromospheric, transition region, and coronal activity data were obtained from UV and radio observations. II Peg, BY Dra, and AU Mic show fairly stable quasi-sinusoidal light curves, while AR Lac and V 711 Tau show double-peaked light curves. For V 711 Tau, a remarkable evolution of the spotted area extent and/or longitude distribution is found. Small, but definite color variations that are consistent with the cool spot hypothesis have also been detected for BY Dra, II Peg and V 711 Tau.

  19. RS3PE: Clinical and Research Development.

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    Li, Hongbin; Altman, Roy D; Yao, Qingping

    2015-08-01

    Remitting seronegative symmetrical synovitis with pitting edema or RS3PE is a rare elderly-onset rheumatic syndrome. Although there are overlapping clinical manifestations between RS3PE, elderly-onset rheumatoid arthritis, and polymyalgia rheumatica, RS3PE has distinct characteristics. RS3PE can be associated with neoplasia and various rheumatic conditions, suggesting that it may be heterogeneous, and is considered as a paraneoplastic rheumatic disease. The pathogenesis of RS3PE may involve vascular endothelial growth factor and infection in RS3PE based upon limited data. Patients with RS3PE without concomitant malignancy respond well to small doses of glucocorticoids and carry good prognosis. PMID:26113011

  20. Silicate Dust in RS Ophiuchi

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    Rushton, M. T.; Woodward, C. E.; Helton, L. A.; Gehrz, R. D.; Evans, A.; Kaminsky, B.; Pavlenko, Y. V.; Eyres, S. P. S.; Maxwell, M.

    2014-12-01

    We present Spitzer IRS spectra of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi obtained between 2006 and 2009. The data show emission lines due to HI, [Ne II], [Ne V], [Ne VI] and [O IV] and the well known silicate features at 10 ?m and 18 ?m, whose behaviour are reported here. The silicate features are variable in the period covered by the observations, appearing strongest in our 2007 data. Interestingly, the central wavelength of the 18 ?m band is shorter than observed in other symbiotic systems and other circumstellar environments, suggesting unusual grain properties in RS Oph. We report changes that have taken place in the dusty environment in RS Oph and investigate the properties of the dust grains.

  1. Features of the wave-like distortion in some RS CVn binaries

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    Blanco, C.; Bodo, G.; Catalano, S.; Cellino, A.; Marilli, E.; Pazzani, V.; Rodono, M.; Scaltriti, F.

    A preliminary analysis of the observations of CQ Aur, RU Cnc, VV Mon, and SZ Psc is presented, deriving the amplitude and phase of the photometric wave (PW) maximum and its migration rate. CQ Aur is a binary whose lightcurve (LC) is modified both by the PW and by reflection and ellipticity effects. The RU Cnc out-of-eclipse LC closely resembles that of RS CVn itself. In this case the PW is probably superimposed to a nearly flat maximum. VV Mon is different from the others in that neither pure sinusoidal PW nor definitely distorted rounded maxima are apparent on the available LCs. No definite trend in the variation of the PW amplitude is apparent, whereas the phase shift of its maximum seems to indicate a change in the sense of migration. SZ Psv is similar to CQ Aur. A backwards motion of the PW with a migration period of 4.6 + or - 0.3 years is obtained, while the amplitude varies in a more complicated way.

  2. Physical Parameters of the Overcontact Binary AH Cnc in the Old Open Cluster M 67

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    Yakut, K.; Aerts, C.

    2006-04-01

    We present a photometric study of the overcontact binary AH Cnc. The CCD observations were done with the Russian-Turkish 1.5 m telescope and the light-curve was solved with the Wilson-Devinney code. The physical parameters of the components have been deduced as M1 = 1.22 Msun, M2 = 0.20 Msun, R1 = 1.37 Rsun, R2 = 0.66 Rsun, L1 = 2.65 Lsun and L2 = 0.63 Lsun from the obtained orbital parameters and the distance modules of M 67. AH Cnc has been compared with similar systems in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.

  3. Development of a QFD-based expert system for CNC turning centre selection

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    Prasad, Kanika; Chakraborty, Shankar

    2015-10-01

    Computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools are automated devices capable of generating complicated and intricate product shapes in shorter time. Selection of the best CNC machine tool is a critical, complex and time-consuming task due to availability of a wide range of alternatives and conflicting nature of several evaluation criteria. Although, the past researchers had attempted to select the appropriate machining centres using different knowledge-based systems, mathematical models and multi-criteria decision-making methods, none of those approaches has given due importance to the voice of customers. The aforesaid limitation can be overcome using quality function deployment (QFD) technique, which is a systematic approach for integrating customers' needs and designing the product to meet those needs first time and every time. In this paper, the adopted QFD-based methodology helps in selecting CNC turning centres for a manufacturing organization, providing due importance to the voice of customers to meet their requirements. An expert system based on QFD technique is developed in Visual BASIC 6.0 to automate the CNC turning centre selection procedure for different production plans. Three illustrative examples are demonstrated to explain the real-time applicability of the developed expert system.

  4. CNC Turning Center Operations and Prove Out. Computer Numerical Control Operator/Programmer. 444-334.

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    Skowronski, Steven D.

    This student guide provides materials for a course designed to instruct the student in the recommended procedures used when setting up tooling and verifying part programs for a two-axis computer numerical control (CNC) turning center. The course consists of seven units. Unit 1 discusses course content and reviews and demonstrates set-up procedures

  5. Technical and Symbolic Knowledge in CNC Machining: A Study of Technical Workers of Different Backgrounds.

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    Martin, Laura M. W.; Beach, King

    Performances of 45 individuals with varying degrees of formal and informal training in machining and programming were compared on tasks designed to tap intellectual changes that may occur with the introduction of computer numerical control (CNC). Participants--30 machinists, 8 machine operators, and 7 engineers--were asked background questions and…

  6. Learning Control: Sense-Making, CNC Machines, and Changes in Vocational Training for Industrial Work

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    Berner, Boel

    2009-01-01

    The paper explores how novices in school-based vocational training make sense of computerized numerical control (CNC) machines. Based on two ethnographic studies in Swedish schools, one from the early 1980s and one from 2006, it analyses change and continuity in the cognitive, social, and emotional processes of learning how to become a machine…

  7. Basic CNC Operation. Training Workbook [and] Assessment and Training Guide [and] Hands-on Assessment.

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    Anoka-Hennepin Technical Coll., Minneapolis, MN.

    This workbook is intended for students taking a course in basic computer numerical control (CNC) operation that was developed during a project to retrain defense industry workers at risk of job loss or dislocation because of conversion of the defense industry. The workbook contains daily training guides for each of the course's 13 sessions. Among…

  8. CNC Turning Center Operations and Prove Out. Computer Numerical Control Operator/Programmer. 444-334.

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    Skowronski, Steven D.

    This student guide provides materials for a course designed to instruct the student in the recommended procedures used when setting up tooling and verifying part programs for a two-axis computer numerical control (CNC) turning center. The course consists of seven units. Unit 1 discusses course content and reviews and demonstrates set-up procedures…

  9. Learning Control: Sense-Making, CNC Machines, and Changes in Vocational Training for Industrial Work

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    Berner, Boel

    2009-01-01

    The paper explores how novices in school-based vocational training make sense of computerized numerical control (CNC) machines. Based on two ethnographic studies in Swedish schools, one from the early 1980s and one from 2006, it analyses change and continuity in the cognitive, social, and emotional processes of learning how to become a machine

  10. Chemical crosslinking of acrylic acid to form biocompatible pH sensitive hydrogel reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)

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    Lim, Lim Sze; Ahmad, Ishak; Lazim, Mohd Azwani Shah Mat; Amin, Mohd. Cairul Iqbal Mohd

    2014-09-03

    The purpose of this study is to produce a novel pH and temperature sensitive hydrogel, composed of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and cellulose nanocrystal (CNC). CNC was extracted from kenaf fiber through a series of alkali and bleaching treatments followed by acid hydrolysis. The PAA was then subjected to chemical cross-linking using the cross-linking agent (N,N-methylenebisacrylamide) with CNC entrapped in PAA matrix. The mixture was casted onto petri dish to obtain disc shape hydrogel. The effects of reaction conditions such as the ratio of PAA and CNC on the swelling behavior of the hydrogel obtained towards pH and temperature were studied. The obtained hydrogel was further subjected to different tests such swelling test for swelling behaviour at different pH and temperature along with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for morphology analysis. The hydrogel obtained showed excellent pH sensitivity and obtained maximum swelling at pH 7. Besides that, hydrogel obtained showed significant increase in swelling ratio when temperature of swelling medium was increased from 25°C to 37°C. SEM micrograph showed that the pore size of the hydrogel decreases with increase of CNC content proving that the hydrogel structure became more rigid with addition of CNC. The PAA/CNC hydrogel with such excellent sensitivity towards pH and temperature can be developed further as drug carrier.

  11. Chemical crosslinking of acrylic acid to form biocompatible pH sensitive hydrogel reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)

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    Lim, Lim Sze; Ahmad, Ishak; Lazim, Mohd Azwani Shah Mat; Amin, Mohd. Cairul Iqbal Mohd

    2014-09-01

    The purpose of this study is to produce a novel pH and temperature sensitive hydrogel, composed of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and cellulose nanocrystal (CNC). CNC was extracted from kenaf fiber through a series of alkali and bleaching treatments followed by acid hydrolysis. The PAA was then subjected to chemical cross-linking using the cross-linking agent (N,N-methylenebisacrylamide) with CNC entrapped in PAA matrix. The mixture was casted onto petri dish to obtain disc shape hydrogel. The effects of reaction conditions such as the ratio of PAA and CNC on the swelling behavior of the hydrogel obtained towards pH and temperature were studied. The obtained hydrogel was further subjected to different tests such swelling test for swelling behaviour at different pH and temperature along with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for morphology analysis. The hydrogel obtained showed excellent pH sensitivity and obtained maximum swelling at pH 7. Besides that, hydrogel obtained showed significant increase in swelling ratio when temperature of swelling medium was increased from 25°C to 37°C. SEM micrograph showed that the pore size of the hydrogel decreases with increase of CNC content proving that the hydrogel structure became more rigid with addition of CNC. The PAA/CNC hydrogel with such excellent sensitivity towards pH and temperature can be developed further as drug carrier.

  12. Salyut-7 cosmonauts work with RS-17 and GSPS X-ray telescopes

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    Pokrovskiy, A.

    1984-11-01

    Two X-ray telescopes were tested aboard Salyut-7. The two instruments were the RS-17, and the GSPS. The X-ray sources, particularly in the Crab Nebulae and the Cygnus constellation, were observed spectrometrically. It is found that the two telescopes complement one another, the GSPS has high resolving power while the RS-17 receives the hard X-ray radiation. It is suggested that X-ray radiation accompanies the final stage of the evolution of certain stars and the processes which lead to the death of giant stars.

  13. SEAC4RS Data and Information Page

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    2015-07-01

    ... Studies of Emissions and Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys (SEAC4RS)   Studies of Emissions and Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys ( SEAC4RS ) airborne field study was ...

  14. CCD Photometric Study of the Contact Binary TX Cnc in the Young Open Cluster NGC 2632

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    Liu, Liang; Qian, Sheng-Bang; Boonrucksar, Soonthornthum; Zhu, Li-Ying; He, Jia-Jia; Yuan, J.-Z.

    2007-06-01

    TX Cnc is a member of the young open cluster NGC2632. In the present paper, four CCD epochs of light minimum and a complete V light curve of TX Cnc are presented. A period investigation based on all available photoelectric or CCD data showed that it is superimposed on a long-term increase (dP/dt=+3.9710-8) and weak evidence suggests that it includes a small-amplitude period oscillation (A3=0d.0028; T3=26.6yr). The light curves in the V band obtained in 2004 were analyzed with the 2003 version of the W-D code. It was shown that TX Cnc is an overcontact binary system with a degree of contact factor f=24.8%. The absolute parameters of the system were calculated: M1=1.3190.007M?, M2=0.6000.01M?; R1=1.280.19R?, R2=0.910.13R?. TX Cnc may be on the TRO-controlled stage of the evolutionary scheme proposed by Qian (2001a, b, 2003a), and may contain an invisible tertiary component (m3?0.097M?). If this is true, the tertiary component has played an important role in the formation and evolution of TX Cnc by removing angular momentum from the central system (Pribulla & Rucinski 2006). In this way the contact binary configuration can be formed in the shortlife time of a young open cluster via AML.

  15. 76 FR 39156 - C&NC Railroad, LLC-Lease Renewal Exemption-Norfolk Southern Railway Company

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    2011-07-05

    ... each car interchanged with NSR. C&NC notes that NSR initially proposed a fixed rental payment with no... earn a lower rental payment so it would be able to invest in improvements on the leased lines...

  16. PLLA-grafted cellulose nanocrystals: Role of the CNC content and grafting on the PLA bionanocomposite film properties.

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    Lizundia, Erlantz; Fortunati, Elena; Dominici, Franco; Vilas, José Luis; León, Luis Manuel; Armentano, Ilaria; Torre, Luigi; Kenny, Josè M

    2016-05-20

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), extracted from microcrystalline cellulose by acid hydrolysis, were grafted by ring opening polymerization of l-Lactide initiated from the hydroxyl groups available at their surface and two different CNC:l-lactide ratios (20:80 and 5:95) were obtained. The resulting CNC-g-PLLA nanohybrids were incorporated in poly(lactic acid) (PLA) matrix by an optimized extrusion process at two different content (1wt.% and 3wt.%) and obtained bionanocomposite films were characterized by thermal, mechanical, optical and morphological properties. Thermal analysis showed CNC grafted with the higher ratio of lactide play a significant role as a nucleating agent. Moreover, they contribute to a significant increase in the crystallization rate of PLA, and the best efficiency was revealed with 3wt.% of CNC-g-PLLA. This effect was confirmed by the increased in Young's modulus, suggesting the CNC graft ratio and content contribute significantly to the good dispersion in the matrix, positively affecting the final bionanocomposite properties. PMID:26917380

  17. Vision-based on-machine measurement for CNC machine tool

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    Xia, Ruixue; Han, Jiang; Lu, Rongsheng; Xia, Lian

    2015-02-01

    A vision-based on-machine measurement system (OMM) was developed to improve manufacturing effectiveness. It was based on a visual probe to enable the CNC machine tool itself to act as a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) to inspect a workpiece. The proposed OMM system was composed of a visual probe and two software modules: computer-aided inspection planning (CAIP) module and measurement data processing (MDP) module. The auto-focus function of the visual probe was realized by using astigmatic method. The CAIP module was developed based on a CAD development platform with Open CASCADE as its kernel. The MDP module includes some algorithms for determination of inspection parameters, for example, the chamfered hole was measured through focus variation. The entire system was consequently verified on a CNC milling machine.

  18. Comparison between predicted and actual accuracies for an Ultra-Precision CNC measuring machine

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    Thompson, D.C.; Fix, B.L.

    1995-05-30

    At the 1989 CIRP annual meeting, we reported on the design of a specialized, ultra-precision CNC measuring machine, and on the error budget that was developed to guide the design process. In our paper we proposed a combinatorial rule for merging estimated and/or calculated values for all known sources of error, to yield a single overall predicted accuracy for the machine. In this paper we compare our original predictions with measured performance of the completed instrument.

  19. Thread milling on N/C and CNC milling machines. Final report

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    Ashbaugh, F.A.; Murry, K.R.

    1985-12-01

    A unique thread-cutting tool design has been developed which permits threading of internal or external features; right- or left-hand threads; and standard, metric, or special pitches within a given size range without changing tools. One of the major advantages of the technique is the ability to produce small threads on N/C and CNC milling manchines. This study presents results showing fabrication of quality threads as small as number 0-80 in selected materials.

  20. Photospheric imaging of the RS CVn system HR 1099

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    Donati, J.-F.; Brown, S. F.; Semel, M.; Rees, D. E.; Dempsey, R. C.; Matthews, J. M.; Henry, G. W.; Hall, D. S.

    1992-01-01

    Spectropolarimetric, spectroscopic, and photometric observations of the RS CVn binary system HR 1099 = V711 Tau (K1IV+G5V) were made from Oct. 1988 to Jan. 1991. From Doppler imaging of the unpolarized spectra and the corresponding data, two maximum entropy images of the temperature distribution of the active K1 subgiant at epochs 1988.9 and 1990.9 were derived. Zeeman-Doppler imaging of the circularly polarized spectra has led to the first magnetic maps of a star other than the sun. The fragmentary observations made at epoch 1989.6 suggest that the star's magnetic field lines were emerging radially and/or poloidally from an equatorial warm region at that time, quite likely one of these reconstructed in the 1988.9 temperature image.

  1. The Shortest Modulation Period Blazhko RR Lyrae Star: SS Cancri

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    Jurcsik, J.; Szeidl, B.; Sdor, .; Dkny, I.; Hurta, Zs.; Posztobnyi, K.; Vida, K.; Vradi, M.; Szing, A.

    2006-07-01

    Extended BV(RI)C CCD observations of SS Cnc, a short-period RRab star, are presented. Nearly 1400 data points in each band have been obtained, spanning over 79 days during the spring of 2005. The star exhibits light-curve modulation, the so-called Blazhko effect, with small amplitude (B maximum brightness varies by 0.1 mag) and with the shortest modulation period (5.309 days) ever observed. In the Fourier spectrum of the V light curve, the pulsation frequency components are detected up to the 24th harmonic order, and modulation sidelobe frequencies with significantly asymmetric amplitudes are seen up to the 15th and 9th orders for the lower and higher frequency components, respectively. A detailed comparison of the modulation behavior of SS Cnc and RR Gem, two recently discovered small-amplitude, short-modulation-period Blazhko stars, is presented. The modulation frequency (fm) appears in the Fourier spectrum of both stars with similar amplitude. We also demonstrate that the modulation frequencies have basically different properties from those of the pulsation and modulation sidelobe frequencies, indicating that the physics behind these frequency components is not the same. The discovery of small amplitude modulations of RRab stars cautions that the large photometric surveys (MACHO and OGLE) may seriously underestimate the number of modulated RR Lyrae stars.

  2. Variability in the super-Earth 55 Cnc e

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    Demory, Brice-Olivier; Gillon, Michael; Madhusudhan, Nikku; Queloz, Didier

    2016-01-01

    Considerable progress has been made in recent years in observations of atmospheric signatures of giant exoplanets, but processes in rocky exoplanets remain largely unknown due to major challenges in observing small planets. Numerous efforts to observe spectra of super-Earths, exoplanets with masses of 1-10 Earth masses, have thus far revealed only featureless spectra. In this paper, we report a 4? detection of variability in the dayside thermal emission from the transiting super-Earth 55 Cancri e. Dedicated space-based monitoring of the planet in the mid-infrared over eight eclipses revealed the thermal emission from its dayside atmosphere varying by a factor of 3.7 between 2012 and 2013. The amplitude and trend of the variability are not explained by potential influence of star spots or by local thermal or compositional changes in the atmosphere over the short span of the observations. The possibility of large-scale surface activity due to strong tidal interactions possibly similar to Io, or the presence of circumstellar/circumplanetary material appear plausible and motivate future long-term monitoring of the planet.

  3. Polymorphisms in TP53 (rs1042522), p16 (rs11515 and rs3088440) and NQO1 (rs1800566) genes in Thai cervical cancer patients with HPV 16 infection.

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    Chansaenroj, Jira; Theamboonlers, Apiradee; Junyangdikul, Pairoj; Swangvaree, Sukumarn; Karalak, Anant; Chinchai, Teeraporn; Poovorawan, Yong

    2013-01-01

    The risk of cervical cancer development in women infected with HPV varies in relation to the individual host's genetic makeup. Many studies on polymorphisms as genetic factors have been aimed at analyzing associations with cervical cancer. In this study, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 3 genes were investigated in relation to cervical cancer progression in HPV16 infected women with lesions. Two thousand cervical specimens were typed by PCR sequencing methods for TP53 (rs1042522), p16 (rs11515 and rs3088440) and NQO1 (rs1800566). Ninety two HPV16 positive cases and thirty two normal cases were randomly selected. Analysis of TP53 (rs1042522) showed a significantly higher frequency in cancer samples (OR=1.22, 95%CI=1.004-1.481, p-value=0.016) while differences in frequency were not significant within each group (p-value=0.070). The genotype distributions of p16 (rs11515 and rs3088440) and NQO1 (rs1800566) did not show any significantly higher frequency in cancer samples (p-value=0.106, 0.675 and 0.132, respectively) or within each group (p-value=0.347, 0.939 and 0.111, respectively). The results indicated that the polymorphism in TP53 (rs1042522) might be associated with risk of cervical cancer development in HPV16 infected women. Further studies of possible mechanisms of influence on cervical cancer development would be useful to manage HPV infected patients. PMID:23534750

  4. H I OBSERVATIONS OF THE ASYMPTOTIC GIANT BRANCH STAR X HERCULIS: DISCOVERY OF AN EXTENDED CIRCUMSTELLAR WAKE SUPERPOSED ON A COMPACT HIGH-VELOCITY CLOUD

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    Matthews, L. D.; Johnson, M. C.; Libert, Y.; Gerard, E.; Le Bertre, T.; Dame, T. M.

    2011-02-15

    We report H I 21 cm line observations of the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star X Her obtained with the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and the Very Large Array. We have unambiguously detected H I emission associated with the circumstellar envelope of the star, with a mass totaling M{sub HI} {approx} 2.1 x 10{sup -3} M{sub sun}. The H I distribution exhibits a head-tail morphology, similar to those previously observed around the AGB stars Mira and RS Cnc. The tail is elongated along the direction of the star's space motion, with a total extent of {approx}> 6.'0 (0.24 pc) in the plane of the sky. We also detect a systematic radial velocity gradient of {approx}6.5 km s{sup -1} across the H I envelope. These results are consistent with the H I emission tracing a turbulent wake that arises from the motion of a mass-losing star through the interstellar medium (ISM). GBT mapping of a 2{sup 0} x 2{sup 0} region around X Her reveals that the star lies (in projection) near the periphery of a much larger H I cloud that also exhibits signatures of interaction with the ISM. The properties of the cloud are consistent with those of compact high-velocity clouds. Using {sup 12}CO J = 1-0 observations, we have placed an upper limit on its molecular gas content of N{sub H2} < 1.3 x 10{sup 20} cm{sup -2}. Although the distance to the cloud is poorly constrained, the probability of a chance coincidence in position, velocity, and apparent position angle of space motion between X Her and the cloud is extremely small, suggesting a possible physical association. However, the large H I mass of the cloud ({approx}>2.4 M{sub sun}) and the blueshift of its mean velocity relative to X Her are inconsistent with an origin tied directly to ejection from the star.

  5. Documentation for the machine-readable version of the Catalogue of Nearby Stars, edition 1969

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    Warren, W. H., Jr.

    1982-01-01

    The Catalogue of Nearby Stars, Edition 1969 (Gliese 1969) contains a number of modifications and additions to the 1957 catalog. It should be mentioned that the 1969 edition lists: (1) all 915 stars of the first edition, even though newer parallaxes place some of the stars below the catalog limit; (2) almost all known stars having trigonometric parallaxes or = 0.045 deg, although in some cases the mean values of trigonometric and spectral or photometric parallaxes are or = 0.045 deg. Pleiades stars and the carbon star X Cnc have been omitted; and (3) all stars with mean (resulting) parallaxes or = 0.045 deg. The resulting catalog contains 1529 single stars and systems with a total of 1890 components (not including spectroscopic and astrometric companions). The machine-readable version of the catalog is described. It is intended to enable users to read and process the data without problems or guesswork.

  6. RS CV sub n binary systems

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    Linsky, J. L.

    1984-01-01

    An attempt is made to place in context the vast amount of data obtained as a result of X-ray, ultraviolet, optical, and microwave observations of RS CVn and similar spectroscopic binary systems. Emphasis is on the RS CVn systems and their long period analogs. The following questions are considered: (1) are the original defining characteristics still valid and still adequate? (2) what is the evidence for discrete active regions? (3) have any meaningful physical properties for the atmospheres of RS CVn systems been derived? (4) what do the flare observations tell about magnetic fields in RS CVn systems? (5) is there evidence for systematic trends in RS CVn systems with spectral type?

  7. IUE spectra of a flare in the RS Canum Venaticorum-type system UX Arietis

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    Simon, T.; Linsky, J. L.; Schiffer, F. H., III

    1980-01-01

    IUE spectra of UX Ari obtained during the large flare of 1979 January 1 exhibit chromospheric and transition-region emission-line fluxes about 2.5 and 5.5 times brighter than quiescent fluxes, respectively, and up to 1400 times brighter than the quiet sun. A high-dispersion spectrum of the 2000-3000 A region exhibits enhanced Fe II emission, which is probably associated mainly with the K0 IV star, and enhanced Mg II emission with asymmetric wings extending to +475 km/s. These line wings are interpreted as evidence for mass flow from the K0 IV star to the G5 V star. A speculative scenario of major long-lived RS CVn flares is proposed in which the component stars have very large corotating flux tubes, which occasionally interact. Magnetic reconnection results in flux tubes that temporarily connect the two stars.

  8. The effect of the model posture on the forming quality in the CNC incremental forming

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    Zhu, H.; Zhang, W.; Bai, J. L.; Yu, C.; Xing, Y. F.

    2015-12-01

    Sheet rupture caused by a sheet metal thickness non-uniformity persists in CNC (Computer Numerical Control) incremental forming. Because the forming half cone angle is determined by the orientation of the model to be formed, so is the sheet metal's uniformity. The finite element analysis models for the two kinds of the postures of the model were established, and the digital simulation was conducted by using the ANSYS/LA-DYNA software. The effect of the model's posture on the sheet thickness distribution and the sheet thickness thinning rate were studied by comparing the simulation results of two kinds of the finite elements analyzes.

  9. Search for RS-gravitons at CDF

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    Strologas, John; /New Mexico U.

    2011-09-01

    We present a search for Randall-Sundrum (RS) gravitons decaying to diphotons or dielectrons or dimuons, performed with the CDF II detector and using up to 5.7 fb{sup -1} of integrated luminosity. The respective mass spectra are consistent with the ones expected by the standard model. For the RS-model parameter k/{bar M}{sub Pl} = 0.1, RS-gravitons with mass less than 1111 GeV/c{sup 2} are excluded at 95% CL.

  10. The resonance line of B II in IUE spectra of chemically peculiar stars

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    Leckrone, D. S.

    1981-01-01

    A description is presented of high-dispersion spectroscopic observations of eight chemically peculiar stars including Kappa Cnc and Mu Lep, and of one normal comparison star, Nu Cap, in the vicinity of 1362 A. The reported data were obtained with the International Ultraviolet Explorer during the first 15 months of its operation. The initial reduction of the data, which were originally described in a qualitative summary by Leckrone (1980), was affected by a serious error in the calibration of the instrument's intensity transfer function. This error has been corrected in the currently presented data. The results of spectrum syntheses of the 1362 A feature are also described for several of the stars.

  11. Comparison of Vaisala radiosondes RS41 and RS92 at the ARM Southern Great Plains Site

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    Jensen, M. P.; Holdridge, D.; Survo, P.; Lehtinen, R.; Baxter, S.; Toto, T.; Johnson, K. L.

    2015-11-02

    In the fall of 2013, the Vaisala RS41-SG (4th generation) radiosonde was introduced as a replacement for the RS92-SGP radiosonde with improvements in measurement accuracy of profiles of atmospheric temperature, humidity and pressure. Thus, in order to help characterize these improvements, an intercomparison campaign was undertaken at the US Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Facility site in north Central Oklahoma USA. During 3–8 June 2014, a total of 20 twin-radiosonde flights were performed in a variety of atmospheric conditions representing typical midlatitude continental summertime conditions. The results suggest that the RS92 and RS41 measurements generally agree within manufacturer specified tolerances with notable exceptions when exiting liquid cloud layers where the "wet bulbing" effect is mitigated in the RS41 observations. The RS41 measurements also appear to show a smaller impact from solar heating. These results suggest that the RS41 does provide important improvements, particularly in cloudy conditions, but under most observational conditions the RS41 and RS92 measurements agree within the manufacturer specified limits and so a switch to RS41 radiosondes will have little impact on long-term observational records.

  12. Comparison of Vaisala radiosondes RS41 and RS92 at the ARM Southern Great Plains Site

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    Jensen, M. P.; Holdridge, D.; Survo, P.; Lehtinen, R.; Baxter, S.; Toto, T.; Johnson, K. L.

    2015-11-02

    In the fall of 2013, the Vaisala RS41-SG (4th generation) radiosonde was introduced as a replacement for the RS92-SGP radiosonde with improvements in measurement accuracy of profiles of atmospheric temperature, humidity and pressure. Thus, in order to help characterize these improvements, an intercomparison campaign was undertaken at the US Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Facility site in north Central Oklahoma USA. During 3–8 June 2014, a total of 20 twin-radiosonde flights were performed in a variety of atmospheric conditions representing typical midlatitude continental summertime conditions. The results suggest that the RS92 and RS41 measurements generally agree within manufacturermore » specified tolerances with notable exceptions when exiting liquid cloud layers where the "wet bulbing" effect is mitigated in the RS41 observations. The RS41 measurements also appear to show a smaller impact from solar heating. These results suggest that the RS41 does provide important improvements, particularly in cloudy conditions, but under most observational conditions the RS41 and RS92 measurements agree within the manufacturer specified limits and so a switch to RS41 radiosondes will have little impact on long-term observational records.« less

  13. Comparison of Vaisala radiosondes RS41 and RS92 at the ARM Southern Great Plains Site

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    Jensen, M. P.; Holdridge, D.; Survo, P.; Lehtinen, R.; Baxter, S.; Toto, T.; Johnson, K. L.

    2015-11-01

    In the fall of 2013, the Vaisala RS41-SG (4th generation) radiosonde was introduced as a replacement for the RS92-SGP radiosonde with improvements in measurement accuracy of profiles of atmospheric temperature, humidity and pressure. In order to help characterize these improvements, an intercomparison campaign was undertaken at the US Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Facility site in north Central Oklahoma USA. During 3-8 June 2014, a total of 20 twin-radiosonde flights were performed in a variety of atmospheric conditions representing typical midlatitude continental summertime conditions. The results suggest that the RS92 and RS41 measurements generally agree within manufacturer specified tolerances with notable exceptions when exiting liquid cloud layers where the "wet bulbing" effect is mitigated in the RS41 observations. The RS41 measurements also appear to show a smaller impact from solar heating. These results suggest that the RS41 does provide important improvements, particularly in cloudy conditions, but under most observational conditions the RS41 and RS92 measurements agree within the manufacturer specified limits and so a switch to RS41 radiosondes will have little impact on long-term observational records.

  14. Role of redoximiRs in fibrogenesis.

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    Fierro-Fernndez, Marta; Miguel, Vernica; Lamas, Santiago

    2016-04-01

    Fibrosis can be defined as an excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) components, ultimately leading to stiffness, scarring and devitalized tissue. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short, 19-25 nucleotides (nt), non-coding RNAs involved in the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. Recently, miRNAs have also emerged as powerful regulators of fibrotic processes and have been termed "fibromiRs". Oxidative stress represents a self-perpetuating mechanism in fibrogenesis. MiRNAs can also influence the expression of genes responsible for the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidant defence and are termed "redoximiRs". Here, we review the current knowledge of mechanisms by which "redoximiRs" regulate fibrogenesis. This new set of miRNAs may be called "redoxifibromiRs". PMID:26654978

  15. [Characteristic of the Genetic Variability of Four Polymorphic Variants (rs2069705, rs17880053, rs11126176, and rs804271) in Representative Samples of Indigenous and Alien Populations of Siberia].

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    Kucher, A N; Babushkina, N P; Kulish, E V; Makeeva, O A; Bragina, E Yu; Goncharova, I A; Eremina, E R; Puzyrev, V P

    2015-08-01

    The variability of potentially important functional polymorphic variants rs2069705 (5'UTR of the IFNG gene), rs17880053 (near 5'UTR of the IFNGR2), rs11126176 (LOC100287361 pseudogene), and rs804271 (near 5'UTR of the NEIL2 gene) was characterized in representatives of four ethnic groups living in the Siberian region. These ethnic groups included three indigenous Mongoloid ethnic groups (Yakuts, the residents of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Tuvinians from the Republic of Tuva, and Buryats from the Republic Buryatia) and the alien Russian population. All of the examined variants were polymorphic. The frequency of the rs2069705 allele C in Russians was 0.5833, while it was in a range from 0.7842 to 0.8967 in representatives of the indigenous populations. The frequency of rs17880053 deletion was 0.8073 in Russians and from 0.4474 to 0.5521 in the indigenous ethnic groups. The frequency of the rs11126176 allele A was equal to 0.5398 in Russians but was recorded with lower frequencies in indigenous ethnic groups (from 0.2722 to 0.4551). The frequency of the rs804271 allele Gwas 0.5215 in Russians and from 0.2527 to 0.4022 indigenous ethnic groups. With respect to the genotype structure, the alien Russian population was considerably distanced from indigenous Mongoloid populations. Specifically, the genetic distance was 0.0742 between Russians and Yakuts, 0.1365 between Russians and Tuvinians, and 0.1433 between Russians and Buryats. Among the Mongoloid indigenous ethnic groups of Siberia, Tuvinians and Yakuts were the most distant from each other (0.0262). The genetic distance was equal to 0.0151 between Yakuts and Buryats and 0.0127 between Buryats and Tuvinians. PMID:26601495

  16. Investigation on Effect of Material Hardness in High Speed CNC End Milling Process

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    Dhandapani, N. V.; Thangarasu, V. S.; Sureshkannan, G.

    2015-01-01

    This research paper analyzes the effects of material properties on surface roughness, material removal rate, and tool wear on high speed CNC end milling process with various ferrous and nonferrous materials. The challenge of material specific decision on the process parameters of spindle speed, feed rate, depth of cut, coolant flow rate, cutting tool material, and type of coating for the cutting tool for required quality and quantity of production is addressed. Generally, decision made by the operator on floor is based on suggested values of the tool manufacturer or by trial and error method. This paper describes effect of various parameters on the surface roughness characteristics of the precision machining part. The prediction method suggested is based on various experimental analysis of parameters in different compositions of input conditions which would benefit the industry on standardization of high speed CNC end milling processes. The results show a basis for selection of parameters to get better results of surface roughness values as predicted by the case study results. PMID:26881267

  17. Step-and-Repeat Nanoimprint-, Photo- and Laser Lithography from One Customised CNC Machine

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    Greer, Andrew IM; Della-Rosa, Benoit; Khokhar, Ali Z.; Gadegaard, Nikolaj

    2016-03-01

    The conversion of a computer numerical control machine into a nanoimprint step-and-repeat tool with additional laser- and photolithography capacity is documented here. All three processes, each demonstrated on a variety of photoresists, are performed successfully and analysed so as to enable the reader to relate their known lithography process(es) to the findings. Using the converted tool, 1 cm2 of nanopattern may be exposed in 6 s, over 3300 times faster than the electron beam equivalent. Nanoimprint tools are commercially available, but these can cost around 1000 times more than this customised computer numerical control (CNC) machine. The converted equipment facilitates rapid production and large area micro- and nanoscale research on small grants, ultimately enabling faster and more diverse growth in this field of science. In comparison to commercial tools, this converted CNC also boasts capacity to handle larger substrates, temperature control and active force control, up to ten times more curing dose and compactness. Actual devices are fabricated using the machine including an expanded nanotopographic array and microfluidic PDMS Y-channel mixers.

  18. Step-and-Repeat Nanoimprint-, Photo- and Laser Lithography from One Customised CNC Machine.

    PubMed

    Greer, Andrew Im; Della-Rosa, Benoit; Khokhar, Ali Z; Gadegaard, Nikolaj

    2016-12-01

    The conversion of a computer numerical control machine into a nanoimprint step-and-repeat tool with additional laser- and photolithography capacity is documented here. All three processes, each demonstrated on a variety of photoresists, are performed successfully and analysed so as to enable the reader to relate their known lithography process(es) to the findings. Using the converted tool, 1 cm(2) of nanopattern may be exposed in 6 s, over 3300 times faster than the electron beam equivalent. Nanoimprint tools are commercially available, but these can cost around 1000 times more than this customised computer numerical control (CNC) machine. The converted equipment facilitates rapid production and large area micro- and nanoscale research on small grants, ultimately enabling faster and more diverse growth in this field of science. In comparison to commercial tools, this converted CNC also boasts capacity to handle larger substrates, temperature control and active force control, up to ten times more curing dose and compactness. Actual devices are fabricated using the machine including an expanded nanotopographic array and microfluidic PDMS Y-channel mixers. PMID:26956598

  19. Overview of Sustainability Studies of CNC Machining and LAM of Stainless Steel

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    Nyamekye, Patricia; Leino, Maija; Piili, Heidi; Salminen, Antti

    Laser additive manufacturing (LAM), known also as 3D printing, is a powder bed fusion (PBF) type of additive manufacturing (AM) technology used to fabricate metal parts out of metal powder. The development of the technology from building prototype parts to functional parts has increased remarkably in 2000s. LAM of metals is promising technology that offers new opportunities to manufacturing and to resource efficiency. However, there is only few published articles about its sustainability. Aim in this study was to create supply chain model of LAM and CNC machining and create a methodology to carry out a life cycle inventory (LCI) data collection for these techniques. The methodology of the study was literature review and scenario modeling. The acquisition of raw material, production phase and transportations were used as basis of comparison. The modelled scenarios were fictitious and created for industries, like aviation and healthcare that often require swift delivery as well as customized parts. The results of this study showed that the use of LAM offers a possibility to reduce downtime in supply chains of spare parts and reduce part inventory more effectively than CNC machining. Also the gap between customers and business is possible to be shortened with LAM thus offering a possibility to reduce emissions due to less transportation. The results also indicated weight reduction possibility with LAM due to optimized part geometry which allow lesser amount of metallic powder to be used in making parts.

  20. CNC machine tool's wear diagnostic and prognostic by using dynamic Bayesian networks

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    Tobon-Mejia, D. A.; Medjaher, K.; Zerhouni, N.

    2012-04-01

    The failure of critical components in industrial systems may have negative consequences on the availability, the productivity, the security and the environment. To avoid such situations, the health condition of the physical system, and particularly of its critical components, can be constantly assessed by using the monitoring data to perform on-line system diagnostics and prognostics. The present paper is a contribution on the assessment of the health condition of a computer numerical control (CNC) tool machine and the estimation of its remaining useful life (RUL). The proposed method relies on two main phases: an off-line phase and an on-line phase. During the first phase, the raw data provided by the sensors are processed to extract reliable features. These latter are used as inputs of learning algorithms in order to generate the models that represent the wear's behavior of the cutting tool. Then, in the second phase, which is an assessment one, the constructed models are exploited to identify the tool's current health state, predict its RUL and the associated confidence bounds. The proposed method is applied on a benchmark of condition monitoring data gathered during several cuts of a CNC tool. Simulation results are obtained and discussed at the end of the paper.

  1. AT Cnc: A SECOND DWARF NOVA WITH A CLASSICAL NOVA SHELL

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    Shara, Michael M.; Mizusawa, Trisha; Zurek, David; Wehinger, Peter; Martin, Christopher D.; Neill, James D.; Forster, Karl; Seibert, Mark

    2012-10-20

    We are systematically surveying all known and suspected Z Cam-type dwarf novae for classical nova shells. This survey is motivated by the discovery of the largest known classical nova shell, which surrounds the archetypal dwarf nova Z Camelopardalis. The Z Cam shell demonstrates that at least some dwarf novae must have undergone classical nova eruptions in the past, and that at least some classical novae become dwarf novae long after their nova thermonuclear outbursts, in accord with the hibernation scenario of cataclysmic binaries. Here we report the detection of a fragmented 'shell', 3 arcmin in diameter, surrounding the dwarf nova AT Cancri. This second discovery demonstrates that nova shells surrounding Z Cam-type dwarf novae cannot be very rare. The shell geometry is suggestive of bipolar, conical ejection seen nearly pole-on. A spectrum of the brightest AT Cnc shell knot is similar to that of the ejecta of the classical nova GK Per, and of Z Cam, dominated by [N II] emission. Galaxy Evolution Explorer FUV imagery reveals a similar-sized, FUV-emitting shell. We determine a distance of 460 pc to AT Cnc, and an upper limit to its ejecta mass of {approx}5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} M {sub Sun }, typical of classical novae.

  2. cncRNAs: Bi-functional RNAs with protein coding and non-coding functions

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    Kumari, Pooja; Sampath, Karuna

    2015-01-01

    For many decades, the major function of mRNA was thought to be to provide protein-coding information embedded in the genome. The advent of high-throughput sequencing has led to the discovery of pervasive transcription of eukaryotic genomes and opened the world of RNA-mediated gene regulation. Many regulatory RNAs have been found to be incapable of protein coding and are hence termed as non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). However, studies in recent years have shown that several previously annotated non-coding RNAs have the potential to encode proteins, and conversely, some coding RNAs have regulatory functions independent of the protein they encode. Such bi-functional RNAs, with both protein coding and non-coding functions, which we term as ‘cncRNAs’, have emerged as new players in cellular systems. Here, we describe the functions of some cncRNAs identified from bacteria to humans. Because the functions of many RNAs across genomes remains unclear, we propose that RNAs be classified as coding, non-coding or both only after careful analysis of their functions. PMID:26498036

  3. AT Cnc: A Second Dwarf Nova with a Classical Nova Shell

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    Shara, Michael M.; Mizusawa, Trisha; Wehinger, Peter; Zurek, David; Martin, Christopher D.; Neill, James D.; Forster, Karl; Seibert, Mark

    2012-10-01

    We are systematically surveying all known and suspected Z Cam-type dwarf novae for classical nova shells. This survey is motivated by the discovery of the largest known classical nova shell, which surrounds the archetypal dwarf nova Z Camelopardalis. The Z Cam shell demonstrates that at least some dwarf novae must have undergone classical nova eruptions in the past, and that at least some classical novae become dwarf novae long after their nova thermonuclear outbursts, in accord with the hibernation scenario of cataclysmic binaries. Here we report the detection of a fragmented "shell," 3 arcmin in diameter, surrounding the dwarf nova AT Cancri. This second discovery demonstrates that nova shells surrounding Z Cam-type dwarf novae cannot be very rare. The shell geometry is suggestive of bipolar, conical ejection seen nearly pole-on. A spectrum of the brightest AT Cnc shell knot is similar to that of the ejecta of the classical nova GK Per, and of Z Cam, dominated by [N II] emission. Galaxy Evolution Explorer FUV imagery reveals a similar-sized, FUV-emitting shell. We determine a distance of 460 pc to AT Cnc, and an upper limit to its ejecta mass of ~5 10-5 M ?, typical of classical novae.

  4. Anharmonic Resonances among Low-Lying Vibrational Levels of Methyl Iso-Cyanide (H_3CNC)

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    Pracna, P.; Urban, J.; Urban, V. S.; Varga, J.; Horneman, V.-M.

    2010-06-01

    Vibrational levels up to 1000 wn of H_3C-N?C are currently studied in FTIR spectra together with rotational transitions within these levels. This investigation comprises the low-lying excited vibrational levels of the CNC doubly degenerate bending vibration v8=1^ 1 (267.3 wn), v8=20, 2 (524.6 wn (A), 545.3 wn (E)), and v8=3^ 1, 3 (792.5 wn (A1+A2), 833.9 wn (E)), respectively, and the next higher fundamental level of the C-N valence vibration v4=1 (945 wn). All these vibrational levels exhibit cubic and quartic anharmonic resonances localized to moderate values of the rotational quantum number K?10. Therefore the system of rovibrational levels has to be treated as a global polyad in order to describe all the available data quantitatively. The ground state constants have been improved considerably by extending the assignments to higher J/K rotational states both in the purely rotational spectra recorded in the ground vibrational level and in the ground state combination differences generated from the wavenumbers assigned in the fundamental ?_4 band. Similarities and differences with respect to isoelectronic molecules CH_3CN and CH_3CCH are discussed.

  5. Investigation on Effect of Material Hardness in High Speed CNC End Milling Process.

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    Dhandapani, N V; Thangarasu, V S; Sureshkannan, G

    2015-01-01

    This research paper analyzes the effects of material properties on surface roughness, material removal rate, and tool wear on high speed CNC end milling process with various ferrous and nonferrous materials. The challenge of material specific decision on the process parameters of spindle speed, feed rate, depth of cut, coolant flow rate, cutting tool material, and type of coating for the cutting tool for required quality and quantity of production is addressed. Generally, decision made by the operator on floor is based on suggested values of the tool manufacturer or by trial and error method. This paper describes effect of various parameters on the surface roughness characteristics of the precision machining part. The prediction method suggested is based on various experimental analysis of parameters in different compositions of input conditions which would benefit the industry on standardization of high speed CNC end milling processes. The results show a basis for selection of parameters to get better results of surface roughness values as predicted by the case study results. PMID:26881267

  6. Fast manufacturing of E-ELT mirror segments using CNC polishing

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    Gray, C.; Baker, I.; Davies, G.; Evans, R.; Field, N.; Fox-Leonard, T.; Messelink, W.; Mitchell, J.; Rees, P.; Waine, S.; Walker, D. D.; Yu, G.

    2013-09-01

    We report on the first-ever demonstration of grinding and polishing full-size, off-axis aspheric, mirror segments as prototypes for an extremely large telescope, processed entirely in the final hexagonal shape. We first describe the overall strategy for controlling form and mid spatial frequencies, at levels in the vicinity of <10nm RMS surface. This relies first on direct CNC grinding of the base-form of these 1.4m segments, using the Cranfield BoX machine. The segments are then mounted on a custom designed (Optic Glyndwr Optoelectronic Engineering Group) three segment hydraulic support, and CNC polished on a Zeeko IRP 1600 machine using a variety of custom tooling. We overview the fullaperture and sub-aperture metrology techniques used to close the process-loop and certify quality, all of which operate with the segment in-situ on the IRP1600. We then focus on the pristine edge-definition achieved by the combination of tool-lift and smoothing operations; results never previously demonstrated on full-size pre-cut hexagonal segments. Finally, the paper discusses the feasibility of scaling the process to deliver 931 segments in seven years, as required for the E-ELT project.

  7. HST Fine Guidance Sensor Parallaxes for WZ Sge, YZ Cnc, and RU Peg: Calibration of the Outburst MV - POrb Relationship for CVs

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    Johnson, J. J.; Harrison, T. E.; Howell, S. B.; Szkody, P.; McArthur, B. E.; Benedict, G. F.

    2003-05-01

    We have used the Fine Guidance Sensors on the HST to generate high precision parallaxes for the cataclysmic variables WZ Sge, YZ Cnc, and RU Peg. These three objects span an orbital period range from 1.36 hr (WZ Sge) up to 8.99 hr (RU Peg). These new values, combined with existing HST parallaxes, allow us to calibrate the outburst absolute magnitude versus orbital period MV - POrb relationship. We find a remarkably tight relationship after accounting for the orbital inclinations of the sample systems. In addition, we find that four other CV systems that exhibit rare outbursts of unknown type and for which we have HST FGS parallaxes (EX Hya, V1223 Sgr, TV Col, and RW Tri) are consistent with this relationship. This finding suggests that the rare outbursts of these four systems are due to normal dwarf nova disk instability events. We will also use optical and infrared photometry to examine the nature of the secondary stars in these systems. Funding for this research has been provided by NASA through the HST Guest Observer program under grant GO-09089.

  8. Genetic Variation of BCL2 (rs2279115), NEIL2 (rs804270), LTA (rs909253), PSCA (rs2294008) and PLCE1 (rs3765524, rs10509670) Genes and Their Correlation to Gastric Cancer Risk Based on Universal Tagged Arrays and Fe3O4 Magnetic Nanoparticles.

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    Mou, Xianbo; Li, Taotao; Wang, Jiuhai; Ali, Zeeshan; Zhang, Yuanying; Chen, Zhu; Deng, Yan; Li, Song; Su, Enben; Jia, Qiongying; He, Nongyue; Ni, Jian; Cui, Daxiang

    2015-11-01

    With the help of Fe3O4 nagnetic nanoparticles as a solid carrier and an excellent tool for separation, six SNP loci (rs2279115 of BCL2 gene, rs804270 of NEIL2 gene, rs909253 of LTA gene, rs2294008 of PSCA gene, rs3765524 and rs10509670 of PLCE1 gene) were selected to evaluate their relation to gastric cancer risk. Using two kinds of functionalized magnetic nanoparticles and universal tagged arrays, the whole operation procedure including genome DNA extraction and SNP genotyping was performed. All genotypes and allele frequencies were calculated in the cases and controls respectively to analyze their association with gastric cancer risk. Totally 200 pathological samples and 134 normal control subjects were collected. The results demonstrated that four SNP loci (rs2279115, rs804270, rs909253 and rs3765524) showed a potential association with gastric cancer risk, and the other two (rs2294008, rs10509670) possessed no difference/association among cases and controls. PMID:26554163

  9. Advanced CNC and CAM Series. Educational Resources for the Machine Tool Industry. Course Syllabi, Instructor's Handbook [and] Student Laboratory Manual.

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    Texas State Technical Coll. System, Waco.

    This package consists of course syllabi, an instructor's handbook, and student laboratory manual for a 1-year vocational training program to prepare students for entry-level positions as advanced computer numerical control (CNC) and computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) technicians.. The program was developed through a modification of the DACUM…

  10. On-line measurement and error compensation of pillar blade-shaped curves in CNC belt grinding

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    Liu, Xin-Xiong; Liu, Xiao-Lian; Chen, Er-Chang; Yang, Qing-Hao

    1993-09-01

    This paper introduces the principle and method of measuring pillar blade curve in CNC belt grinding. And the compensation of manufacture errors of blade use measured results are described in this paper the manufacture precision of the blade may be improved by the introduced method.

  11. Preparation of the CNC/Ag/beeswax composites for enhancing antibacterial and water resistance properties of paper.

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    Liu, Kai; Liang, Hunan; Nasrallah, Joseph; Chen, Lihui; Huang, Liulian; Ni, Yonghao

    2016-05-20

    An effective method of preparing composites containing inorganic (Ag) and organic (beeswax) particles was established in this study. Ag nanoparticles were first immobilized on the cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) during the reduction of AgNO3 in the presence of CNC, then mixed with beeswax by high speed stirring. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) images indicated that Ag and beeswax particles were uniformly dispersed and stable in the network structure formed by CNC. Upon coating on a paper surface, a layer of beeswax film was evident based on scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. The dynamic contact angle and antibacterial activity tests indicated that the contact angle of coated paper reached 113.06° and the growth inhibition of Escherichia coli increased to 99.96%, respectively, at a coating amount of 21.53g/m(2). When applied onto paper surface by coating, the CNC/Ag/beeswax composites can impact paper with antibacterial property and improved water resistance. PMID:26917389

  12. Comprehensive reliability allocation method for CNC lathes based on cubic transformed functions of failure mode and effects analysis

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    Yang, Zhou; Zhu, Yunpeng; Ren, Hongrui; Zhang, Yimin

    2015-03-01

    Reliability allocation of computerized numerical controlled(CNC) lathes is very important in industry. Traditional allocation methods only focus on high-failure rate components rather than moderate failure rate components, which is not applicable in some conditions. Aiming at solving the problem of CNC lathes reliability allocating, a comprehensive reliability allocation method based on cubic transformed functions of failure modes and effects analysis(FMEA) is presented. Firstly, conventional reliability allocation methods are introduced. Then the limitations of direct combination of comprehensive allocation method with the exponential transformed FMEA method are investigated. Subsequently, a cubic transformed function is established in order to overcome these limitations. Properties of the new transformed functions are discussed by considering the failure severity and the failure occurrence. Designers can choose appropriate transform amplitudes according to their requirements. Finally, a CNC lathe and a spindle system are used as an example to verify the new allocation method. Seven criteria are considered to compare the results of the new method with traditional methods. The allocation results indicate that the new method is more flexible than traditional methods. By employing the new cubic transformed function, the method covers a wider range of problems in CNC reliability allocation without losing the advantages of traditional methods.

  13. 78 FR 46412 - Norfolk Southern Railway Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Henry County, Ind.; C&NC Railroad...

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    ... Surface Transportation Board Norfolk Southern Railway Company--Abandonment Exemption--in Henry County, Ind.; C&NC Railroad Corporation--Discontinuance of Service Exemption--in Henry County, IN. Norfolk... of non- contiguous rail line segments in New Castle, in Henry County, Ind., as follows:...

  14. V474 Car: A RARE HALO RS CVn BINARY IN RETROGRADE GALACTIC ORBIT

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    Bubar, Eric J.; Mamajek, Eric E.; Jensen, Eric L. N.; Walter, Frederick M.

    2011-04-15

    We report the discovery that the star V474 Car is an extremely active, high velocity halo RS CVn system. The star was originally identified as a possible pre-main-sequence star in Carina, given its enhanced stellar activity, rapid rotation (10.3 days), enhanced Li, and absolute magnitude which places it above the main sequence (MS). However, its extreme radial velocity (264 km s{sup -1}) suggested that this system was unlike any previously known pre-MS system. Our detailed spectroscopic analysis of echelle spectra taken with the CTIO 4 m finds that V474 Car is both a spectroscopic binary with an orbital period similar to the photometric rotation period and metal-poor ([Fe/H] {approx_equal}-0.99). The star's Galactic orbit is extremely eccentric (e {approx_equal} 0.93) with a perigalacticon of only {approx}0.3 kpc of the Galactic center-and the eccentricity and smallness of its perigalacticon are surpassed by only {approx}0.05% of local F/G-type field stars. The observed characteristics are consistent with V474 Car being a high-velocity, metal-poor, tidally locked, chromospherically active binary, i.e., a halo RS CVn binary, and one of only a few such specimens known.

  15. Association of the MTHFR rs1801131 and rs1801133 variants in sporadic Parkinson's disease patients.

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    Yuan, Lamei; Song, Zhi; Deng, Xiong; Xiong, Wei; Yang, Zhijian; Deng, Hao

    2016-03-11

    Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common age-dependent neurodegenerative movement disorder related to multiple factors, and genetic factors play an important role in the pathogenesis of PD. Variants in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR), a gene encoding a folate-dependent enzyme that is involved in homocysteine metabolism, have been reported to be associated with PD. To explore the role of the MTHFR gene in the development of PD in Chinese Han population, we analyzed two MTHFR variants (rs1801131 and rs1801133) in a patient cohort consisting of 512 patients with PD from mainland China and a control cohort consisting of 512 age, gender and ethnicity matched normal subjects. Statistically significant differences in genotypic and allelic frequencies were detected in the MTHFR variant rs1801133 (P=0.022 and 0.007, respectively; odds ratio=0.780, 95% confidence interval=0.651-0.934). In addition, the A-T haplotype of rs1801131-rs1801133 showed a protective role against PD development (P=0.007, odds ratio=0.779, 95% confidence interval=0.650-0.933). Our results suggested that the T allele of rs1801133 variant and A-T haplotype of rs1801131-rs1801133 in the MTHFR gene may decrease the risk of developing PD in Chinese Han population from mainland China. PMID:26806866

  16. Novel biosensor-based microarray assay for detecting rs8099917 and rs12979860 genotypes

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    Li, Pei-Yuan; Zhou, Xiao-Jun; Yao, Lan; Fang, Xin-Hua; Ren, Jiang-Nan; Song, Jia-Wu

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate a novel biosensor-based microarray (BBM) assay for detecting rs12979860 and rs8099917 genotypes. METHODS: Four probes specific for rs8099917C/T or rs12979860G/T detection and three sets of quality control probes were designed, constructed and arrayed on an optical biosensor to develop a microarray assay. Two sets of primers were used in a one tube polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system to amplify two target fragments simultaneously. The biosensor microarray contained probes that had been sequenced to confirm that they included the rs8099917C/T or rs12979860G/T alleles of interest and could serve as the specific assay standards. In addition to rehybridization of four probes of known sequence, a total of 40 clinical samples collected from hepatitis C seropositive patients were also tested. The target fragments of all 40 samples were amplified in a 50 ?L PCR system. Ten ?L of each amplicon was tested by BBM assay, and another 40 ?L was used for sequencing. The agreement of the results obtained by the two methods was tested statistically using the kappa coefficient. The sensitivity of the BBM assay was evaluated using serial dilutions of ten clinical blood samples containing 103-104 white cells/?L. RESULTS: As shown by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, two target segments of the interleukin 28B-associated polymorphisms (SNPs) were successfully amplified in the one-tube PCR system. The lengths of the two amplified fragments were consistent with the known length of the target sequences, 137 and 159 bps. After hybridization of the PCR amplicons with the probes located on the BBM array, the signals of each allele of both the rs8099917 SNPs and rs12979860 SNPs were observed simultaneously and were clearly visible by the unaided eye. The signals were distinct from each other, could be interpreted visually, and accurately recorded using an ordinary digital camera. To evaluate the specificity of the assay, both the plasmids and clinical samples were applied to the microarray. First, 30 PCR amplicons of the various SNP alleles were hybridized on the BBM microarray. Full agreement between plasmids and the BBM assay was observed, with 30/30 correct matches (100%). The kappa value for the BBM assay with plasmids was 1.00 (P < 0.05). For the 40 clinical blood samples, the BBM assay hybridization and direct sequencing results were compared for each amplicon. For patient blood samples, agreement was 28/28 for rs8099917T/T, 9/11 for rs8099917T/G, 1/1 for rs8099917G/G, 24/24 for rs12979860C/C, 11/14 for rs12979860C/T, and 2/2 for rs12979860T/T. Only five clinical samples of amplicon assay and direct sequencing results were discordant and heterozygotes: 2/11 rs8099917T/G and 3/14 rs12979860C/T. The agreement of outcomes between BBM assay and direct sequencing for the detection of rs8099917 and rs12979860 was 95% and 92.5%, respectively; and the corresponding kappa values were 0.88 and 0.85 (A kappa value > 0.75 was defined as substantial agreement). The BBM assay and sequencing had similar specificities for detection and identification of the two SNPs and their alleles. The sensitivity evaluation showed that the BBM assay could detect and identify SNP sequences present in blood samples containing as few as 102 white blood cells/?L. CONCLUSION: This biosensor microarray assay was highly specific, sensitive, rapid and easy to perform. It is compatible with clinical practice for detection of rs8099917 and rs12979860. PMID:23197895

  17. A Super-Earth Transiting a Naked-eye Star

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    Winn, Joshua N.; Matthews, Jaymie M.; Dawson, Rebekah I.; Fabrycky, Daniel; Holman, Matthew J.; Kallinger, Thomas; Kuschnig, Rainer; Sasselov, Dimitar; Dragomir, Diana; Guenther, David B.; Moffat, Anthony F. J.; Rowe, Jason F.; Rucinski, Slavek; Weiss, Werner W.

    2011-08-01

    We have detected transits of the innermost planet "e" orbiting 55 Cnc (V = 6.0), based on two weeks of nearly continuous photometric monitoring with the MOST space telescope. The transits occur with the period (0.74 days) and phase that had been predicted by Dawson & Fabrycky, and with the expected duration and depth for the crossing of a Sun-like star by a hot super-Earth. Assuming the star's mass and radius to be 0.963+0.051 - 0.029 M sun and 0.943 0.010 R sun, the planet's mass, radius, and mean density are 8.63 0.35 M ?, 2.00 0.14 R ?, and 5.9+1.5 - 1.1 g cm-3, respectively. The mean density is comparable to that of Earth, despite the greater mass and consequently greater compression of the interior of 55 Cnc e. This suggests a rock-iron composition supplemented by a significant mass of water, gas, or other light elements. Outside of transits, we detected a sinusoidal signal resembling the expected signal due to the changing illuminated phase of the planet, but with a full range (168 70 ppm) too large to be reflected light or thermal emission. This signal has no straightforward interpretation and should be checked with further observations. The host star of 55 Cnc e is brighter than that of any other known transiting planet, which will facilitate future investigations. Based on data from the MOST satellite, a Canadian Space Agency mission, jointly operated by Dynacon Inc., the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, and the University of British Columbia, with the assistance of the University of Vienna.

  18. A SUPER-EARTH TRANSITING A NAKED-EYE STAR

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    Winn, Joshua N.; Matthews, Jaymie M.; Kallinger, Thomas; Dragomir, Diana; Dawson, Rebekah I.; Holman, Matthew J.; Sasselov, Dimitar; Fabrycky, Daniel; Guenther, David B.; Moffat, Anthony F. J.; Rowe, Jason F.; Rucinski, Slavek

    2011-08-10

    We have detected transits of the innermost planet 'e' orbiting 55 Cnc (V = 6.0), based on two weeks of nearly continuous photometric monitoring with the MOST space telescope. The transits occur with the period (0.74 days) and phase that had been predicted by Dawson and Fabrycky, and with the expected duration and depth for the crossing of a Sun-like star by a hot super-Earth. Assuming the star's mass and radius to be 0.963{sup +0.051}{sub -0.029} M{sub sun} and 0.943 {+-} 0.010 R{sub sun}, the planet's mass, radius, and mean density are 8.63 {+-} 0.35 M{sub +}, 2.00 {+-} 0.14 R{sub +}, and 5.9{sup +1.5}{sub -1.1} g cm{sup -3}, respectively. The mean density is comparable to that of Earth, despite the greater mass and consequently greater compression of the interior of 55 Cnc e. This suggests a rock-iron composition supplemented by a significant mass of water, gas, or other light elements. Outside of transits, we detected a sinusoidal signal resembling the expected signal due to the changing illuminated phase of the planet, but with a full range (168 {+-} 70 ppm) too large to be reflected light or thermal emission. This signal has no straightforward interpretation and should be checked with further observations. The host star of 55 Cnc e is brighter than that of any other known transiting planet, which will facilitate future investigations.

  19. Optical and X-ray studies of chromospherically active stars: FR Cancri, HD 95559 and LO Pegasi

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    Pandey, J. C.; Singh, K. P.; Drake, S. A.; Sagar, R.

    2005-01-01

    We present a multiwavelength study of three chromospherically active stars, namely FR Cnc (= BD +16 degrees 1753), HD 95559 and LO Peg (=BD +22 degrees 4409), including newly obtained optical photometry, (for FR Cnc) low-resolution optical spectroscopy, as well as archival IR and X-ray observations. The BVR photometry carried out during the years 2001 - 2004 has found significant photometric variability to be present in all three stars. For FR Cnc, a photometric period 0.826685 +/- 0.000034 d has been established. The strong variation in the phase and amplitude of the FR Cnc light curves when folded on this period implies the presence of evolving and migrating spots or spot groups on its surface. Two independent spots with migration periods of 0.97 and 0.93 years respectively are inferred. The photometry of HD 95559 suggests the formation of a spot (group) during the interval of our observations. We infer the existence of two independent spots or groups in the photosphere of LO Peg, one of which has a migration period of 1.12 years. The optical spectroscopy of FR Cnc carried out during 2002-2003, reveals the presence of strong and variable Ca I1 H and K, H(sub beta) and H(sub alpha) emission features indicative of high level of chromospheric activity. The value of 5.3 for the ratio of the excess emission in H(sub alpha) to H(sub beta), EH(sub alpha)/EH(sub beta), suggests that the chromospheric emission may arise from an extended off-limb region. We have searched for the presence of color excesses in the near-IR JHK bands of these stars using 2MASS data, but none of them appear to have any significant color excess. We have also analyzed archival X-ray observations of HD 95559 and LO Peg carried out by with the ROSAT observatory. The best fit models to their X-ray spectra imply the presence of two coronal plasma components of differing temperatures and with sub-solar metal abundances. The inferred emission measures and temperatures of these systems are similar to those found for other active dwarf stars. The kinematics of FR Cnc suggest that it is a very young (35 - 55 Myrs) main-sequence star and a possible member of the IC 2391 supercluster. LO Peg also has young disk-type kinematics and has been previously suggested to be a member of the 100 Mys old Local Association (Pleiades Moving Group). The kinematics of HD 95559 indicate it is a possible member of the 600 Myrs old Hyades supercluster.

  20. Study on grinding of free-form optics surface in three-axis CNC machine

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    Yang, Haicheng; Zhang, Yun-long; Zhang, Feng; Wang, Zhibin; Bao, Long-xiang; Su, Ying; Guo, Rui; Liu, Xuan-min

    2014-08-01

    Due to the glass is a type of brittle material, so the high-precision free-form optics of glass material is usually machined by the technical of grinding. In this paper, for the characteristics of the diamond grinding wheel, analyzing the grinding path of free-form optics and mathematical model of the path is established based on the three-axis CNC grinding device. Moreover, the cause of the interference in the process of grinding is analyzed and the methods of avoiding. Finally, based on the above analysis results, through the experiment, the free-form optics surface accuracy was reached to 3.6um, realize the machining of the free-form optics.

  1. Commissioning of the first Precessions 1.2-m CNC polishing machines for large optics

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    Walker, D. D.; Beaucamp, A. T. H.; Doubrovski, V.; Dunn, C.; Evans, R.; Freeman, R.; McCavana, G.; Morton, R.; Riley, D.; Simms, J.; Yu, G.; Wei, X.

    2006-08-01

    This paper reports on the commissioning of the first of Zeeko's "IRP1200" 1.2m capacity 7-axis automated CNC polishing machines. These combo machines now support five different removal regimes, which are described. The machines differ substantially from Zeeko's more familiar 200mm machines on which we have focused before, in terms of overall architecture and detailed design. Large and small optics place different demands on part-fixturing, tooling, machine speeds and accelerations, metrology, slurry-handling, part-loading and access etc. These have had a profound effect on the development-path from 200 to 1.2m machines. Moreover, an advance in the kinematic design has extended the allowable range of surface slope-angles from typically 30 up to a hemisphere. The paper presents results from the pass-off trials, the first fluid-jet experiment, and the development of tooling to address a requirement to smooth a part with a local defect.

  2. Concurrent Collections (CnC): A new approach to parallel programming

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    2010-05-07

    A common approach in designing parallel languages is to provide some high level handles to manipulate the use of the parallel platform. This exposes some aspects of the target platform, for example, shared vs. distributed memory. It may expose some but not all types of parallelism, for example, data parallelism but not task parallelism. This approach must find a balance between the desire to provide a simple view for the domain expert and provide sufficient power for tuning. This is hard for any given architecture and harder if the language is to apply to a range of architectures. Either simplicity or power is lost. Instead of viewing the language design problem as one of providing the programmer with high level handles, we view the problem as one of designing an interface. On one side of this interface is the programmer (domain expert) who knows the application but needs no knowledge of any aspects of the platform. On the other side of the interface is the performance expert (programmer or program) who demands maximal flexibility for optimizing the mapping to a wide range of target platforms (parallel / serial, shared / distributed, homogeneous / heterogeneous, etc.) but needs no knowledge of the domain. Concurrent Collections (CnC) is based on this separation of concerns. The talk will present CnC and its benefits. About the speaker Kathleen Knobe has focused throughout her career on parallelism especially compiler technology, runtime system design and language design. She worked at Compass (aka Massachusetts Computer Associates) from 1980 to 1991 designing compilers for a wide range of parallel platforms for Thinking Machines, MasPar, Alliant, Numerix, and several government projects. In 1991 she decided to finish her education. After graduating from MIT in 1997, she joined Digital Equipment’s Cambridge Research Lab (CRL). She stayed through the DEC/Compaq/HP mergers and when CRL was acquired and absorbed by Intel. She currently works in the Software and Services Group / Technology Pathfinding and Innovation.

  3. Concurrent Collections (CnC): A new approach to parallel programming

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    None

    2011-10-06

    A common approach in designing parallel languages is to provide some high level handles to manipulate the use of the parallel platform. This exposes some aspects of the target platform, for example, shared vs. distributed memory. It may expose some but not all types of parallelism, for example, data parallelism but not task parallelism. This approach must find a balance between the desire to provide a simple view for the domain expert and provide sufficient power for tuning. This is hard for any given architecture and harder if the language is to apply to a range of architectures. Either simplicity or power is lost. Instead of viewing the language design problem as one of providing the programmer with high level handles, we view the problem as one of designing an interface. On one side of this interface is the programmer (domain expert) who knows the application but needs no knowledge of any aspects of the platform. On the other side of the interface is the performance expert (programmer or program) who demands maximal flexibility for optimizing the mapping to a wide range of target platforms (parallel / serial, shared / distributed, homogeneous / heterogeneous, etc.) but needs no knowledge of the domain. Concurrent Collections (CnC) is based on this separation of concerns. The talk will present CnC and its benefits. About the speaker Kathleen Knobe has focused throughout her career on parallelism especially compiler technology, runtime system design and language design. She worked at Compass (aka Massachusetts Computer Associates) from 1980 to 1991 designing compilers for a wide range of parallel platforms for Thinking Machines, MasPar, Alliant, Numerix, and several government projects. In 1991 she decided to finish her education. After graduating from MIT in 1997, she joined Digital Equipment?s Cambridge Research Lab (CRL). She stayed through the DEC/Compaq/HP mergers and when CRL was acquired and absorbed by Intel. She currently works in the Software and Services Group / Technology Pathfinding and Innovation.

  4. Spots on T Tauri stars

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    Bouvier, J.; Bertout, C.

    1989-02-01

    Periodic light curves were recorded for the following 15 T Tauri stars (for nine of which this was the first detection of periodic variability): V 410 Tau, DF Tau, UX Tau A, FK 1, FK 2, WK 2, DN Tau, GW Ori, SY Cha, LH(alpha) 332-20, LH(alpha) 332-21, CoD-33-deg 10685, RY Lup, SR 12, and SR 9. The previously reported periodic variability of the SY Cha and RY Lup stars was confirmed. These periodic variations are thought to result from rotational modulation by a group of spots at the stellar surface. The properties of spots on 11 stars were deduced from extensive light-curve synthesis. In most cases, they were found to be comparable to the properties of spots found on RS CVn stars.

  5. Association between polymorphism of the norepinephrine transporter gene rs2242446 and rs5669 loci and depression disorders

    PubMed Central

    Pan, Yu; Cheng, Qi; Shan, Mo-Shui; Yan, Jin

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To explore the association between polymorphism of the norepinephrine transporter (NET) gene rs2242446 and rs5669 loci and depression in Chinese Han population. Methods: A case-control study was carried out, the gene types and allele distributions of NFT gene rs2242446 and rs5569 loci in 302 depression patients and 302 healthy controls were detected by Taqman SNP genotyping technology. Results: The gene types and allele frequency distributions of NFT gene rs2242446 and rs5569 loci had significant differences between case group and control group (rs2242446, x2=26.045, P<0.05, x2=8.827, P<0.05, rs5569, x2=42.47, P<0.05, x2=20.9, P<0.05). The CC genotype of NET gene rs2242446 locus and rs5569 loci was a protective factor of depression compared with the CT and TT genotypes. Conclusion: The NET genepoly morphism of rs2242446 and rs5569 loci was a ssociated with depression in Chinese Han population, in which the CC genotype of rs2242446 and rs5569 loci was a protective factor of depression. PMID:26770504

  6. Association between ANKK1 (rs1800497) and LTA (rs909253) Genetic Variants and Risk of Schizophrenia

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    Arab, Arwa H.; Elhawary, Nasser A.

    2015-01-01

    Limited research has assessed associations between schizophrenia and genetic variants of the ankyrin repeat and kinase domain containing 1 (ANKK1) and lymphotoxin-alpha (LTA) genes among individuals of Middle Eastern ancestry. Here we present the first association study investigating the ANKK1 rs1800497 (T>C) and LTA rs909253 (A>G) single-nucleotide polymorphisms in an Egyptian population. Among 120 patients with DSM-IV and PANSS (Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale) assessments of schizophrenia and 100 healthy controls, we determined the genotypes for the polymorphisms using endonuclease digestion of amplified genomic DNA. Results confirmed previous findings from different ethnic populations, in that the rs1800497 and rs909253 polymorphisms were both associated with risk of schizophrenia. Differences between the genotypes of cases and controls were strongly significant (P = 0.0005 for rs1800497 and P = 0.001 for rs909253). The relative risk to schizophrenia was 1.2 (P = 0.01) for the C allele and 0.8 (P = 0.04) for the G allele. The CC, GG, and combined CC/AA genotypes were all more frequent in cases than in controls. These results support an association between ANKK1 and LTA genetic markers and vulnerability to schizophrenia and show the potential influence of just one copy of the mutant C or G allele in the Egyptian population. PMID:26114114

  7. Strange stars

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    Alcock, Charles; Farhi, Edward; Olinto, Angela

    1986-01-01

    Strange matter, a form of quark matter that is postulated to be absolute stable, may be the true ground stage of the hadrons. If this hypothesis is correct, neutron stars may convert to 'strange stars'. The mass-radius relation for strange stars is very different from that of neutron stars; there is no minimum mass, and for mass of 1 solar mass or less, mass is proportional to the cube of the radius. For masses between 1 solar mass and 2 solar masses, the radii of strange stars are about 10 km, as for neutron stars. Strange stars may have an exposed quark surface, which is capable of radiating at rates greatly exceeding the Eddington limit, but has a low emissivity for X-ray photons. The stars may have a thin crust with the same composition as the preneutron drip outer layer of a conventional neutron star crust. Strange stars cool efficiently via neutrino emission.

  8. Stars and Star Myths.

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    Eason, Oliver

    Myths and tales from around the world about constellations and facts about stars in the constellations are presented. Most of the stories are from Greek and Roman mythology; however, a few Chinese, Japanese, Polynesian, Arabian, Jewish, and American Indian tales are also included. Following an introduction, myths are presented for the following 32

  9. Stars and Star Myths.

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    Eason, Oliver

    Myths and tales from around the world about constellations and facts about stars in the constellations are presented. Most of the stories are from Greek and Roman mythology; however, a few Chinese, Japanese, Polynesian, Arabian, Jewish, and American Indian tales are also included. Following an introduction, myths are presented for the following 32…

  10. Be Stars

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    Peters, G.; Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    A Be star (pronounced `bee-ee' star) is a non-supergiant B-type star whose spectrum displays or has displayed one or more Balmer lines in emission and Be is the notation for the spectral classification of such a star (see also CLASSIFICATION OF STELLAR SPECTRA). `Classical' Be stars are believed to have acquired the circumstellar (CS) material that produces the Balmer emission through ejection of...

  11. PTK2 rs7460 and rs7843014 Polymorphisms and Exceptional Longevity: A Functional Replication Study

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    Fuku, Noriyuki; He, Zi-hong; Tian, Ye; Arai, Yasumichi; Abe, Yukiko; Murakami, Haruka; Miyachi, Motohiko; Yvert, Thomas; Venturini, Letizia; Santiago, Catalina; Santos-Lozano, Alejandro; Rodríguez, Gabriel; Ricevuti, Giovanni; Pareja-Galeano, Helios; Sanchis-Gomar, Fabian; Emanuele, Enzo; Hirose, Nobuyoshi; Lucia, Alejandro

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Focal adhesion is critical for cell survival. The focal adhesion kinase (FAK, or PTK2) is an important component of the human interactome and thus is a potential longevity-related protein. Here we studied the association between two PTK2 gene single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs7843014, rs7460) and exceptional longevity (EL). In addition to gaining insight into their functionality by determining luciferase gene reporter activity, we studied the genotype/allele frequency of these two SNPs among three different cohorts: (1) Spanish centenarians (n=175, 100–111 years, 144 women) and healthy controls (n=355, 20–50 years, 284 women); (2) Italian centenarians (n=79, 100–104 years, 40 women) and controls (n=316, 29–50 years, 156 women); and (3) Japanese centenarians (n=742, 100–116 years, 623 women) and healthy controls (n=499, 23–59 years, 356 women). Both SNPs had functional significance, with the A allele up-regulating luciferase activity compared to the other allele (rs7460 T allele and rs7843014 C allele, respectively). The A allele of both SNPs was negatively associated with EL in the Spanish cohort (rs7460, odds ratio [OR] adjusted by sex=0.40, 95% confidence intervals [CI] 0.3, 0.6, p<0.001); rs7843014, OR=0.37, 95% CI 0.3, 0.5, p<0.001). The OR of being a centenarian if having the rs7460-TT genotype was 6.68 (95% CI 4.1, 10.8, p<0.001). The rs7843014 CC genotype was also positively associated with EL (OR=7.58, 95% CI 4.6, 12.3, p<0.001]. No association was, however, found for the Italian or Japanese cohorts. Thus, two genotypes of the FAK gene, rs7460 TT and rs7843014 CC, are possibly associated with lower gene expression and might favor the likelihood of reaching EL in the Spanish population. Further research is needed to unveil the mechanisms by which FAK expression could perhaps influence the rate of aging. PMID:24930376

  12. Lack of associations between rs2910164 and rs11614913 polymorphisms and the risk of ischemic stroke

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    Qin, Biyong; Zheng, Yan; Zhang, Wenjun; Wang, Chengmou; Wang, Jian; Cai, Zhiyou

    2015-01-01

    Emerging evidence suggests that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in microRNA genes may play a role in the development of cerebrovascular diseases including ischemic stroke through functionally modulating the expression of microRNA target genes. However, the current studies regarding the associations of the common microRNA polymorphisms with susceptibility to ischemic stroke have obtained discrepant results, which prompted us to perform a meta-analysis for a more precise estimation of the concerned associations. Relevant studies evaluating the associations between two common polymorphisms (miR-146a rs2910164 and miR-196a2 rs11614913) and the risk of ischemic stroke were retrieved from the PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, Chinese Wanfang, Chinese Biomedical Database, and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure databases. The odds ratio (OR) with its 95% confidence interval (95% CI) were pooled to assess the strength of the associations using RevMan 5.2 and Stata 12.0 software. A total of 5 case-control studies with 2069 cases and 2061 controls on rs2910164, 4 case-control studies with 1873 cases and 1856 controls on rs11614913 polymorphisms were enrolled in the meta-analysis. Overall, neither allele frequency nor genotype distribution of the two common polymorphisms was found to be associated with risk for ischemic stroke in all genetic models. The subgroup analysis revealed a significant association between miR-146a rs2910164 polymorphism and increased risk of ischemic stroke in large sample size group and in Koreans under homozygous, allele, dominant and recessive models. The present meta-analysis suggests that the two common polymorphisms (rs2910164, rs11614913) may not contribute to the susceptibility to ischemic stroke. However, more well-designed studies with large sample size are warranted to further validate the results in different ethnicities. PMID:26770439

  13. Lack of associations between rs2910164 and rs11614913 polymorphisms and the risk of ischemic stroke.

    PubMed

    Qin, Biyong; Zheng, Yan; Zhang, Wenjun; Wang, Chengmou; Wang, Jian; Cai, Zhiyou

    2015-01-01

    Emerging evidence suggests that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in microRNA genes may play a role in the development of cerebrovascular diseases including ischemic stroke through functionally modulating the expression of microRNA target genes. However, the current studies regarding the associations of the common microRNA polymorphisms with susceptibility to ischemic stroke have obtained discrepant results, which prompted us to perform a meta-analysis for a more precise estimation of the concerned associations. Relevant studies evaluating the associations between two common polymorphisms (miR-146a rs2910164 and miR-196a2 rs11614913) and the risk of ischemic stroke were retrieved from the PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, Chinese Wanfang, Chinese Biomedical Database, and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure databases. The odds ratio (OR) with its 95% confidence interval (95% CI) were pooled to assess the strength of the associations using RevMan 5.2 and Stata 12.0 software. A total of 5 case-control studies with 2069 cases and 2061 controls on rs2910164, 4 case-control studies with 1873 cases and 1856 controls on rs11614913 polymorphisms were enrolled in the meta-analysis. Overall, neither allele frequency nor genotype distribution of the two common polymorphisms was found to be associated with risk for ischemic stroke in all genetic models. The subgroup analysis revealed a significant association between miR-146a rs2910164 polymorphism and increased risk of ischemic stroke in large sample size group and in Koreans under homozygous, allele, dominant and recessive models. The present meta-analysis suggests that the two common polymorphisms (rs2910164, rs11614913) may not contribute to the susceptibility to ischemic stroke. However, more well-designed studies with large sample size are warranted to further validate the results in different ethnicities. PMID:26770439

  14. A low glitch 12-bit current-steering CMOS DAC for CNC systems

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    Jianming, Lei; Hanshu, Gui; Beiwen, Hu

    2013-02-01

    A 12-bit, 100-MHz CMOS current-steering D/A converter for CNC (computer number control) systems is presented. To reduce the glitch and increase the SFDR (spurious-free dynamic range), a low crosspoint switch driver and a special dummy switch are applied. In addition, a 4-5-3 segmental structure is used to optimize the performance and layout area. After improvement, the biggest glitch energy decreased from 6.7 pVs to 1.7 pVs, the INL decreased from 2 LSB to 0.8 LSB, the SFDR is 78 dB at a 100-MSPS clock rate and 1 MHz output frequency. This DAC can deliver up to 20.8 mA full-scale current into a 50 ? load. The power when operating at full-scale current is 163 mW. The layout area is 1.8 1.8 mm2 in a standard 0.35-?m CMOS technology.

  15. Cost minimizing of cutting process for CNC thermal and water-jet machines

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    Tavaeva, Anastasia; Kurennov, Dmitry

    2015-11-01

    This paper deals with optimization problem of cutting process for CNC thermal and water-jet machines. The accuracy of objective function parameters calculation for optimization problem is investigated. This paper shows that working tool path speed is not constant value. One depends on some parameters that are described in this paper. The relations of working tool path speed depending on the numbers of NC programs frames, length of straight cut, configuration part are presented. Based on received results the correction coefficients for working tool speed are defined. Additionally the optimization problem may be solved by using mathematical model. Model takes into account the additional restrictions of thermal cutting (choice of piercing and output tool point, precedence condition, thermal deformations). At the second part of paper the non-standard cutting techniques are considered. Ones may lead to minimizing of cutting cost and time compared with standard cutting techniques. This paper considers the effectiveness of non-standard cutting techniques application. At the end of the paper the future research works are indicated.

  16. Automated optical fabrication: first results from the new Precessions 1.2m CNC polishing machine

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    Walker, D. D.; Beaucamp, A. T. H.; Doubrovski, V.; Dunn, C.; Evans, R.; Freeman, R.; Kelchner, J.; McCavana, G.; Morton, R.; Riley, D.; Simms, J.; Yu, G.; Wei, X.

    2006-06-01

    The requirements of space and defence optical systems and ground-based astronomy (especially extremely large telescopes) are providing optical fabricators with new challenges. These challenges particularly concern process speed, determinism and automation, and tighter tolerances on surface form and texture. Moreover, there is a growing demand for complex off-axis and 'freeform' surfaces and for larger components of the ~1m scale. With this in view, we first report on form-correction on a smaller analogue of the IRP1200: an IRP400 in service in industry. We then report on the design, commissioning and preliminary process-development results from the first of the scaled-up 1.2m capacity CNC polishing machine from Zeeko, Ltd. This machine delivers the 'Classic' bonnet-based process, together with two new processes: fluid-jet polishing and the hybrid soft-grinding/polishing process called 'Zeeko-Grolish.' We indicate how this trio of processes running on the same machine platform with unified software can provide an unprecedented dynamic range in both volumetric removal rate and removal spot-size. This leads into a discussion of how these processes may be brought to bear on optimal control of texture and form. Preliminary performance of the 1.2m machine is illustrated with results on both axially-symmetric and more complex removal regimes. The paper concludes with an overview of the relevance of the technology to efficient production of instrumentation-optics, space optics and segmented telescope mirrors.

  17. Design and manufacturing of cranioplasty implants by 3-axis cnc milling.

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    Hieu, L C; Bohez, E; Vander Sloten, J; Oris, P; Phien, H N; Vatcharaporn, E; Binh, P H

    2002-01-01

    Although various techniques and materials have been used for making cranioplasty implants, personalized cranioplasty implants are high in cost because of expensive materials and production technology, long design and manufacturing time, and intensive labor use. This research was a part of our research project in ASEAN countries to investigate feasible technical solutions of minimizing the implant cost based on available production technologies in the region. The use of 3-axis CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling techniques for making molds to fabricate PMMA implants was successfully investigated. With the development of a design support program bridging between Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Medical Image Processing (MIP) system, the time for geometrical modeling of implants and molds was reduced to half a day. The machining time to complete a mold was about 5 to 6 hours; and it took maximal 2 hours to fabricate an implant with self-curing PMMA and 3 and half hours for fabricating an implant with heat-curing PMMA. The cost of implants is acceptable for the ASEAN region. PMID:12368561

  18. An improved method for risk evaluation in failure modes and effects analysis of CNC lathe

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    Rachieru, N.; Belu, N.; Anghel, D. C.

    2015-11-01

    Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) is one of the most popular reliability analysis tools for identifying, assessing and eliminating potential failure modes in a wide range of industries. In general, failure modes in FMEA are evaluated and ranked through the risk priority number (RPN), which is obtained by the multiplication of crisp values of the risk factors, such as the occurrence (O), severity (S), and detection (D) of each failure mode. However, the crisp RPN method has been criticized to have several deficiencies. In this paper, linguistic variables, expressed in Gaussian, trapezoidal or triangular fuzzy numbers, are used to assess the ratings and weights for the risk factors S, O and D. A new risk assessment system based on the fuzzy set theory and fuzzy rule base theory is to be applied to assess and rank risks associated to failure modes that could appear in the functioning of Turn 55 Lathe CNC. Two case studies have been shown to demonstrate the methodology thus developed. It is illustrated a parallel between the results obtained by the traditional method and fuzzy logic for determining the RPNs. The results show that the proposed approach can reduce duplicated RPN numbers and get a more accurate, reasonable risk assessment. As a result, the stability of product and process can be assured.

  19. Development of a high precision tabletop versatile CNC wire-EDM for making intricate micro parts

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    Liao, Yunn-Shiuan; Chen, Shun-Tong; Lin, Chang-Sheng

    2005-02-01

    The micro-electrical discharge machining (micro-EDM) process has been proved to be appropriate for making 3D micro parts that are difficult and even impossible to manufacture by other processes. In this paper a high precision tabletop CNC wire electrical discharge machine (wire EDM) designed specifically for machining complex shape micro parts or structures is developed. In the machine developed, a novel micro-wire-cutting mechanism is designed, an approach to control wire tension by magnetic force is proposed and a servo feed control strategy, in accordance with the measured gap voltage, is designed and implemented. To verify the functions and capabilities of the machine developed, several thick micro outer and internal spur gears and rack are machined. It shows that the taper angle along the wall or cavity of a part that appears when other micro-EDM processes are applied can be avoided. A very good dimensional accuracy of 1 m and a surface finish of Rmax equal to 0.64 m are achieved. The satisfactory cutting of a miniature 3D pagoda with a micro-hooked structure also reveals that the machine developed is versatile, and can be used as a new tool for making intricate micro parts.

  20. An adaptive recurrent-neural-network motion controller for X-Y table in CNC machine.

    PubMed

    Lin, Faa-Jeng; Shieh, Hsin-Jang; Shieh, Po-Huang; Shen, Po-Hung

    2006-04-01

    In this paper, an adaptive recurrent-neural-network (ARNN) motion control system for a biaxial motion mechanism driven by two field-oriented control permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) in the computer numerical control (CNC) machine is proposed. In the proposed ARNN control system, a RNN with accurate approximation capability is employed to approximate an unknown dynamic function, and the adaptive learning algorithms that can learn the parameters of the RNN on line are derived using Lyapunov stability theorem. Moreover, a robust controller is proposed to confront the uncertainties including approximation error, optimal parameter vectors, higher-order terms in Taylor series, external disturbances, cross-coupled interference and friction torque of the system. To relax the requirement for the value of lumped uncertainty in the robust controller, an adaptive lumped uncertainty estimation law is investigated. Using the proposed control, the position tracking performance is substantially improved and the robustness to uncertainties including cross-coupled interference and friction torque can be obtained as well. Finally, some experimental results of the tracking of various reference contours demonstrate the validity of the proposed design for practical applications. PMID:16602590

  1. Pulsating Stars

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    Catelan, M.; Smith, H. A.

    2015-03-01

    This book surveys our understanding of stars which change in brightness because they pulsate. Pulsating variable stars are keys to distance scales inside and beyond the Milky Way galaxy. They test our understanding not only of stellar pulsation theory but also of stellar structure and evolution theory. Moreover, pulsating stars are important probes of the formation and evolution of our own and neighboring galaxies. Our understanding of pulsating stars has greatly increased in recent years as large-scale surveys of pulsating stars in the Milky Way and other Local Group galaxies have provided a wealth of new observations and as space-based instruments have studied particular pulsating stars in unprecedented detail.

  2. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Radial velocities of eclipsing binaries (Imbert, 2002)

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    Imbert, M.

    2002-03-01

    Spectroscopic orbits of the 12 eclipsing binary systems, TW And, CD And, RS Ari, RU Cnc, TW Cnc, UU Cnc, V788 Cyg, AW Her, MM Her, RV Lib, EW Ori and ZZ UMa are obtained from Coravel and Elodie radial velocity measurements. We obtain a first orbit for CD And, RS Ari, TW Cnc, and V788 Cyg. For the systems TW And, RU Cnc, UU Cnc, AW Her, MM Her, RV Lib, EW Ori and ZZ UMa, the new spectroscopic orbits are either better or of quality comparable to that previously published. The physical properties of these systems were estimated with the photometric parameters from available data except CD And, TW Cnc, UU Cnc, V788 Cyg and RV Lib for which we found a model compatible with the observations. The systems RU Cnc, AW Her, MM Her and RV Lib belong to RS CVn group. In general these systems were difficult to observe with Coravel, on the one hand because the stars are relatively weak and on the other hand because of nature of the components giving peaks of correlation with weak contrast. (2 data files).

  3. Evidence of interaction of CARD8 rs2043211 with NALP3 rs35829419 in Crohn's disease.

    PubMed

    Roberts, R L; Topless, R K G; Phipps-Green, A J; Gearry, R B; Barclay, M L; Merriman, T R

    2010-06-01

    The location of CARD8 within an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) locus and its role in the NALP3 inflammasome and as a nuclear factor (NF)kappaB inhibitor make it an attractive candidate risk gene for IBD. However, studies testing for the association of the CARD8 loss-of-function single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs2043211 with IBD have yielded mixed results. A recent study provided evidence that this discordance may result from an interaction of rs2043211 with loss-of-function variants in nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain protein 2 (NOD2) and a gain-of-function SNP (rs35829419) in NALP3. To confirm this interaction, we conducted a replication in an independent IBD sample set (n=1009 patients, n=517 controls). We found that the presence of the minor allele of rs2043211 with the major allele of rs35829419 conferred a protective effect against Crohn's disease (and vice versa), which intensified in the absence of NOD2 mutations (P(1,2/1,1)=0.009, odds ratio (OR)=0.66, 95% confidence interval (CI) (0.48-0.90); P(1,1/1,2)=0.015, OR=0.35, 95% CI (0.15-0.82)). We propose that these genotype combinations protect against gut inflammation by preventing the NALP3 inflammasome from producing excessive interleukin-1beta. PMID:20182451

  4. An Analysis of Light Variations of RS Canum Venaticorum Binary Systems.

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    Caton, Daniel Bruce

    Photoelectric data for fourteen RS Canum Venaticorum binary systems were obtained by the author from 1978 through 1981, at Rosemary Hill Observatory. These data are presented in the form of light curves and tabulated magnitudes and heliocentric Julian Dates. The outside-of-eclipse points for eight systems were Fourier analyzed for measurement of any distortion wave in the light curve. The wave in RS Canum Venaticorum itself was found to have moved half a phase unit in only two years. A wave was discovered in the light curve of RZ Eridani, and was found to have changed in a manner consistent with the starspot model for RS CVn systems. The light curve for UX Comae Bernices was found to have a large amount of intrinsic scatter, and the system was found to be anomalously bright on one night. These characteristics suggest that some type of flare activity may be present in that system. The other five systems analyzed were found to have waves consistent with other published results, or to have no definite wave at all. The possibility of detecting spots and deriving spot sizes from secondary eclipse observations was also explored. For this purpose the Wilson-Devinney computer program for light curve synthesis was modified to allow spots on the secondary star. Comparison of computer synthesized secondary eclipses of spotted stars to actual observations showed that there is little chance of detecting fluctuations due to individual spots. It was found that there is even less chance for discriminating between a few large spots and a large number of smaller spots. However, the program did produce good fits to RS CVn light curves, using reasonable spot parameters.

  5. 40 CFR 180.1114 - Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas syringae 742RS...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas syringae 742RS; exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance... Tolerances § 180.1114 Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas...

  6. 40 CFR 180.1114 - Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas syringae 742RS...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 25 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas syringae 742RS; exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance... Tolerances § 180.1114 Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas...

  7. 40 CFR 180.1114 - Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas syringae 742RS...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 25 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas syringae 742RS; exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance... Tolerances § 180.1114 Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas...

  8. 40 CFR 180.1114 - Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas syringae 742RS...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 24 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas syringae 742RS; exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance... Tolerances § 180.1114 Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas...

  9. 40 CFR 180.1114 - Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas syringae 742RS...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 24 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas syringae 742RS; exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance... Tolerances § 180.1114 Pseudomonas fluorescens A506, Pseudomonas fluorescens 1629RS, and Pseudomonas...

  10. Synoptic APT Photometry of the RS CVn Binary HD 28591

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    Steelman, David P.; Nations, Harold L.

    1992-12-01

    HD 28591 is a single-lined, non-eclipsing RS CVn binary which exhibits photometric variations indicative of starspot activity. We report on B and V observations obtained over the period 1988-1992 with the Phoenix-10 Automatic Photoelectric Telescope sited on Mt. Hopkins, AZ. The system exhibits a variable distortion wave with amplitudes ranging from 0.04 to 0.07 magnitudes in V as well as a variable mean light level. A Scargle periodogram analysis of the entire dataset shows a highly significant peak at a period of 10.650 days. As this is exactly half the reported orbital period of 21.3 days, this casts doubt on its validity as the rotational period of the primary. Inspection of the differential magnitudes plotted against J. D. as well as light curves phased with both periods leaves little doubt that the star is synchronously rotating but with a light curve that shows two, often unequal, maxima per orbit. We have modelled the B and V data simultaneously using the formalism of Budding (1977). This analysis indicates that two distinct spot groups, widely separated in longitude, are needed during all seasons to accurately model the light curves. The results for the individual years show evolution over time of both the spot sizes and longitudes. The measurement of the total spotted areas in these seasons ranges from approximately 0.017 to 0.034 of the total surface area and shows some preliminary indications of a starspot cycle in HD 28591.

  11. [Linkage disequilibrium and haplotypes of rs1042522, rs1625895 and rs17878362 gene TP53 markers in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma].

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    Voropaeva, E N; Voevoda, M I; Pospelova, T I; Maksimov, V N

    2014-01-01

    Association of rs1042522, rs17878362 and rs1625895 markers with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma risk is not well studied. Large number of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma entities, as well as a small effect of each of the polymorphisms on the lymphomas risk, leads to the analyses of these markers in each of histological subtypes of lymphoma and to study the polymorphisms in the haplotype groups. The goal of this work was to analyze the frequency, haplotypes and linkage disequilibrium of rs1042522, rs1625895 and rs17878362 in the patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and in control group. The differences in the structure of LD between rs17878362, rs1042522 and rs1625895 TP53 gene in the population of the Siberian region were shown. Haplotype approach wasmore informative in the analyses of association of the gene TP53 polymorphisms and the diffuse large B-cell lymphomas risk in case-control study than the study of each polymorphism. The association of haplotype wArgG with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma risk, and the protective effect of haplotypes wProG or dupProG were identified. The difference in the effects of the haplotype TP53 was noted depending on the homozygous or heterozygous diplotype. PMID:25842861

  12. Changes in the red giant and dusty environment of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi following the 2006 eruption

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    Rushton, M. T.; Kaminsky, B.; Lynch, D. K.; Pavlenko, Ya. V.; Evans, A.; Eyres, S. P. S.; Woodward, C. E.; Russell, Ray W.; Rudy, Richard J.; Sitko, Michael L.; Kerr, T.

    2010-01-01

    We present near-infrared spectroscopy of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi (RS Oph) obtained on several occasions after its latest outburst in 2006 February. The 1-5?m spectra are dominated by the red giant, but the HI, HeI and coronal lines present during the eruption are present in all our observations. From the fits of the computed infrared spectral energy distributions to the observed fluxes, we find Teff = 4200 +/- 200K for the red giant. The first overtone CO bands at 2.3?m, formed in the atmosphere of the red giant, are variable. The spectra clearly exhibit an infrared excess due to dust emission longward of 5?m we estimate an effective temperature for the emitting dust shell of 500 K, and find that the dust emission is also variable, being beyond the limit of detection in 2007. Most likely, the secondary star in RS Oph is intrinsically variable.

  13. Association between TNF-?rs1799724 and rs1800629 polymorphisms and the risk of Crohn's disease.

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    Mao, Y Q; Dong, S Q; Gao, M

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the associations between 2 major tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-?) polymorphisms, rs1799724 C>T and rs1800629 G>A, and the susceptibility to Crohn's disease (CD) using a meta-analysis framework. The PubMed, EBSCO, Ovid, Wiley, Web of Science, WANFANG, and VIP databases (last updated search in October 2014) were comprehensively searched for relevant published studies. The studies retrieved from database searches were filtered based on inclusion and exclusion criteria, and the resultant data extracted from the selected studies were analyzed using the Comprehensive Meta-analysis 2.0 software. Eleven case-control studies, containing 2000 CD patients and 3499 healthy controls, were identified as relevant to this meta-analysis. Data extracted from these 11 studies were analyzed to understand the role of the 2 TNF-? polymorphisms in CD. We found that the TNF-? rs1799724 C>T polymorphism increased the susceptibility to CD (allele model: OR = 1.293, 95%CI = 1.090-1.534, P = 0.003; dominant model: OR = 1.258, 95%CI = 1.031-1.534, P = 0.024). In contrast, we found no significant association between the TNF-? rs1800629 G>A polymorphism and CD susceptibility (allele model: OR = 1.005, 95%CI = 0.864-1.170, P = 0.945; dominant model: OR = 0.962, 95%CI = 0.809-1.145, P = 0.667). This meta-analysis showed that the TNF-? rs1799724 C>T polymorphism is associated with CD susceptibility, while the TNF-? rs1800629 G>A polymorphism appeared to have no correlation with the susceptibility to CD. PMID:26634549

  14. Beryllium abundances in parent stars of extrasolar planets: 16 Cygni A & B and rho (1) CANCRI

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    Garcia Lopez, R. J.; Perez de Taoro, M. R.

    1998-06-01

    The (9) Be ii lambda 3131 Angstroms doublet has been observed in the solar-type stars 16 Cyg A & B and in the late G-type star rho (1) Cnc, to derive their beryllium abundances. 16 Cyg A & B show similar (solar) beryllium abundances while 16 Cyg B, which has been proposed to have a planetary companion of ~ 2 M_Jup, is known to be depleted in lithium by a factor larger than 6 with respect to 16 Cyg A. Differences in their rotational histories which could induce different rates of internal mixing of material, and the ingestion of a similar planet by 16 Cyg A are discussed as potential explanations. The existence of two other solar-type stars which are candidates to harbour planetary-mass companions and which show lithium and beryllium abundances close to those of 16 Cyg A, requires a more detailed inspection of the peculiarities of the 16 Cyg system. For rho (1) Cnc, which is the coolest known object candidate to harbour a planetary-mass companion (M > 0.85 M_Jup), we establish a precise upper limit for its beryllium abundance, showing a strong Be depletion which constrains the available mixing mechanisms. Observations of similar stars without companions are required to assess the potential effects of the planetary companion on the observed depletion. It has been recently claimed that rho (1) Cnc appears to be a subgiant. If this were the case, the observed strong Li and Be depletions could be explained by a dilution process taking place during its post-main sequence evolution. Based on observations made with the Nordic Optical and William Herschel Telescopes, which are operated on the island of La Palma by the NOT Scientific Association and the Isaac Newton Group, respectively, in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrof\\'\\i sica de Canarias.

  15. Niobium in R And (S6, 6e) and HR 1105 (S5, 3). [S star abundance

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    Davis, D. N.

    1985-01-01

    Lines of the first multiplet of niobium are strong in R And and HR 1105. These lines are also present in other S stars: HR 8714, R Cam, V Cnc, R CMi, and T Sgr. They are also visible in the M stars, Beta-Peg and Mu-UMa. An approximation to the abundance ratio, Nb/Fe, has been deduced from pairs of lines having nearly equal intensity. In R And, the ratio is about 200 times the solar value. It is hoped that good plates will soon be obtained for the near infrared region, so that the significant Nb/Rb abundance ratio may be determined.

  16. The CN/C15N isotopic ratio towards dark clouds

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    Hily-Blant, P.; Pineau des Forts, G.; Faure, A.; Le Gal, R.; Padovani, M.

    2013-09-01

    Understanding the origin of the composition of solar system cosmomaterials is a central question, not only in the cosmochemistry and astrochemistry fields, and requires various approaches to be combined. Measurements of isotopic ratios in cometary materials provide strong constraints on the content of the protosolar nebula. Their relation with the composition of the parental dark clouds is, however, still very elusive. In this paper, we bring new constraints based on the isotopic composition of nitrogen in dark clouds, with the aim of understanding the chemical processes that are responsible for the observed isotopic ratios. We have observed and detected the fundamental rotational transition of C15N towards two starless dark clouds, L1544 and L1498. We were able to derive the column density ratio of C15N over 13CN towards the same clouds and obtain the CN/C15N isotopic ratios, which were found to be 500 75 for both L1544 and L1498. These values are therefore marginally consistent with the protosolar value of 441. Moreover, this ratio is larger than the isotopic ratio of nitrogen measured in HCN. In addition, we present model calculations of the chemical fractionation of nitrogen in dark clouds, which make it possible to understand how CN can be deprived of 15N and HCN can simultaneously be enriched in heavy nitrogen. The non-fractionation of N2H+, however, remains an open issue, and we propose some chemical way of alleviating the discrepancy between model predictions and the observed ratios. Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.orgThe reduced spectra (in FITS format) are available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/557/A65

  17. Further application and amelioration of a novel CNC aspheric grinding machine

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    Hu, Jianjun; Pan, Junhua

    2006-02-01

    Aspheric surface can be thought as being enveloped by a series of spherical surfaces with their centre on the same axis but having different positions. These spherical surfaces are tangent with the aspheric surface. A ?600 CNC aspheric grinding machine with this novel operating principleis manufactured. The machine was reported in August 2005. We choose ? p, ? and ? p as the key parameters of our grinding machine. ? p is the distance between the cup shaped tool's bottom and the vertex of the aspheric surface. ? p is the rotational angle of the cup shaped tool. ? is the space angle of the cup shaped tool during the fabrication process of convex aspheric surface. This grinding machine can be used to fabricate a conic concave aspheric surface continuously about three hours. But we need change the cup shaped tool one time when we fabricate a conic convex aspheric surface in also about three hours. The grinding machine can also be used to fabricate high-order aspheric surface. In the last report we intoroduced that we used this machined fabricating a RC telescope system's primary and the secondary mirror. The PV-value is less than 5?m for the primary ?350 concave hyperbolic aspheric surface which departure is about 55?m. The residual errors can be removed easily. This machine have been improved both the cup shaped tool and filter system. Using this grinding machine we have fabricated another ?460 concave aspheric surface during the last month. The PV-values of these two mirrors are both less than 7?m. The aspheric grinding machine can be fitted for fabricating concave conicoids.

  18. RADIAL VELOCITY PLANETS DE-ALIASED: A NEW, SHORT PERIOD FOR SUPER-EARTH 55 Cnc e

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    Dawson, Rebekah I.; Fabrycky, Daniel C. E-mail: daniel.fabrycky@gmail.co

    2010-10-10

    Radial velocity measurements of stellar reflex motion have revealed many extrasolar planets, but gaps in the observations produce aliases, spurious frequencies that are frequently confused with the planets' orbital frequencies. In the case of Gl 581 d, the distinction between an alias and the true frequency was the distinction between a frozen, dead planet and a planet possibly hospitable to life. To improve the characterization of planetary systems, we describe how aliases originate and present a new approach for distinguishing between orbital frequencies and their aliases. Our approach harnesses features in the spectral window function to compare the amplitude and phase of predicted aliases with peaks present in the data. We apply it to confirm prior alias distinctions for the planets GJ 876 d and HD 75898 b. We find that the true periods of Gl 581 d and HD 73526 b/c remain ambiguous. We revise the periods of HD 156668 b and 55 Cnc e, which were afflicted by daily aliases. For HD 156668 b, the correct period is 1.2699 days and the minimum mass is (3.1 {+-} 0.4) M{sub +}. For 55 Cnc e, the correct period is 0.7365 days-the shortest of any known planet-and the minimum mass is (8.3 {+-} 0.3) M{sub +}. This revision produces a significantly improved five-planet Keplerian fit for 55 Cnc, and a self-consistent dynamical fit describes the data just as well. As radial velocity techniques push to ever-smaller planets, often found in systems of multiple planets, distinguishing true periods from aliases will become increasingly important.

  19. FPGA-Based Fused Smart-Sensor for Tool-Wear Area Quantitative Estimation in CNC Machine Inserts

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    Trejo-Hernandez, Miguel; Osornio-Rios, Roque Alfredo; de Jesus Romero-Troncoso, Rene; Rodriguez-Donate, Carlos; Dominguez-Gonzalez, Aurelio; Herrera-Ruiz, Gilberto

    2010-01-01

    Manufacturing processes are of great relevance nowadays, when there is a constant claim for better productivity with high quality at low cost. The contribution of this work is the development of a fused smart-sensor, based on FPGA to improve the online quantitative estimation of flank-wear area in CNC machine inserts from the information provided by two primary sensors: the monitoring current output of a servoamplifier, and a 3-axis accelerometer. Results from experimentation show that the fusion of both parameters makes it possible to obtain three times better accuracy when compared with the accuracy obtained from current and vibration signals, individually used. PMID:22319304

  20. FPGA-based fused smart-sensor for tool-wear area quantitative estimation in CNC machine inserts.

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    Trejo-Hernandez, Miguel; Osornio-Rios, Roque Alfredo; de Jesus Romero-Troncoso, Rene; Rodriguez-Donate, Carlos; Dominguez-Gonzalez, Aurelio; Herrera-Ruiz, Gilberto

    2010-01-01

    Manufacturing processes are of great relevance nowadays, when there is a constant claim for better productivity with high quality at low cost. The contribution of this work is the development of a fused smart-sensor, based on FPGA to improve the online quantitative estimation of flank-wear area in CNC machine inserts from the information provided by two primary sensors: the monitoring current output of a servoamplifier, and a 3-axis accelerometer. Results from experimentation show that the fusion of both parameters makes it possible to obtain three times better accuracy when compared with the accuracy obtained from current and vibration signals, individually used. PMID:22319304

  1. Detection of a sub-milliarcsecond radio component in the RS CVn system HR 1099

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    Mutel, R. L.; Phillips, R. B.; Webber, J. C.; Niell, A. E.; Preston, R. A.; Lestrade, J.-F.

    1984-01-01

    The RS CVn system HR 1099 was observed with a five station VLBI array at a frequency of 8.4 GHz during a strong radio outburst of approximately 400 mJy. The data are consistent with a circular Gaussian source of 0.8 + or - 0.12 milli-arcsec (FWHM), corresponding to a linear size of 4 + or - 0.6 x 10 to the 11th cm. This is comparable to the distance between the surfaces of the two stars, or to 75 percent of the diameter of the chromospherically active K star. Extrapolation of published photometric data shows that the starspot formation of HR 1099 was facing toward the observers at the times of observations. The high equivalent brightness temperature, approximately 10 billion K, is consistent with gyrosynchrotron emission from a power-law energy distribution of electrons in a magnetic field of strength about 30 gauss.

  2. Effect of a gelatin-based edible coating containing cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) on the quality and nutrient retention of fresh strawberries during storage

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    Fakhouri, F. M.; Casari, A. C. A.; Mariano, M.; Yamashita, F.; Innocnentini Mei, L. H.; Soldi, V.; Martelli, S. M.

    2014-08-01

    Strawberry is a non-climacteric fruit with a very short postharvest shelf-life. Loss of quality in this fruit is mostly due to its relatively high metabolic activity and sensitivity to fungal decay, meanly grey mold (Botrytis cinerea). In this study, the ability of gelatin coatings containing cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) to extend the shelf-life of strawberry fruit (Fragaria ananassa) over 8 days were studied. The filmogenic solution was obtained by the hydration of 5 g of gelatin (GEL) in 100 mL of distillated water containing different amounts of CNC dispersion (10 mg CNC/g of GEL or 50 mg of CNC/g of GEL) for 1 hour at room temperature. After this period, the solution was heated to 70 °C and maintained at this temperature for 10 minutes. The plasticizer (glycerol) (10g/100g of the GEL) was then added with constant, gentle stirring in order to avoid forming air bubbles and also to avoid gelatin denaturation until complete homogenization. Strawberries (purchased at the local market) were immersed in the filmogenic solution for 1 minute and after coated were dried at 15 °C by 24 hours. The strawberries were then kept under refrigeration and characterized in terms of their properties (weight loss, ascorbic acid content, titratable acidity, water content). The results have shown that samples covered with GEL/CNC had a significant improvement in its shelf- life. For instance, for the control sample (without coating) the weight loss after 8 days of storage was around 65%, while covered samples loss in the range of 31-36%. Edible coating was also effective in the retention of ascorbic acid (AA) in the strawberries, while control sample presented a fast decay in the AA content, covered samples showed a slow decay in the AA concentration. Moreover, the use of GEL/CNC edible coating had an antimicrobial effect in the fruits.

  3. RaPToRS Sample Delivery System

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    Henchen, Robert; Shibata, Kye; Krieger, Michael; Pogozelski, Edward; Padalino, Stephen; Glebov, Vladimir; Sangster, Craig

    2010-11-01

    At various labs (NIF, LLE, NRL), activated material samples are used to measure reaction properties. The Rapid Pneumatic Transport of Radioactive Samples (RaPToRS) system quickly and safely moves these radioactive samples through a closed PVC tube via airflow. The carrier travels from the reaction chamber to the control and analysis station, pneumatically braking at the outlet. A reversible multiplexer routes samples from various locations near the shot chamber to the analysis station. Also, the multiplexer allows users to remotely load unactivated samples without manually approaching the reaction chamber. All elements of the system (pneumatic drivers, flow control valves, optical position sensors, multiplexers, Geiger counters, and release gates at the analysis station) can be controlled manually or automatically using a custom LabVIEW interface. A prototype is currently operating at NRL in Washington DC. Prospective facilities for Raptors systems include LLE and NIF.

  4. An RS-170 to 700 frame per second CCD camera

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    Albright, K.L.; King, N.S.P.; Yates, G.J.; McDonald, T.E.; Turko, B.T.

    1993-08-01

    A versatile new camera, the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) model GY6, is described. It operates at a wide variety of frame rates, from RS-170 to 700 frames per second. The camera operates as an NTSC compatible black and white camera when operating at RS-170 rates. When used for variable high-frame rates, a simple substitution is made of the RS-170 sync/clock generator circuit card with a high speed emitter-coupled logic (ECL) circuit card.

  5. The radish defensins RsAFP1 and RsAFP2 act synergistically with caspofungin against Candida albicans biofilms.

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    Vriens, Kim; Cools, Tanne L; Harvey, Peta J; Craik, David J; Braem, Annabel; Vleugels, Jozef; Coninck, Barbara De; Cammue, Bruno P A; Thevissen, Karin

    2016-01-01

    The radish defensin RsAFP2 was previously characterized as a peptide with potent antifungal activity against several plant pathogenic fungi and human pathogens, including Candida albicans. RsAFP2 induces apoptosis and impairs the yeast-to-hypha transition in C. albicans. As the yeast-to-hypha transition is considered important for progression to mature biofilms, we analyzed the potential antibiofilm activity of recombinant (r)RsAFP2, heterologously expressed in Pichia pastoris, against C. albicans biofilms. We found that rRsAFP2 prevents C. albicans biofilm formation with a BIC-2 (i.e., the minimal rRsAFP2 concentration that inhibits biofilm formation by 50% as compared to control treatment) of 1.65 ± 0.40mg/mL. Moreover, biofilm-specific synergistic effects were observed between rRsAFP2 doses as low as 2.5μg/mL to 10μg/mL and the antimycotics caspofungin and amphotericin B, pointing to the potential of RsAFP2 as a novel antibiofilm compound. In addition, we characterized the solution structure of rRsAFP2 and compared it to that of RsAFP1, another defensin present in radish seeds. These peptides have similar amino acid sequences, except for two amino acids, but rRsAFP2 is more potent than RsAFP1 against planktonic and biofilm cultures. Interestingly, as in case of rRsAFP2, also RsAFP1 acts synergistically with caspofungin against C. albicans biofilms in a comparable low dose range as rRsAFP2. A structural comparison of both defensins via NMR analysis revealed that also rRsAFP2 adopts the typical cysteine-stabilized αβ-motif of plant defensins, however, no structural differences were found between these peptides that might result in their differential antifungal/antibiofilm potency. This further suggests that the conserved structure of RsAFP1 and rRsAFP2 bears the potential to synergize with antimycotics against C. albicans biofilms. PMID:26592804

  6. Star Mapper

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    1983-01-01

    A COSMIC (Computer Software Management and Information Center) program known as Skymap Star Catalog and Data Base provides a very accurate star map. The data assists Perkin Elmer Corporation in designing an optical system of proper size and field of view, and confirms the design integrity of star sensors which are very accurate and represent a major advance in optical technology. Perkin Elmer is the prime contractor for the optical telescope assembly of NASA's space telescope.

  7. Neutron Stars

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    Cottam, J.

    2007-01-01

    Neutron stars were discovered almost 40 years ago, and yet many of their most fundamental properties remain mysteries. There have been many attempts to measure the mass and radius of a neutron star and thereby constrain the equation of state of the dense nuclear matter at their cores. These have been complicated by unknown parameters such as the source distance and burning fractions. A clean, straightforward way to access the neutron star parameters is with high-resolution spectroscopy. I will present the results of searches for gravitationally red-shifted absorption lines from the neutron star atmosphere using XMM-Newton and Chandra.

  8. 108 New Variable Stars in the NSVS Database

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    Usatov, Maxim; Nosulchik, Artem

    2008-05-01

    In this paper we present 105 SR+L, 1 Orion T Tau and 2 RS CVn type variable stars found in the Northern Sky Variability Survey (NSVS) database. This work is designated to complement and finalize our previous publication of the Extended Catalog of Red AGB Variable Stars found in the NSVS database as is primarily designated to find SR+L stars. While the previous work employed the AOV ratio cutoff at >1.6 to pick stars showing slow variability pattern, we have manually processed all the remaining objects originally filtered out by the smaller AOV ratio and picked the ones with light curves showing obvious variability pattern. All the stars presented have no identification in General Catalogue of Variable Stars, SIMBAD and VSX databases thus most likely the stars presented are new discoveries.

  9. Computer numerically controlled (CNC) aspheric shaping with toroidal Wheels (Abstract Only)

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    Ketelsen, D.; Kittrell, W. C.; Kuhn, W. M.; Parks, R. E.; Lamb, George L.; Baker, Lynn

    1987-01-01

    Contouring with computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines can be accomplished with several different tool geometries and coordinated machine axes. To minimize the number of coordinated axes for nonsymmetric work to three, it is common practice to use a spherically shaped tool such as a ball-end mill. However, to minimize grooving due to the feed and ball radius, it is desirable to use a long ball radius, but there is clearly a practical limit to ball diameter with the spherical tool. We have found that the use of commercially available toroidal wheels permits long effective cutting radii, which in turn improve finish and minimize grooving for a set feed. In addition, toroidal wheels are easier than spherical wheels to center accurately. Cutting parameters are also easier to control because the feed rate past the tool does not change as the slope of the work changes. The drawback to the toroidal wheel is the more complex calculation of the tool path. Of course, once the algorithm is worked out, the tool path is as easily calculated as for a spherical tool. We have performed two experiments with the Large Optical Generator (LOG) that were ideally suited to three-axis contouring--surfaces that have no axis of rotational symmetry. By oscillating the cutting head horizontally or vertically (in addition to the motions required to generate the power of the surface) , and carefully coordinating those motions with table rotation, the mostly astigmatic departure for these surfaces is produced. The first experiment was a pair of reflector molds that together correct the spherical aberration of the Arecibo radio telescope. The larger of these was 5 m in diameter and had a 12 cm departure from the best-fit sphere. The second experiment was the generation of a purely astigmatic surface to demonstrate the feasibility of producing axially symmetric asphe.rics while mounted and rotated about any off-axis point. Measurements of the latter (the first experiment had relatively loose tolerances) indicate an accuracy only 3 or 4 times that achieved by conventional two-axis contouring (10 AM as opposed to 3 pm rms) The successful completion of these projects demonstrates the successful application of three-axis contouring with the LOG. Toroidal cutters have also solved many of the drawbacks of spherical wheels. Work remains to be done in improving machine response and decreasing the contribution of backlash errors.

  10. Remastering the RV Classics: Self-Consistent Dynamical Models for the 55 Cnc and GJ 876 Planetary Systems

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    Nelson, Benjamin E.; Ford, E. B.; Wright, J.; Fischer, D.

    2014-01-01

    Over the past two decades, radial velocity (RV) observations have uncovered a handful of dynamically rich exoplanet systems. In particular, the 55 Cnc and GJ 876 systems have 4+ planets with some of them displaying planet-planet interactions on the observing timescale. In turn, this makes the posterior distributions of these systems oddly shaped and extremely difficult to sample from, especially when employing a Newtonian model. We apply our Radial velocity Using N-body Differential evolution Markov chain Monte Carlo code (RUN DMC; Nelson et al. 2013, submitted) to these two landmark systems. For 55 Cnc, we investigate the orbital architecture based on a cumulative 1418 RV observations from various sources and transit constraints from Winn et al. 2011. We find planets "b" and "c" are apsidally aligned but not in a mean-motion resonance, and the orbital stability of the system is sensitive to the orbital properties of planet "f". For GJ 876, we analyze the Keck HIRES (Rivera et al. 2010) and HARPS (Correia et al. 2010) data to constrain the distribution of the Laplace argument and mutual inclinations amongst planet pairs based on both the RVs and assumption of long-term stability.

  11. A Modern Take on the RV Classics: N-body Analysis of GJ 876 and 55 Cnc

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    Nelson, Benjamin E.; Ford, E. B.; Wright, J.

    2013-01-01

    Over the past two decades, radial velocity (RV) observations have uncovered a diverse population of exoplanet systems, in particular a subset of multi-planet systems that exhibit strong dynamical interactions. To extract the model parameters (and uncertainties) accurately from these observations, one requires self-consistent n-body integrations and must explore a high-dimensional 7 x number of planets) parameter space, both of which are computationally challenging. Utilizing the power of modern computing resources, we apply our Radial velocity Using N-body Differential Evolution Markov Chain Monte Carlo code (RUN DEMCMC) to two landmark systems from early exoplanet surveys: GJ 876 and 55 Cnc. For GJ 876, we analyze the Keck HIRES (Rivera et al. 2010) and HARPS (Correia et al. 2010) data and constrain the distribution of the Laplace argument. For 55 Cnc, we investigate the orbital architecture based on a cumulative 1086 RV observations from various sources and transit constraints from Winn et al. 2011. In both cases, we also test for long-term orbital stability.

  12. Theoretical and experimental research on machine tool servo system for ultra-precision position compensation on CNC lathe

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    Ma, Zhichao; Hu, Leilei; Zhao, Hongwei; Wu, Boda; Peng, Zhenxing; Zhou, Xiaoqin; Zhang, Hongguo; Zhu, Shuai; Xing, Lifeng; Hu, Huang

    2010-08-01

    The theories and techniques for improving machining accuracy via position control of diamond tool's tip and raising resolution of cutting depth on precise CNC lathes have been extremely focused on. A new piezo-driven ultra-precision machine tool servo system is designed and tested to improve manufacturing accuracy of workpiece. The mathematical model of machine tool servo system is established and the finite element analysis is carried out on parallel plate flexure hinges. The output position of diamond tool's tip driven by the machine tool servo system is tested via a contact capacitive displacement sensor. Proportional, integral, derivative (PID) feedback is also implemented to accommodate and compensate dynamical change owing cutting forces as well as the inherent non-linearity factors of the piezoelectric stack during cutting process. By closed loop feedback controlling strategy, the tracking error is limited to 0.8 ?m. Experimental results have shown the proposed machine tool servo system could provide a tool positioning resolution of 12 nm, which is much accurate than the inherent CNC resolution magnitude. The stepped shaft of aluminum specimen with a step increment of cutting depth of 1 ?m is tested, and the obtained contour illustrates the displacement command output from controller is accurately and real-time reflected on the machined part.

  13. Site-Selective Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals with Isophorone Diisocyanate and Formation of Polyurethane-CNC Composites.

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    Girouard, Natalie M; Xu, Shanhong; Schueneman, Gregory T; Shofner, Meisha L; Meredith, J Carson

    2016-01-20

    The unequal reactivity of the two isocyanate groups in an isophorone diisocyante (IPDI) monomer was exploited to yield modified cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) with both urethane and isocyanate functionality. The chemical functionality of the modified CNCs was verified with ATR-FTIR analysis and elemental analysis. The selectivity for the secondary isocyanate group using dibutyl tin dilaurate (DBTDL) as the reaction catalyst was confirmed with (13)C NMR. The modified CNCs showed improvements in the onset of thermal degradation by 35 °C compared to the unmodified CNCs. Polyurethane composites based on IPDI and a trifunctional polyether alcohol were synthesized using unmodified (um-CNC) and modified CNCs (m-CNC). The degree of nanoparticle dispersion was qualitatively assessed with polarized optical microscopy. It was found that the modification step facilitated superior nanoparticle dispersion compared to the um-CNCs, which resulted in increases in the tensile strength and work of fracture of over 200% compared to the neat matrix without degradation of elongation at break. PMID:26713564

  14. Association analysis of APOA5 rs662799 and rs3135506 polymorphisms with obesity in Moroccan patients.

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    Lakbakbi El Yaagoubi, F; Charoute, H; Bakhchane, A; Ajjemami, M; Benrahma, H; Errouagui, A; Kandil, M; Rouba, H; Barakat, A

    2015-12-01

    The aim of the present study is to explore the association between the APOA5 polymorphisms and haplotypes with obesity in Moroccan patients. The study was performed in 459 subjects, Obese (n=164) and non-obese (n=295). All subjects were genotyped for the APOA5 -1131T>C (rs662799) and c.56C>G (rs3135506) polymorphisms. The contribution of APOA5 polymorphisms and haplotypes in the increased risk of obesity were explored using logistic regression analyses. The -1131T>C and c.56C>G polymorphisms were significantly associated with obesity. Both polymorphisms were strongly associated with increased BMI. Analysis of constructed haplotypes showed a significant association between CG haplotype and susceptibility to obesity (OR [95%CI]=3.09 [1.93-4.97]; P<0.001). These results support a potential role for APOA5 common variants and related haplotypes as risk factors for obesity. PMID:26524954

  15. RORA gene rs12912233 and rs880626 polymorphisms and their interaction with SCN1A rs3812718 in the risk of epilepsy: a case-control study in Malaysia.

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    Haerian, Batoul Sadat; Sha'ari, Hidayati Mohd; Tan, Hui Jan; Fong, Choong Yi; Wong, Sau Wei; Ong, Lai Choo; Raymond, Azman Ali; Tan, Chong Tin; Mohamed, Zahurin

    2015-04-01

    RAR-related orphan receptors A (RORA) and B (RORB) and voltage-gated sodium channel type 1 (SCN1A) genes play critical roles in the regulation of the circadian clock. Evidence has shown an association of RORA and RORB polymorphisms with susceptibility to autism and depression. Hence, we tested the association of RORA rs12912233, rs16943429, rs880626, rs2290430, and rs12900948; RORB rs1157358, rs7022435, rs3750420, and rs3903529; and SCN1A rs3812718 with epilepsy risk in the Malaysians. DNA was genotyped in 1789 subjects (39% epilepsy patients) by using MassARRAY (Sequenom). Significant association was obtained for rs12912233 in Malaysian Chinese (p=0.003). Interaction between rs12912233-rs880626 and rs3812718 was associated with the epilepsy risk in the subjects overall (p=0.001). Results show that RORA rs12912233 alone might be a possible risk variant for epilepsy in Malaysian Chinese, but that, together with RORA rs880626 and SCN1A rs3812718, this polymorphism may have a synergistic effect in the epilepsy risk in Malaysians. PMID:25668517

  16. Mg(2+) signalling defines the group A streptococcal CsrRS (CovRS) regulon.

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    Gryllos, Ioannis; Grifantini, Renata; Colaprico, Annalisa; Jiang, Shengmei; Deforce, Emelia; Hakansson, Anders; Telford, John L; Grandi, Guido; Wessels, Michael R

    2007-08-01

    CsrRS (or CovRS) is a two-component system implicated in the control of multiple virulence determinants in the important human pathogen, group A Streptococcus (GAS). Earlier studies suggested that extracellular Mg(2+) signalled through the presumed sensor histidine kinase, CsrS. We now confirm those findings, as complementation of a csrS mutant restored Mg(2+)-dependent gene regulation. Moreover, we present strong evidence that Mg(2+) signals through CsrS to regulate an extensive and previously undefined repertoire of GAS genes. The effect of Mg(2+) on regulation of global gene expression was evaluated using genomic microarrays in an M-type 3 strain of GAS and in an isogenic csrS mutant. Unexpectedly, of the 72 genes identified in the Mg(2+)-stimulated CsrRS regulon, 42 were absent from the CsrR regulon (the latter being defined by comparison of wild-type and CsrR mutant transcriptomes at low Mg(2+)). We observed CsrS-dependent regulation of 72 of the 73 genes whose expression changed in response to elevated extracellular Mg(2+) in wild-type bacteria, a result that identifies CsrS as the principal, if not exclusive, sensor for extracellular Mg(2+) in GAS. To our knowledge, this study is the first to characterize global gene regulation by a GAS two-component system in response to a specific environmental stimulus. PMID:17608796

  17. Association of APOA5 rs662799 and rs3135506 polymorphisms with arterial hypertension in Moroccan patients

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    2014-01-01

    Background The goal of the study is to investigate the association between the APOA5 polymorphisms and haplotypes with Arterial Hypertension (AHT) in Moroccan patients. Methods The study was performed in 283 subjects, 149 patients with AHT and 134 controls. All subjects were genotyped for the APOA5 -1131 T > C (rs662799), 56C > G (rs3135506) and c.553G > T (rs2075291) polymorphisms. Results There was a strong association between -1131 T > C and 56C > G polymorphisms with AHT. The -1131 T > C and 56C > G polymorphisms were significantly associated with increased systolic blood pressure (SBP) and triglycerides (TG) levels. There were 4 haplotypes with a frequency higher than 5%, constructed from APOA5 polymorphisms, with the following order: -1131 T > C, 56C > G and c.553G > T. Haplotype H1 (TCG) was associated with decreased risk of AHT, whereas the haplotypes H2 (CCG) and H4 (CGG) were significantly associated with an increased risk of AHT. Carriers of H1 haplotype had a lower SBP and DBP and TG. In contrast, significant elevated SBP, DBP and TG were found in H4 haplotypes carriers. Conclusions Our data demonstrate for the first time that several common SNPs in the APOA5 gene and their haplotypes are closely associated with modifications of blood pressure and serum lipid parameters in the AHT patient. PMID:24684850

  18. Association between HRAS rs12628 and rs112587690 polymorphisms with the risk of melanoma in the North American population.

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    Tomei, Sara; Adams, Sharon; Uccellini, Lorenzo; Bedognetti, Davide; De Giorgi, Valeria; Erdenebileg, Narnygerel; Ascierto, Maria Libera; Reinboth, Jennifer; Liu, Qiuzhen; Bevilacqua, Generoso; Wang, Ena; Mazzanti, Chiara; Marincola, Francesco M

    2012-12-01

    HRAS belongs to the RAS genes superfamily. RAS genes are important players in several human tumors and the single-nucleotide polymorphism rs12628 has been shown to contribute to the risk of bladder, colon, gastrointestinal, oral, and thyroid carcinoma. We hypothesized that this SNP may affect the risk of cutaneous melanoma as well. HRAS gene contains a polymorphic region (rs112587690), a repeated hexanucleotide -GGGCCT- located in intron 1. Three alleles of this region, P1, P2, and P3, have been identified that contain two, three, and four repeats of the hexanucleotide, respectively. We investigated the clinical impact of these polymorphisms in a case-control study. A total of 141 melanoma patients and 118 healthy donors from the North America Caucasian population were screened for rs12628 and rs112587690 polymorphisms. Genotypes were assessed by capillary sequencing or fragment analysis, respectively, and rs12628 CC and rs112587690 P1P1 genotypes significantly associated with increased melanoma risk (OR = 3.83, p = 0.003; OR = 11.3, p = 0.033, respectively), while rs112587690 P1P3 frequency resulted significantly higher in the control group (OR = 0.5, p = 0.017). These results suggest that rs12628 C homozygosis may be considered a potential risk factor for melanoma development in the North American population possibly through the linkage to rs112587690. PMID:22618666

  19. Polymorphisms in Four Genes (KCNQ1 rs151290, KLF14 rs972283, GCKR rs780094 and MTNR1B rs10830963) and Their Correlation with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Han Chinese in Henan Province, China.

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    Gao, Kaiping; Wang, Jinjin; Li, Linlin; Zhai, Yujia; Ren, Yongcheng; You, Haifei; Wang, Bingyuan; Wu, Xuli; Li, Jianna; Liu, Zichen; Li, Xiong; Huang, Yaxin; Luo, Xin-Ping; Hu, Dongsheng; Ohno, Kinji; Wang, Chongjian

    2016-01-01

    Genetic variants at KCNQ1 rs151290, KLF14 rs972283, GCKR rs780094 and MTNR1B rs10830963 have been associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), but the results are contradictory in Chinese populations. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of these four SNPs with T2DM in a large population of Han Chinese at Henan province, China. Seven-hundred-thirty-six patients with T2DM (cases) and Seven-hundred-sixty-eight healthy glucose-tolerant controls were genotyped for KCNQ1 rs151290, KLF14 rs972283, GCKR rs780094 and MTNR1B rs10830963. The association of genetic variants in these four genes with T2DM was analyzed using multivariate logistic regression. Genotypes and allele distributions of KCNQ1 rs151290 were significantly different between the cases and controls (p < 0.05). The AC and CC genotypes and the combined AC + CC genotype of rs151290 in KCNQ1 were associated with increases risk of T2DM before (OR = 1.482, 95% CI = 1.062-2.069; p = 0.021; OR = 1.544, 95% CI = 1.097-2.172, p = 0.013; and OR = 1.509, 95% CI = 1.097-2.077, p = 0.011, respectively) and after (OR = 1.539, 95% CI = 1.015-2.332, p = 0.042; OR = 1.641, 95% CI = 1.070-2.516, p = 0.023; and OR = 1.582, 95% CI = 1.061-2.358, p = 0.024; respectively) adjustment for sex, age, anthropometric measurements, biochemical indexes, smoking and alcohol consumption. Consistent with results of genotype analysis, the C allele of rs151290 in KCNQ1 was also associated with increased risk of T2DM (OR = 1.166, 95% CI = 1.004-1.355, p = 0.045). No associations between genetic variants of KLF14 rs972283, GCKR rs780094 or MTNR1B rs10830963 and T2DM were detected. The AC and CC genotypes and the C allele of rs151290 in KCNQ1 may be risk factors for T2DM in Han Chinese in Henan province. PMID:26927145

  20. 55 CANCRI: A COPLANAR PLANETARY SYSTEM THAT IS LIKELY MISALIGNED WITH ITS STAR

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    Kaib, Nathan A.; Duncan, Martin J.; Raymond, Sean N.

    2011-12-15

    Although the 55 Cnc system contains multiple, closely packed planets that are presumably in a coplanar configuration, we use numerical simulations to demonstrate that they are likely to be highly inclined to their parent star's spin axis. Due to perturbations from its distant binary companion, this planetary system precesses like a rigid body about its parent star. Consequently, the parent star's spin axis and the planetary orbit normal likely diverged long ago. Because only the projected separation of the binary is known, we study this effect statistically, assuming an isotropic distribution for wide binary orbits. We find that the most likely projected spin-orbit angle is {approx}50 Degree-Sign , with a {approx}30% chance of a retrograde configuration. Transit observations of the innermost planet-55 Cnc e-may be used to verify these findings via the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect. 55 Cancri may thus represent a new class of planetary systems with well-ordered, coplanar orbits that are inclined with respect to the stellar equator.

  1. Radio stars.

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    Hjellming, R M; Wade, C M

    1971-09-17

    Up to the present time six classes of radio stars have been established. The signals are almost always very faint and drastically variable. Hence their discovery has owed as much to serendipity as to the highly sophisticated equipment and techniques that have been used. When the variations are regular, as with the pulsars, this characteristic can be exploited very successfully in the search for new objects as well as in the detailed study of those that are already known. The detection of the most erratically variable radio stars, the flare stars and the x-ray stars, is primarily a matter of luck and patience. In the case of the novas, one at least knows where and oughly when to look for radio emission. A very sensitive interferometer is clearly the best instrument to use in the initial detection of a radio star. The fact that weak background sources are frequently present makes it essential to prove that the position of a radio source agrees with that of a star to within a few arc seconds. The potential of radio astronomy for the study of radio stars will not be realized until more powerful instruments than those that are available today can be utilized. So far, we have been able to see only the most luminous of the radio stars. PMID:17836594

  2. Dynamics and Forecasting of Two Chaotic Stars

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    Binder, P.-M.; Crosson, I. J.; Cadmus, R. R., Jr.

    2008-10-01

    For two stars (R UMi and RS Cyg) believed to behave chaotically, we demonstrate that nonlinear forecasting is possible over a time horizon of about a year and calculate their future light curves, verifiable after photometric measurements take place. We find that the minimal embedding dimension of the dynamics of these stars is three. We tentatively identify the topology of the respective strange attractors, and argue that the presence of a near-2:1 resonance is a direct consequence of the features of these attractors.

  3. Star dust.

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    Ney, E P

    1977-02-11

    Infrared astronomy has shown that certain classes of stars are abundant producers of refractory grains, which condense in their atmospheres and are blown into interstellar space by the radiation pressure of these stars. Metallic silicates of the kind that produce terrestrial planets are injected by the oxygen-rich stars and carbon and its refractories by carbon stars. Much of the interstellar dust may be produced by this mechanism. A number of "infrared stars" are completely surrounded by their own dust, and a few of these exhibit a unique morphology that suggests the formation of a planetary system or a stage in the evolution of a planetary nebula. Certain novae also condense grains, which are blown out in their shells. In our own solar system, comets are found to contain the same silicates that are present elsewhere in the galaxy, suggesting that these constituents were present in the primeval solar nebula. PMID:17732279

  4. 10 CFR 434.103 - Referenced standards (RS).

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    2010-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Referenced standards (RS). 434.103 Section 434.103 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ENERGY CONSERVATION ENERGY CODE FOR NEW FEDERAL COMMERCIAL AND MULTI-FAMILY HIGH RISE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS Administration and Enforcement-General § 434.103 Referenced standards (RS)....

  5. 10 CFR 434.103 - Referenced standards (RS).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 3 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Referenced standards (RS). 434.103 Section 434.103 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ENERGY CONSERVATION ENERGY CODE FOR NEW FEDERAL COMMERCIAL AND MULTI-FAMILY HIGH RISE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS Administration and Enforcement-General § 434.103 Referenced standards (RS)....

  6. 10 CFR 434.103 - Referenced standards (RS).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 3 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Referenced standards (RS). 434.103 Section 434.103 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ENERGY CONSERVATION ENERGY CODE FOR NEW FEDERAL COMMERCIAL AND MULTI-FAMILY HIGH RISE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS Administration and Enforcement-General § 434.103 Referenced standards (RS)....

  7. 10 CFR 434.103 - Referenced standards (RS).

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    2014-01-01

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  8. 10 CFR 434.103 - Referenced standards (RS).

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    2013-01-01

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  9. Responding to the 5Rs: An Alternate Perspective of Slowmation

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    Kidman, Gillian; Keast, Stephen; Cooper, Rebecca

    2012-01-01

    This paper is a response to Hoban and Neilsen's (2010) Five Rs model for understanding how learners engage with slowmation. An alternative model (the Learning MMAEPER Model) that builds on the 5Rs model is explained in terms of its use in secondary science preservice teacher education. To probe into the surface and deep learning that can occur

  10. Fast decoding of a d(min) = 6 RS code

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    Deng, H.; Costello, D. J., Jr.

    1983-01-01

    A method for high speed decoding a d sub min = 6 Reed-Solomon (RS) code is presented. Properties of the two byte error correcting and three byte error detecting RS code are discussed. Decoding using a quadratic equation is shown. Theorems and concomitant proofs are included to substantiate this decoding method.

  11. Responding to the 5Rs: An Alternate Perspective of Slowmation

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    Kidman, Gillian; Keast, Stephen; Cooper, Rebecca

    2012-01-01

    This paper is a response to Hoban and Neilsen's (2010) Five Rs model for understanding how learners engage with slowmation. An alternative model (the Learning MMAEPER Model) that builds on the 5Rs model is explained in terms of its use in secondary science preservice teacher education. To probe into the surface and deep learning that can occur…

  12. A spectroscopic analysis of three cataclysmic variable stars

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    Unda-Sanzana, E.

    2005-02-01

    Cataclysmic variable stars (CVs) are binary systems in which matter is transferred from a low mass star to a white dwarf via an accretion disc. My thesis is a spectroscopic study of three of these objects: U Gem, GD 552 and GY Cnc. I present high-resolution optical spectra of U Gem taken during quiescence. For U Gem, the radial velocity semi-amplitude of the white dwarf, K1, is accurately known thanks to a direct observation by Long et al. (1999). I find that even with these data the optical measurements are seriously distorted compared to the known value, which is not recovered to better than 20%. Doppler tomograms show emission at low velocity, close to the centre of mass, and a transient and sharp absorption feature is seen in the Balmer lines close to eclipse. I suggest that stellar prominences may explain part of these features. I study two features detected in HeII 4686.75 angstroms. They seem to be produced in the bright spot. The narrower feature has a velocity close to that of the accretion disc in the impact region. I present evidence of weak spiral structure, which may support explanations for ``spiral shocks'' based upon 3-body effects. I apply a method of isophote fitting to search for evidence of stream-disc overflow, but fail to uncover any. I detect evidence of irradiation of the mass donor with shielding by the disc: I estimate an H/R ratio between 0.15 and 0.20. For GD 552 I present spectroscopy taken with the aim of detecting emission from the mass donor. I fail to do so at a level which allows me to rule out the presence of a near-main-sequence star donor. Given GD 552's orbital period of 103 minutes, this suggests instead that it may be a system that has evolved through the 80 minute orbital period minimum of CVs and now has a brown dwarf mass donor. Finally, I give a first look at high-resolution data for GY Cnc, whose dynamical parameters make it a near-perfect twin of U Gem. I find several surprising features: the bright spot is completely absent from the Balmer lines, although visible in other lines; emission from the secondary sta r seems to arise from the whole of its Roche lobe; and low velocity emission is detected near the centre of mass as in U Gem. I argue that GY Cnc provides further evidence of the presence of prominence-like structures on CVs.

  13. Association of p53 rs1042522, MDM2 rs2279744, and p21 rs1801270 polymorphisms with retinoblastoma risk and invasion in a Chinese population

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    Chen, Rongxin; Liu, Shu; Ye, Huijing; Li, Jiali; Du, Yi; Chen, Lingyan; Liu, Xiaoman; Ding, Yungang; Li, Qian; Mao, Yuxiang; Ai, Siming; Zhang, Ping; Ma, Wenfang; Yang, Huasheng

    2015-01-01

    Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of p53 rs1042522, MDM2 rs2279744 and p21 rs1801270, all in the p53 pathway, which plays a crucial role in DNA damage and genomic instability, were reported to be associated with cancer risk and pathologic characteristics. This case-control study was designed to analyse the association between these SNPs and retinoblastoma (RB) in a Chinese Han population. These SNPs in 168 RB patients and 185 adult controls were genotyped using genomic DNA from venous blood. No significant difference was observed in allele or genotypic frequencies of these SNPs between Chinese RB patients and controls (all P > 0.05). However, the rs1042522 GC genotype showed a protective effect against RB invasion, as demonstrated by event-free survival (HR = 0.53, P = 0.007 for GC versus GG/CC). This effect was significant for patients with a lag time >1 month and no pre-enucleation treatment (P = 0.007 and P = 0.010, respectively), indicating an interaction between p53 rs1042522 and clinical characteristics, including lag time and pre-enucleation treatment status. Thus, the rs1042522 SNP may be associated with RB invasion in the Han Chinese population; however, further large and functional studies are needed to assess the validity of this association. PMID:26289323

  14. Association of p53 rs1042522, MDM2 rs2279744, and p21 rs1801270 polymorphisms with retinoblastoma risk and invasion in a Chinese population.

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    Chen, Rongxin; Liu, Shu; Ye, Huijing; Li, Jiali; Du, Yi; Chen, Lingyan; Liu, Xiaoman; Ding, Yungang; Li, Qian; Mao, Yuxiang; Ai, Siming; Zhang, Ping; Ma, Wenfang; Yang, Huasheng

    2015-01-01

    Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of p53 rs1042522, MDM2 rs2279744 and p21 rs1801270, all in the p53 pathway, which plays a crucial role in DNA damage and genomic instability, were reported to be associated with cancer risk and pathologic characteristics. This case-control study was designed to analyse the association between these SNPs and retinoblastoma (RB) in a Chinese Han population. These SNPs in 168 RB patients and 185 adult controls were genotyped using genomic DNA from venous blood. No significant difference was observed in allele or genotypic frequencies of these SNPs between Chinese RB patients and controls (all P?>?0.05). However, the rs1042522 GC genotype showed a protective effect against RB invasion, as demonstrated by event-free survival (HR?=?0.53, P?=?0.007 for GC versus GG/CC). This effect was significant for patients with a lag time >1 month and no pre-enucleation treatment (P?=?0.007 and P?=?0.010, respectively), indicating an interaction between p53 rs1042522 and clinical characteristics, including lag time and pre-enucleation treatment status. Thus, the rs1042522 SNP may be associated with RB invasion in the Han Chinese population; however, further large and functional studies are needed to assess the validity of this association. PMID:26289323

  15. High pressure intensification of cassava resistant starch (RS3) yields.

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    Lertwanawatana, Proyphon; Frazier, Richard A; Niranjan, Keshavan

    2015-08-15

    Cassava starch, typically, has resistant starch type 3 (RS3) content of 2.4%. This paper shows that the RS3 yields can be substantially enhanced by debranching cassava starch using pullulanase followed by high pressure or cyclic high-pressure annealing. RS3 yield of 41.3% was obtained when annealing was carried out at 400MPa/60C for 15 min, whereas it took nearly 8h to obtain the same yield under conventional atmospheric annealing at 60C. The yield of RS3 could be further significantly increased by annealing under 400 MPa/60C pressure for 15 min followed by resting at atmospheric pressure for 3h 45 min, and repeating this cycle for up to six times. Microstructural surface analysis of the product under a scanning electron microscope showed an increasingly rigid density of the crystalline structure formed, confirming higher RS3 content. PMID:25794725

  16. Unified error model based spatial error compensation for four types of CNC machining center: Part I-Singular function based unified error model

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    Fan, Kaiguo; Yang, Jianguo; Yang, Liyan

    2015-08-01

    To unify the error model for four types of CNC machining center, the comprehensive error model of each type of CNC machining center was established using the homogenous transformation matrix (HTM). The internal rules between the HTMs and the kinematic chains were analyzed in this research. The analysis results show that the HTM elements associated with the motion axes which are at the rear of the reference coordinate system are positive value. On the contrary, the HTM elements associated with the motion axes which are at the front of the reference coordinate system are negative value. To express these internal rules, the singular function was introduced to the HTMs. And a unified error model for four types of CNC machining center was established based on the HTM and the singular function. The unified error model includes 18 error elements which are the main factors affecting the machining accuracy of CNC machine tools. The practical results show that the unified error model is not only suitable for vertical machining center but also suitable for horizontal machining center.

  17. Cloning and heterologous expression of the ftfCNC-2(1) gene from Weissella confusa MBFCNC-2(1) as an extracellular active fructansucrase in Bacillus subtilis.

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    Malik, Amarila; Hapsari, Maria Tyas; Ohtsu, Iwao; Ishikawa, Shu; Takagi, Hiroshi

    2015-05-01

    Fructan-exopolysaccharides (fructan-EPS) (inulin and levan) and their oligosaccharides (fructooligosaccharides, FOS) have drawn considerable interest in the food and pharmaceutical industries. EPS-producing lactic acid bacteria have been reported to produce ?-fructans (inulin and levan), as well as ?-glucans, by the function of sucrase enzymes, i.e., fructansucrase and glucansucrase. A fructansucrase ftfCNC-2(1) gene from Weissella confusa strain MBFCNC-2(1) was previously cloned in Escherichia coli. In this study, we aimed to express the ftf[CNC-2(1)] gene in Bacillus subtilis to obtain the active form of the extracellular recombinant protein FTF[CNC-2(1)]. This cloning was achieved by inserting the gene in-fusion with the signal sequence of the B. subtilis subtilisin E. SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis and in situ activity assay with Periodic Acid-Schiff staining revealed that the recombinant FTF[CNC-2(1)] was successfully expressed as an extracellular protein from B. subtilis DB403 in its active form, which was confirmed using sucrose and raffinose. PMID:25454699

  18. Association of BID SNPs (rs8190315 and rs2072392) and clinical features of benign prostate hyperplasia in Korean population

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    Seok, Hosik; Kim, Su Kang; Yoo, Koo Han; Lee, Byung-Cheol; Kim, Young Ock; Chung, Joo-Ho

    2014-01-01

    Exercise has beneficial effect on cancer apoptosis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The BH3 interacting domain death agonist (BID) gene expression is associated with apoptosis or cell proliferation. In this study, we investigated the association between BID single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and the development, prostate volume, and international prostate symptom score (IPSS) of BPH. In 222 BPH males and 214 controls, two SNPs in BID [rs8190315 (Ser56Gly), and rs2072392 (Asp106Asp)] were genotyped and analyzed using multiple logistic regression models. In the result, the genotype and allele frequencies of rs8190315 and rs2072392 were not associated with BPH development or IPSS, however, the allele frequencies [odd ratio (OR)= 1.90, 95% confidence interval (CI)= 1.07–3.41, P= 0.03] and genotype frequencies (in dominant model, OR= 1.94, 95% CI= 1.01–3.74, P= 0.42) of rs8190315, and the genotype frequencies of rs2072392 (in dominant model, OR= 1.94, 95% CI= 1.01–3.74, P= 0.42) were associated with increased prostate volume. We propose that rs8190315 and rs2072392 of BID may contribute to the disease severity of BPH. PMID:25610824

  19. Association between Fibrillin1 Polymorphisms (rs2118181, rs10519177) and Transforming Growth Factor ?1 Concentration in Human Plasma

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    Sepetiene, Ramune; Patamsyte, Vaiva; Zukovas, Giedrius; Jariene, Giedre; Stanioniene, Zita; Benetis, Rimantas; Tamosiunas, Abdonas; Lesauskaite, Vaiva

    2015-01-01

    Transforming growth factor (TGF)-?1 is a cytokine that participates in a broad range of cellular regulatory processes and is associated with various diseases including aortic aneurysm. Increased TGF-?1 levels are linked to Marfan syndrome (MFS) caused by fibrillin1 (FBN1) mutations and subsequent defects in signaling system. FBN1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) rs2118181 and rs1059177 do not cause MFS but are associated with dilative pathology of aortic aneurysms (DPAAs). TGF-?1 and FBN1 SNPs rs2118181 and rs1059177 are potential biomarkers for early diagnosis of DPAA. We investigated the relationship between TGF-?1 levels in human blood plasma and FBN1 rs2118181 and rs1059177 in 269 individuals. The results showed a quantitative dependence of SNP genotype and TGF-?1 concentration. Presence of a single rs2118181 minor allele (G) increased the amount of TGF-?1 by roughly 1 ng/mL. Two copies of FBN1 rs1059177 minor allele (G) were required to have an additive effect on TGF-?1 levels. We found higher TGF-?1 concentrations in men compared with women (p = 0.001). A strong correlation between TGF-?1 levels and FBN1 SNPs suggests that a single nucleotide substitution in FBN1 sequence might reduce bioavailability or binding properties of fibrillin-1 and have an effect on TGF-?1 activation and cytokine concentration in blood plasma. By establishing the relationship between TGF-?1 and FBN1 SNPs rs2118181 and rs1059177, we provide evidence that their combination might be used as molecular biomarkers to identify patients at risk for sporadic ascending aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. PMID:26322848

  20. Frequency of rs731236 (Taql), rs2228570 (Fok1) of Vitamin-D Receptor (VDR) gene in Emirati healthy population

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    Osman, Enas; Al Anouti, Fatme; El ghazali, Gehad; Haq, Afrozul; Mirgani, Rajaa; Al Safar, Habiba

    2015-01-01

    Vitamin D is getting more attention everyday due to its importance in maintaining bone and calcium homeostasis, cellular proliferation, differentiation and immune response. Vitamin D is derived from diet or elicited in the skin by the activation of 7-dehydrocholesterol, which is an inert molecule that must be activated by ultraviolet light to form pre-vitamin D3. Recent studies connected the gene encoding for vitamin D (VDR) to the genetic control of bone mass and other diseases. As VDR SNPs have been associated with several disorders and diseases, it's important to investigate the allelic and genotypic distribution among populations. The aim of this study is to determine the frequency of rs731236 (Taq1) and rs2228570 (Fok1) variants in healthy Emirati individuals and compare their genotype and allele distribution with other populations. In this study 282 (female, 187; male, 95) unrelated healthy UAE nationals were involved. Two hundreds and eight two DNA samples been collected to genotype rs731236 (Taq1) and rs2228570 (Fok1) VDR SNPs. Our results indicate that the distribution of the alleles and genotypes of rs731236 (Taq1) and rs2228570 (Fok1) vary considerably in different populations. In the Emirati population the distribution of rs731236 (Taq1) and rs2228570 (Fok1) were AA 38%, AG 42%, GG 20% and AA 27%, AG 42%, GG 31% respectively. The Emirati population genotype and allele distribution of rs731236 (Taq1) and rs2228570 (Fok1) had no difference with Caucasians from USA and France. However, there was significant difference with Asian populations. PMID:26504744

  1. Frequency of rs731236 (Taql), rs2228570 (Fok1) of Vitamin-D Receptor (VDR) gene in Emirati healthy population.

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    Osman, Enas; Al Anouti, Fatme; El Ghazali, Gehad; Haq, Afrozul; Mirgani, Rajaa; Al Safar, Habiba

    2015-12-01

    Vitamin D is getting more attention everyday due to its importance in maintaining bone and calcium homeostasis, cellular proliferation, differentiation and immune response. Vitamin D is derived from diet or elicited in the skin by the activation of 7-dehydrocholesterol, which is an inert molecule that must be activated by ultraviolet light to form pre-vitamin D3. Recent studies connected the gene encoding for vitamin D (VDR) to the genetic control of bone mass and other diseases. As VDR SNPs have been associated with several disorders and diseases, it's important to investigate the allelic and genotypic distribution among populations. The aim of this study is to determine the frequency of rs731236 (Taq1) and rs2228570 (Fok1) variants in healthy Emirati individuals and compare their genotype and allele distribution with other populations. In this study 282 (female, 187; male, 95) unrelated healthy UAE nationals were involved. Two hundreds and eight two DNA samples been collected to genotype rs731236 (Taq1) and rs2228570 (Fok1) VDR SNPs. Our results indicate that the distribution of the alleles and genotypes of rs731236 (Taq1) and rs2228570 (Fok1) vary considerably in different populations. In the Emirati population the distribution of rs731236 (Taq1) and rs2228570 (Fok1) were AA 38%, AG 42%, GG 20% and AA 27%, AG 42%, GG 31% respectively. The Emirati population genotype and allele distribution of rs731236 (Taq1) and rs2228570 (Fok1) had no difference with Caucasians from USA and France. However, there was significant difference with Asian populations. PMID:26504744

  2. Preliminary results of a five-year survey of radio emission from RS CVn and similar binaries

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    Feldman, P. A.

    The program of 3-cm radio observations of RS CVn and similar binaries that has been in progress since 1977 at the Algonquin Radio Observatory (Canada) is summarized. The observations are made at X-band frequencies (10-11 GHz) with the 46-m telescope using the observing procedures described by Feldman et al. (1978). Whereas the detection limit is generally 25 mJy, it is possible to do somewhat better if the star is located well off the galactic plane and if it maintains an elevated flux level for several hours. The observing list now encompasses 65 of the 69 'bona fide' RS CVn binaries compiled by Hall (1982); the rest are suspected RS CVn binaries, BY Dra variables, Algol-type binaries, and W UMa binaries. Through the program, the complete rise and decay profiles of individual RS CVn radio flares have now been observed many times. A major success of the program has been the early detection of major flaring events. This has made possible valuable 'target-of-opportunity' collaboration with observers at other wavebands.

  3. Monte Carlo simulations of the site-diluted 3d XY model with superexchange interaction: Application to Fe[Se2CN(C2H5)2]2Cl-Zn[S2CN(C2H5)2]2 diluted magnets

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    Santos-Filho, J. B.; Plascak, J. A.

    2015-12-01

    A simple site-diluted classical XY model is proposed to study the magnetic properties of the ferromagnetic polycrystalline Fe[Se2CN(C2H5)2]2Cl diluted with diamagnetic Zn[S2CN(C2H5)2]2. An extra superexchange interaction is assumed between next-nearest-neighbors on a simple cubic lattice, which are induced by a diluted ion. The critical properties are obtained by Monte Carlo simulations using a hybrid algorithm, single histograms procedures and finite-size scaling techniques. Quite good fits to the experimental results of the ordering temperature are obtained, namely its much less rapidly decreasing with dilution than predicted by the standard diluted 3d XY model, and the change in curvature around 86% of the magnetic Fe[Se2CN(C2H5)2]2Cl compound.

  4. Coordinated ultraviolet and radio observations of selected nearby stars

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    Lang, Kenneth R.

    1987-01-01

    All of the US2 shifts assigned were successfully completed with simultaneous International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) and the Very Large Array (VLA) observations of the proposed target stars. The target stars included dwarf M flare stars and RS CVn stars. The combined ultraviolet (IUE) and microwave (VLA) observations have provided important new insights to the radiation mechanisms at these two widely-separated regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The VLA results included the discovery of narrow-band microwave radiation and rapid time variations in the microwave radiation of dwarf M flare stars. The results indicate that conventional radiation mechanisms cannot explain the microwave emission from these stars. In general, ultraviolet variations and bursts occur when no similar variations are detected at microwave wavelengths and vice versa. Although these is some overlap, the variations in these two spectral regions are usually uncorrelated, suggesting that there is little interaction between the activity centers at the two associated atmospheric levels.

  5. FGS Parallaxes of Cataclysmic Variables: Understanding Their Peculiar Secondary Stars

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    Harrison, Thomas

    2002-07-01

    We have recently completed an HST FGS program that measured high-precision {+/- 0.5 mas} parallaxes for three dwarf novae. The true distances for all three objects turned out to be substantially larger than predicted. The results for SS Cyg alone, will challenge existing models to explain its large accretion luminosity. As part of that program we obtained infrared spectra to examine the spectral types of the secondary stars. The combination of the parallaxes, the spectra, and existing optical/IR photometry has revealed that the secondary stars of cataclysmic variables {CVs} are peculiar, and are clearly affected by close-binary star evolution. We propose a program to measure precise parallaxes for three additional CVs {WZ Sge, RU Peg, and YZ Cnc}, whose orbital periods span a much larger range than explored in our previous program. This will allow us to examine how the accretion luminosity and secondary star change with orbital period. To do this will require 18 total HST orbits over two separate cycles. Twelve orbits in Cycle 10 {four per object}, and six orbits in Cycle 11 {two per object}. Only the FGS on HST is capable of providing timely, high-precision parallaxes on CVs of particular astrophysical interest.

  6. FGS Parallaxes of Cataclysmic Variables: Understanding Their Peculiar Secondary Stars

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    Harrison, Thomas

    2001-07-01

    We have recently completed an HST FGS program that measured high-precision {+/- 0.5 mas} parallaxes for three dwarf novae. The true distances for all three objects turned out to be substantially larger than predicted. The results for SS Cyg alone, will challenge existing models to explain its large accretion luminosity. As part of that program we obtained infrared spectra to examine the spectral types of the secondary stars. The combination of the parallaxes, the spectra, and existing optical/IR photometry has revealed that the secondary stars of cataclysmic variables {CVs} are peculiar, and are clearly affected by close-binary star evolution. We propose a program to measure precise parallaxes for three additional CVs {WZ Sge, RU Peg, and YZ Cnc}, whose orbital periods span a much larger range than explored in our previous program. This will allow us to examine how the accretion luminosity and secondary star change with orbital period. To do this will require 18 total HST orbits over two separate cycles. Twelve orbits in Cycle 10 {four per object}, and six orbits in Cycle 11 {two per object}. Only the FGS on HST is capable of providing timely, high-precision parallaxes on CVs of particular astrophysical interest.

  7. Common Proper Motion Companions to Nearby Stars: Ages and Evolution

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    Makarov, V. V.; Zacharias, N.; Hennessy, G. S.

    2008-11-01

    A set of 41 nearby stars (closer than 25 pc) is investigated which have very wide binary and common proper motion (CPM) companions at projected separations between 1000 and 200,000 AU. These companions are identified by astrometric positions and proper motions from the NOMAD catalog. Based mainly on measures of chromospheric and X-ray activity, age estimation is obtained for most of 85 identified companions. Color-absolute magnitude diagrams are constructed to test whether CPM companions are physically related to the primary nearby stars and have the same age. Our carefully selected sample includes three remote white dwarf companions to main-sequence stars and two systems (55 Cnc and GJ 777A) of multiple planets and distant stellar companions. Ten new CPM companions, including three of extreme separations, are found. Multiple hierarchical systems are abundant; more than 25% of CPM components are spectroscopic or astrometric binaries or multiples themselves. Two new astrometric binaries are discovered among nearby CPM companions, GJ 264 and HIP 59000, and preliminary orbital solutions are presented. The Hyades kinematic group (or stream) is presented broadly in the sample, but we find few possible thick-disk objects and no halo stars. It follows from our investigation that moderately young (age<~1 Gyr) thin-disk dwarfs are the dominating species in the near CPM systems, in general agreement with the premises of the dynamical survival paradigm.

  8. Computer numerical control (CNC) lithography: light-motion synchronized UV-LED lithography for 3D microfabrication

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    Kim, Jungkwun; Yoon, Yong-Kyu; Allen, Mark G.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents a computer-numerical-controlled ultraviolet light-emitting diode (CNC UV-LED) lithography scheme for three-dimensional (3D) microfabrication. The CNC lithography scheme utilizes sequential multi-angled UV light exposures along with a synchronized switchable UV light source to create arbitrary 3D light traces, which are transferred into the photosensitive resist. The system comprises a switchable, movable UV-LED array as a light source, a motorized tilt-rotational sample holder, and a computer-control unit. System operation is such that the tilt-rotational sample holder moves in a pre-programmed routine, and the UV-LED is illuminated only at desired positions of the sample holder during the desired time period, enabling the formation of complex 3D microstructures. This facilitates easy fabrication of complex 3D structures, which otherwise would have required multiple manual exposure steps as in the previous multidirectional 3D UV lithography approach. Since it is batch processed, processing time is far less than that of the 3D printing approach at the expense of some reduction in the degree of achievable 3D structure complexity. In order to produce uniform light intensity from the arrayed LED light source, the UV-LED array stage has been kept rotating during exposure. UV-LED 3D fabrication capability was demonstrated through a plurality of complex structures such as V-shaped micropillars, micropanels, a micro-‘hi’ structure, a micro-‘cat’s claw,’ a micro-‘horn,’ a micro-‘calla lily,’ a micro-‘cowboy’s hat,’ and a micro-‘table napkin’ array.

  9. RS-34 Phoenix (Peacekeeper Post Boost Propulsion System) Utilization Study

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    Esther, Elizabeth A.; Kos, Larry; Burnside, Christopher G.; Bruno, Cy

    2013-01-01

    The Advanced Concepts Office (ACO) at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in conjunction with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne conducted a study to evaluate potential in-space applications for the Rocketdyne produced RS-34 propulsion system. The existing RS-34 propulsion system is a remaining asset from the de-commissioned United States Air Force Peacekeeper ICBM program, specifically the pressure-fed storable bipropellant Stage IV Post Boost Propulsion System, renamed Phoenix. MSFC gained experience with the RS-34 propulsion system on the successful Ares I-X flight test program flown in October 2009. RS-34 propulsion system components were harvested from stages supplied by the USAF and used on the Ares I-X Roll control system (RoCS). The heritage hardware proved extremely robust and reliable and sparked interest for further utilization on other potential in-space applications. MSFC is working closely with the USAF to obtain RS-34 stages for re-use opportunities. Prior to pursuit of securing the hardware, MSFC commissioned the Advanced Concepts Office to understand the capability and potential applications for the RS-34 Phoenix stage as it benefits NASA, DoD, and commercial industry. As originally designed, the RS-34 Phoenix provided in-space six-degrees-of freedom operational maneuvering to deploy multiple payloads at various orbital locations. The RS-34 Phoenix Utilization Study sought to understand how the unique capabilities of the RS-34 Phoenix and its application to six candidate missions: 1) small satellite delivery (SSD), 2) orbital debris removal (ODR), 3) ISS re-supply, 4) SLS kick stage, 5) manned GEO servicing precursor mission, and an Earth-Moon L-2 Waypoint mission. The small satellite delivery and orbital debris removal missions were found to closely mimic the heritage RS-34 mission. It is believed that this technology will enable a small, low-cost multiple satellite delivery to multiple orbital locations with a single boost. For both the small satellite delivery and the orbital debris mission candidates, the RS-34 Phoenix requires the least amount of modification to the existing hardware. The results of the RS-34 Phoenix Utilization Study show that the system is technically sufficient to successfully support all of the missions analyzed.

  10. RS-34 Phoenix (Peacekeeper Post Boost Propulsion System) Utilization Study

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    Esther, Elizabeth A.; Kos, Larry; Bruno, Cy

    2012-01-01

    The Advanced Concepts Office (ACO) at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in conjunction with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne conducted a study to evaluate potential in-space applications for the Rocketdyne produced RS-34 propulsion system. The existing RS-34 propulsion system is a remaining asset from the decommissioned United States Air Force Peacekeeper ICBM program; specifically the pressure-fed storable bipropellant Stage IV Post Boost Propulsion System, renamed Phoenix. MSFC gained experience with the RS-34 propulsion system on the successful Ares I-X flight test program flown in October 2009. RS-34 propulsion system components were harvested from stages supplied by the USAF and used on the Ares I-X Roll control system (RoCS). The heritage hardware proved extremely robust and reliable and sparked interest for further utilization on other potential in-space applications. Subsequently, MSFC is working closely with the USAF to obtain all the remaining RS-34 stages for re-use opportunities. Prior to pursuit of securing the hardware, MSFC commissioned the Advanced Concepts Office to understand the capability and potential applications for the RS-34 Phoenix stage as it benefits NASA, DoD, and commercial industry. Originally designed, the RS-34 Phoenix provided in-space six-degrees-of freedom operational maneuvering to deploy multiple payloads at various orbital locations. The RS-34 Phoenix Utilization Study sought to understand how the unique capabilities of the RS-34 Phoenix and its application to six candidate missions: 1) small satellite delivery (SSD), 2) orbital debris removal (ODR), 3) ISS re-supply, 4) SLS kick stage, 5) manned GEO servicing precursor mission, and an Earth-Moon L-2 Waypoint mission. The small satellite delivery and orbital debris removal missions were found to closely mimic the heritage RS-34 mission. It is believed that this technology will enable a small, low-cost multiple satellite delivery to multiple orbital locations with a single boost. For both the small satellite delivery and the orbital debris mission candidates, the RS-34 Phoenix requires the least amount of modification to the existing hardware. The results of the RS-34 Phoenix Utilization Study show that the system is technically sufficient to successfully support all of the missions analyzed

  11. Interleukin-10 rs2227307 and CXCR2 rs1126579 polymorphisms modulate the predisposition to septic shock

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    Cardoso, Cristina Padre; de Oliveira, Argenil Jos de Assis; Botoni, Fernando Antnio; Rezende, Isabela Cristina Porto; Alves-Filho, Jose Carlos; Cunha, Fernando de Queiroz; Estanislau, Juliana de Assis Silva Gomes; Magno, Luiz Alexandre Viana; Rios-Santos, Fabricio

    2015-01-01

    Despite major improvements in its treatment and diagnosis, sepsis is still a leading cause of death and admittance to the intensive care unit (ICU). Failure to identify patients at high risk of developing septic shock contributes to an increase in the sepsis burden and rapid molecular tests are currently the most promising avenue to aid in patient risk determination and therapeutic anticipation. The primary goal of this study was to evaluate the genetic susceptibility that affects sepsis outcome in 72 sepsis patients admitted to the ICU. Seven polymorphisms were genotyped in key inflammatory response genes in sepsis, including tumour necrosis factor-?, interlelukin (IL)-1?, IL-10, IL-8, Toll-like receptor 4, CXCR1 and CXCR2. The primary finding showed that patients who were homozygous for the major A allele in IL-10 rs1800896 had almost five times higher chance to develop septic shock compared to heterozygotes. Similarly, selected clinical features and CXCR2 rs1126579 single nucleotide polymorphisms modulated septic shock susceptibility without affecting survival. These data support the hypothesis that molecular testing has clinical usefulness to improve sepsis prognostic models. Therefore, enrichment of the ICU portfolio by including these biomarkers will aid in the early identification of sepsis patients who may develop septic shock. PMID:26038959

  12. RS-Predictor models augmented with SMARTCyp reactivities: Robust metabolic regioselectivity predictions for nine CYP isozymes

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    Zaretzki, Jed; Rydberg, Patrik; Bergeron, Charles; Bennett, Kristin P.; Olsen, Lars

    2012-01-01

    RS-Predictor is a tool for creating pathway-independent, isozyme-specific site of metabolism (SOM) prediction models using any set of known cytochrome P450 substrates and metabolites. Until now, the RS-Predictor method was only trained and validated on CYP 3A4 data, but in the present study we report on the versatility the RS-Predictor modeling paradigm by creating and testing regioselectivity models for substrates of the nine most important CYP isozymes. Through curation of source literature, we have assembled 680 substrates distributed among CYPs 1A2, 2A6, 2B6, 2C19, 2C8, 2C9, 2D6, 2E1 and 3A4, which we believe is the largest publicly accessible collection of P450 ligands and metabolites ever released. A comprehensive investigation into the importance of different descriptor classes for predicting the regioselectivity of each isozyme is made through the generation of multiple independent RS-Predictor models for each set of isozyme substrates. Two of these models include a DFT reactivity descriptor derived from SMARTCyp. Optimal combinations of RS-Predictor and SMARTCyp are shown to have stronger performance than either method alone, while also exceeding the accuracy of the commercial regioselectivity prediction methods distributed by StarDrop and Schrdinger, correctly identifying a large proportion of the metabolites in each substrate set within the top two rank-positions: 1A2(83.0%), 2A6(85.7%), 2B6(82.1%), 2C19(86.2%), 2C8(83.8%), 2C9(84.5%), 2D6(85.9%), 2E1(82.8%), 3A4(82.3%) and merged(86.0%). Comprehensive datamining of each substrate set and careful statistical analyses of the predictions made by the different models revealed new insights into molecular features that control metabolic regioselectivity and enable accurate prospective prediction of likely SOMs. PMID:22524152

  13. Evaluating the relationship between reelin gene variants (rs7341475 and rs262355) and schizophrenia: A meta-analysis.

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    Li, Wei; Guo, Xingzhi; Xiao, Shifu

    2015-11-16

    Studies have suggested that reelin (RELN) polymorphism was associated with the susceptibility of schizophrenia (SZ), but the results remained controversial. Thus, we conducted this meta-analysis to determine whether RELN variants (rs7341475 and rs262355) were associated with SZ risk. Studies were identified through retrieving Web of Science, PubMed and Embase databases from inception to May 2015. The genotype data were extracted to calculate the odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). For rs7341475, five studies with 4741 SZ patients and 10075 controls are included and the results indicate that carriage of A allele is associated with decreased SZ risk in dominant genetic model (OR=0.90, 95%CI=0.83-0.98) and additive model (OR=0.90, 95% CI=0.84-0.97). Subgroup analysis indicates that the association between rs7341475 and SZ is only significant in Caucasian. For rs262355, four studies with 2017 SZ patients and 3274 controls are included, the results demonstrate that carriage of A allele is associated with increased risk of SZ only in Caucasian (dominant model: OR=1.17, 95%CI=1.01-1.37; additive model OR=1.13, 95%CI=1.02-1.27). This meta-analysis suggests that rs7341475 (A/G) and rs262355 (A/T) polymorphisms in RELN gene are inversely associated with SZ risk. PMID:26455866

  14. FAS rs2234767 and rs1800682 polymorphisms jointly contributed to risk of colorectal cancer by affecting SP1/STAT1 complex recruitment to chromatin.

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    Wang, Shizhi; Wu, Shenshen; Meng, Qingtao; Li, Xiaobo; Zhang, Jinchun; Chen, Rui; Wang, Meilin

    2016-01-01

    FAS rs2234767 (-1377?G>A), rs1800682 (-670?A>G) and FASLG rs763110 (-844?C>T) promoter polymorphisms can influence transcriptional activities of the genes and thus multiple tumors susceptibility. To investigate their association with risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), the three SNPs were genotyped in 878 cases and 884 controls and the results showed that the FAS rs2234767 and rs1800682 were in a high linkage disequilibrium (LD) with each other (D'?=?0.994) and jointly contributed to an increased risk of CRC (without vs. with rs2234767?GG/rs1800682?AA genotypes, adjusted OR?=?1.30, 95% CI?=?1.05?-?1.61). In vivo ChIP assays evaluated the effect of rs2234767 and rs1800682 on recruitment of SP1 and STAT1, respectively, to chromatin. The results showed SP1 interacting specifically with STAT1 recruited to their respective motifs for transcriptional activation. The mutant alleles rs2234767?A and rs1800682?G jointly affected coupled SP1 and STAT1 recruitment to chromatin. The interplay between SP1 and STAT1 was critical for the functional outcome of rs2234767 and rs1800682 in view of their high LD. In conclusion, the FAS rs2234767 and rs1800682 polymorphisms were in high LD with each other, and they jointly contributed to an increased risk of CRC by altering recruitment of SP1/STAT1 complex to the FAS promoter for transcriptional activation. PMID:26759270

  15. FAS rs2234767 and rs1800682 polymorphisms jointly contributed to risk of colorectal cancer by affecting SP1/STAT1 complex recruitment to chromatin

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    Wang, Shizhi; Wu, Shenshen; Meng, Qingtao; Li, Xiaobo; Zhang, Jinchun; Chen, Rui; Wang, Meilin

    2016-01-01

    FAS rs2234767 (?1377?G>A), rs1800682 (?670?A>G) and FASLG rs763110 (?844?C>T) promoter polymorphisms can influence transcriptional activities of the genes and thus multiple tumors susceptibility. To investigate their association with risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), the three SNPs were genotyped in 878 cases and 884 controls and the results showed that the FAS rs2234767 and rs1800682 were in a high linkage disequilibrium (LD) with each other (D?=?0.994) and jointly contributed to an increased risk of CRC (without vs. with rs2234767?GG/rs1800682?AA genotypes, adjusted OR?=?1.30, 95% CI?=?1.05???1.61). In vivo ChIP assays evaluated the effect of rs2234767 and rs1800682 on recruitment of SP1 and STAT1, respectively, to chromatin. The results showed SP1 interacting specifically with STAT1 recruited to their respective motifs for transcriptional activation. The mutant alleles rs2234767?A and rs1800682?G jointly affected coupled SP1 and STAT1 recruitment to chromatin. The interplay between SP1 and STAT1 was critical for the functional outcome of rs2234767 and rs1800682 in view of their high LD. In conclusion, the FAS rs2234767 and rs1800682 polymorphisms were in high LD with each other, and they jointly contributed to an increased risk of CRC by altering recruitment of SP1/STAT1 complex to the FAS promoter for transcriptional activation. PMID:26759270

  16. Activity in X-ray-selected late-type stars

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    Takalo, Leo O.; Nousek, J. A.

    1988-01-01

    A spectroscopic study has been conducted of nine X-ray bright late-type stars selected from two Einstein X-ray surveys: the Columbia Astrophysical Laboratory Survey (five stars) and the CFA Medium Sensitivity Survey (MSS; four stars). Spectral classes were determined and radial and V sin(i) velocities were measured for the stars. Four of the Columbia Survey stars were found to be new RS CVn-type binaries. The fifth Columbia survey star was found to be an active G dwarf star without evidence for binarity. None of the four MSS stars were found to be either binaries or optically active stars. Activity in these stars was assessed by measuring the excess emission in H-alpha and the Ca II IRT (8498, 8542) lines in comparison with inactive stars of similar spectral types. A correlation was found between X-ray luminosity and V sin(i) and H-alpha line excess. The measured excess line emission in H-alpha was also correlated with V sin(i) but not with the IRT line excess.

  17. Liquid Rocket Propulsion: RS-68 and Linear Aerospike

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    Murphy, Terry

    1999-01-01

    This paper presents viewgraphs of the RS-68 and Linear Aerospike engines. The topics include: 1) The mission; 2) Design and Development Strategies; 3) Cost Driven Design Trades; 4) Moderate Pressure Requirements Enable Reduced Complexity; 5) Experience Based Design; 6) Development Costs Dominated by Cost of Eliminating Failure Modes; and 7) Reducing Development Costs. This paper also includes the design of the RS-68 Engine and the engine performance.

  18. Impact of DCC (rs714) and PSCA (rs2294008 and rs2976392) Gene Polymorphism in Modulating Cancer Risk in Asian Population

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    Chandra, Vishal; Kim, Jong Joo; Gupta, Usha; Mittal, Balraj; Rai, Rajani

    2016-01-01

    Multiple studies have investigated the association of gene variant of Deleted in colorectal carcinoma (DCC) and Prostate Stem cell antigen (PSCA) with various cancer susceptibility; however, the results are discrepant. Since SNPs are emerging as promising biomarker of cancer susceptibility, here, we aimed to execute a meta-analysis of DCC (rs714 A > G) and PSCA (rs2294008 C > T, rs2976392 G > A) polymorphism to demonstrate the more accurate strength of these associations. We followed a rigorous inclusion/exclusion criteria and calculated the pooled odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Overall, the pooled analysis showed that the DCC rs714 conferred increased risk of cancer only in Asians (AA vs. GG: OR = 1.86, p ≤ 0.0001; AG vs. GG: OR = 1.43, p = 0.005; GA + AA vs. GG: OR = 1.66, p ≤ 0.0001; AA vs. GG + GA; OR = 1.52, p ≤ 0.004, A vs. G allele: OR = 1.41, p ≤ 0.0001). PSCA rs2294008 was associated with increased overall cancer risk (TT vs. CC: OR = 1.28, p = 0.002; CT vs. CC: OR = 1.21, p ≤ 0.0001; CT + TT vs. CC: OR = 1.24, p ≤ 0.0001; TT vs. CC + CT; OR = 1.17, p ≤ 0.005, T vs. C allele: OR = 1.16, p ≤ 0.0001); however, in stratified analysis this association was limited only to gastric and bladder cancer and the strength was more prominent in Asians. In contrast, the PSCA rs2976392 SNP did not modulate the cancer risk. Therefore, we concluded that rs714 and rs2294008 polymorphism may represent a potential genetic biomarker for cancer risk in Asians and gastric as well as bladder cancer, respectively. However, since our study is limited to Asians and cancer types, further larger studies involving other cancers and/or population, gene-environment interactions and the mechanism of DCC and PSCA gene deregulation are desired to define the role of genotype with overall cancer risk. PMID:26891331

  19. Impact of DCC (rs714) and PSCA (rs2294008 and rs2976392) Gene Polymorphism in Modulating Cancer Risk in Asian Population.

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    Chandra, Vishal; Kim, Jong Joo; Gupta, Usha; Mittal, Balraj; Rai, Rajani

    2016-01-01

    Multiple studies have investigated the association of gene variant of Deleted in colorectal carcinoma (DCC) and Prostate Stem cell antigen (PSCA) with various cancer susceptibility; however, the results are discrepant. Since SNPs are emerging as promising biomarker of cancer susceptibility, here, we aimed to execute a meta-analysis of DCC (rs714 A > G) and PSCA (rs2294008 C > T, rs2976392 G > A) polymorphism to demonstrate the more accurate strength of these associations. We followed a rigorous inclusion/exclusion criteria and calculated the pooled odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Overall, the pooled analysis showed that the DCC rs714 conferred increased risk of cancer only in Asians (AA vs. GG: OR = 1.86, p ? 0.0001; AG vs. GG: OR = 1.43, p = 0.005; GA + AA vs. GG: OR = 1.66, p ? 0.0001; AA vs. GG + GA; OR = 1.52, p ? 0.004, A vs. G allele: OR = 1.41, p ? 0.0001). PSCA rs2294008 was associated with increased overall cancer risk (TT vs. CC: OR = 1.28, p = 0.002; CT vs. CC: OR = 1.21, p ? 0.0001; CT + TT vs. CC: OR = 1.24, p ? 0.0001; TT vs. CC + CT; OR = 1.17, p ? 0.005, T vs. C allele: OR = 1.16, p ? 0.0001); however, in stratified analysis this association was limited only to gastric and bladder cancer and the strength was more prominent in Asians. In contrast, the PSCA rs2976392 SNP did not modulate the cancer risk. Therefore, we concluded that rs714 and rs2294008 polymorphism may represent a potential genetic biomarker for cancer risk in Asians and gastric as well as bladder cancer, respectively. However, since our study is limited to Asians and cancer types, further larger studies involving other cancers and/or population, gene-environment interactions and the mechanism of DCC and PSCA gene deregulation are desired to define the role of genotype with overall cancer risk. PMID:26891331

  20. Suspected Starspots Found on the K Giants in Seven Ellipsoidal RS CVn-Type Binaries

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    Kaye, A. B.; Hall, D. S.; Henry, G. W.; Eaton, J. A.; Lines, R. D.; Lines, H. C.; Barksdale, W. S.; Beck, S. J.; Chambliss, C. R.; Fried, R. E.; Genet, R. M.; Hopkins, J. L.; Lovell, L. P.; Louth, H. P.; Montle, R. E.; Renner, T. R.; Stelzer, H. J.

    1995-05-01

    We studied seven different RS CVn-type binary star systems (zeta And, BL CVn, UV CrB, V826 Her, GX Lib, TZ Tri, and EE UMa) to look for suspected starspot activity. Each had been previously found variable due to the ellipticity effect. Although never established quantitatively, several had shown inklings of variability due to starspots. We determined, through analysis of all radial velocities available in the literature, a definitive orbital ephemeris for each. We analyzed all published photometry, as well as new photometry presented here. We removed the ellipticity effect by Fourier analysis and examined the remaining residuals for any variability characteristic of starspots, finding it in all seven, up to 0.09 mag in the extreme case. In the process, the photometry confirmed the best values for the orbital ephemerides and evaluated the depths of the two minima caused by ellipticity, slightly unequal due to the "pointed end" effect.

  1. Optical flickering of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi: amplitude-flux relation

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    Zamanov, R.; Latev, G.; Boeva, S.; Sokoloski, J. L.; Stoyanov, K.; Bachev, R.; Spassov, B.; Nikolov, G.; Golev, V.; Ibryamov, S.

    2015-07-01

    We report observations of the flickering variability of the symbiotic recurrent nova RS Oph at quiescence in five bands (UBVRI). We find evidence of a correlation between the peak-to-peak flickering amplitude (ΔF) and the average flux of the hot component (Fav). The correlation is highly significant, with a correlation coefficient of 0.85 and a p-value of ˜10-20. Combining the data from all wavebands, we find a dependence of the type Δ F ∝ F_{av}^k, with power-law index k = 1.02 ± 0.04 for the UBVRI flickering of RS Oph. Thus, the relationship between the amplitude of variability and the average flux of the hot component is consistent with linearity. The rms amplitude of flickering is on average 8 per cent (±2 per cent) of Fav. The detected correlation is similar to that found in accreting black holes/neutron stars and cataclysmic variables. The possible reasons are briefly discussed. The data are available upon request from the authors.

  2. IL-21 polymorphisms rs907715 and rs2221903 are associated with decreased non-small cell lung cancer susceptibility

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    Liu, Lanping; Shi, Fang; Li, Shanshan; Liu, Xiuju; Wei, Lili; Zhang, Jian; Ju, Xiao; Yu, Jinming

    2015-01-01

    The etiology of lung cancer is still incompletely understood. Previous studies have suggested the association between IL-21 polymorphisms and autoimmune diseases, however, little is known about its role in lung cancer susceptibility. Here, we investigated the role of two SNPs of IL-21 gene in a cohort of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. A total of 128 NSCLC patients and 156 healthy controls were genotyped. Multivariate logistic regression was used to analyze the association between IL-21 polymorphisms and NSCLC risk. Our data showed that both rs907715 and rs2221903 were significantly associated with lung cancer susceptibility, and patients carrying rs907715A (P = 0.007, adjusted OR = 0.60, 95% CI = 0.42-0.87) or rs2221903G (P = 0.020, adjusted OR = 0.52, 95% CI = 0.30-0.90) allele had a decreased risk of NSCLC. Further study identified that the association between IL-21 polymorphisms and NSCLC risk was limited to lung adenocarcinoma. Haplotype analysis revealed that the AG (P = 0.006, OR = 0.072 95% CI = 0.011-0.451) and AA (P = 0.022, OR = 0.657, 95% CI = 0.458-0.941) haplotypes of rs907715/rs2221903 were associated with a decreased risk of NSCLC, whereas the GA (P = 0.0001, OR = 1.932, 95% CI = 1.378-2.710) haplotype was associated with an increased risk. In conclusion, our study demonstrates the association between IL-21 polymorphisms (rs907715 and rs2221903) and NSCLC risk in a Chinese Han population, indicating their potential role in lung cancer detection and treatment. PMID:26770592

  3. Chameleon stars

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    Dzhunushaliev, Vladimir; Folomeev, Vladimir; Singleton, Douglas

    2011-10-15

    We consider a gravitating spherically symmetric configuration consisting of a scalar field nonminimally coupled to ordinary matter in the form of a perfect fluid. For this system we find static, regular, asymptotically flat solutions for both relativistic and nonrelativistic cases. It is shown that the presence of the nonminimal interaction leads to substantial changes both in the radial matter distribution of the star and in the star's total mass. A simple stability test indicates that, for the choice of parameters used in the paper, the solutions are unstable.

  4. Prognostic significance of interleukin-6 single nucleotide polymorphism genotypes in neuroblastoma: rs1800795 (promoter) and rs8192284 (receptor)

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    Lagmay, Joanne P.; London, Wendy B.; Gross, Thomas G.; Termuhlen, Amanda; Sullivan, Nicholas; Axel, Amy; Mundy, Bethany; Ranalli, Mark; Canner, Jason; McGrady, Patrick; Hall, Brett

    2009-01-01

    Purpose Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer of the sympathetic nervous system and many patients present with high risk disease. Risk stratification, based on pathology and tumor-derived biomarkers, has improved prediction of clinical outcomes, but overall survival rates remain unfavorable and new therapeutic targets are needed. Some studies suggest a link between interleukin-6 and more aggressive behavior in neuroblastoma tumor cells. Therefore, we examined the impact of two IL-6 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) on neuroblastoma disease progression. Experimental design DNA samples from 96 high risk neuroblastoma patients were screened for two SNP that are known to regulate the serum levels of IL-6 and the soluble IL-6 receptor (IL-6R), rs1800795 and rs8192284 respectively. The genotype for each SNP was determined in a blinded fashion and independent statistical analysis was performed to determine SNP-related event free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) rates. Results The rs1800795 IL-6 promoter SNP is an independent prognostic factor for EFS and OS in -high risk neuroblastoma patients. In contrast, the rs8192284 IL-6 receptor SNP revealed no prognostic value. Conclusions The rs1800795 SNP (-174 IL-6 (G>C) represents a novel and independent prognostic marker for both EFS and OS in high risk neuroblastoma. Since the rs1800795 SNP (-174 IL-6 (G>C) has been shown to correlate with production of IL-6, this cytokine may represent a target for development of new therapies in neuroblastoma. PMID:19671870

  5. The Effect of Xuefuzhuyu Oral Liquid on Aspirin Resistance and Its Association with rs5911, rs5787, and rs3842788 Gene Polymorphisms

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    Xue, Mei; Yang, Lin; Kou, Na; Miao, Yu; Wang, Mingming; Zhao, Quanli; Ren, Junhua; Zhang, Shaoyan; Shi, Dazhuo; Chen, Keji

    2015-01-01

    Aspirin should be continued indefinitely in patients after interventional therapy, but 10% to 40% of patients experience recurrent vascular events despite adequate aspirin therapy, a condition known as aspirin resistance (AR). Xuefuzhuyu oral liquid, derived from the classic recipe Xuefuzhuyu decoction, has been well documented to inhibit platelet aggregation and to improve hemorheology. The aims of this study were to investigate the effects of Xuefuzhuyu oral liquid on AR in patients with chronic stable angina after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and the possible genetic markers related to the drug response. 43 patients diagnosed as having aspirin resistance or semi-resistance were randomly divided into control and treatment groups after screening 207 stable CHD patients. Platelet aggregation rate was determined using turbidimetry. Three single nucleotide polymorphisms in COX-1 (rs5787, rs3842788) and GP IIb (rs5911) were genotyped in whole blood samples using ABI PRISM 7900 HT Fast Real-Time instrument and ABI PRISM 3730 DNA Sequencer. The results showed that Xuefuzhuyu oral liquid could effectively improve blood stasis syndrome and AR by inhibiting ADP-induced platelet aggregation and that patients with the rs5911 genetic variant exhibited better drug response upon treatment with Xuefuzhuyu oral liquid, which suggests Xuefuzhuyu oral liquid as a new possible drug for the prevention of AR. PMID:26495016

  6. Unified error model based spatial error compensation for four types of CNC machining center: Part II-unified model based spatial error compensation

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    Fan, Kaiguo; Yang, Jianguo; Yang, Liyan

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, a spatial error compensation method was proposed for CNC machining center based on the unified error model. The spatial error distribution was analyzed in this research. The result shows that the spatial error is relative to each axis of a CNC machine tool. Moreover, the spatial error distribution is non-linear and there is no regularity. In order to improve the modeling accuracy and efficiency, an automatic error modeling application was designed based on the orthogonal polynomials. To realize the spatial error compensation, a multi-thread parallel processing mode based error compensation controller was designed. Using the spatial error compensation method, the machine tools' accuracy is greatly improved compared to that with no compensation.

  7. The optical counterpart of the X-ray source H0253+193 - A distant, high-luminosity RS Canum Venaticorum system

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    Clemens, Dan P.; Leah, Robert W.

    1989-01-01

    Optical and near-infrared photometry in the VRIJHK and CO (2.35 microns) bands and optical spectroscopy and polarimetry reveal that the optical counterpart of the X-ray source H0253+193 is most likely a RS CVn binary system. The results show a visual extinction of 11.3 mag to the star, with an IR excess possibly due a cooler binary companion or circumstellar material. It is suggested that the I-band polarization of 8.1 + or - 1.8 may be induced in the starlight by passage through the molecular cloud. The lack of strong H-alpha emission in the optical spectrum argues against the possibility of a classical T Tauri star, and the IR excess argues against a naked T Tauri star. The wide energy spectrum found in the dereddened optical and near-infrared photometry supports the binary star model.

  8. Luminescent Ruthenium(II) Complex Bearing Bipyridine and N-Heterocyclic Carbene-based C?N?C Pincer Ligand for Live-Cell Imaging of Endocytosis

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    Tsui, Wai-Kuen; Chung, Lai-Hon; Wong, Matthew Man-Kin; Tsang, Wai-Him; Lo, Hoi-Shing; Liu, Yaxiang; Leung, Chung-Hang; Ma, Dik-Lung; Chiu, Sung-Kay; Wong, Chun-Yuen

    2015-01-01

    Luminescent ruthenium(II)-cyanide complex with N-heterocyclic carbene pincer ligand C?N?C = 2,6-bis(1-butylimidazol-2-ylidene)pyridine and 2,2?-bipyridine (bpy) shows minimal cytotoxicity to both human breast carcinoma cell (MCF-7) and human retinal pigmented epithelium cell (RPE) in a wide range of concentration (0.1500??M), and can be used for the luminescent imaging of endocytosis of the complex in these cells. PMID:25765974

  9. Star Power

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    2014-10-17

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has released ''Star Power,'' a new informational video that uses dramatic and beautiful images and thought-provoking interviews to highlight the importance of the Laboratory's research into magnetic fusion.

  10. Star Power

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    None

    2014-11-18

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has released ''Star Power,'' a new informational video that uses dramatic and beautiful images and thought-provoking interviews to highlight the importance of the Laboratory's research into magnetic fusion.

  11. Brittle Star

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    A tiny brittle star (the central disc is smaller than a dime) clings to the branches of a soft coral in a sample bucket brought into the shipboard laboratory from a submersible dive. This creature makes its home on the deep, dark ocean floor. ...

  12. Genotypephenotype analysis of SNPs associated with primary angle closure glaucoma (rs1015213, rs3753841 and rs11024102) and ocular biometry in the EPIC-Norfolk Eye Study

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    Day, Alexander C; Luben, Robert; Khawaja, Anthony P; Low, Sancy; Hayat, Shabina; Dalzell, Nichola; Wareham, Nicholas J; Khaw, Kay-Tee; Foster, Paul J

    2015-01-01

    Aims To investigate if the single nucleotide polymorphisms rs3753841, rs1015213 and rs11024102, recently implicated in the development of acute primary angle closure or primary angle closure glaucoma, are associated with ocular biometric characteristics of British adults in the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer-Norfolk eye study. Methods Genotyping data on rs1015213 (between PCMTD1 and ST18), rs11024102 (at PLEKHA7) and rs3753841 (at COL11A1) were available on 3268 participants. Direct genotypic data was available for rs1015213 and rs3753841. Data was imputed for rs11024102. Ocular biometric data was available on 1137 participants who attended the third European Prospective Investigation of Cancer health examination and 988 (87%) of these participants had no previous cataract surgery either eye. Axial length (AL), anterior chamber depth (ACD) and corneal keratometry were measured by using the Zeiss IOLMaster. Results Presence of at least one A allele (AG or AA genotype) for rs1015213 was associated with a shallower ACD (?0.07 mm, 95% CI ?0.01 to ?0.14 mm, p=0.028) after adjusting for age and sex (both p?0.001). There was no association with AL or corneal keratometry for rs1015213 genotypes. AL, ACD and keratometry were not associated with rs3753841 or rs11024102 genotypes including after adjusting for age and sex. Conclusions This study suggests that primary angle closure glaucoma susceptibility at the PCMTD1-ST18 locus may be partly explained by an association between rs1015213 and ACD in European populations. This effect is equivalent to almost 20% of the SD of the mean ACD of phakic individuals in this cohort. We were not able to identify any association between rs3753841 or rs11024102 and ocular biometry. PMID:23505305

  13. Chromospheres and coronae of late-type stars

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    Dupree, A. K.; Black, J. H.; Davis, R.; Hartmann, L.; Raymond, J. C.

    1979-01-01

    IUE short wavelength (1150-2000 A) spectra of late-type dwarfs, giant, and supergiant stars show a variety of emission features varying in excitation from about 10,000 K to about 3 x 10 to the 5th K. High excitation species are found most strongly in main sequence stars. Dwarf stars with active chromospheres (e.g., Xi Boo) and flare stars (EQ Peg) show enhancement of surface flux as compared to the quiet sun; binary systems of W UMa and RS CVn types show even larger surface fluxes. The enhancement increases with temperature of formation much like a solar active region. The presence of high excitation species in the giant and supergiant stars suggests that parameters other than effective temperature and luminosity are important in establishing a transition region and corona.

  14. Einstein Observatory coronal temperatures of late-type stars

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    Schmitt, J.H.M.M.; Collura, A.; Sciortino, S.; Vaiana, G.S.; Harnden, F.R. Jr. CNR, Istituto per le Applicazioni Interdisciplinari della Fisica, Palermo Palermo, Osservatorio Astronomico Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA )

    1990-12-01

    The results are presented of a survey of the coronal temperatures of late-type stars using the Einstein Observatory IPC. The spectral analysis shows that the frequently found one- and two-temperature descriptions are mainly influenced by the SNR of the data and that models using continuous emission measure distributions can provide equally adequate and physically more meaningful and more plausible descriptions. Intrinsic differences in differential emission measure distributions are found for four groups of stars. M dwarfs generally show evidence for high-temperature gas in conjunction with lower-temperature material, while main-sequence stars of types F and G have the high-temperature component either absent or very weak. Very hot coronae without the lower-temperature component appearing in dwarf stars are evident in most of the giant stars studied. RS CVn systems show evidence for extremely hot coronae, sometimes with no accompanying lower-temperature material. 51 refs.

  15. Einstein Observatory coronal temperatures of late-type stars

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    Schmitt, J. H. M. M.; Collura, A.; Sciortino, S.; Vaiana, G. S.; Harnden, F. R., Jr.

    1990-01-01

    The results are presented of a survey of the coronal temperatures of late-type stars using the Einstein Observatory IPC. The spectral analysis shows that the frequently found one- and two-temperature descriptions are mainly influenced by the SNR of the data and that models using continuous emission measure distributions can provide equally adequate and physically more meaningful and more plausible descriptions. Intrinsic differences in differential emission measure distributions are found for four groups of stars. M dwarfs generally show evidence for high-temperature gas in conjunction with lower-temperature material, while main-sequence stars of types F and G have the high-temperature component either absent or very weak. Very hot coronae without the lower-temperature component appearing in dwarf stars are evident in most of the giant stars studied. RS CVn systems show evidence for extremely hot coronae, sometimes with no accompanying lower-temperature material.

  16. Luminescent organoplatinum(II) complexes with functionalized cyclometalated C^N^C ligands: structures, photophysical properties, and material applications.

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    Kui, Steven C F; Hung, Faan-Fung; Lai, Shiu-Lun; Yuen, Mai-Yan; Kwok, Chi-Chung; Low, Kam-Hung; Chui, Stephen Sin-Yin; Che, Chi-Ming

    2012-01-01

    A series of [(R'-C^N^C-R'')Pt(L)] complexes with doubly deprotonated cyclometalated R'-C^N^C-R'' ligands (R'-C^N^C-R''=2,6-diphenylpyridine derivatives) functionalized with carbazole, fluorene, or thiophene unit(s) have been synthesized and their photophysical properties studied. The X-ray crystal structures reveal extensive intermolecular ?? and C-H? interactions between the cyclometalated C^N^C ligands. Compared to previously reported cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes [(C^N^C)Pt(L)], which are non-emissive in solution at room temperature, the carbazole-, fluorene- and thiophene-functionalized [(R'-C^N^C-R'')Pt(L)] (L=DMSO 1-9, C?N-Ar, 1a-9a) complexes are emissive in solution at room temperature with ?(max) at 564-619 nm and ?=0.02-0.26. The emissions of the [(R'-C^N^C-R'')Pt(L)] complexes are attributed to electronic excited states with mixed (3)MLCT and (3)IL character. The carbazole/fluorene/thiophene unit(s) allow the tuning of the electronic properties of the [(R'-C^N^C-R'')Pt] moiety, with the emission maxima in a range of 564-619 nm. These are the first examples of organoplatinum(II) complexes bearing doubly deprotonated cyclometalated C^N^C ligands that are emissive in solution at room temperature. In non-degassed DMSO, the emission intensities of 6a-9a are enhanced upon exposure to ambient light. This phenomenon is caused by reacting photogenerated (1)O(2) with a DMSO molecule to form dimethyl sulfone, leading to the removal of dissolved oxygen in solution. Self-assembled nanowires and nanorods are obtained from precipitation of 3a in THF/H(2)O and 8a in DMSO/Et(2)O, respectively. The [(R'-C^N^C-R'')Pt(L)] complexes are soluble in common organic solvents with a high thermal stability (>300 C), rendering them as phosphorescent dopants for organic light-emitting diode (OLEDs) applications. Red OLEDs with CIE coordinates of (0.650.01, 0.350.01) were fabricated from 7a or 8a. A maximum external efficiency (?(Ext)) of 12.6% was obtained for the device using 8a as emitter. PMID:22170325

  17. OPMILL - MICRO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING ENVIRONMENT FOR CNC MILLING MACHINES THREE AXIS EQUATION PLOTTING CAPABILITIES

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    Ray, R. B.

    1994-01-01

    OPMILL is a computer operating system for a Kearney and Trecker milling machine that provides a fast and easy way to program machine part manufacture with an IBM compatible PC. The program gives the machinist an "equation plotter" feature which plots any set of equations that define axis moves (up to three axes simultaneously) and converts those equations to a machine milling program that will move a cutter along a defined path. Other supported functions include: drill with peck, bolt circle, tap, mill arc, quarter circle, circle, circle 2 pass, frame, frame 2 pass, rotary frame, pocket, loop and repeat, and copy blocks. The system includes a tool manager that can handle up to 25 tools and automatically adjusts tool length for each tool. It will display all tool information and stop the milling machine at the appropriate time. Information for the program is entered via a series of menus and compiled to the Kearney and Trecker format. The program can then be loaded into the milling machine, the tool path graphically displayed, and tool change information or the program in Kearney and Trecker format viewed. The program has a complete file handling utility that allows the user to load the program into memory from the hard disk, save the program to the disk with comments, view directories, merge a program on the disk with one in memory, save a portion of a program in memory, and change directories. OPMILL was developed on an IBM PS/2 running DOS 3.3 with 1 MB of RAM. OPMILL was written for an IBM PC or compatible 8088 or 80286 machine connected via an RS-232 port to a Kearney and Trecker Data Mill 700/C Control milling machine. It requires a "D:" drive (fixed-disk or virtual), a browse or text display utility, and an EGA or better display. Users wishing to modify and recompile the source code will also need Turbo BASIC, Turbo C, and Crescent Software's QuickPak for Turbo BASIC. IBM PC and IBM PS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines. Turbo BASIC and Turbo C are trademarks of Borland International.

  18. Lipoprotein Lipase SNPs rs13702 and rs301 Correlate with Clinical Outcome in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Patients

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    Rombout, Ans; Stamatopoulos, Basile; Lagneaux, Laurence; Lust, Sofie; Offner, Fritz; Naessens, Evelien; Vanderstraeten, Hanne; Verhasselt, Bruno; Philippé, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common leukemia in the Western world and is characterized by a heterogeneous clinical course. This variability in clinical course has spiked the search for prognostic markers able to predict patient evolution at the moment of diagnosis. Markers demonstrated to be of value are the mutation status of the immunoglobulin heavy chain variable region genes (IGHV) and lipoprotein lipase (LPL) expression. High LPL mRNA expression has been associated with short treatment free (TFS) and decreased overall survival (OS) in CLL. The LPL SNPs rs301 (Trs328 (Crs13702 (Trs13702 wild-type T/T genotype had significantly shorter OS than patients with C/C and T/C genotypes (median time until CLL related death: 90 and 156 months respectively, p=0.008). The same was observed for LPL SNP rs301 (median time until CLL related death T/T: 102 and C/C, T/C: 144 months, p=0.03). Both SNPs rs301 and rs13702 were significantly associated with each other and notably, no association was found between IGHV status and presence of the SNP genotypes, indicating that these LPL SNPs are reliable prognostic markers that could add extra prognostic and predictive information to classical markers and help to improve the management of CLL. PMID:25811490

  19. Converting neutron stars into strange stars

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    Olinto, A. V.

    1991-01-01

    If strange matter is formed in the interior of a neutron star, it will convert the entire neutron star into a strange star. The proposed mechanisms are reviewed for strange matter seeding and the possible strange matter contamination of neutron star progenitors. The conversion process that follows seeding and the recent calculations of the conversion timescale are discussed.

  20. Polymorphisms rs12998 and rs5780218 in KiSS1 Suppressor Metastasis Gene in Mexican Patients with Breast Cancer

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    Cruz Quevedo, Edhit Guadalupe; Mimendi Aguilar, Gabriela Monserrat; Jurez Aguilar, Luis Anselmo; Gutierrez Rubio, Susan Andrea; Flores Martnez, Silvia Esperanza; Dvalos Rodrguez, Ingrid Patricia; Snchez Corona, Jos; Torres Morn, Martha Isabel; Rosales Gmez, Roberto Carlos; Morn Moguel, Mara Cristina

    2015-01-01

    Aims. KiSS1 is a metastasis suppressor gene associated with inhibition of cellular chemotaxis and invasion attenuating the metastasis in melanoma and breast cancer cell lines. Along the KiSS-1 gene at least 294 SNPs have been described; however the association of these polymorphisms as genetic markers for metastasis in breast cancer studies has not been investigated. Here we describe two simple PCR-RFLPs protocols to identify the rs5780218 (9DelT) and the rs12998 (E20K) KiSS1 polymorphisms and the allelic, genotypic, and haplotypic frequencies in Mexican general population (GP) and patients with benign breast disease (BBD) or breast cancer (BC). Results. The rs5780218 polymorphism was individually associated with breast cancer (P = 0.0332) and the rs12998 polymorphism shows statistically significant differences when GP versus case (BC and BBD) groups were compared (P < 0.0001). The H1 Haplotype (G/-) occurred more frequently in BC group (0.4256) whereas H2 haplotype (G/T) was the most prevalent in BBD group (0.4674). Conclusions. Our data indicated that the rs5780218 polymorphism individually confers susceptibility for development of breast cancer in Mexican population and a possible role as a genetic marker in breast cancer metastasis for H1 haplotype (Wt/variant) in KiSS1 gene must be analyzed in other populations. PMID:25810563

  1. Intermittent process measurement and process capability analysis using MP700 touch trigger probe on a CNC machining center

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    Shiou, Fang-Jung; Su, Po-Chuan

    2006-11-01

    This study developed an intermittent process measurement system by integrating a MP700 touch trigger probe system with a machining center to measure a workpiece containing freeform surface and regular geometric features, and to do the statistical process control analysis. The whole measuring system, consisting of a personal computer, a CNC machining center controller, a RENISHAW MP700 touch probe system, was integrated information-technically. Measuring software was also developed to simulate the measuring path, to prevent collision, to generate the corresponding measuring NC codes and to calculate the process capability indices, such as the process capability index (Cp), the process performance index (C PK) and the accuracy capability index (Ca). To evaluate the performance of the developed measuring system, a carrier combined with a freeform surface and regular geometric features, referred to in the ISO 10791-7 cutting test standard, was designed. Six pieces of the tested carriers were manufactured and inspected using the MP700 touch trigger probe to evaluate the performance of the developed measuring system. According to the measuring results, the developed measuring system was successfully and effectively used to carry out the intermittent process measurement and the statistical process analysis of the measuring results of some test carriers on the machining center.

  2. Flank wears Simulation by using back propagation neural network when cutting hardened H-13 steel in CNC End Milling

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    Hazza, Muataz Hazza F. Al; Adesta, Erry Y. T.; Riza, Muhammad

    2013-12-01

    High speed milling has many advantages such as higher removal rate and high productivity. However, higher cutting speed increase the flank wear rate and thus reducing the cutting tool life. Therefore estimating and predicting the flank wear length in early stages reduces the risk of unaccepted tooling cost. This research presents a neural network model for predicting and simulating the flank wear in the CNC end milling process. A set of sparse experimental data for finish end milling on AISI H13 at hardness of 48 HRC have been conducted to measure the flank wear length. Then the measured data have been used to train the developed neural network model. Artificial neural network (ANN) was applied to predict the flank wear length. The neural network contains twenty hidden layer with feed forward back propagation hierarchical. The neural network has been designed with MATLAB Neural Network Toolbox. The results show a high correlation between the predicted and the observed flank wear which indicates the validity of the models.

  3. RS 30026: a potent and effective calcium channel agonist.

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    Patmore, L.; Duncan, G. P.; Clarke, B.; Anderson, A. J.; Greenhouse, R.; Pfister, J. R.

    1990-01-01

    1. A series of dihydropyridine derivatives has been evaluated for calcium channel agonist activity using reversal of nisoldipine-induced inhibition of beating of aggregates of embryonic chick myocytes. This test appears to be specific for calcium channel agonists since isoprenaline and cardiac glycosides are inactive. 2. RS 30026 was the most potent of the series, was significantly more potent than CGP 28392 and of similar potency to Bay K 8644 (pEC50 = 7.45, 6.16 and 7.20, respectively). RS 30026 increased edge movement of individual aggregates, in the absence of nisoldipine, by 50% at 2 nM. 3. Compounds were also evaluated for their effects on guinea-pig papillary muscle and porcine coronary artery rings. RS 30026 displayed positive inotropism at concentrations between 10(-9) and 10(-6) M (pEC200 = 8.21), but was a much more powerful inotrope than Bay K 8644, increasing contractility to 1300% of control at 10(-6) M (compared to 350% of control for Bay K 8644). RS 30026 caused vasoconstriction at concentrations between 10(-10) and 10(-7) M. 4. Calcium channel currents in single embryonic chick myocytes were recorded by whole-cell voltage clamp techniques. RS 30026 (100 nM-500 nM) produced large increases in peak current amplitude and shifted the voltage for threshold and maximal currents to more negative values. RS 30026 (500 nM) also produced large increases in the inward tail currents evoked upon repolarization. The effects of Bay K 8644 (50 and 500 nM) were much less marked.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1694461

  4. Hybrid Stars

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    Menezes, D.P.; Providencia, C.

    2004-12-02

    In the present paper we calculate the properties of hybrid stars, namely, its gravitational, baryonic masses and central energy densities by solving the Tolman-Volkoff-Oppenheimer equations, which were derived from Einstein's equations for compact stellar objects. In order to obtain these properties, an adequate equation of state (EOS) is necessary. Hybrid stars are formed when a phase transition to a deconfined phase is thermodinamically possible. In this work we have used the non-linear Walecka model for the hadron matter and the MIT Bag (unpaired quark phase) and the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (NJL) models for the quark matter in order to build the appropriate equations of state for the mixed phase constituted by hadrons and quarks in {beta}-equilibrium.

  5. Association of GWAS-Supported Variants rs2200733 and rs6843082 on Chromosome 4q25 with Ischemic Stroke in the Southern Chinese Han Population.

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    Su, Li; Shen, Tingting; Xie, Juanjuan; Yan, Yan; Chen, Ziwen; Wu, Yanli; Yang, Junwei; Gu, Lian

    2015-07-01

    Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have revealed two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on chromosome 4q25, rs2200733, and rs6843082, associated with ischemic stroke (IS) in Caucasians. However, subsequent validation studies have remained controversial. The current study aims to evaluate the associations between rs2200733, rs6843082, and IS in the southern Chinese Han population. A total of 1632 subjects were recruited in this case-control study. Genotyping for rs2200733 and rs6843082 was conducted in the Sequenom MassARRAY iPLEX platform. The genetic association of the rs2200733 and rs6843082 polymorphisms with IS was estimated using the PLINK program. Our results show that the SNP rs2200733 and rs6843082 have no significant associations with IS in additive, dominant, recessive, and allelic models (all p?>?0.050). However, the results also indicate that the rs2200733 polymorphism is associated with systolic blood pressure (SBP) in IS patients in both the additive model (p adj ?=?0.002) and the recessive model (p adj ?=?0.002) after correcting for age. Meanwhile, the rs6843082 polymorphism showed a significant association with serum total cholesterol (TC) in IS individuals in the additive model (p adj ?=?0.017) and the dominant model (p adj ?=?0.023). These findings suggest that the SNP rs2200733 and rs6843082 on chromosome 4q25 may be not associated with IS susceptibility in southern Han Chinese. As for IS-related quantitative traits, the rs2200733 and rs6843082 polymorphisms might influence SBP and TC in IS patients, respectively. PMID:25711478

  6. Christmas star.

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    Biała, J.

    There are continuous attempts to identify the legendary Christmas Star with a real astronomical event accompanying the birth of Jesus from Nazareth. Unfortunately, the date of birth is difficult to establish on the basis of historical records with better accuracy than a few years. During that period a number of peculiar astronomical events were observed and it seem to be impossible to identify the right one unambiguously.

  7. Microwave observations of late-type stars with the Very Large Array

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    Pallavicini, R.; Willson, R. F.; Lang, K. R.

    1985-01-01

    The Very Large Array was used to search for microwave emission from 32 stars of late spectral type including RS CVn type stars, dwarf M stars, and stars with active chromospheres, coronae, or intense magnetic fields. The RS CVn stars were detected at 6 cm wavelength, and upper limits are established for another six. Radio emission was detected from three dwarf M flare stars, UV Cet, EQ Peg and YZ CMi. Both impulsive (no more than 20 s) and more gradual (at least ten minutes) bursts were observed from the flare star YZ CMi. Radio emission was not confirmed at 6 cm from the solar type star Chi(1) Ori, with an upper limit that is three times lower than the detections reported by other observers. Microwave emission could not be detected from any other solar type star of spectral class F to K. The quiescent radio emission from dwarf M flare stars was interpreted as nonthermal gyrosynchrotron emission by mildly relativistic electrons accelerated more or less continuously in the magnetic fields of starspots.

  8. IL-1A rs1800587, IL-1B rs1143634 and IL-1R1 rs2234650 polymorphisms in Iranian patients with systemic sclerosis.

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    Abtahi, S; Farazmand, A; Mahmoudi, M; Ashraf-Ganjouei, A; Javinani, A; Nazari, B; Kavosi, H; Amirzargar, A A; Jamshidi, A R; Gharibdoost, F

    2015-12-01

    Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) is a systemic autoimmune disorder, with ambiguous pathogenesis. Genetic and environmental factors were proved to be correlated with SSc aetiology. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in cytokine genes can alter the structure and function of the cytokines and consequently may increase the susceptibility to a specific disease. In this study, we investigated SNPs of the IL-1 gene cluster in Iranian SSc patients. We obtained blood samples from 170 SSc patients and 213 healthy individuals. Cytokine genotyping results were obtained by polymerase chain reaction with sequence-specific primers (PCR-SSP). IL-1A rs1800587, IL-1B rs1143634 and IL-1R1 rs2234650 were evaluated for SNP study. The frequency of the IL-1B rs1143634 CT genotype was significantly lower in SSc patients compared to the controls (OR=0.584; 95% CI=0.385-0.886; P-value=0.023), so we propose that CT genotype of this allele might be protective. According to our haplotype analysis, CCC haplotype frequency is higher in the control group compared to SSc patients (OR=1.575; 95% CI=1.176-2.111; P-value=0.008) and in contrast, CTC haplotype frequency is lower in the control group compared to SSc patients (OR=0.152; 95% CI=0.047-0.484; P-value=0.002), so they might decrease and increase the susceptibility of having SSc, respectively. In addition, we reported two significant diplotypes frequency differences among SSc patients and healthy individuals. It is highly important that there is not much resemblance between the IL-1 gene cluster polymorphism in different populations, so we can indicate that SNPs may play critical roles when they are combined with other genetic and environmental factors. PMID:26416393

  9. A Vanishing Star Revisited

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    1999-07-01

    VLT Observations of an Unusual Stellar System Reinhold Hfner of the Munich University Observatory (Germany) is a happy astronomer. In 1988, when he was working at a telescope at the ESO La Silla observatory, he came across a strange star that suddenly vanished off the computer screen. He had to wait for more than a decade to get the full explanation of this unusual event. On June 10-11, 1999, he observed the same star with the first VLT 8.2-m Unit Telescope (ANTU) and the FORS1 astronomical instrument at Paranal [1]. With the vast power of this new research facility, he was now able to determine the physical properties of a very strange stellar system in which two planet-size stars orbit each other. One is an exceedingly hot white dwarf star , weighing half as much as the Sun, but only twice as big as the Earth. The other is a much cooler and less massive red dwarf star , one-and-a-half times the size of planet Jupiter. Once every three hours, the hot star disappears behind the other, as seen from the Earth. For a few minutes, the brightness of the system drops by a factor of more than 250 and it "vanishes" from view in telescopes smaller than the VLT. A variable star named NN Serpentis ESO PR Photo 30a/99 ESO PR Photo 30a/99 [Preview - JPEG: 400 x 468 pix - 152k] [Normal - JPEG: 800 x 936 pix - 576k] [High-Res - JPEG: 2304 x 2695 pix - 4.4M] Caption to ESO PR Photo 30a/99 : The sky field around the 17-mag variable stellar system NN Serpentis , as seen in a 5 sec exposure through a V(isual) filter with VLT ANTU and FORS1. It was obtained just before the observation of an eclipse of this unsual object and served to centre the telescope on the corresponding sky position. The field shown here measures 4.5 x 4.5 armin 2 (1365 x 1365 pix 2 ; 0.20 arcsec/pix). The field is somewhat larger than that shown in Photo 30b/99 and has the same orientation to allow comparison: North is about 20 anticlockwise from the top and East is 90 clockwise from that direction. The unsual star in question is designated NN Serpentis , or just NN Ser . As the name indicates, it is located in the constellation of Serpens (The Serpent), about 12 north of the celestial equator. A double letter, here "NN", is used to denote variable stars [2]. It is a rather faint object of magnitude 17, about 25,000 times fainter than what can be perceived with the unaided eye. The distance is about 600 light-years (180 pc). In July 1988, Reinhold Hfner performed observations of NN Ser (at that time still known by its earlier name PG 1550+131 ) with the Danish 1.54-m telescope at La Silla. He was surprised, but also very pleased to discover that it underwent a very deep eclipse every 187 minutes. Within less than 2 minutes, the brightness dropped by a factor of more than 100 (5 magnitudes). During the next 9 minutes, the star completely disappeared from view - it was too faint to be observed with this telescope. It then again reappeared and the entire event was over after just 11 minutes. Why eclipses are so important for stellar studies An eclipse occurs when one of the stars in a binary stellar system moves in front of the other, as seen by the observer. The effect is similar to what happens during a solar eclipse when the Moon moves in front of the Sun. In both cases, the eclipse may be partial or total , depending on whether or not the eclipsed star (or the Sun) is completely hidden from view. The occurence of eclipses in stellar systems, as seen from the Earth, depends on the spatial orientation of the orbital plane and the sizes of the two stars. Two eclipses take place during one orbital revolution, but they may not both be observable. The physical properties of the two stars in a binary system (e.g., the sizes of the stars, the size and shape of the orbit, the distribution of the light on the surfaces of the stars, their temperatures etc.) can be determined from the measured "light-curve" of the system (a plot of brightness vrs. time). The stars are always too close to each other to be seen as anything but a point of light. The light-curve thus describes the way the total brightness of the two stars changes during one orbital revolution, including the variation of the combined light of the two components as they cover each other during the eclipses. Already in 1988, it was concluded that the eclipse observed in NN Ser must be caused by a bright and hot star (a white dwarf ) being hidden by another body, most probably a red dwarf star . Because of the dramatic effect, this object soon became known as the "Vanishing Star" , cf. ESO Press Release 09/88 (8 December 1988). Critical information missing for NN Ser One particularly critical piece of information is needed for a light-curve study to succeed, that is whether the eclipse is "total" or "partial" . If during the eclipse one star is entirely hidden by the other, we only see the light of the star in front. In that case, the measured amount of light does not change during the phase of totality. The light-curve is "flat" at the bottom of the minimum and the measured brightness indicates the intrinsic luminosity of the eclipsing star. Moreover, for a given orbit, the duration of the totality is proportional to the size of that star. This crucial information was not available for NN Ser . The brightness at minimum was simply too faint to allow any measurements of the system with available telescopes during this phase. For this reason, the properties of the eclipsing star could only be guessed. Reaching for the bottom The new VLT observations have overcome this. Thanks to the powerful combination of the 8.2-m ANTU telescope and the multi-mode FORS1 instrument, it was possible to measure the complete lightcurve of NN Ser , also during the darkest phase of the eclipse. This extreme observation demanded most careful preparation. Since there is very little light available, the longest possible integration time must be used in order to collect a sufficient number of photons and to achieve a reasonable photometric accuracy. However, the eclipse only lasts a few minutes and it would only be possible to exposure and read-out a few, normal exposures from the CCD camera, not enough to fully characterize the light curve at minimum. Reinhold Hfner decided to use another method. By having the telescope perform a controlled change of position on the sky ("drift") during the exposure, the light from NN Ser before, during and after the eclipse will not be registered on the same spot of the camera detector, but rather along a line. He carefully chose a direction in which this line would not cross those of other stars in the neighbourhood of NN Ser . This was ensured by rotating FORS1 to a predetermined position angle. The drift rate was fixed as one pixel (0.20 arcsec) per 3 seconds of time, a compromise between the necessary integration time and desired time resolution that would give the best chance to document the exact shape of the light-curve . In theory, this would then allow the measurement of the intensity along the recorded trail of NN Ser and hence its brightness at any given time during the eclipse. But how deep would the eclipse be? Would the resulting exposure on each pixel at minimum light be long enough to register a measurable signal? Seeing the light from the cool star! ESO PR Photo 30b/99 ESO PR Photo 30b/99 [Preview - JPEG: 400 x 464 pix - 156k] [Normal - JPEG: 800 x 927 pix - 584k] [High-Res - JPEG: 2292 x 2662 pix - 4.1M] ESO PR Photo 30c/99 ESO PR Photo 30c/99 [Preview - JPEG: 472 x 400 pix - 48k] [Normal - JPEG: 943 x 800 pix - 96k] Caption to ESO PR Photo 30b/99 : 18.5-min "drift" exposure with VLT ANTU and FORS1 of the sky field around the variable stellar system NN Ser (indicated with an arrow). The telescope moved 1 pixel (0.20 arcsec) every 3 seconds so that the images of the stars in the field are trailed from left to right. After some minutes, the very deep eclipse of NN Ser begins when the brightness drops dramatically during the first partial phase. The star is clearly visible at a constant level all through the total phase at minimum light. It then brightens during the second partial phase and is back to the former level after approximately 10.5 min. The FORS1 instrument was rotated by about 70 to ensure that the trail of NN Ser would not overlap those of the neighbouring stellar images during this special exposure. The field shown measures 2.7 x 2.7 armin 2 and may be compared with that shown in Photo 30a/99; it has the same orientation. Caption to ESO PR Photo 30c/99 : The light-curve of the variable stellar system NN Ser , as extracted from the drift exposure shown in Photo 30b/99 . The count rate is proportional to the brightness of the object; it is about 18,000 counts/pix outside the eclipse and decreases to about 70 counts during the total eclipse (since the full range of the eclipse is shown here, this low level is almost indistinguishable from 0 in this figure). Various properties of the two stars in the NN Ser system may be determined from the shape of the light-curve. The fact that the light-curve is "flat" at the bottom is a clear sign that the eclipse is total , i.e. the hot white dwarf star is completely hidden behind the cool red dwarf star. As ESO PR Photo 30b/99 shows, ANTU and FORS1 did manage this difficult observation! Aided by an excellent seeing of 0.5 arcsec, i.e. a good concentration of the light on each pixel, the recorded signal from NN Ser - although very faint - is well measurable at all times during the eclipse . In the mean, about 70 counts/pixel were registered at the minimum, down from about 18,000 outside the eclipse ( Photo 30c/99 ). The ratio is then about 250, corresponding to just over 6 magnitudes. The measured magnitude during eclipse is 23.0 in the V-band (green-yellow; wavelength 550 nm). Of even greater importance is the fact that the light-curve is found to be perfectly flat at the bottom, i.e. the eclipse is most certainly total . The white dwarf star is therefore being completely hidden as it moves behind the cooler and larger star, and we see only the latter during the eclipse. As explained above, this then allows to determine many of its properties. For instance, the fact that the light-curve has no obvious "soft shoulders" at the beginning and end of the total phase indicates that the white dwarf abruptly disappears from view. Thus the faint star cannot have a very extended atmosphere, otherwise the brightness change would have been more gradual. The total phase was found to last 7 m 37 s and each of the partial phases only 1 m 26 s. This shows that the orbit must be nearly perpendicular to the plane of the sky. This angle is referred to as the orbital inclination ; for NN Ser , it must be in the interval between 84 - 90. A preliminary analysis indicates that the diameter of the cool star is between 200,000 and 245,000 km, i.e. about 1.5 times that of planet Jupiter. The white dwarf is even smaller; its diameter is between 25,000 and 31,000 km, or about twice the size of the Earth. The distance between the two stars is 660,000 km, or half the size of the Sun. Thus NN Ser is really a very small system - it would easily fit into our central star! The surface temperatures are widely different, about 55,000 and 2,800 degrees, respectively. By adding to this analysis earlier measurements of the orbital velocity of the white dwarf star, it is possible to estimate the mass of the cool star as between 0.10 and 0.14 solar masses. The white dwarf is significantly heavier, about 0.57 solar masses. Stellar objects with masses below approx. 0.08 solar mass are believed to be brown dwarfs , i.e. "still-born" stars in which nuclear fusion did not ignite. Since the mass of the cool star in NN Ser is near this limit, could it perhaps be such an object? A spectrum of the cool star ESO PR Photo 30d/99 ESO PR Photo 30d/99 [Preview - JPEG: 480 x 400 pix - 60k] [Normal - JPEG: 960 x 800 pix - 136k] Caption to ESO PR Photo 30d/99 : The spectrum of the cool dwarf star in the variable stellar system NN Ser . The 5 min exposure was obtained during the total phase of the eclipse, when the magnitude of the system was V = 23.0. Several TiO bands are clearly visible in this slightly smoothed tracing. A few deep and narrow "absorption" features are residuals from sky subtraction. The original resolution is 0.55 nm/pix. A spectral type of M6 or later is deduced for NN Ser . The spectrum of a more nearby (and hence much brighter) M6.5 dwarf star (temperature approx. 2600 degrees) is shown below for comparison. The VLT has already delivered the answer: it turns out to be no . The cool component of NN Ser may be a very small and faint object, but it is a real star that harbours nuclear processes in its interior. The temperature is on the high side for a brown dwarf, but the definite proof can only be obtained from the spectrum. ANTU and FORS1 were able to obtain a spectrum of NN Ser during the total eclipse, i.e. at a time when the visual magnitude was 23.0, cf. Photo 30d/99 . The exposure had to be limited to 5 min only, in order to ensure that there would be no contamination by extra light from the much brighter white dwarf companion star, as this is the case during the partial phases of the eclipse. Despite the difficult circumstances, it was possible to record a faint spectrum in the 600 - 900 nm (red - near-IR) wavelength interval. Although it is quite noisy, several molecular bands of TiO (titanium oxide) are well visible; VO (vanadium oxide) bands may also be present. They allow the classification of the spectrum as that of a very-late-type star, of spectral type M6 or later . This is in reasonable agreement with the mentioned temperature around 2800 degrees. In any case, this spectrum is quite unlike that of a brown dwarf, thus confirming that the cool companion star in NN Ser is a normal hydrogen-burning red dwarf star . NN Ser: a "missing link" in stellar theory The binary system NN Ser is now in an evolutionary stage that is referred to as the pre-cataclysmic phase. It will be followed by the cataclysmic phase , during which a gas stream will flow from the larger star to the smaller one. This phenomenon is characterized by frequent and abrupt increase in brightness. While many stars are known that are now in that unstable phase, only a few stars have ever been found to be in the preceding, transitory phase. Of these, NN Ser is the only one that has such a deep eclipse and for which it has now become possible to determine quite well the properties of the two components. NN Ser thus represents a most welcome example of a "missing link" in the theory of stellar evolution. It is therefore of great interest to perform further observations of such a rare object. They will include attempts to obtain more spectra to define the spectral type of the cool star very accurately. This will allow a critical check of current theories of atmospheres and evolutionary computations for the smallest and lightest stars. But for now, Reinhold Hfner looks forward to further nights at Paranal with the ESO astronomers there. "We worked together in a wonderful way during these demanding observations", he said, "and without their great support all of this would have been next to impossible!" Notes [1] These observations were carried out during "guaranteed observing time", allocated to the three German institutes that built the FORS instrument. More details about this instrument and related issues are available in ESO Press Release 14/98. [2] Astronomers designate variable stars according to the constellation in which they are seen in the sky and the order in which they are recognized as having variable brightness. For historical reasons, the first variable star in a given constellation (that is not already known by a greek letter, e.g. "Delta Cephei") is designated as "R" (e.g. "R Coronae Borealis"), the second as "S", etc. until "Z". Then follow "RR", "RS",..."RZ", "SS"..."SZ" until "ZZ" and only then from the beginning of the alphabet, "AA"..."AZ", "BA".. etc. until "QZ". How to obtain ESO Press Information ESO Press Information is made available on the World-Wide Web (URL: http://www.eso.org../ ). ESO Press Photos may be reproduced, if credit is given to the European Southern Observatory.

  10. Star ratings. Stars of wonder.

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    Dawes, David

    2002-09-12

    Analysis of trusts that changed their star-rating over the past two years indicates that a change of chief executive was not a significant factor. The length of time in post and the experience of the chief executive were also insignificant. This has serious implications for the theory behind franchising and the evaluation of franchised trusts. Holding chief executives to account for the organisation's performance within their first 12 months is unlikely to be effective. PMID:12357738

  11. Radii, masses, and ages of 18 bright stars using interferometry and new estimations of exoplanetary parameters

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    Ligi, R.; Creevey, O.; Mourard, D.; Crida, A.; Lagrange, A.-M.; Nardetto, N.; Perraut, K.; Schultheis, M.; Tallon-Bosc, I.; ten Brummelaar, T.

    2016-02-01

    Context. Accurate stellar parameters are needed in numerous domains of astrophysics. The position of stars on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram is an important indication of their structure and evolution, and it helps improve stellar models. Furthermore, the age and mass of stars hosting planets are required elements for studying exoplanetary systems. Aims: We aim at determining accurate parameters of a set of 18 bright exoplanet host and potential host stars from interferometric measurements, photometry, and stellar models. Methods: Using the VEGA/CHARA interferometer operating in the visible domain, we measured the angular diameters of 18 stars, ten of which host exoplanets. We combined them with their distances to estimate their radii. We used photometry to derive their bolometric flux and, then, their effective temperature and luminosity to place them on the H-R diagram. We then used the PARSEC models to derive their best fit ages and masses, with error bars derived from Monte Carlo calculations. Results: Our interferometric measurements lead to an average of 1.9% uncertainty on angular diameters and 3% on stellar radii. There is good agreement between measured and indirect estimations of angular diameters (either from SED fitting or from surface brightness relations) for main sequence (MS) stars, but not as good for more evolved stars. For each star, we provide a likelihood map in the mass-age plane; typically, two distinct sets of solutions appear (an old and a young age). The errors on the ages and masses that we provide account for the metallicity uncertainties, which are often neglected by other works. From measurements of its radius and density, we also provide the mass of 55 Cnc independently of models. From the stellar masses, we provide new estimates of semi-major axes and minimum masses of exoplanets with reliable uncertainties. We also derive the radius, density, and mass of 55 Cnc e, a super-Earth that transits its stellar host. Our exoplanetary parameters reflect the known population of exoplanets. Conclusions: This work illustrates how precise interferometric measurements of angular diameters and detailled modeling allow fundamental parameters of exoplanet host stars to be constrained at a level permiting analysis of the planet's parameters.

  12. Work in Progress: The Seven Rs of Team Building

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    Brunelli, Jean; Schneider, Elaine Fogel

    2004-01-01

    This article argues that supportive teams--including professionals, paraprofessionals, and parents--can teach staff members how to identify and implement best practices in early intervention settings. The authors describe "the seven Rs of team building" distilled from their many years of team building and maintenance: 1) Reading cues; 2) Regular…

  13. AngiomiRs: Potential Biomarkers of Pregnancy's Vascular Pathologies

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    Rodrguez Santa, Laura Mara; Gonzlez Teshima, Laura Yuriko; Forero Forero, Jose Vicente; Castillo Giraldo, Andres Orlando

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, microRNAs (miRNAs) have been the focus of research for their role in posttranscriptional regulation and as potential biomarkers of risk for disease development. Their identification in specific physiological processes, like angiogenesis, a key pathway in placental vascular development in pregnancy, suggests an important role of miRNAs that regulate angiogenesis (angiomiRs). Many complications of pregnancy have in common placental vascular alterations, involving an imbalance in the angiogenesis process in the development of conditions such as preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and gestational diabetes, complications with the highest rates of morbimortality in pregnancy. Many studies have identified angiomiRs with differential expression profiles in each of these diseases; however, this evidence requires further studies focused on evaluating their potential as biomarkers of risk for the angiomiRs detected, to establish correlations between placental tissue and serum/plasma expression profiles. Therefore, the objective of this review is to highlight the best angiomiRs detected in placental tissue and serum/plasma in each of these three pathologies to show the current data available for potential biomarkers and to propose future research strategies on this topic. PMID:26550492

  14. rsPSCs: A new type of pluripotent stem cells.

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    Weissbein, Uri; Benvenisty, Nissim

    2015-08-01

    Pluripotent stem cells capture the imagination since they can differentiate into all cell types in our body. Recent evidence suggests that in addition to embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and epiblast stem cells (EpiSCs), a new type of region-selective pluripotent stem cells (rsPSCs) exists, possessing unique spatial and molecular characteristics. PMID:26077383

  15. AngiomiRs: Potential Biomarkers of Pregnancy's Vascular Pathologies.

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    Santa, Laura Mara Rodrguez; Teshima, Laura Yuriko Gonzlez; Forero, Jose Vicente Forero; Giraldo, Andres Orlando Castillo

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, microRNAs (miRNAs) have been the focus of research for their role in posttranscriptional regulation and as potential biomarkers of risk for disease development. Their identification in specific physiological processes, like angiogenesis, a key pathway in placental vascular development in pregnancy, suggests an important role of miRNAs that regulate angiogenesis (angiomiRs). Many complications of pregnancy have in common placental vascular alterations, involving an imbalance in the angiogenesis process in the development of conditions such as preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and gestational diabetes, complications with the highest rates of morbimortality in pregnancy. Many studies have identified angiomiRs with differential expression profiles in each of these diseases; however, this evidence requires further studies focused on evaluating their potential as biomarkers of risk for the angiomiRs detected, to establish correlations between placental tissue and serum/plasma expression profiles. Therefore, the objective of this review is to highlight the best angiomiRs detected in placental tissue and serum/plasma in each of these three pathologies to show the current data available for potential biomarkers and to propose future research strategies on this topic. PMID:26550492

  16. Binary stars.

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    Paczynacuteski, B

    1984-07-20

    Most stars in the solar neighborhood are either double or multiple systems. They provide a unique opportunity to measure stellar masses and radii and to study many interesting and important phenomena. The best candidates for black holes are compact massive components of two x-ray binaries: Cygnus X-1 and LMC X-3. The binary radio pulsar PSR 1913 + 16 provides the best available evidence for gravitational radiation. Accretion disks and jets observed in close binaries offer a very good testing ground for models of active galactic nuclei and quasars. PMID:17749544

  17. Eutactic star closest to a given star

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    Gomez, A.; Torres, M.; Aragon, J. L.

    2007-05-15

    A eutactic star is a set of M vectors in R{sup n} (M>n) that are projections of M orthogonal vectors in R{sup M}. Eutactic stars have remarkable properties that have been exploited in several fields such as crystallography, graph theory, wavelets, and quantum measurement theory. In this work we show that given an arbitrary star of vectors, there exists a closest eutactic star in the Frobenius norm. An algorithm for calculating this star is presented. Additionally, the distance between both stars provides a new measure of eutacticity.

  18. The Impacts of SLC22A1 rs594709 and SLC47A1 rs2289669 Polymorphisms on Metformin Therapeutic Efficacy in Chinese Type 2 Diabetes Patients.

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    Xiao, Di; Guo, Yu; Li, Xi; Yin, Ji-Ye; Zheng, Wei; Qiu, Xin-Wen; Xiao, Ling; Liu, Rang-Ru; Wang, Sai-Ying; Gong, Wei-Jing; Zhou, Hong-Hao; Liu, Zhao-Qian

    2016-01-01

    Background. We aimed to investigate the distributive characteristics of SLC22A1 rs594709 and SLC47A1 rs2289669 polymorphisms and their influence on metformin efficacy in Chinese T2DM patients. Methods. The distributions of SLC22A1 rs594709 and SLC47A1 rs2289669 polymorphisms were determined in 267 T2DM patients and 182 healthy subjects. Subsequently, 53 newly diagnosed patients who received metformin monotherapy were recruited to evaluate metformin efficacy. Results. No significant difference was found between T2DM patients and healthy subjects in SLC22A1 rs594709 and SLC47A1 rs2289669 allele frequencies and genotype frequencies. After metformin treatment, SLC22A1 rs594709 GG genotype patients showed a higher increase in FINS (p = 0.015) and decrease in HOMA-IS (p = 0.001) and QUICKI (p = 0.002) than A allele carriers. SLC47A1 rs2289669 GG genotype patients had a higher decrease in TChol (p = 0.030) and LDL-C (p = 0.049) than A allele carriers. Among SLC22A1 rs594709 AA genotype, patients with SLC47A1 rs2289669 AA genotype showed a higher decrease in FBG (p = 0.015), PINS (p = 0.041), and HOMA-IR (p = 0.014) than G allele carriers. However, among SLC22A1 rs594709 G allele carriers, SLC47A1 rs2289669 AA genotype patients showed a higher decrease in TChol (p = 0.013) than G allele carriers. Conclusion. Our data suggest that SLC22A1 rs594709 and SLC47A1 rs2289669 polymorphisms may influence metformin efficacy together in Chinese T2DM patients. PMID:26977146

  19. The Impacts of SLC22A1 rs594709 and SLC47A1 rs2289669 Polymorphisms on Metformin Therapeutic Efficacy in Chinese Type 2 Diabetes Patients

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    Xiao, Di; Guo, Yu; Li, Xi; Yin, Ji-Ye; Zheng, Wei; Qiu, Xin-Wen; Xiao, Ling; Liu, Rang-Ru; Wang, Sai-Ying; Gong, Wei-Jing; Zhou, Hong-Hao; Liu, Zhao-Qian

    2016-01-01

    Background. We aimed to investigate the distributive characteristics of SLC22A1 rs594709 and SLC47A1 rs2289669 polymorphisms and their influence on metformin efficacy in Chinese T2DM patients. Methods. The distributions of SLC22A1 rs594709 and SLC47A1 rs2289669 polymorphisms were determined in 267 T2DM patients and 182 healthy subjects. Subsequently, 53 newly diagnosed patients who received metformin monotherapy were recruited to evaluate metformin efficacy. Results. No significant difference was found between T2DM patients and healthy subjects in SLC22A1 rs594709 and SLC47A1 rs2289669 allele frequencies and genotype frequencies. After metformin treatment, SLC22A1 rs594709 GG genotype patients showed a higher increase in FINS (p = 0.015) and decrease in HOMA-IS (p = 0.001) and QUICKI (p = 0.002) than A allele carriers. SLC47A1 rs2289669 GG genotype patients had a higher decrease in TChol (p = 0.030) and LDL-C (p = 0.049) than A allele carriers. Among SLC22A1 rs594709 AA genotype, patients with SLC47A1 rs2289669 AA genotype showed a higher decrease in FBG (p = 0.015), PINS (p = 0.041), and HOMA-IR (p = 0.014) than G allele carriers. However, among SLC22A1 rs594709 G allele carriers, SLC47A1 rs2289669 AA genotype patients showed a higher decrease in TChol (p = 0.013) than G allele carriers. Conclusion. Our data suggest that SLC22A1 rs594709 and SLC47A1 rs2289669 polymorphisms may influence metformin efficacy together in Chinese T2DM patients. PMID:26977146

  20. X-ray sources in regions of star formation. III - Naked T Tauri stars associated with the Taurus-Auriga complex

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    Walter, Frederick M.; Brown, A.; Mathieu, R. D.; Myers, P. C.; Vrba, F. J.

    1988-07-01

    The authors report results from a multispectral investigation of stellar counterparts of X-ray sources in the general region of the Taurus-Auriga star-formation complex. They discuss 28 new low-mass pre-main-sequence "naked T Tauri" stars, bringing the census of naked T Tauri stars to 44 in the Tau-Aur region. The authors discuss the optical spectra and the optical and near-IR colors. They show that these stars are basically normal stars with ages of 1 - 40106yr. There is no evidence for IR or UV excesses. Chromospheric and coronal surface fluxes are comparable to those of the most active main-sequence stars and the RS CVn systems. The authors show that the chromospheric fluxes do not increase for stellar ages <108yr, confirming the postulated exponential decay of stellar activity.

  1. Cool stars, stellar systems, and the sun; Proceedings of the 6th Cambridge Workshop, Seattle, WA, Sept. 18-21, 1989

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    Wallerstein, G.

    1990-01-01

    The present conference on cool stars, stellar systems, and the sun encompasses stellar chromospheres and coronae, binary stars, the stellar evolution of contracting stars and red giants, stellar evolution abundances of the elements, mass loss and envelopes, and stellar pulsation. Specific issues addressed include theories regarding the acoustic and magnetic heating of stellar chromospheres and coronae, stellar granulation, wave heating in magnetic flux tubes, observations of the solar Ca-II lines, longitudinal-transverse magnetic tube waves in the solar atmosphere, radio emission from rapidly rotating cool giant stars, and spot temperatures and area coverages on active dwarf stars. Also addressed are the optical and UV spectra of RS-CVn stars, emission lines from T-Tauri stars, the spectroscopy of HR1614 group stars, red giants in external galaxies, the rotation of evolved stars, the transition from red giant to planetary nebula, and radiative transfer in the dynamic atmospheres of variable stars.

  2. Investigation of IL-21 gene polymorphisms (rs2221903, rs2055979) in cases with multiple sclerosis of Azerbaijan, Northwest Iran

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    Gharibi, Tohid; Kazemi, Tohid; Aliparasti, Mohammad Reza; Farhoudi, Mehdi; Almasi, Shohreh; Dehghanzadeh, Rashedeh; seyfizadeh, Narges; Babaloo, Zohreh

    2015-01-01

    Background: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease of the Central Nervous System that is immunologically mediated in genetically susceptible individuals. IL-21, a cytokine produced by TCD4+ cells, particularly by Th-17 cells, is believed to play an important role in the MS pathogenesis. Objective: This study was performed to investigate the impact of genetic polymorphisms in IL-21 gene on MS susceptibility and clinical profiles. Methods: Seventy Iranian patients with clinically definite relapsing-remitting MS and 110 age, sex and ethic matched controls were genotyped for IL-21 gene polymorphisms using PCR-RFLP method. Results: Our results showed that the IL-21 rs2221903 SNP is not polymorphic in our population. Also, the allelic and genotypic frequencies of the IL-21 rs2055979 did not differ significantly between the MS patients and controls (P = 0.413 and P = 0.565 respectively, and OR = 1.122, 95% CI = 0.79-1.87 for T allele). However, our results showed that IL-21 rs2055979 (G/T) T allele positive (TT+GT) MS patients had lower (PI ≤ 1.5) disease progression compared to rs2055979 T allele negative (GG) patients (P = 0.009). Conclusion: Our results showed that no outstanding association exists between IL-21 alleles and susceptibility to MS. However, our clinical analysis showed significant association of IL-21 gene polymorphism with the progression of multiple sclerosis disease. Our results indicate that the G allele promotes, or the T allele protects against disease progression. To clarify the role of IL-21 rs2055979 in MS pathogenesis, further comprehensive studies with larger sample sizes among different ethnicity populations are recommended. PMID:26155434

  3. The enigmatic star EZ Pegasi - A mystery solved?

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    Howell, S. B.; Bopp, B. W.

    1985-01-01

    EZ Peg, a ninth-magnitude G star that has been classified by various authors as an irregular variable, a U Gem system, and a contact binary, is shown to have all the spectroscopic and photometric characteristics of an active-chromosphere RS CVn binary. It is suggested that the reported outburst of 1943, when the spectrum appeared to be that of a B star, never occurred. The strong Ca II H and K reversals, viewed with low spectral resolution, caused the photospheric Ca II absorption to appear abnormally weak, mimicking a much earlier spectral type.

  4. The circumstellar envelopes of the Cepheids ? Carinae and RS Puppis . Comparative study in the infrared with Spitzer, VLT/VISIR, and VLTI/MIDI

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    Kervella, P.; Mrand, A.; Gallenne, A.

    2009-05-01

    Context: Compact circumstellar envelopes (CSEs) have been detected around several Cepheids by interferometry. In particular, observations with the VINCI instrument revealed in 2006 a compact envelope around the long period Cepheid ? Car (P = 35.5 days). Another Cepheid, RS Pup (P = 41.4 days), presents a large (?2 arcmin) circumstellar nebula scattering the Cepheid light in the visible. These envelopes are particularly interesting for two reasons: their presence could impact the Cepheid distance scale, and they could imply stellar mass loss. Aims: Our goal is to establish the spatial and spectral properties of the CSEs of ? Car and RS Pup. This is done through a parametrization of the envelopes in terms of fractional flux (with respect to the star) and angular size. Methods: We retrieved archival Spitzer images of the two stars (? = 3.5-70 ?m), and obtained new diffraction-limited imaging with the VLT/VISIR camera in BURST mode (? = 8.6-11.9 ?m), as well as interferometric observations with the VLTI/MIDI beam combiner (? = 8-13 ?m). This combination of single-telescope and interferometric techniques allows us to probe the envelopes of the two Cepheids over a broad range of angular scales, from arcminutes to milliarcseconds. Results: The circumstellar envelope of RS Pup is resolved spatially at 24 and 70 ?m by Spitzer, and around 10 ?m by MIDI and VISIR. The envelope of ? Car appears much more compact, and is resolved only in the VISIR and MIDI observations. The infrared excesses we detect around RS Pup and ? Car are both very significant, but differ considerably in spectral and spatial properties. We detect a warm component in the CSE of both stars at a spatial scale of a few 100 to a few 1000 AU. In addition, RS Pup presents a very large (several 100 000 AU) and cold (?40 K) dusty envelope. Conclusions: The observed properties of the CSEs lead us to propose that the cold dust content of the large reflection nebula surrounding RS Pup has an interstellar origin, while the warm CSEs of the two stars were created by ongoing stellar mass loss. We also speculate that the NGC 7023 reflection nebula surrounding the Herbig Be star HD 200775 is an analogue of RS Pup at an age of 100 000 years. The presence of CSEs around the two brightest long-period Cepheids is an indication that many long-period members of this class, if not all, could be surrounded by warm circumstellar envelopes created by mass loss. However, very large dusty envelopes such as that of RS Pup are probably less common, as according to our scenario, they require the presence of a high dust density in the interstellar medium (ISM) at the time of the formation of the Cepheid progenitor. Based on observations made with ESO telescopes at Paranal Observatory, under ESO programs 073.D-0142(B), 077.D-0500(A), 078.D-0739(B), 078.D-0739(D) and 081.D-0165(A).

  5. Associations of IFN-? rs2430561 T/A, IL28B rs12979860 C/T and ER? rs2077647 T/C polymorphisms with outcomes of hepatitis B virus infection: a meta-analysis.

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    Tang, Shaidi; Yue, Ming; Wang, Jiajia; Zhang, Yun; Yu, Rongbin; Su, Jing; Peng, Zhihang; Wang, Jie

    2014-11-01

    Several studies investigated associations of IFN-? rs2430561 T/A, IL28B rs12979860 C/T and ER? rs2077647 T/C gene polymorphisms with outcomes of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, but the results were controversial. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis of all published observational studies to address this inconsistency. Literature was searched in online database and a systematic review was conducted based on the search results. A total of 24 studies were included and dichotomous data were presented as odds ratio (OR) with a 95% confidence interval (CI). The rs2430561 T allele was associated with reduced persistent HBV infection risk (T vs. A: OR, 0.690; 95% CI, [0.490, 0.971]), while the rs2077647 T allele significantly increased the risk of persistent HBV infection (T vs. C: OR, 1.678; 95% CI, [1.212, 2.323]). Rs 2077647 CC might play a role in protecting individuals against HBV persistence (TT vs. CC: OR, 4.109; 95% CI, [2.609, 6.473]). Furthermore, carriers of the rs2430561 TT genotype were more likely to clear HBV spontaneously compared with those of the AA genotype (TT vs. AA: OR, 0.555; 95% CI, [0.359, 0.856]). For rs12979860 C/T polymorphism, no significant correlation with HBV infection outcomes was found. In subgroup analyses, the results were similar to those of overall analysis. However, for rs2077647 TT vs. TC+CC, significantly increased risks were observed in the Asian and hospital-based population, but not in the overall analysis. IFN-? rs2430561 T/A and ER? rs2077647 T/C genetic polymorphisms were associated with outcomes of HBV infection, but no association was found between IL28B rs12979860 C/T and HBV infection. PMID:25469118

  6. Association between microRNA-196a2 rs11614913, microRNA-146a rs2910164, and microRNA-423 rs6505162 polymorphisms and esophageal cancer risk: A meta-analysis

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    Ji, Hong-Hai; Hong-Luo; Huang, Guang-Lei; Yin, Hai-Xin; Xu, Ping; Luo, Si-Yang; Song, Ju-Kun

    2015-01-01

    Many observational studies have found that microRNA-196a2 rs11614913, microRNA-146a rs2910164, and microRNA-423 rs6505162 are associated with esophageal cancer risk. However, the results were mixed and inconsistent among these studies. We conducted a meta-analysis to assess the relationship between the polymorphisms of three microRNAs and esophageal cancer susceptibility. We systematically searched the PubMed and EMBASE databases to screen relevant studies. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were used to compute the risk of esophageal cancer. Because of the differences in ethnicities, sources of controls, and genotyping methods, the meta-analysis was conducted using a random-effect model regardless of heterogeneity. To further explore potential heterogeneity, we performed subgroup and sensitivity analyses, and publication bias was also evaluated. A total of 6 case-control studies on microRNA-196a2 rs11614913, 4 studies on microRNA-146a rs2910164, and 4 studies on microRNA-423 rs6505162 were considered eligible in the meta-analysis. No statistical association was found between microRNA-196a2 rs11614913, microRNA-146a rs2910164, and microRNA-423 rs6505162 polymorphisms and esophageal cancer susceptibility in any genetic model. Subgroup and sensitivity analyses showed similar results. In summary, based on the currently limited proof, no association exists between microRNA-196a2 rs11614913, microRNA-146a rs2910164, and microRNA-423 rs6505162 polymorphism and esophageal cancer risk. However, the result should be cautiously interpreted because of the heterogeneity among studies. Large, high quality clinical trials are required to verify our findings.

  7. Nuclear Export and Retention Signals in the RS Domain of SR Proteins

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    Cazalla, Demian; Zhu, Jun; Manche, Lisa; Huber, Elisabeth; Krainer, Adrian R.; Cceres, Javier F.

    2002-01-01

    Splicing factors of the SR protein family share a modular structure consisting of one or two RNA recognition motifs (RRMs) and a C-terminal RS domain rich in arginine and serine residues. The RS domain, which is extensively phosphorylated, promotes protein-protein interactions and directs subcellular localization andin certain situationsnucleocytoplasmic shuttling of individual SR proteins. We analyzed mutant versions of human SF2/ASF in which the natural RS repeats were replaced by RD or RE repeats and compared the splicing and subcellular localization properties of these proteins to those of SF2/ASF lacking the entire RS domain or possessing a minimal RS domain consisting of 10 consecutive RS dipeptides (RS10). In vitro splicing of a pre-mRNA that requires an RS domain could take place when the mutant RD, RE, or RS10 domain replaced the natural domain. The RS10 version of SF2/ASF shuttled between the nucleus and the cytoplasm in the same manner as the wild-type protein, suggesting that a tract of consecutive RS dipeptides, in conjunction with the RRMs of SF2/ASF, is necessary and sufficient to direct nucleocytoplasmic shuttling. However, the SR protein SC35 has two long stretches of RS repeats, yet it is not a shuttling protein. We demonstrate the presence of a dominant nuclear retention signal in the RS domain of SC35. PMID:12215544

  8. EFEMP1 rs3791679 polymorphism was associated with susceptibility to glioma

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    Qin, Guoqiang; Qi, Songtao; Lu, Dan; Yu, Jiangjun; Huang, Weimin; Yu, Lei

    2015-01-01

    We conducted a case-control study in a Chinese population, and investigated the association between four SNPs (rs3791679, rs1346786, rs1344733 and rs727878) in EFEMP1 and development of glioma. A case-control study was taken in the present study. The rs3791679, rs1346786, rs1344733 and rs727878 gene polymorphisms were analyzed using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay. A total of 159 patients with glioma and 364 controls were collected between July 2012 and June 2014. By unconditional logistic regression analysis, we found that individuals carrying the AA genotype and GA+AA genotype were associated with development of glioma when compared with the GG genotype, and the adjusted ORs (95% CI) were 2.13 (1.15-3.90) and 1.55 (1.04-2.32), respectively. However, we did not find that rs1346786, rs1344733 and rs727878 were significantly associated with development of glioma. Moreover, we found that the GA+AA genotype of rs3791679 was associations with a heavy increased risk of glioma in patients who have family history of cancers, and the OR (95% CI) was 6.81 (1.17-48.06). The results of our study suggested an association between the rs3791679 polymorphism and an elevated risk of glioma, especially in those with family history of glioma. PMID:26823870

  9. Association of the IGF-1 rs35767 and rs972936 polymorphisms with the risk of osteoporosis in a Chinese postmenopausal female population.

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    Wei, Y K; Ma, H L; Guo, Y Z; Yang, B H; Pang, W X

    2015-01-01

    The aim of our study was to conduct a case-control study in a Chinese postmenopausal population to evaluate the roles of the IGF-1 rs35767 and rs972936 polymorphisms on bone mineral density (BMD) levels and osteoporosis risk. A total of 272 consecutive postmenopausal women with a primary diagnosis of osteoporosis and 272 controls were enrolled in the study between 2012 and 2014. The polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method was used to genotype the rs35767 and rs972936 IGF-1 polymorphisms. By comparing the demographic characteristics between patients and controls, patients with osteoporosis were found to be more likely to have a habit of alcohol drinking (P = 0.023). Furthermore, the BMD levels of the L1-L4 vertebrae, femoral necks, total hips, and trochanters in patients with osteoporosis were significantly lower than those in controls. By conditional regression analysis, we found that the IGF-1 rs2288377 and rs972936 gene polymorphisms were not associated with the risk of osteoporosis (P < 0.05). However, the CT+TT genotype of rs35767 and the AG+GG genotype of rs972936 were significantly associated with lower BMD levels in the femoral neck. Overall, our study suggests that IGF-1 rs2288377 and rs972936 gene polymorphisms do not influence the risk osteoporosis. PMID:26600491

  10. Narcolepsy goes to school: the three Rs for school nurses.

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    Gow, Monica

    2014-03-01

    The sleep disorder narcolepsy most often first appears in the teen years. It can dash the dreams of optimistic, intelligent students. It can make some students the target of nasty jokes and bullying, leaving them depressed and socially isolated. It can challenge children's self-esteem, and lowered self-esteem may last a lifetime. Typically, children with narcolepsy gain weight and have no interest in participating in anything. Many constantly feel extreme tiredness, and they may experience cataplexy. School nurses and teachers can help if they know the symptoms and practice the 3 Rs of narcolepsy: Recognize the symptoms of narcolepsy; Respect that narcolepsy is a lifelong, serious sleep disorder that needs treatment; and Refer students who exhibit symptoms to medical professionals. The 3 Rs will help students living with this lifelong disorder to get a fair shake in life's academic, social, and career arenas. PMID:24707660

  11. Journal editorial policies, animal welfare, and the 3Rs.

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    Osborne, Nicola J; Payne, Daisy; Newman, Michael L

    2009-12-01

    This study evaluates the editorial policies of a randomized sample of English language peer-reviewed journals that publish original research involving the use of animals. The aim is to identify whether journals have editorial policies relating to the use of animals in the research that they are prepared to publish and whether any policies are likely to promote animal welfare and dissemination of information on the 3Rs (reduction, refinement, replacement) within the scientific community. The results demonstrate that a significant proportion of journals publishing original research involving animals do not have any editorial policy relating to the use of animals. Of those journals that do have policies the majority simply request that the research be carried out in accordance with standard regulatory requirements. This paper aims to provide editors and publishers with the information they need to review their own editorial policies to ensure they are fulfilling their potential to promote animal welfare and dissemination of the 3Rs. PMID:20013503

  12. Flood disaster in China and land precipitation estimation by RS

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    Xia, J.

    2006-12-01

    China is such a country with frequency flood disaster in the world. River flow forecasting coupled with quantifying precipitation forecasting are very important issues on flood warming and flood control. This paper addresses flood disaster in China, particular major 98'flood in Yangtze River. The issue of land precipitation estimation by RS real time monitory is also addressed for the purpose of reducing flood disaster. An improved Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) approach was developed to estimate land precipitation in large area by RS information such as IR etc. The validation by this method was compared with present method that was used in hydro-information center of MWR in China by date of Yangtze and Huai River. It was shown that estimated precision of averaged precipitation in most time cases has a significant improved.

  13. Radiation Dry Bias of the Vaisala RS92 Humidity Sensor

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    Vomel, H.; Selkirk, H.; Miloshevich, L.; Valverde-Canossa, J.; Valdes, J.; Kyro, E.; Kivi, R.; Stolz, W.; Peng, G.; Diaz, J. A.

    2007-01-01

    The comparison of simultaneous humidity measurements by the Vaisala RS92 radiosonde and by the Cryogenic Frostpoint Hygrometer (CFH) launched at Alajuela, Cosla Rica, during July 2005 reveals a large solar radiation dry bias of the Vaisala RS92 humidity sensor and a minor temperature-dependent calibration error. For soundings launched at solar zenith angles between 10" and 30 , the average dry bias is on the order of 9% at the surface and increases to 50% at 15 km. A simple pressure- and temperature-dependent correction based on the comparison with the CFH can reduce this error to less than 7% at all altitudes up to 15.2 km, which is 700 m below the tropical tropopause. The correction does not depend on relative humidity, but is able to reproduce the relative humidity distribution observed by the CFH.

  14. Magnetic Inhibition of Convection and the Fundamental Properties of Low-mass Stars. I. Stars with a Radiative Core

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    Feiden, Gregory A.; Chaboyer, Brian

    2013-12-01

    Magnetic fields are hypothesized to inflate the radii of low-mass starsdefined as less massive than 0.8 M ?in detached eclipsing binaries (DEBs). We investigate this hypothesis using the recently introduced magnetic Dartmouth stellar evolution code. In particular, we focus on stars thought to have a radiative core and convective outer envelope by studying in detail three individual DEBs: UV Psc, YY Gem, and CU Cnc. Our results suggest that the stabilization of thermal convection by a magnetic field is a plausible explanation for the observed model-radius discrepancies. However, surface magnetic field strengths required by the models are significantly stronger than those estimated from observed coronal X-ray emission. Agreement between model predicted surface magnetic field strengths and those inferred from X-ray observations can be found by assuming that the magnetic field sources its energy from convection. This approach makes the transport of heat by convection less efficient and is akin to reduced convective mixing length methods used in other studies. Predictions for the metallicity and magnetic field strengths of the aforementioned systems are reported. We also develop an expression relating a reduction in the convective mixing length to a magnetic field strength in units of the equipartition value. Our results are compared with those from previous investigations to incorporate magnetic fields to explain the low-mass DEB radius inflation. Finally, we explore how the effects of magnetic fields might affect mass determinations using asteroseismic data and the implication of magnetic fields on exoplanet studies.

  15. Fast H? emission line variability in RS Ophiuchi

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    Worters, H. L.; Rushton, M. T.

    2014-08-01

    We present optical spectroscopy of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi with time resolutions of 6, 5 and 2 min. In contrast to previous high time resolution studies of the system, changes in the emission from H? are detected on time-scales as short as 2 min. Future high time resolution spectroscopy at a higher spectral resolution will be invaluable in determining the nature of the variation.

  16. Higher Curvature Effects in the ADD and RS Models

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    Rizzo, Thomas G.; /SLAC

    2006-07-05

    Over the last few years several extra-dimensional models have been introduced in attempt to deal with the hierarchy problem. These models can lead to rather unique and spectacular signatures at Terascale colliders such as the LHC and ILC. The ADD and RS models, though quite distinct, have many common feature including a constant curvature bulk, localized Standard Model(SM) fields and the assumption of the validity of the EH action as a description of gravitational interactions.

  17. Alkaline protease from Thermoactinomyces sp. RS1 mitigates industrial pollution.

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    Verma, Amit; Ansari, Mohammad W; Anwar, Mohmmad S; Agrawal, Ruchi; Agrawal, Sanjeev

    2014-05-01

    Proteases have found a wide application in the several industrial processes, such as laundry detergents, protein recovery or solubilization, prion degradation, meat tenderizations, and in bating of hides and skins in leather industries. But the main hurdle in industrial application of proteases is their economical production on a large scale. The present investigation aimed to exploit the locally available inexpensive agricultural and household wastes for alkaline protease production using Thermoactinomyces sp. RS1 via solid-state fermentation (SSF) technique. The alkaline enzyme is potentially useful as an additive in commercial detergents to mitigate pollution load due to extensive use of caustic soda-based detergents. Thermoactinomyces sp. RS1 showed good protease production under SSF conditions of 55 C, pH 9, and 50 % moisture content with potato peels as solid substrate. The presented findings revealed that crude alkaline protease produced by Thermoactinomyces sp. RS1 via SSF is of potential application in silver recovery from used X-ray films. PMID:24122212

  18. First science with the Keck Interferometer Nuller: high spatial resolution N-band observations of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi

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    Barry, R. K.; Danchi, W. C.; Traub, W.; Kuchner, M.; Wisniewski, J. P.; Akeson, R.; Colavita, M.; Greenhouse, M. A.; Koresko, C.; Mennesson, B.; Serabyn, E.; Sokoloski, J. L.

    2008-07-01

    We report observations of the nova RS Ophiuchi using the Keck Interferometer Nuller (KIN) taken approximately 3.8 days following the most recent outburst that occurred on 2006 February 12. The KIN operates in N-band from 8 to 12.5 ?m in a nulling mode. In this mode the stellar light is suppressed by a destructive fringe, effectively enhancing the contrast of the circumstellar material located near the star. In a second, constructive-fringe mode, the instrument detects primarily the light from the central, bright source. These are the outer and inner spatial regimes, respectively. We will describe the capabilities of the KIN, including these unique modes, and outline how they were key in our discovery that dust was created between nova events. We also show how these first results from the KIN are consistent with Spitzer data. The KIN data show evidence of enhanced neutral atomic hydrogen emission and atomic metals including silicon located in the inner spatial regime (< 4 AU from theWD) relative to the outer regime. There are also nebular emission lines and evidence of hot silicate dust in the outer spatial region, centered at approximately ~ 17 AU from the WD, that are not found in the inner regime. The KIN and Spitzer data suggest that these emissions were excited in the outer spatial regime before the blast wave reached these regions. We describe the present results in terms of a new model for dust creation in recurrent novae that includes an increase in density in the plane of the orbit of the two stars created by a spiral shock wave caused by the motion of the stars through the cool wind of the red giant star. These data show the power and potential of the nulling technique which has been developed for the detection of Earth-like planets around nearby stars for the Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission and Darwin missions.

  19. O stars and Wolf-Rayet stars

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    Conti, Peter S.; Underhill, Anne B.; Jordan, Stuart (Editor); Thomas, Richard (Editor)

    1988-01-01

    Basic information is given about O and Wolf-Rayet stars indicating how these stars are defined and what their chief observable properties are. Part 2 of the volume discussed four related themes pertaining to the hottest and most luminous stars. Presented are: an observational overview of the spectroscopic classification and extrinsic properties of O and Wolf-Rayet stars; the intrinsic parameters of luminosity, effective temperature, mass, and composition of the stars, and a discussion of their viability; stellar wind properties; and the related issues concerning the efforts of stellar radiation and wind on the immediate interstellar environment are presented.

  20. High-Resolution N-Band Observations of the Nova RS Ophiuchi with the Keck Interferometer Nuller

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    Barry, R. K.; Danchi, W. C.; Sokoloski, J. L.; Koresko, C.; Wisniewski, J. P.; Serabyn, E.; Traub, W.; Kuchner, M.; Greenhouse, M. A.

    2007-01-01

    We report new observations of the nova RS Ophiuchi (RS Oph) using the Keck Interferometer Nulling Instrument, approximately 3.8 days following the most recent outburst that occurred on 2006 February 12. The Keck Interferometer Nuller (KIN) operates in K-band from 8 to 12.5 pm in a nulling mode, which means that the central broad-band interference fringe is a dark fringe - with an angular width of 25 mas at mid band - rather than the bright fringe used ill a conventional optical interferometer. In this mode the stellar light itself is suppressed by the destructive fringe, effectively enhancing the contrast of the circumstellar material located near the star. By subsequently shifting the neighboring bright fringe onto the center of the source brightness distribution and integrating, a second spatial regime dominated by light from the central portion of the source is almost simultaneously sampled. The nulling technique is the sparse aperture equivalent of the conventional corongraphic technique used in filled aperture telescopes. By fitting the unique KIK inner and outer spatial regime data, we have obtained an angular size of the mid-infrared continuum of 6.2, 4.0. or 5.4 mas for a disk profile, gaussian profile (fwhm), and shell profile respectively. The data show evidence of enhanced neutral atomic hydrogen emission located in the inner spatial regime relative to the outer regime. There is also evidence of a 9.7 micron silicate feature seen outside of this region. Importantly, we see spectral lines excited by the nova flash in the outer region before the blast wave reaches these regions. These lines are from neutral, weakly excited atoms which support the following interpretation. We discuss the present results in terms of a unifying model of the system that includes an increase in density in the plane of the orbit of the two stars created by a spiral shock wave caused by the motion of the stars through the cool wind of the red giant star. These data show the power and potential of the nulling technique which has been developed for the detection of Earth-like planets around nearby stars for the Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission and Darwin missions.

  1. Association Study of rs1333040 and rs1004638 Polymorphisms in the 9p21 Locus with Coronary Artery Disease in Southwest of Iran

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    Golabgir Khademi, Khadijeh; Foroughmand, Ali Mohammad; Galehdari, Hamid; Yazdankhah, Saied; Pourmahdi Borujeni, Mahdi; Shahbazi, Zahra; Dinarvand, Parvaneh

    2016-01-01

    Background: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a multifactorial and heterogenic disease. Recently, genome-wide association studies have reported that rs1333040 (C/T) and rs1004638 (A/T) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the 9p21 locus have very strong association with CAD. This study aimed to examine these associations in Southwest of Iran. Methods: Blood samples were collected from 200 CAD patients and 110 healthy individuals with no CAD. The association of two SNPs with CAD was evaluated by PCR and restriction fragment length polymorphism. Results: Chi-square test showed no association between rs1333040 SNP and CAD (X2: 4.66, df: 2, P=0.09). Also, there was no association between rs1004638 SNP and CAD (X2: 0.27, df: 2, P=0.88). Conclusion: No association was observed between rs1333040 and rs1004638 SNPs in the 9P21 region and CAD in Southwest of Iran. PMID:26597055

  2. The long-period Galactic Cepheid RS Puppis. III. A geometric distance from HST polarimetric imaging of its light echoes

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    Kervella, P.; Bond, H. E.; Cracraft, M.; Szabados, L.; Breitfelder, J.; Mrand, A.; Sparks, W. B.; Gallenne, A.; Bersier, D.; Fouqu, P.; Anderson, R. I.

    2014-12-01

    As one of the most luminous Cepheids in the Milky Way, the 41.5-day RS Puppis is an analog of the long-period Cepheids used to measure extragalactic distances. An accurate distance to this star would therefore help anchor the zero-point of the bright end of the period-luminosity relation. But, at a distance of about 2 kpc, RS Pup is too far away for measuring a direct trigonometric parallax with a precision of a few percentage points with existing instrumentation. RS Pup is unique by being surrounded by a reflection nebula whose brightness varies as pulses of light from the Cepheid propagate outward. We present new polarimetric imaging of the nebula obtained with HST/ACS. The derived map of the degree of linear polarization pL allows us to reconstruct the three-dimensional structure of the dust distribution. To retrieve the scattering angle from the pL value, we consider two different polarization models, one based on a Milky Way dust mixture and one assuming Rayleigh scattering. Considering the derived dust distribution in the nebula, we adjust a model of the phase lag of the photometric variations over selected nebular features to retrieve the distance of RS Pup. We obtain a distance of 1910 80 pc (4.2%), corresponding to a parallax of ? = 0.524 0.022 mas. The agreement between the two polarization models that we considered is good, but the final uncertainty is dominated by systematics in the adopted model parameters. The distance we obtain is consistent with existing measurements from the literature, but light echoes provide a distance estimate that is not subject to the same systematic uncertainties as other estimators (e.g., the Baade-Wesselink technique). RS Pup therefore provides an important fiducial for calibrating the systematic uncertainties of the long-period Cepheid distance scale. Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. These observations are associated with program #13454.Table 1 and Appendix A are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  3. Lifestyles of the Stars.

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    Some general information on stars is provided in this National Aeronautics and Space Administration pamphlet. Topic areas briefly discussed are: (1) the birth of a star; (2) main sequence stars; (3) red giants; (4) white dwarfs; (5) neutron stars; (6) supernovae; (7) pulsars; and (8) black holes. (JN)

  4. Egyptian "Star Clocks"

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    Symons, Sarah

    Diagonal, transit, and Ramesside star clocks are tables of astronomical information occasionally found in ancient Egyptian temples, tombs, and papyri. The tables represent the motions of selected stars (decans and hour stars) throughout the Egyptian civil year. Analysis of star clocks leads to greater understanding of ancient Egyptian constellations, ritual astronomical activities, observational practices, and pharaonic chronology.

  5. The Obesity-Associated Polymorphisms FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 and Endometrial Cancer Risk in Non-Hispanic White Women

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    Lurie, Galina; Gaudet, Mia M.; Spurdle, Amanda B.; Carney, Michael E.; Wilkens, Lynne R.; Yang, Hannah P.; Weiss, Noel S.; Webb, Penelope M.; Thompson, Pamela J.; Terada, Keith; Setiawan, Veronica Wendy; Rebbeck, Timothy R.; Prescott, Jennifer; Orlow, Irene; O'Mara, Tracy; Olson, Sara H.; Narod, Steven A.; Matsuno, Rayna K.; Lissowska, Jolanta; Liang, Xiaolin; Levine, Douglas A.; Le Marchand, Loic; Kolonel, Laurence N.; Henderson, Brian E.; Garcia-Closas, Montserrat; Doherty, Jennifer Anne; De Vivo, Immaculata; Chen, Chu; Brinton, Louise A.; Akbari, Mohammad R.; Goodman, Marc T.

    2011-01-01

    Overweight and obesity are strongly associated with endometrial cancer. Several independent genome-wide association studies recently identified two common polymorphisms, FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313, that are linked to increased body weight and obesity. We examined the association of FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 with endometrial cancer risk in a pooled analysis of nine case-control studies within the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium (E2C2). This analysis included 3601 non-Hispanic white women with histologically-confirmed endometrial carcinoma and 5275 frequency-matched controls. Unconditional logistic regression models were used to assess the relation of FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 genotypes to the risk of endometrial cancer. Among control women, both the FTO rs9939609 A and MC4R rs17782313 C alleles were associated with a 16% increased risk of being overweight (p?=?0.001 and p?=?0.004, respectively). In case-control analyses, carriers of the FTO rs9939609 AA genotype were at increased risk of endometrial carcinoma compared to women with the TT genotype [odds ratio (OR) ?=?1.17; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.031.32, p?=?0.01]. However, this association was no longer apparent after adjusting for body mass index (BMI), suggesting mediation of the gene-disease effect through body weight. The MC4R rs17782313 polymorphism was not related to endometrial cancer risk (per allele OR?=?0.98; 95% CI: 0.911.06; p?=?0.68). FTO rs9939609 is a susceptibility marker for white non-Hispanic women at higher risk of endometrial cancer. Although FTO rs9939609 alone might have limited clinical or public health significance for identifying women at high risk for endometrial cancer beyond that of excess body weight, further investigation of obesity-related genetic markers might help to identify the pathways that influence endometrial carcinogenesis. PMID:21347432

  6. Another functional frame-shift polymorphism of DEFB126 (rs11467497) associated with male infertility

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    Duan, Shiwei; Shi, Changgeng; Chen, Guowu; Zheng, Ju-fen; Wu, Bin; Diao, Hua; Ji, Lindan; Gu, Yihua; Xin, Aijie; Wu, Yancheng; Zhou, Weijin; Miao, Maohua; Xu, Limin; Li, Zheng; Yuan, Yao; Wang, Peng; Shi, Huijuan

    2015-01-01

    DEFB126 rs140685149 mutation was shown to cause sperm dysfunction and subfertility. Indel rs11467497 is another 4-nucleotide frame-shift mutation (151bp upstream of rs140685149) that leads to the premature termination of translation and the expression of peptide truncated at the carboxyl terminus. In the present study, we performed a comprehensive association study to check the contribution of rs140685149 and rs11467497 to male infertility. Our results confirmed the previous findings that there was no association between rs140685149 and sperm motility. In contrast, we found a significant association of another indel rs11467497 with male infertility. Moreover, rs11467497 was shown to be associated with higher number of round cells in the infertile males with low sperm motility. Surprisingly, the two mutations commonly existed in the sperm donors (n = 672), suggesting a potential application of the two indels in the screening for eligible sperm donors. Western blotting assays showed the sperms with rs140685149 2-nt deletion tended to have unstable DEFB126 protein in contrast of no DEFB126 protein expressed in the sperms with rs11467497 4-nt deletion, suggesting a more severe consequence caused by rs11467497 mutation. In conclusion, our study presented a significant contribution of another functional frame-shift polymorphism of DEFB126 (rs11467497) to male infertility. PMID:25721098

  7. Extragalactic Star Clusters: the Resolved Star Approach

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    Pellerin, Anne; Meyer, M. J.; Jason, H.; Calzetti, D.

    2006-12-01

    The physical processes leading to the dissolution of star clusters is a topic barely studied and still not understood. We started a pilot project to develop a new approach to directly detect and study the properties of stellar clusters while they are being destroyed. Our technique currently under development makes use of the exceptional spatial resolution and sensitivity of the ACS camera onboard HST to resolve individual stars in nearby galaxies. PSF stellar photometry and color-magnitude diagrams allows us to separate the most massive stars (more likely to be in clusters) from the star field background. While applying the method to the normal spiral galaxy NGC1313, we found that the method of studying star clusters through resolved stars in nearby galaxies is even more powerful than we first expected. The stellar maps obtained for NGC1313 show that a large fraction of early B-type stars contained in the galaxy are already part of the star field background rather that being in star clusters. Such stars live for 5 to 25 Myr. Since most stars form in clusters, the presence of such massive stars in the field means that they must have left their birthplace very rapidly. It also means that the processes involved in the dissolution of the clusters are extremely efficient. The only plausible explanation for so many young stars to be in the field background is the infant mortality of star clusters. We will present the latest results on the two galaxies NGC 1313 and IC 2475 and discuss the potential of the new approach for studying extragalactic stellar clusters.

  8. Liver X Receptor-α polymorphisms (rs11039155 and rs2279238) are associated with susceptibility to vitiligo

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    Agarwal, Silky; Kaur, Gurjinder; Randhawa, Rohit; Mahajan, Vikram; Bansal, Rohit; Changotra, Harish

    2016-01-01

    Vitiligo is a complex genetic skin depigmentation disorder caused by the destruction of melanocyte from the lesional site. Liver X Receptor-α (LXR-α) expression is upregulated in the melanocytes from perilesional skin as compared to the normal skin of vitiligo patient suggesting its involvement in vitiligo pathogenesis. Polymorphisms in LXR-α have been associated with several diseases including cardiovascular disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes. In this study, for the first time, we have investigated the association of LXR-α gene polymorphisms and risk of vitiligo. Sixty six vitiligo patients and 75 matched healthy control subjects who did not have any history of vitiligo or any other autoimmune disorder were recruited. The DNA isolated from patients and healthy controls was genotyped by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) for both rs11039155 (− 6 G > A) and rs2279238 (+ 1257 C > T) variants. Our data suggest significant association between the LXR-α gene polymorphisms and vitiligo susceptibility (rs11039155: odds ratio (OR) = 1.99, 95% CI = 1.07–3.71, p = 0.03; rs2279238: OR = 1.70, 95% CI = 1.06–2.73, p = 0.027). Our results provide an evidence that the LXR-α − 6A and + 1257T alleles contribute to risk of vitiligo in North Indian population and highlight the importance of this gene in the vitiligo pathogenesis. PMID:27014589

  9. FNDC5 (irisin) gene and exceptional longevity: a functional replication study with rs16835198 and rs726344 SNPs.

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    Sanchis-Gomar, Fabian; Garatachea, Nuria; He, Zi-hong; Pareja-Galeano, Helios; Fuku, Noriyuki; Tian, Ye; Arai, Yasumichi; Abe, Yukiko; Murakami, Haruka; Miyachi, Motohiko; Yvert, Thomas; Santiago, Catalina; Venturini, Letizia; Fiuza-Luces, Carmen; Santos-Lozano, Alejandro; Rodríguez-Romo, Gabriel; Ricevuti, Giovanni; Hirose, Nobuyoshi; Emanuele, Enzo; Lucia, Alejandro

    2014-01-01

    Irisin might play an important role in reducing the risk of obesity, insulin resistance, or several related diseases, and high irisin levels may contribute to successful aging. Thus, the irisin precursor (FNDC5) gene is a candidate to influence exceptional longevity (EL), i.e., being a centenarian. It has been recently shown that two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the FNDC5 gene, rs16835198 and rs726344, are associated with in vivo insulin sensitivity in adults. We determined luciferase gene reporter activity in the two above-mentioned SNPs and studied genotype distributions among centenarians (n = 175, 144 women) and healthy controls (n = 347, 142 women) from Spain. We also studied an Italian [79 healthy centenarians (40 women) and 316 healthy controls (156 women)] and a Japanese cohort [742 centenarians (623 women) and 499 healthy controls (356 women)]. The rs726344 SNP had functional significance, as shown by differences in luciferase activity between the constructs of this SNP (all P ≤ 0.05), with the variant A-allele having higher luciferase activity compared with the G-allele (P = 0.04). For the rs16835198 SNP, the variant T-allele tended to show higher luciferase activity compared with the G-allele (P = 0.07). However, we found no differences between genotype/allele frequencies of the two SNPs in centenarians versus controls in any cohort, and no significant association (using logistic regression adjusted by sex) between the two SNPs and EL. Further research is needed with different cohorts as well as with additional variants in the FNDC5 gene or in other genes involved in irisin signaling. PMID:25427998

  10. Liver X Receptor-α polymorphisms (rs11039155 and rs2279238) are associated with susceptibility to vitiligo.

    PubMed

    Agarwal, Silky; Kaur, Gurjinder; Randhawa, Rohit; Mahajan, Vikram; Bansal, Rohit; Changotra, Harish

    2016-06-01

    Vitiligo is a complex genetic skin depigmentation disorder caused by the destruction of melanocyte from the lesional site. Liver X Receptor-α (LXR-α) expression is upregulated in the melanocytes from perilesional skin as compared to the normal skin of vitiligo patient suggesting its involvement in vitiligo pathogenesis. Polymorphisms in LXR-α have been associated with several diseases including cardiovascular disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes. In this study, for the first time, we have investigated the association of LXR-α gene polymorphisms and risk of vitiligo. Sixty six vitiligo patients and 75 matched healthy control subjects who did not have any history of vitiligo or any other autoimmune disorder were recruited. The DNA isolated from patients and healthy controls was genotyped by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) for both rs11039155 (- 6 G > A) and rs2279238 (+ 1257 C > T) variants. Our data suggest significant association between the LXR-α gene polymorphisms and vitiligo susceptibility (rs11039155: odds ratio (OR) = 1.99, 95% CI = 1.07-3.71, p = 0.03; rs2279238: OR = 1.70, 95% CI = 1.06-2.73, p = 0.027). Our results provide an evidence that the LXR-α - 6A and + 1257T alleles contribute to risk of vitiligo in North Indian population and highlight the importance of this gene in the vitiligo pathogenesis. PMID:27014589

  11. The Functional TP53 rs1042522 and MDM4 rs4245739 Genetic Variants Contribute to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Risk

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    Fan, Chuanbo; Wei, Jinyu; Yuan, Chenglu; Wang, Xin; Jiang, Chuanwu; Zhou, Changchun; Yang, Ming

    2014-01-01

    As a heterogeneous kind of malignances, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is the most common hematologic cancer worldwide with the significantly increased morbidity in China. Accumulated evidences demonstrated that oncoprotein MDM4 plays a crucial role in the TP53 tumor suppressor signaling pathway. An rs4245739 A>C polymorphism locating in the MDM4 3?-untranslated region creates a miR-191 target site and results in allele-specific MDM4 expression. In this study, we examined the association between this polymorphism as well as the TP53 Arg72Pro (rs1042522 G>C) genetic variant and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) risk in a Chinese Han population. Genotypes were determined in 200 NHL cases and 400 controls. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated by logistic regression. We found significantly increased NHL risk among carriers of the TP53 72Pro allele compared with those with the 72Arg allele (P?=?0.002 for the Pro/Pro genotype). We also observed a significantly decreased NHL risks among carriers of the MDM4 rs4245739 C allele compared with those with the A allele in Chinese (P?=?0.014 for the AC genotype). Stratified analyses revealed the associations between these SNPs and NHL risk are especially noteworthy in young or male individuals. Additionally, the associations are much pronounced in NHL patients with B-cell lymphomas or grade 3 or 4 disease. Our results indicate that the TP53 Arg72Pro and the MDM4 rs4245739 polymorphisms contribute to NHL susceptibility and support the hypothesis that genetic variants in the TP53 pathway genes can act as important modifiers of NHL risk. PMID:25203442

  12. The functional TP53 rs1042522 and MDM4 rs4245739 genetic variants contribute to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk.

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    Fan, Chuanbo; Wei, Jinyu; Yuan, Chenglu; Wang, Xin; Jiang, Chuanwu; Zhou, Changchun; Yang, Ming

    2014-01-01

    As a heterogeneous kind of malignances, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is the most common hematologic cancer worldwide with the significantly increased morbidity in China. Accumulated evidences demonstrated that oncoprotein MDM4 plays a crucial role in the TP53 tumor suppressor signaling pathway. An rs4245739 A>C polymorphism locating in the MDM4 3'-untranslated region creates a miR-191 target site and results in allele-specific MDM4 expression. In this study, we examined the association between this polymorphism as well as the TP53 Arg72Pro (rs1042522 G>C) genetic variant and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) risk in a Chinese Han population. Genotypes were determined in 200 NHL cases and 400 controls. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated by logistic regression. We found significantly increased NHL risk among carriers of the TP53 72Pro allele compared with those with the 72Arg allele (P?=?0.002 for the Pro/Pro genotype). We also observed a significantly decreased NHL risks among carriers of the MDM4 rs4245739 C allele compared with those with the A allele in Chinese (P?=?0.014 for the AC genotype). Stratified analyses revealed the associations between these SNPs and NHL risk are especially noteworthy in young or male individuals. Additionally, the associations are much pronounced in NHL patients with B-cell lymphomas or grade 3 or 4 disease. Our results indicate that the TP53 Arg72Pro and the MDM4 rs4245739 polymorphisms contribute to NHL susceptibility and support the hypothesis that genetic variants in the TP53 pathway genes can act as important modifiers of NHL risk. PMID:25203442

  13. Pincer-CNC mononuclear, dinuclear and heterodinuclear Au(iii) and Pt(ii) complexes supported by mono- and poly-N-heterocyclic carbenes: synthesis and photophysical properties.

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    Gonell, S; Poyatos, M; Peris, E

    2016-04-01

    A family of cyclometallated Au(iii) and Pt(ii) complexes containing a CNC-pincer ligand (CNC = 2,6-diphenylpyridine) supported by pyrene-based mono- or bis-NHC ligands have been synthesized and characterized, together with the preparation of a Pt-Au hetero-dimetallic complex based on a Y-shaped tris-NHC ligand. The photophysical properties of all the new species and of two related Ru(ii)-arene complexes were studied and compared. Whereas the pyrene-based complexes only exhibit emission in solution, those containing the Y-shaped tris-NHC ligand are only luminescent when dispersed in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). In particular, the pyrene-based complexes were found to be emissive in the range of 373-440 nm, with quantum yields ranging from 3.1 to 6.3%, and their emission spectra were found to be almost superimposable, pointing to the fluorescent pyrene-centered nature of the emission. This observation suggests that the emission properties of the pyrene fragment may be combined with some of the numerous applications of NHCs as supporting ligands allowing, for instance, the design of biological luminescent agents. PMID:26911885

  14. Effects of Two Common Polymorphisms rs2910164 in miR-146a and rs11614913 in miR-196a2 on Gastric Cancer Susceptibility

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    Ni, Qing; Yin, Junfeng; Wang, Xiangjun; Liu, Xinnong

    2015-01-01

    Background. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes encoding microRNAs may play important role in the development of gastric cancer. It has been reported that common SNPs rs2910164 in miR-146a and rs11614913 in miR-196a2 are associated with susceptibility to gastric cancer. The published results remain inconclusive or even controversial. A meta-analysis was conducted to quantitatively assess potential association between the two common SNPs and gastric cancer risk. Methods. A comprehensive literature search was performed in multiple internet-based electronic databases. Data from 12 eligible studies were extracted to estimate pooled odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). Results. C allele of rs2910164 is associated with reduced gastric cancer risk in heterozygote model and dominant model whereas rs11614913 indicates no significant association. Subgroup analysis demonstrates that C allele of rs2910164 and rs11614913 may decrease susceptibility to diffuse type gastric cancer in dominant model and recessive model, respectively, while rs11614913 increased intestinal type gastric cancer in dominant model. Conclusion. SNPs rs2910164 and rs11614913 might have effect on gastric cancer risk in certain genetic models and specific types of cancer. Further well-designed studies should be considered to validate the potential effect. PMID:25983750

  15. Role of IL-17A rs2275913 and IL-17F rs763780 polymorphisms in risk of cancer development: an updated meta-analysis

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    Dai, Zhi-Ming; Zhang, Tian-Song; Lin, Shuai; Zhang, Wang-Gang; Liu, Jie; Cao, Xing-Mei; Li, Hong-Bao; Wang, Meng; Liu, Xing-Han; Liu, Kang; Li, Shan-Li; Dai, Zhi-Jun

    2016-01-01

    Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the interleukin-17 (IL-17) gene have been shown to be correlated with susceptibility to cancer. However, various studies report different results of this association. The aim of the present work was to clarify the effects of IL-17A G197A (rs2275913) and IL-17F T7488C (rs763780) polymorphisms on cancer risk. We performed systematic searches of the PubMed and CNKI databases to obtain relevant publications. Odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were used to evaluate the association of rs2275913 and rs763780 polymorphisms with cancer risk. Data were extracted from the selected studies, and statistical analysis was conducted using the STATA software. Our results indicated that rs2275913 and rs763780 polymorphisms significantly increase cancer risk, especially in gastric cancers. Subgroup analysis suggested the existence of a significant correlation between rs763780 polymorphism and cancer susceptibility in Caucasian populations. This updated meta-analysis confirms that rs2275913 and rs763780 polymorphisms are highly associated with increased risk for multiple forms of cancer. PMID:26843459

  16. Role of IL-17A rs2275913 and IL-17F rs763780 polymorphisms in risk of cancer development: an updated meta-analysis.

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    Dai, Zhi-Ming; Zhang, Tian-Song; Lin, Shuai; Zhang, Wang-Gang; Liu, Jie; Cao, Xing-Mei; Li, Hong-Bao; Wang, Meng; Liu, Xing-Han; Liu, Kang; Li, Shan-Li; Dai, Zhi-Jun

    2016-01-01

    Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the interleukin-17 (IL-17) gene have been shown to be correlated with susceptibility to cancer. However, various studies report different results of this association. The aim of the present work was to clarify the effects of IL-17A G197A (rs2275913) and IL-17F T7488C (rs763780) polymorphisms on cancer risk. We performed systematic searches of the PubMed and CNKI databases to obtain relevant publications. Odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were used to evaluate the association of rs2275913 and rs763780 polymorphisms with cancer risk. Data were extracted from the selected studies, and statistical analysis was conducted using the STATA software. Our results indicated that rs2275913 and rs763780 polymorphisms significantly increase cancer risk, especially in gastric cancers. Subgroup analysis suggested the existence of a significant correlation between rs763780 polymorphism and cancer susceptibility in Caucasian populations. This updated meta-analysis confirms that rs2275913 and rs763780 polymorphisms are highly associated with increased risk for multiple forms of cancer. PMID:26843459

  17. Neutron Stars and NuSTAR

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    Bhalerao, Varun

    2012-05-01

    My thesis centers around the study of neutron stars, especially those in massive binary systems. To this end, it has two distinct components: the observational study of neutron stars in massive binaries with a goal of measuring neutron star masses and participation in NuSTAR, the first imaging hard X-ray mission, one that is extremely well suited to the study of massive binaries and compact objects in our Galaxy. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is a NASA Small Explorer mission that will carry the first focusing high energy X-ray telescope to orbit. NuSTAR has an order-of-magnitude better angular resolution and has two orders of magnitude higher sensitivity than any currently orbiting hard X-ray telescope. I worked to develop, calibrate, and test CdZnTe detectors for NuSTAR. I describe the CdZnTe detectors in comprehensive detail here - from readout procedures to data analysis. Detailed calibration of detectors is necessary for analyzing astrophysical source data obtained by the NuSTAR. I discuss the design and implementation of an automated setup for calibrating flight detectors, followed by calibration procedures and results. Neutron stars are an excellent probe of fundamental physics. The maximum mass of a neutron star can put stringent constraints on the equation of state of matter at extreme pressures and densities. From an astrophysical perspective, there are several open questions in our understanding of neutron stars. What are the birth masses of neutron stars? How do they change in binary evolution? Are there multiple mechanisms for the formation of neutron stars? Measuring masses of neutron stars helps answer these questions. Neutron stars in high-mass X-ray binaries have masses close to their birth mass, providing an opportunity to disentangle the role of "nature" and "nurture" in the observed mass distributions. In 2006, masses had been measured for only six such objects, but this small sample showed the greatest diversity in masses among all classes of neutron star binaries. Intrigued by this diversity - which points to diverse birth masses - we undertook a systematic survey to measure the masses of neutron stars in nine high-mass X-ray binaries. In this thesis, I present results from this ongoing project. While neutron stars formed the primary focus of my work, I also explored other topics in compact objects. Appendix A describes the discovery and complete characterization of a 1RXS J173006.4+033813, a polar cataclysmic variable. Appendix B describes the discovery of a diamond planet orbiting a millisecond pulsar, and our search for its optical counterpart.

  18. Discovery of X-ray emission lines from the RS CVn binary sigma CrB

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    Agrawal, P. C.; White, N. E.; Riegler, G. R.

    1981-09-01

    X-ray observations of the RS CVn binary sigma CrB were carried out with a solid state spectrometer on board the Einstein Observatory in 1979. X-ray emission lines due to Mg XI, Si XIII, S XV and a blend of L-transition lines due to Fe XVII and Fe XVIII were detected in the sigma CrB spectrum. The observed X-ray spectrum is described by a two-temperature coronal X-ray emission model: the dominant low temperature component originates in a plasma at a temperature of 5.9 + or 0.5 x 10 to the 6th K; the weaker higher temperature arises from a plasma of not less than 35 x 10 to the 6th K. Intensity variations over a period of a few hours are also recorded and thought to be due to a variation in the number of loops concentrated around active regions on the star surface. Implications of the results are discussed in terms of the constant-pressure coronal loop model (Rosner, Tucker, Vaiana, 1978).

  19. Genomic characterization of ?RS603, a filamentous bacteriophage that is infectious to the phytopathogen Ralstonia solanacearum.

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    Van, Truong Thi Bich; Yoshida, Shohei; Miki, Kaito; Kondo, Akihiro; Kamei, Kaeko

    2014-12-01

    A filamentous bacteriophage (?), ?RS603, which is infectious to the phytopathogen Ralstonia solanacearum was isolated. ?RS603 was found to have a circular single-stranded DNA genome composed of 7679 nucleotides and to contain 13 putative open reading frames (ORFs). The ?RS603 genome showed strong similarity with those of Ralstonia phages ?RSM1 and ?RSM3, as reported by Askora et al. The ?RS603 genome had no ORFs corresponding to ORFs 2, 3, 13 and 14 (integrase) of ?RSM3. ?RS603 had an ORF that was homologous to other Ralstonia phages ?RSS0 and ?RSS1; however, ?RSM1 and ?RSM3 did not. PMID:25284202

  20. Association of Pre-miRNA-499 rs3746444 and Pre-miRNA-146a rs2910164 Polymorphisms and Susceptibility to Behcet's Disease.

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    Oner, Tuba; Yenmis, Guven; Tombulturk, Kubra; Cam, Cansu; Kucuk, Ozlem Su; Yakicier, Mustafa Cengiz; Dizman, Didem; Sultuybek, Gonul Kan?gur

    2015-08-01

    MiRNAs and NFKB1 are well-known immune response and inflammation regulators. MiRNA gene polymorphisms may affect miRNA biogenesis and function and, may thus, lead to changes in the expression of hundreds of genes such as NFKB1. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of Behcet's disease (BD) with NFKB1 rs28362491, pre-miRNA-146a rs2910164, and pre-miRNA-499 rs3746444 polymorphisms, as well as the analysis of their single and combined effects on its susceptibility in a Turkish population. These polymorphisms were analyzed by using the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method in 100?BD patients and 145 healthy control subjects. The results were analyzed statistically using Pearson chi-square (?(2)) test and Fisher's exact test (two sided). According to genotype analysis, the frequencies of ins/ins genotype and ins allele of rs28362491 were considerably higher in BD patients. Also, miRNA-499 rs3746444 homozygous (TT) genotypes exibited a significantly higher risk in patients with BD (odds ratios [OR]=3.0, 95% confidence intervals [95% CI]=1.284-7.007, p=0.017). Moreover, the frequency of T allele of rs3746444 was a risk factor for BD (OR=1.562, 95% CI=1.087-2.24, p=0.015). In addition, significant differences were found between the groups concerning miRNA-146a rs2910164 polymorphism. Homozygous CC genotype and C allele of rs2910164 polymorphism were found to be protective factors against BD. The results of the combined genotype analysis showed no notable differences between the multiple comparisons of rs28362491-rs2910164 and of rs28362491-rs3746444 in patients and control groups. Our data demonstrate that homozygous CC genotype and C allele of rs2910164 polymorphism are protective factors against BD, but rs3746444 and rs28362491 polymorphisms in miRNA-499 and in NFKB1 promoter are involved in the genetic susceptibility of BD. In addition, TT and ins/ins genotypes may influence certain proinflammatory cytokines and, may thus, play a role in the pathogenesis of BD. PMID:26053525

  1. RS CVn binaries: Testing the solar-stellar dynamo connection

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    Dempsey, R.

    1995-01-01

    We have used the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer satellite to study the coronal emission from the EUV-bright RS CVn binaries Sigma2 CrB, observed February 10-21, 1994, and II Peg, observed October 1-5, 1993. We present time-resolved and integrated EUV short-, medium-, and long-wavelength spectra for these binaries. Sigma2 CrB shows significant first-order emission features in the long-wavelength region. The coronal emission distributions and electron densities are estimated for those active coronae dominated by high temperature plasma.

  2. ROSAT all-sky survey observations of X-ray variability in cool giant stars

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    Haisch, Bernhard; Schmitt, J. H. M. M.

    1994-01-01

    We have identified 24 active late-type giant stars, including 11 RS CVn systems, with soft X-ray count rates high enough to allow the detection of statistically significant variability on a Roentgen Satellite (ROSAT) orbital timescale (96 minutes) as observed by the Position Sensitive Proportional Counter (PSPC) during the all-sky survey. Our sensitivity typically lies in the range of 10% - 25%, depending on the source count rate. Comparison is made to the daily, nonflare solar soft X-ray variability as observed by the Solrad satellites during solar minimum in 1969 and solar maximum in 1975. Seven of the 24 stars show significant variability; in two of these cases (HR 3922 and HR 8448) major flares were observed in which the peak count rate is enhanced by at least a factor of 3 above quiescent. While HR 3922 (G5 III) is not (yet) classified as an RS CVn star, its flare is more energetic (3 x 10(exp 31) ergs/s) than previously observed RS CVn flares. The apparently single giant HR 8167 (G8 III) also shows two flares. While one might expect to find an anticorrelation between saturated coronae and variability, we find no evidence of this: the two stars in our sample with the highest ratio of f(sub x)/f(sub v) both show variability. We also point out that Capella (G6 III + F9 III) is one of the stars manifesting variability.

  3. Neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS, NOS1) rs693534 and rs7977109 variants and risk for restless legs syndrome.

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    Jimnez-Jimnez, Flix Javier; Alonso-Navarro, Hortensia; Martnez, Carmen; Zurdo, Martn; Turpn-Fenoll, Laura; Milln-Pascual, Jorge; Adeva-Bartolom, Teresa; Cubo, Esther; Navacerrada, Francisco; Rojo-Sebastin, Ana; Rubio, Lluisa; Calleja, Marisol; Plaza-Nieto, Jos Francisco; Pilo-de-la-Fuente, Beln; Arroyo-Solera, Margarita; Garca-Albea, Esteban; Garca-Martn, Elena; Agndez, Jos A G

    2015-06-01

    Several biochemical, neuropathological, and experimental data suggest a possible role of nitric oxide (NO) in the pathophysiology of restless legs syndrome (RLS). Two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS or NOS1) gene (rs7977109 and rs693534) have been found to be associated with the risk for RLS in Germans, although only one of them (rs7977109) remained as significant after multiple comparison tests. The aim of our study was to replicate the possible association between these SNPs and risk for RLS in the Spanish population. We studied the allelic and genotype frequencies of the SNPs rs7977109 and rs693534 in 205 patients with RLS and 328 healthy controls using TaqMan genotyping. The rs7977109 and rs693534 genotypes and allelic frequencies did not significantly differ between patients with RLS and controls and were unrelated with the age at onset of RLS, gender, ferritin levels, and response to dopaminergic or gabaergic agents. The rs7999109GA genotype was overrepresented in RLS patients with positive family history of RLS, and in patients with symptomatic response to clonazepam. The results of our study suggest that these two NOS1 SNPs are not related to the overall risk for RLS in the Spanish population. PMID:25300364

  4. 40 CFR 180.545 - Prallethrin (RS)-2-methyl-4-oxo-3-(2-propynyl)cyclopent-2-enyl (1RS)-cis, trans-chrysanthemate...

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Prallethrin (RS)-2-methyl-4-oxo-3-(2-propynyl)cyclopent-2-enyl (1RS)-cis, trans-chrysanthemate; tolerances for residues. 180.545 Section 180.545 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) PESTICIDE PROGRAMS TOLERANCES AND EXEMPTIONS FOR PESTICIDE...

  5. 40 CFR 180.545 - Prallethrin (RS)-2-methyl-4-oxo-3-(2-propynyl)cyclopent-2-enyl (1RS)-cis, trans-chrysanthemate...

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    2011-07-01

    ...-propynyl)cyclopent-2-enyl (1RS)-cis, trans-chrysanthemate; tolerances for residues. 180.545 Section 180.545...-oxo-3-(2-propynyl)cyclopent-2-enyl (1RS)-cis, trans-chrysanthemate; tolerances for residues. (a) General. (1) A tolerance of 1.0 ppm is established for residues of the insecticide prallethrin...

  6. Correlation between rs198388 and rs198389 polymorphismsin brainnatriuretic peptide (NPPB) gene and susceptibility to congenital heart diseases in a Chinese population

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    Zhang, Qing; Gong, Fang-Qi; Zhu, Wei-Hua; Xie, Chun-Hong; Zhang, Yi-Ying; Ying, Li-Yang

    2015-01-01

    Objective: We discussed the correlation between SNP loci (rs198389 and rs198388) in brain natriuretic peptide gene (NPPB) and susceptibility to congenital heart diseases (CHD). Method: Multiplex SNaPshot technique was adopted for profiling of SNP genotypes at loci rs198389 and rs198388 in NPPB gene among 150 cases of CHDand 150 normal controls. Results: The distribution frequency of 3 genotypes (AA, AG and GG) at locus rs198389 was 40.7%, 36.0% and 23.3% in CHD group, respectively, showing significant differences compared with the normal controls (P<0.001). Gallele was associated with higher risk of CHD (OR=2.48, 95% CI=1.77-3.48). The distribution frequency of CC, CTand TT genotypes at locus rs198388 was 60.7%, 17.3% and 22.0% in CHD group, respectively, also showing significant differences compared with the normal controls (P<0.001). C allele could increase the risk of CHD (OR=1.92, 95% CI=1.48-2.48). Conclusion: SNP loci rs198389 and rs198388 in NPPB gene were correlated with genetic susceptibility to CHD. PMID:26770549

  7. High-resolution N-band Observations Of The Nova Rs Ophiuchi: First Science With The Keck Interferometer Nuller

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    Barry, Richard K.; Danchi, W. C.; Sokoloski, J. L.; Koresko, C.; Wisniewski, J.; Serabyn, E.; Traub, W.; Kuchner, M.; Greenhouse, M.

    2007-12-01

    We report new observations of the nova RS Ophiuchi using the Keck Interferometer Nulling Instrument (KIN), approximately 3.8 days following the most recent outburst that occurred on 2006 February 12. These observations represent the first scientific results from the KIN, which operates in N-band from 8 to 12.5 microns. The nulling technique is the sparse aperture equivalent of the conventional coronagraphic technique used in filled aperture telescopes. By fitting the unique KIN inner and outer spatial regime data, we have obtained an angular size of the mid-infrared continuum of 6.2, 4.0, or 5.4 mas for a disk profile, Gaussian profile, and shell profile respectively. The data show evidence of enhanced neutral atomic hydrogen emission and atomic metals including silicon located in the inner spatial regime near the white dwarf relative to the outer regime. There are also nebular emission lines and evidence of hot silicate dust in the outer spatial region, centered at approximately 2.5E14 cm from the WD, that are not found in the inner regime. The nova flash in the outer spatial regime evidently excited these features before the blast wave reached these regions. These identifications support the following interpretation. The dust appears to be present between outbursts and was not created during the outburst event. We further discuss the present results in terms of a unifying model of the system that includes an increase in density in the plane of the orbit of the two stars created by a spiral shock wave caused by the motion of the stars through the cool wind of the red giant star. These data show the power and potential of the nulling technique which has been developed for the detection of Earth-like planets around nearby stars for the Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission and Darwin missions.

  8. High-Resolution N-Band Observations of the Nova Rs Ophiuchi: First Science with the Keck Interferometer Nuller

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    Danchi, William

    2008-01-01

    We report new observations of the nova RS Ophiuchi using the Keck Interferometer Nulling Instrument (KIN), approximately 3.8 days following the most recent outburst that occurred on 2006 February 12. These observations represent the first scientific results from the KIN, which operates in N-band from 8 to 12.5 microns. The nulling technique is the sparse aperture equivalent of the conventional coronagraphic technique used in filled aperture telescopes. By fitting the unique KIN inner and outer spatial regime data, we have obtained an angular size of the mid-infrared continuum of 6.2,4.0, or 5.4 mas for a disk profile, Gaussian profile, and shell profile respectively. The data show evidence of enhanced neutral atomic hydrogen emission and atomic metals including silicon located in the inner spatial regime near the white dwarf relative to the outer regime. There are also nebular emission lines and evidence of hot silicate dust in the outer spatial region, centered at approximately 2.5E14 cm from the WD, that are not found in the inner regime. The nova flash in the outer spatial regime evidently excited these features before the blast wave reached these regions. These identifications support the following interpretation. The dust appears to be present between outbursts and was not created during the outburst event. We further discuss the present results in terms of a unifying model of the system that includes an increase in density in the plane of the orbit of the two stars created by a spiral shock wave caused by the motion of the stars through the cool wind of the red giant star. These data show the power and potential of the nulling technique which has been developed for the detection of Earthlike planets around nearby stars for the Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission and Darwin missions.

  9. VIIRS Aerosol Products During the SEAC4RS Field Experiment

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    Remer, L. A.; Munchak, L. A.; Huang, J.; Martins, J. V.; Espinosa, R.; Orozco, D.

    2014-12-01

    The Studies of Emissions, Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys (SEAC4RS) field experiment that took place during August and September 2013 offered an in depth portrait of the aerosol system over much of the continental United States. Heavily instrumented aircraft, including the NASA DC-8 sampled a wide variety of aerosol types including transported Saharan dust, both fresh and aged smoke from western wildfires, urban pollution plumes and also biogenic aerosol produced by the "green volcano" in the vegetated Ozarks. Complementing these aircraft measurements was an enhanced array of AERONET stations sprinkled across the country and also concentrated in a mesoscale array near the home base of Houston Texas. This rich collection of suborbital aerosol information permits a more comprehensive evaluation of the VIIRS aerosol product that includes validation of the products across the mesoscale and choices of case studies in which we can delve deeper into the VIIRS retrieval to test algorithm assumptions. We will compare VIIRS retrievals during SEAC4RS with MODIS retrievals, with AERONET observations and retrievals, and with measurements and retrievals from the Polar Imaging Nephelometer (PI-Neph) that flew aboard the NASA DC-8.

  10. Massive Star Formation

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    Tan, J. C.; Beltrn, M. T.; Caselli, P.; Fontani, F.; Fuente, A.; Krumholz, M. R.; McKee, C. F.; Stolte, A.

    The enormous radiative and mechanical luminosities of massive stars impact a vast range of scales and processes, from the reionization of the universe, to the evolution of galaxies, to the regulation of the interstellar medium, to the formation of star clusters, and even to the formation of planets around stars in such clusters. Two main classes of massive star formation theory are under active study: core accretion and competitive accretion. In core accretion, the initial conditions are self-gravitating, centrally concentrated cores that condense with a range of masses from the surrounding, fragmenting clump environment. They then undergo relatively ordered collapse via a central disk to form a single star or a small-N multiple. In this case, the prestellar core mass function has a similar form to the stellar initial mass function. In competitive accretion, the material that forms a massive star is drawn more chaotically from a wider region of the clump without passing through a phase of being in a massive, coherent core. In this case, massive star formation must proceed hand in hand with star cluster formation. If stellar densities become very high near the cluster center, then collisions between stars may also help to form the most massive stars. We review recent theoretical and observational progress toward understanding massive star formation, considering physical and chemical processes, comparisons with low and intermediate-mass stars, and connections to star cluster formation.

  11. Non-Association between rs7903146 and rs12255372 Polymorphisms in Transcription Factor 7-Like 2 Gene and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Jahrom City, Iran

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    Pourahmadi, Mohammad; Moradzadeh, Malihe; Jahromi, Abdolreza Sotoodeh

    2015-01-01

    Background Transcription factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) is a transcription factor in the Wnt signaling pathway. High levels of TCF7L2 have been reported in most human tissues, including the heart, lung, brain, liver, kidney, placenta, adipose tissues, and pancreatic ?-cells. The purpose of this study was to assess the association between TCF7L2 polymorphisms (rs12255372 and rs7903146) and type 2 diabetes mellitus in the city of Jahrom, Iran. Methods This case-control study was conducted with 200 patients referred to Diabetes Clinics and 200 healthy subjects in Jahrom City. Biochemical characteristics were first determined. TCF7L2 rs1255372 and rs7903146 polymorphisms were then genotyped using the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method. Results T-allele frequencies of both single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were significantly higher in diabetic patients than in normal glucose-tolerant subjects (rs12255372: 20.3% vs. 14.5%; rs7903146: 28.5% vs. 22.25%). The rs12255372 (G/T) polymorphism analysis showed an odds ratio of 0.473 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.170 to 1.314; P=0.151) for the TT genotype and 0.646 (95% CI, 0.410 to 1.019; P=0.060) for the TG genotype, compared with the GG genotype. The rs7903146 (C/T) polymorphism odds ratios for TT and TC genotypes were 0.564 (95% CI, 0.280 to 1.135; P=0.109) and 0.751 (95% CI, 0.487 to 1.157; P=0.194) compared with the CC genotype, respectively. Conclusion The rs12255372 and rs7903146 SNPs of the TCF7L2 gene were not associated with insulin resistance in the evaluated population. PMID:26616591

  12. Association of polymorphisms hOGGI rs1052133 and hMUTYH rs3219472 with risk of nasopharyngeal carcinoma in a Chinese population

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    Xie, Ying; Wu, Yuan; Zhou, Xunzhao; Yao, Mengwei; Ning, Sisi; Wei, Zhengbo

    2016-01-01

    This case–control study investigates the possible relationships between the single-nucleotide polymorphisms rs1052133 in the human 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase 1 (hOGG1) gene and rs3219472 in the human MutY glycosylase homologue (hMUTYH) gene and the risk of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). The two polymorphisms were genotyped in 488 unrelated NPC patients and 573 cancer-free controls. Genotype GG at rs1052133 was associated with significantly lower NPC risk than genotypes GC + CC (odds ratio [OR] 0.770, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.595–0.996, P=0.012). In subgroup analyses, subjects with genotype GG at rs1052133 were at lower risk of NPC than those with GC or CC among individuals older than 40 years (OR 0.706, 95% CI 0.524–0.950), women (OR 0.571, 95% CI 0.337–0.968), and those with no smoking history (OR 0.634, 95% CI 0.463–0.868). No significant association was seen between polymorphisms at hMUTYH rs3219472 and the risk of NPC. However, gene–gene interaction analysis showed that subjects with genotype CC at rs1052133 and genotype AA at rs3219472 (CC/AA) were at 2.887-fold higher risk of NPC than those with GG/GG, 3.183-fold higher risk than those with GG/GA, and 3.392-fold higher risk than those with GG/AA. Our results suggest that hOGG1 rs1052133 polymorphism may play an important role in NPC pathogenesis, especially among women, >40 years old, and those with no smoking history. The hMUTYH rs3219472 polymorphism may interact with hOGG1 rs1052133 polymorphism to influence susceptibility to NPC. PMID:26929646

  13. [An insertion mutant of LeuRS with 116 amino acid residues has full activity].

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    Huang, Ying; Ling, Chen; Li, Tong; Tong, Geng-Lei; Wang, En-Duo

    2003-03-01

    Escherichia coli leucyl-tRNA synthetase (LeuRS) belongs to class I aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. It consists of 860 amino acid residues and catalyzes the leucylation of tRNA(Leu). An insertion of its 253-368 peptide fragment between 368 to 369 in CP1 domain of this enzyme was shown to maintain the activity of the enzyme, and the insertion mutant was named as LeuRS-C. Because the insertion mutant of LeuRS was sensitive to operation of the purification, a plasmid containing the gene encoding LeuRS with His(6)-tag at its N-terminus was constructed to facilitate the purification of His(6)-LeuRS-C through one-step affinity chromatography on Ni(2+)-NTA column. The purified His(6)-LeuRS-C had full activity as the native LeuRS with His-tag at the N-terminus (His(6)-LeuRS), although the mutant enzyme had an insertion of 116 amino acid residues. The kinetic parameters of His(6)-LeuRS-C were determined. The secondary structure estimated by CD spectrum and thermal stability of the insertion mutant was compared with those of His(6)-LeuRS, respectively. PMID:12621546

  14. Intrinsically variable stars

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    Bohm-Vitense, Erika; Querci, Monique

    1987-01-01

    The characteristics of intrinsically variable stars are examined, reviewing the results of observations obtained with the IUE satellite since its launch in 1978. Selected data on both medium-spectral-class pulsating stars (Delta Cep stars, W Vir stars, and related groups) and late-type variables (M, S, and C giants and supergiants) are presented in spectra, graphs, and tables and described in detail. Topics addressed include the calibration of the the period-luminosity relation, Cepheid distance determination, checking stellar evolution theory by the giant companions of Cepheids, Cepheid masses, the importance of the hydrogen convection zone in Cepheids, temperature and abundance estimates for Population II pulsating stars, mass loss in Population II Cepheids, SWP and LWP images of cold giants and supergiants, temporal variations in the UV lines of cold stars, C-rich cold stars, and cold stars with highly ionized emission lines.

  15. Star Formation in Galaxies

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    1987-01-01

    Topics addressed include: star formation; galactic infrared emission; molecular clouds; OB star luminosity; dust grains; IRAS observations; galactic disks; stellar formation in Magellanic clouds; irregular galaxies; spiral galaxies; starbursts; morphology of galactic centers; and far-infrared observations.

  16. Astrophysics: Stars fight back

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    Hopkins, Philip F.

    2014-12-01

    Galaxies contain fewer stars than predicted. The discovery of a massive galactic outflow of molecular gas in a compact galaxy, which forms stars 100 times faster than the Milky Way, may help to explain why. See Letter p.68

  17. Creative Implementation of 3Rs Principles within Industry Programs: Beyond Regulations and Guidelines

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    Bratcher, Natalie A; Reinhard, Gregory R

    2015-01-01

    The industry involved with using animals as an essential part of research has supported the theory and philosophy of the 3Rs for years. However, both the culture and approach surrounding the 3Rs is evolving rapidly, and many institutions are attempting to surpass the regulations and guidelines to implement the 3Rs for improved science and animal welfare. Regulatory documents and guidelines such as the Animal Welfare Act, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the US Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training clearly outline how the IACUC should address the 3Rs, but there are many additional paradigms and resources that an institution can use to promote the 3Rs creatively. We review the legal mandates and guidelines that institutions must or should follow, and we present some creative approaches toward their compliance, including the creation of full-time dedicated 3Rs roles as well as temporary 3Rs-focused positions such as visiting scientist and postdoctoral fellowships and internships. We also discuss how to creatively achieve 3Rs progress through internal committees and working groups, involvement in 3Rs consortia, recognizing 3Rs advances through awards programs, and creating 3Rs volunteer opportunities. Adherence to regulations and guidelines creates a solid foundation for good animal care and science, and creative 3Rs approaches enable the growth of a robust animal welfare culture that enhances the potential for 3Rs benefits to animals and science. PMID:25836958

  18. Creative implementation of 3Rs principles within industry programs: beyond regulations and guidelines.

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    Bratcher, Natalie A; Reinhard, Gregory R

    2015-03-01

    The industry involved with using animals as an essential part of research has supported the theory and philosophy of the 3Rs for years. However, both the culture and approach surrounding the 3Rs is evolving rapidly, and many institutions are attempting to surpass the regulations and guidelines to implement the 3Rs for improved science and animal welfare. Regulatory documents and guidelines such as the Animal Welfare Act, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the US Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training clearly outline how the IACUC should address the 3Rs, but there are many additional paradigms and resources that an institution can use to promote the 3Rs creatively. We review the legal mandates and guidelines that institutions must or should follow, and we present some creative approaches toward their compliance, including the creation of full-time dedicated 3Rs roles as well as temporary 3Rs-focused positions such as visiting scientist and postdoctoral fellowships and internships. We also discuss how to creatively achieve 3Rs progress through internal committees and working groups, involvement in 3Rs consortia, recognizing 3Rs advances through awards programs, and creating 3Rs volunteer opportunities. Adherence to regulations and guidelines creates a solid foundation for good animal care and science, and creative 3Rs approaches enable the growth of a robust animal welfare culture that enhances the potential for 3Rs benefits to animals and science. PMID:25836958

  19. Effects of APOE rs429358, rs7412 and GSTM1/GSTT1 Polymorphism on Plasma and Erythrocyte Antioxidant Parameters and Cognition in Old Chinese Adults.

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    Yuan, Linhong; Liu, Jinmeng; Dong, Li; Cai, Can; Wang, Sisi; Wang, Bo; Xiao, Rong

    2015-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E (APOE) and oxidative damage were correlated with the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Glutathione S-transferase (GST) polymorphism was proved to be associated with body antioxidant capacity and involved in the oxidative damage related chronic diseases. To explore the combined effects of APOE rs429358, rs7412 and GSTM1/T1 polymorphism on antioxidant parameters and cognition in old Chinese adults, a community-based cross-sectional study was carried out in 477 Chinese adults aged from 55 to 75. Information on demography and lifestyle of the participants was collected with a questionnaire. Cognitive function was measured by using a Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test. Fasting venous blood samples were collected for APOE rs429358, rs7412 and GSTM1/T1 genotyping, and parameter measurement. No association of APOE rs7412, rs429358 and GSTM1/T1 polymorphisms with cognition was detected in the old Chinese adults. APOE rs429358, rs7412 polymorphism was mainly associated with plasma α-tocopherol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and plasma total antioxidant capacity (T-AOC) levels (p < 0.05). Interaction of APOE rs429358 and GSTT1 genotype on the plasma triglyceride (TG) level and erythrocyte catalase (CAT) and GST enzyme activities were detected (p < 0.05). The subjects with APOE rs429358 T/C + C/C and GSTT1- genotype were found to have the highest plasma TG level, erythrocyte CAT enzyme activity, and the lowest GST enzyme activity compared to subjects with other genotypes (p < 0.05). Lowest erythrocyte CAT enzyme activity and highest glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) enzyme activity were detected in the subjects with APOE rs7412 T/C + T/T and GSTM1+ genotype as compared with subjects with other genotypes. The levels of plasma and erythrocyte antioxidant parameters were APOE genotype associated. GSTM1 or GSTT1 genotype modified the influence of APOE rs7412, rs429358 polymorphism on antioxidant parameters. PMID:26404360

  20. Effects of APOE rs429358, rs7412 and GSTM1/GSTT1 Polymorphism on Plasma and Erythrocyte Antioxidant Parameters and Cognition in Old Chinese Adults

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    Yuan, Linhong; Liu, Jinmeng; Dong, Li; Cai, Can; Wang, Sisi; Wang, Bo; Xiao, Rong

    2015-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E (APOE) and oxidative damage were correlated with the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Glutathione S-transferase (GST) polymorphism was proved to be associated with body antioxidant capacity and involved in the oxidative damage related chronic diseases. To explore the combined effects of APOE rs429358, rs7412 and GSTM1/T1 polymorphism on antioxidant parameters and cognition in old Chinese adults, a community-based cross-sectional study was carried out in 477 Chinese adults aged from 55 to 75. Information on demography and lifestyle of the participants was collected with a questionnaire. Cognitive function was measured by using a Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test. Fasting venous blood samples were collected for APOE rs429358, rs7412 and GSTM1/T1 genotyping, and parameter measurement. No association of APOE rs7412, rs429358 and GSTM1/T1 polymorphisms with cognition was detected in the old Chinese adults. APOE rs429358, rs7412 polymorphism was mainly associated with plasma α-tocopherol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and plasma total antioxidant capacity (T-AOC) levels (p < 0.05). Interaction of APOE rs429358 and GSTT1 genotype on the plasma triglyceride (TG) level and erythrocyte catalase (CAT) and GST enzyme activities were detected (p < 0.05). The subjects with APOE rs429358 T/C + C/C and GSTT1− genotype were found to have the highest plasma TG level, erythrocyte CAT enzyme activity, and the lowest GST enzyme activity compared to subjects with other genotypes (p < 0.05). Lowest erythrocyte CAT enzyme activity and highest glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) enzyme activity were detected in the subjects with APOE rs7412 T/C + T/T and GSTM1+ genotype as compared with subjects with other genotypes. The levels of plasma and erythrocyte antioxidant parameters were APOE genotype associated. GSTM1 or GSTT1 genotype modified the influence of APOE rs7412, rs429358 polymorphism on antioxidant parameters. PMID:26404360

  1. QCD in Neutron Stars and Strange Stars

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    Weber, Fridolin; Negreiros, Rodrigo

    2011-05-24

    This paper provides an overview of the possible role of Quantum Chromo Dynamics (QCD) for neutron stars and strange stars. The fundamental degrees of freedom of QCD are quarks, which may exist as unconfined (color superconducting) particles in the cores of neutron stars. There is also the theoretical possibility that a significantly large number of up, down, and strange quarks may settle down in a new state of matter known as strange quark matter, which, by hypothesis, could be more stable than even the most stable atomic nucleus, {sup 56}Fe. In the latter case new classes of self-bound, color superconducting objects, ranging from strange quark nuggets to strange quark stars, should exist. The properties of such objects will be reviewed along with the possible existence of deconfined quarks in neutron stars. Implications for observational astrophysics are pointed out.

  2. Chromospheres of Coronal Stars

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    Linsky, Jeffrey L.; Wood, Brian E.

    1996-01-01

    We summarize the main results obtained from the analysis of ultraviolet emission line profiles of coronal late-type stars observed with the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS) on the Hubble Space Telescope. The excellent GHRS spectra provide new information on magnetohydrodynamic phenomena in the chromospheres and transition regions of these stars. One exciting new result is the discovery of broad components in the transition region lines of active stars that we believe provide evidence for microflare heating in these stars.

  3. Dibaryons in neutron stars

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    Olinto, Angela V.; Haensel, Pawel; Frieman, Joshua A.

    1991-01-01

    The effects are studied of H-dibaryons on the structure of neutron stars. It was found that H particles could be present in neutron stars for a wide range of dibaryon masses. The appearance of dibaryons softens the equations of state, lowers the maximum neutron star mass, and affects the transport properties of dense matter. The parameter space is constrained for dibaryons by requiring that a 1.44 solar mass neutron star be gravitationally stable.

  4. Novel Oversampling Technique for Improving Signal-to-Quantization Noise Ratio on Accelerometer-Based Smart Jerk Sensors in CNC Applications.

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    Rangel-Magdaleno, Jose J; Romero-Troncoso, Rene J; Osornio-Rios, Roque A; Cabal-Yepez, Eduardo

    2009-01-01

    Jerk monitoring, defined as the first derivative of acceleration, has become a major issue in computerized numeric controlled (CNC) machines. Several works highlight the necessity of measuring jerk in a reliable way for improving production processes. Nowadays, the computation of jerk is done by finite differences of the acceleration signal, computed at the Nyquist rate, which leads to low signal-to-quantization noise ratio (SQNR) during the estimation. The novelty of this work is the development of a smart sensor for jerk monitoring from a standard accelerometer, which has improved SQNR. The proposal is based on oversampling techniques that give a better estimation of jerk than that produced by a Nyquist-rate differentiator. Simulations and experimental results are presented to show the overall methodology performance. PMID:22412337

  5. Novel Oversampling Technique for Improving Signal-to-Quantization Noise Ratio on Accelerometer-Based Smart Jerk Sensors in CNC Applications

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    Rangel-Magdaleno, Jose J.; Romero-Troncoso, Rene J.; Osornio-Rios, Roque A.; Cabal-Yepez, Eduardo

    2009-01-01

    Jerk monitoring, defined as the first derivative of acceleration, has become a major issue in computerized numeric controlled (CNC) machines. Several works highlight the necessity of measuring jerk in a reliable way for improving production processes. Nowadays, the computation of jerk is done by finite differences of the acceleration signal, computed at the Nyquist rate, which leads to low signal-to-quantization noise ratio (SQNR) during the estimation. The novelty of this work is the development of a smart sensor for jerk monitoring from a standard accelerometer, which has improved SQNR. The proposal is based on oversampling techniques that give a better estimation of jerk than that produced by a Nyquist-rate differentiator. Simulations and experimental results are presented to show the overall methodology performance. PMID:22412337

  6. America's Star Libraries

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    Lyons, Ray; Lance, Keith Curry

    2009-01-01

    "Library Journal"'s new national rating of public libraries, the "LJ" Index of Public Library Service, identifies 256 "star" libraries. It rates 7,115 public libraries. The top libraries in each group get five, four, or three Michelin guide-like stars. All included libraries, stars or not, can use their scores to learn from their peers and improve…

  7. Managing the star performer.

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    Hills, Laura

    2013-01-01

    Our culture seems to be endlessly fascinated with its stars in entertainment, athletics, politics, and business, and holds fast to the idea that extraordinary talent accounts for an individual's extraordinary performance. At first glance, managing a star performer in your medical practice may seem like it would be an easy task. However, there's much more to managing a star performer than many practice managers realize. The concern is how to keep the star performer happy and functioning at a high level without detriment to the rest of the medical practice team. This article offers tips for practice managers who manage star performers. It explores ways to keep the star performer motivated, while at the same time helping the star performer to meld into the existing medical practice team. This article suggests strategies for redefining the star performer's role, for holding the star performer accountable for his or her behavior, and for coaching the star performer. Finally, this article offers practical tips for keeping the star performer during trying times, for identifying and cultivating new star performers, and for managing medical practice prima donnas. PMID:23767124

  8. America's Star Libraries

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    Lyons, Ray; Lance, Keith Curry

    2009-01-01

    "Library Journal"'s new national rating of public libraries, the "LJ" Index of Public Library Service, identifies 256 "star" libraries. It rates 7,115 public libraries. The top libraries in each group get five, four, or three Michelin guide-like stars. All included libraries, stars or not, can use their scores to learn from their peers and improve

  9. Spots on Am stars

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    Balona, L. A.; Catanzaro, G.; Abedigamba, O. P.; Ripepi, V.; Smalley, B.

    2015-04-01

    We investigate the light variations of 15 Am stars using four years of high-precision photometry from the Kepler spacecraft and an additional 14 Am stars from the K2 Campaign 0 field. We find that most of the Am stars in the Kepler field have light curves characteristic of rotational modulation due to star-spots. Of the 29 Am stars observed, 12 are ? Scuti variables and one is a ? Doradus star. One star is an eclipsing binary and another was found to be a binary from time delay measurements. Two Am stars show evidence for flares which are unlikely to be due to a cool companion. The fact that 10 out of 29 Am stars are rotational variables and that some may even flare strongly suggests that Am stars possess significant magnetic fields. This is contrary to the current understanding that the enhanced metallicity in these stars is due to diffusion in the absence of a magnetic field. The fact that so many stars are ? Scuti variables is also at odds with the prediction of diffusion theory. We suggest that a viable alternative is that the metal enhancement could arise from accretion.

  10. ChemLabBox for SnifferStars

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    2002-01-24

    The software entitled "ChemLabBox for SnifferStars" is used to collect, display, and save data from the Sandia National Laboratories chemical analysis system dubbed SnifferStar. Sensor data is streamed from a SnifferStar unit into a computer thru RS-232 in a manner that is not amendable to plotting. Also, there is no direct way to start and stop the unit as is. This software rearranges the data into something that can be easily plotted in real-time thenmore » saves the data into a text fild. In addition, this software provides the users a means to start and stop the hardware. This software was written specifically for SnifferStar. SnifferStar data is delivered at a very fast rate but for a short period of time. This software is written around that premise. It is written for Pentium or higher machines running Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. Lockheed Martin is interested in using it for testing SnifferStar units before deployment. To date they have not indicated their intent to deliver the code either in part or whole as part of their product.« less

  11. Detecting the Companions and Ellipsoidal Variations of RS CVn Primaries. II. o Draconis, a Candidate for Recent Low-mass Companion Ingestion

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    Roettenbacher, Rachael M.; Monnier, John D.; Fekel, Francis C.; Henry, Gregory W.; Korhonen, Heidi; Latham, David W.; Muterspaugh, Matthew W.; Williamson, Michael H.; Baron, Fabien; ten Brummelaar, Theo A.; Che, Xiao; Harmon, Robert O.; Schaefer, Gail H.; Scott, Nicholas J.; Sturmann, Judit; Sturmann, Laszlo; Turner, Nils H.

    2015-08-01

    To measure the stellar and orbital properties of the metal-poor RS CVn binary o Draconis (o Dra), we directly detect the companion using interferometric observations obtained with the Michigan InfraRed Combiner at Georgia State University's Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) Array. The H-band flux ratio between the primary and secondary stars is the highest confirmed flux ratio (370 ± 40) observed with long-baseline optical interferometry. These detections are combined with radial velocity data of both the primary and secondary stars, including new data obtained with the Tillinghast Reflector Echelle Spectrograph on the Tillinghast Reflector at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory and the 2 m Tennessee State University Automated Spectroscopic Telescope at Fairborn Observatory. We determine an orbit from which we find model-independent masses and ages of the components ({M}A=1.35+/- 0.05 {M}⊙ , {M}B=0.99+/- 0.02 {M}⊙ , system age = 3.0\\mp 0.5 Gyr). An average of a 23-year light curve of o Dra from the Tennessee State University Automated Photometric Telescope folded over the orbital period newly reveals eclipses and the quasi-sinusoidal signature of ellipsoidal variations. The modeled light curve for our system's stellar and orbital parameters confirm these ellipsoidal variations due to the primary star partially filling its Roche lobe potential, suggesting most of the photometric variations are not due to stellar activity (starspots). Measuring gravity darkening from the average light curve gives a best-fit of β =0.07+/- 0.03, a value consistent with conventional theory for convective envelope stars. The primary star also exhibits an anomalously short rotation period, which, when taken with other system parameters, suggests the star likely engulfed a low-mass companion that had recently spun-up the star.

  12. Recombination by the mouse immunoglobulin ? deleting element RS promotes immune tolerance and Ig? B cell production

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    Vela, Jos Luis; At-Azzouzene, Djemel; Duong, Bao Hoa; Ota, Takayuki; Nemazee, David

    2008-01-01

    Summary The recombining sequence (RS) of mouse and its human equivalent, the kappa deleting element (kde), are sequences found at the 3? end of the immunoglobulin ? locus that rearrange to inactivate the ?-locus in developing B cells. RS recombination correlates with Ig? expression and plays a role in receptor editing by eliminating ? genes encoding autoantibodies. A mouse strain was generated in which the recombination signal of RS was removed in the germline, a model predicted to prevent specifically a fraction of receptor editing events. In RS mutant mice receptor editing and self-tolerance were impaired, in some cases leading to autoantibody formation. Surprisingly, RS mutant mice made fewer ? B cells, whereas ?/ ? isotype exclusion was only modestly affected. These results may provide insight into the mechanism of L-chain isotype exclusion and indicate that RS has a physiological role in ? B cell formation. PMID:18261939

  13. Establishing a Three Rs programme at the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

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    Griffin, Gilly

    2009-12-01

    The anniversary of the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) provides an opportunity to celebrate the Charity's achievements over the past 40 years, and in particular, its contribution to the international acceptance of the Three Rs as the basis of an ethic for animal experimentation, and its role as a leader in the implementation of the Three Rs in the life sciences. The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) has based its work on the Three Rs, especially since the establishment of its fundamental CCAC Policy Statement on the Ethics of Animal Investigation (1989). Following recommendations from the evaluation of its programmes by external committees established by the national granting agencies, the CCAC recently launched a Three Rs Program. This programme will build on the work of FRAME and other similar Three Rs organisations, to further the promotion and implementation of the Three Rs in Canadian science. PMID:20105015

  14. Functional analysis of deep intronic SNP rs13438494 in intron 24 of PCLO gene.

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    Seo, Seunghee; Takayama, Kanako; Uno, Kyosuke; Ohi, Kazutaka; Hashimoto, Ryota; Nishizawa, Daisuke; Ikeda, Kazutaka; Ozaki, Norio; Nabeshima, Toshitaka; Miyamoto, Yoshiaki; Nitta, Atsumi

    2013-01-01

    The single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs13438494 in intron 24 of PCLO was significantly associated with bipolar disorder in a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies. In this study, we performed functional minigene analysis and bioinformatics prediction of splicing regulatory sequences to characterize the deep intronic SNP rs13438494. We constructed minigenes with A and C alleles containing exon 24, intron 24, and exon 25 of PCLO to assess the genetic effect of rs13438494 on splicing. We found that the C allele of rs13438494 reduces the splicing efficiency of the PCLO minigene. In addition, prediction analysis of enhancer/silencer motifs using the Human Splice Finder web tool indicated that rs13438494 induces the abrogation or creation of such binding sites. Our results indicate that rs13438494 alters splicing efficiency by creating or disrupting a splicing motif, which functions by binding of splicing regulatory proteins, and may ultimately result in bipolar disorder in affected people. PMID:24167553

  15. The Two-Component System CprRS Senses Cationic Peptides and Triggers Adaptive Resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Independently of ParRS

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    Fernández, Lucía; Jenssen, Håvard; Bains, Manjeet; Wiegand, Irith; Gooderham, W. James

    2012-01-01

    Cationic antimicrobial peptides pass across the outer membrane by interacting with negatively charged lipopolysaccharide (LPS), leading to outer membrane permeabilization in a process termed self-promoted uptake. Resistance can be mediated by the addition of positively charged arabinosamine through the action of the arnBCADTEF operon. We recently described a series of two-component regulators that lead to the activation of the arn operon after recognizing environmental signals, including low-Mg2+ (PhoPQ, PmrAB) or cationic (ParRS) peptides. However, some peptides did not activate the arn operon through ParRS. Here, we report the identification of a new two-component system, CprRS, which, upon exposure to a wide range of antimicrobial peptides, triggered the expression of the LPS modification operon. Thus, mutations in the cprRS operon blocked the induction of the arn operon in response to several antimicrobial peptides independently of ParRS but did not affect the response to low Mg2+. Distinct patterns of arn induction were identified. Thus, the responses to polymyxins were abrogated by either parR or cprR mutations, while responses to other peptides, including indolicidin, showed differential dependency on the CprRS and ParRS systems in a concentration-dependent manner. It was further demonstrated that, following exposure to inducing antimicrobial peptides, cprRS mutants did not become adaptively resistant to polymyxins as was observed for wild-type cells. Our microarray studies demonstrated that the CprRS system controlled a quite modest regulon, indicating that it was quite specific to adaptive peptide resistance. These findings provide greater insight into the complex regulation of LPS modification in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which involves the participation of at least 4 two-component systems. PMID:23006746

  16. Composite spectra: XX. 45 Cancri. Two stars with very similar masses but quite different evolutionary states

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    Griffin, R. E. M.; Griffin, R. F.

    2015-02-01

    From accurate radial-velocity measurements covering 11 circuits of the orbit of the composite-spectrum binary 45 Cnc, together with high-resolution spectroscopy spanning nearly 3 circuits, we have (i) isolated cleanly the spectrum of the early-type secondary, (ii) classified the component spectra as G8 III and A3 III, (iii) derived the first double-lined orbit for the system and a mass ratio (M_1/M_2) of 1.035 0.01, and (iv) extracted physical parameters for the component stars, deriving the masses and (log) luminosities of the G star and A star as 3.11 and 3.00 M?} R?, and 2.34 and 2.28 L?, respectively, with corresponding uncertainties of 0.10 M? R? and 0.09 L?. Since the mass ratio is close to unity, we argue that the more evolved component is unlikely to have been a red giant long enough to have made multiple ascents of the RGB, an argument that is supported somewhat by the rather high eccentricity of the orbit (e = 0.46) and the evolutionary time-scales of the two components, but chiefly by the presence of significant Li I in the spectrum of the cool giant.

  17. Flaring on RS CVn systems: Results from EUVE Photometry

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    Osten, R. A.; Brown, A.; Ayres, T. R.

    We present broadband EUV photometry for a sample of RS CVn systems observed with the Deep Survey Spectrometer and Right Angle Program (RAP) Scanners on the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE). We have developed robust data analysis and light curve software for the interpretation of these data. Large-scale flaring activity is seen on 15 of the 18 systems studied. These binaries cover a range in orbital period of 0.7 days to 21 days and include a mixture of giant, subgiant, and dwarf luminosity classes. For many systems the photometric coverage extends over several orbital periods and flaring is unambiguously characterized. We present statistics on the distribution of variability in the survey. Correlations of flaring with binary properties are examined.

  18. Building a structured PDB: the RS-PDB database.

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    Szabadka, Zoltn; Grolmusz, Vince

    2006-01-01

    A method for automatically analyzing structures deposited in the Protein Data Bank is presented. The method is capable to detect missing atoms, bond length deviations, atom bumps and to correctly identify protein-ligand complexes. The results are organized into a database, called the Rich Structure PDB (RS-PDB in short) from which one can easily select PDB entries satisfying diverse sets of requirements. The newer and richer mmCIF format of both the PDB and its chemical component dictionary (formerly the HET Group Dictionary) were used in the construction, and the International Chemical Identifier (InChI) of IUPAC played a main role in correctly identifying distinct ligands. PMID:17945915

  19. HypoxamiRs and Cancer: From Biology to Targeted Therapy

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    Gee, Harriet E.; Ivan, Cristina; Calin, George A.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Significance: Hypoxia is a hallmark of the tumor microenvironment and represents a major source of failure in cancer therapy. Recent Advances: Recent work has generated extensive evidence that microRNAs (miRNAs) are significant components of the adaptive response to low oxygen in tumors. Induction of specific miRNAs, collectively termed hypoxamiRs, has become an accepted feature of the hypoxic response in normal and transformed cells. Critical Issues: Overexpression of miR-210, the prototypical hypoxamiR, is detected in most solid tumors, and it has been linked to adverse prognosis in many tumor types. Several miR-210 target genes, including iron-sulfur (Fe-S) cluster scaffold protein (ISCU) and glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase 1-like (GPD1L), have been correlated with prognosis in an inverse fashion to miR-210, suggesting that their down- regulation by miR-210 occurs in vivo and contributes to tumor growth. Additional miRNAs are modulated by decreased oxygen tension in a more tissue-specific fashion, adding another level of complexity over the classic hypoxia-regulated gene network. Future Directions: From a biological standpoint, hypoxamiRs are emerging modifiers of cancer cell response to the adaptive challenges of the microenvironment. From a clinical perspective, assessing the status of these miRNAs may contribute to a detailed understanding of hypoxia-induced mechanisms of resistance and/or to the fine-tuning of future hypoxia-modifying therapies. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 21, 1220–1238. PMID:24111776

  20. Strange Quark Star Crusts

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    Steiner, Andrew W.

    2007-02-27

    If strange quark matter is absolutely stable, some neutron stars may be strange quark stars. Strange quark stars are usually assumed to have a simple liquid surface. We show that if the surface tension of droplets of quark matter in the vacuum is sufficiently small, droplets of quark matter on the surface of a strange quark star may form a solid crust on top of the strange quark star. This solid crust can significantly modify the predictions for the photon emission for the surface in an observable way.

  1. A Star's Close Encounter

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    2006-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Annotated Version

    The potential planet-forming disk (or 'protoplanetary disk') of a sun-like star is being violently ripped away by the powerful winds of a nearby hot O-type star in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. At up to 100 times the mass of sun-like stars, O stars are the most massive and energetic stars in the universe.

    The O star can be seen to the right of the image, as the large orange spot with the white center. To the left, the comet-like structure is actually a neighboring solar system that is being destroyed by the O star's powerful winds and intense ultraviolet light.

    In a process called 'photoevaporation,' immense output from the O star heats up the nearby protoplanetary disk so much that gas and dust boil off, and the disk can no longer hold together. Photon (or light) blasts from the O star then strip the potential planet-forming disk off its neighbor star by blowing away evaporated material. This effect is illustrated in the smaller system's comet-like structure.

    The system is located about 2,450 light-years away in the star-forming cloud IC 1396. The image was taken with Spitzer's multiband imaging photometer instrument at 24 microns. The picture is a pseudo-color stretch representing intensity. Yellow and white represent hot areas, whereas purple and blue represent relatively cooler, fainter regions.

  2. Ponderable soliton stars

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    Chiu, Hong-Yee

    1990-01-01

    The theory of Lee and Pang (1987), who obtained solutions for soliton stars composed of zero-temperature fermions and bosons, is applied here to quark soliton stars. Model soliton stars based on a simple physical model of the proton are computed, and the properties of the solitons are discussed, including the important problem of the existence of a limiting mass and thus the possible formation of black holes of primordial origin. It is shown that there is a definite mass limit for ponderable soliton stars, so that during cooling a soliton star might reach a stage beyond which no equilibrium configuration exists and the soliton star probably will collapse to become a black hole. The radiation of ponderable soliton stars may alter the short-wavelength character of the cosmic background radiation, and may be observed as highly redshifted objects at z of about 100,000.

  3. Ponderable soliton stars

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    Chiu, Hong-Yee

    1990-12-01

    The theory of Lee and Pang (1987), who obtained solutions for soliton stars composed of zero-temperature fermions and bosons, is applied here to quark soliton stars. Model soliton stars based on a simple physical model of the proton are computed, and the properties of the solitons are discussed, including the important problem of the existence of a limiting mass and thus the possible formation of black holes of primordial origin. It is shown that there is a definite mass limit for ponderable soliton stars, so that during cooling a soliton star might reach a stage beyond which no equilibrium configuration exists and the soliton star probably will collapse to become a black hole. The radiation of ponderable soliton stars may alter the short-wavelength character of the cosmic background radiation, and may be observed as highly redshifted objects at z of about 100,000.

  4. rs3806268 of NLRP3 gene polymorphism is associated with the development of primary gout

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    Deng, Jianping; Lin, Wen; Chen, Yunpeng; Wang, Xin; Yin, Zhong; Yao, Chunhong; Liu, Tangbing; Lv, Yonghong

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between seven functional SNPs in NALP3 gene and the susceptibility to primary gout. A total of 247 patients with primary gout and 247 controls were selected in this study. Genotyping of NALP3 rs4612666, rs3806268, rs12239046, rs10754558, rs7512998, rs12137901 and rs12565738 was performed using the Sequenom MassARRAY platform. Comparison analysis showed that primary gout patients were more likely to have a higher body mass index, DBP, SBP, TG, urea nitrogen and uric acid (P < 0.05). According to logistic regression analysis, individuals carrying with the GG genotype of rs3806268 were associated with increased risk of primary gout when compared with the AA genotype (OR=1.83, 95% CI=1.03-3.26). However, no significant associations were identified for the remaining SNPs. In conclusion, we found a significant association between rs3806268 in NLRP3 gene and the risk of primary gout in a Chinese population. Further clinical and genetic studies are required to investigate the mechanisms underlying the association between NALP3 polymorphisms and the development of primary gout. PMID:26722603

  5. IL10 rs1800896 polymorphism is associated with liver cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis B.

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    Cao, L N; Cheng, S L; Liu, W

    2016-01-01

    We conducted a case-control study to assess the role of two IL10 gene polymorphisms (rs1800896 and rs1800872) in susceptibility to liver cirrhosis, and their association with chronic hepatitis B in a Chinese population. A case-control study was designed to investigate the association between functional polymorphisms of IL10 (rs1800896 and rs1800872) and the development of liver cirrhosis. Between March 2012 and March 2014, we recruited 241 patients with liver cirrhosis and 254 controls from Xianyang Central Hospital. Genotyping of IL10 rs1800896 and rs1800872 polymorphisms was carried out using the polymerase chain reaction coupled with restriction fragment length polymorphism. Using multivariate logistic regression analysis, we found that individuals with the AA genotype of IL10 rs1800896 showed an increased risk of liver cirrhosis compared with those with the GG genotype in a codominant model (OR = 2.01, 95%CI = 1.10-3.65). In dominant and recessive models, we found that the IL10 rs1800896 polymorphism was correlated with the development of liver cirrhosis (for the dominant model, OR = 1.46, 95%CI = 1.01-2.13; for the recessive model, OR = 1.72, 95%CI = 1.01-3.02). In summary, our study suggests that the IL10 rs1800896 polymorphism is associated with the development of liver cirrhosis. PMID:26909998

  6. Binarity and multiperiodicity in high-amplitude δ Scuti stars

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    Derekas, A.; Kiss, L. L.; Bedding, T. R.; Ashley, M. C. B.; Csák, B.; Danos, A.; Fernandez, J. M.; Fűrész, G.; Mészáros, Sz.; Szabó, Gy. M.; Szakáts, R.; Székely, P.; Szatmáry, K.

    2009-04-01

    We have carried out a photometric and spectroscopic survey of bright high-amplitude δ Scuti (HADS) stars. The aim was to detect binarity and multiperiodicity (or both) in order to explore the possibility of combining binary star astrophysics with stellar oscillations. Here, we present the first results for 10, predominantly southern, HADS variables. We detected the orbital motion of RS Gru with a semi-amplitude of ~6.5 kms-1 and 11.5 d period. The companion is inferred to be a low-mass dwarf star in a close orbit around RS Gru. We found multiperiodicity in RY Lep from both photometric and radial velocity data and detected orbital motion in the radial velocities with hints of a possible period of 500-700 d. The data also revealed that the amplitude of the secondary frequency is variable on the time-scale of a few years, whereas the dominant mode is stable. Radial velocities of AD CMi revealed cycle-to-cycle variations, which might be due to non-radial pulsations. We confirmed the multiperiodic nature of BQ Ind, while we obtained the first radial velocity curves of ZZ Mic and BE Lyn. The radial velocity curve and the O-C diagram of CY Aqr are consistent with the long-period binary hypothesis. We took new time series photometry on XX Cyg, DY Her and DY Peg, with which we updated their O-C diagrams.

  7. Detecting the Companions and Ellipsoidal Variations of RS CVn Primaries. I. σ Geminorum

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    Roettenbacher, Rachael M.; Monnier, John D.; Henry, Gregory W.; Fekel, Francis C.; Williamson, Michael H.; Pourbaix, Dimitri; Latham, David W.; Latham, Christian A.; Torres, Guillermo; Baron, Fabien; Che, Xiao; Kraus, Stefan; Schaefer, Gail H.; Aarnio, Alicia N.; Korhonen, Heidi; Harmon, Robert O.; ten Brummelaar, Theo A.; Sturmann, Judit; Sturmann, Laszlo; Turner, Nils H.

    2015-07-01

    To measure the properties of both components of the RS Canum Venaticorum binary σ Geminorum (σ Gem), we directly detect the faint companion, measure the orbit, obtain model-independent masses and evolutionary histories, detect ellipsoidal variations of the primary caused by the gravity of the companion, and measure gravity darkening. We detect the companion with interferometric observations obtained with the Michigan InfraRed Combiner at Georgia State University’s Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy Array with a primary-to-secondary H-band flux ratio of 270 ± 70. A radial velocity curve of the companion was obtained with spectra from the Tillinghast Reflector Echelle Spectrograph on the 1.5 m Tillinghast Reflector at Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory. We additionally use new observations from the Tennessee State University Automated Spectroscopic and Photometric Telescopes (AST and APT, respectively). From our orbit, we determine model-independent masses of the components ({M}1=1.28+/- 0.07 {M}⊙ , {M}2=0.73+/- 0.03 {M}⊙ ), and estimate a system age of 5∓ 1 Gyr. An average of the 27 year APT light curve of σ Gem folded over the orbital period (P=19.6027+/- 0.0005 days) reveals a quasi-sinusoidal signature, which has previously been attributed to active longitudes 180° apart on the surface of σ Gem. With the component masses, diameters, and orbit, we find that the predicted light curve for ellipsoidal variations due to the primary star partially filling its Roche lobe potential matches well with the observed average light curve, offering a compelling alternative explanation to the active longitudes hypothesis. Measuring gravity darkening from the light curve gives β <; 0.1, a value slightly lower than that expected from recent theory.

  8. Lack of Association between miRNA-146a rs2910164 and miRNA-499 rs3746444 Gene Polymorphisms and Susceptibility to Pulmonary Tuberculosis

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    Naderi, Mohammad; Hashemi, Mohammad; Khorgami, Parisa; Koshki, Maliheh; Ebrahimi, Mahboubeh; Amininia, Shadi; Sharifi-Mood, Batool; Taheri, Mohsen

    2015-01-01

    Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in miRNAsmay alter its expression levels or processing and contribute to susceptibility to a wide range of diseases. Our study aimed to evaluate the possible association between miRNA-146a rs2910164 and miRNA-499 rs3746444 polymorphisms and susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) in a sample of Iranian population. This case- control study was performed on 202 PTB patients and 204 healthy individuals. Genotyping was performed using tetra amplification refractory mutation system-polymerase chain reaction (T-ARMS-PCR). The results indicated that neither miRNA-499 rs3746444 nor miRNA-146a rs2910164 are associated with the risk of PTB in a sample of Iranian population. Larger studies with different ethnicities are required to validate our findings. PMID:25815281

  9. miR-449b rs10061133 and miR-4293 rs12220909 polymorphisms are associated with decreased esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in a Chinese population.

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    Zhang, Ping; Wang, Jianguo; Lu, Ting; Wang, Xiaofeng; Zheng, Yabiao; Guo, Shicheng; Yang, Yajun; Wang, Mengyun; Kolluri, Vijay Kumar; Qiu, Lixin; Shen, Fangyuan; Fan, Lixia; Li, Jin; Wang, Yanong; Wei, Qingyi; Jin, Li; Wang, Jiucun; Wang, Minghua

    2015-11-01

    Esophageal cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers in the world, 70% of which are from China and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is the major histopathological form (>90%). The single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in mature sequence of microRNA (miRNA) (mmSNPs) could cause the alteration of microRNA expression and contribute to the susceptibility of cancers. To evaluate the association between mmSNPs and ESCC, a case-control study including 773 patients with ESCC and 882 gender- and age-matched controls was carried out to investigate the association of five mmSNPs (miR-449b rs10061133, miR-4293 rs12220909, miR-608 rs4919510, miR-627 rs2620381, and miR-646 rs6513497) with ESCC susceptibility. As a result, two SNPs, miR-449b rs10061133 and miR-4293 rs12220909, were associated with decreased ESCC risk. For miR-449b rs10061133 A>G, individuals carrying GG genotype had an odds ratio (OR) of 0.77 (95% confidence interval (95% CI) 0.62-0.97) compared with individuals with AA genotype. In the recessive model, the GG genotype also showed a protective effect on ESCC (OR?=?0.78, 95% CI 0.63-0.97). For miR-4293 rs12220909 G>C, the heterozygous genotype GC was associated with a decreased ESCC risk (OR?=?0.77, 95% CI 0.61-0.97) compared with GG genotype. The C allele conferred 23% decrease in ESCC risk compared with the G allele in the allelic model (95% CI 0.63-0.93). In the dominant model, the GC/CC genotypes decreased the risk of ESCC (adjusted OR?=?0.77, 95% CI 0.61-0.96). This study provides the first evidence that miR-449b rs10061133 and miR-4293 rs12220909 are associated with ESCC risk in Chinese population. PMID:26055141

  10. TNFSF4 gene polymorphism rs3861950 but not rs3850641 is associated with the risk of cerebral infarction in a Chinese population.

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    Feng, Jie; Liu, Yun-Hai; Yang, Qi-Dong; Zhu, Zan-Hua; Xia, Kun; Tan, Xing-Lin; Xia, Jian; Gu, Wen-Ping; Zhou, Lin; Xiao, Bo; Tang, Bei-Sha; Huang, Qing

    2013-10-01

    Tumor necrosis factor superfamily member 4 (TNFSF4) plays a key role in the process of atherosclerosis, a common risk factor for both myocardial and cerebral infarctions. Recent studies indicate that the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs3850641 in TNFSF4 is associated with higher risk of myocardial infarction, but little is known about the association between TNFSF4 variation and cerebral infarction (CI). A case-control study involving 385 CI patients and 385 age-matched, sex-matched non-CI controls was conducted in a Chinese population, only the most common subtype, atherosclerosis CI, was recruited. Two SNPs of TNFSF4, rs3850641 and rs3861950, were genotyped by the TaqMan SNP genotyping method, and verified partly by genomic DNA sequencing. The results revealed a significant allelic association between rs3861950 and CI (Odds ration=1.733, 95% confidence interval=1.333-2.254, P=0.000). Genotypic association analysis demonstrated that the CC genotype of rs3861950 confers susceptibility to CI (Odds ration=2.896, 95% confidence interval=1.368-6.132), and it was associated with a significantly higher risk of ischemic stroke (Odds ration=3.520, 95% confidence interval=1.546-8.015, P=0.003) after adjusting for the other confirmed risk factors such as the history of hypertension, diabetes, CAD, smoking and alcohol drinking. While the odds ratio of the T allele to the C allele was 1.733 (95% confidence interval: 1.333-2.254). However, there was no significant association between rs3850641 and CI (Odds ration=1.288, 95% confidence interval=0.993-1.670, P=0.056). TNFSF4 gene polymorphism rs3861950, but not rs3850641, is associated with the risk of atherosclerosis CI in a Chinese population. PMID:23184501

  11. Associations between two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (rs1801278 and rs2943641) of insulin receptor substrate 1 gene and type 2 diabetes susceptibility: a meta-analysis.

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    Li, Qiuyan; Qiao, Yuandong; Wang, Chuntao; Zhang, Guangfa; Zhang, Xuelong; Xu, Lidan

    2016-01-01

    The objective of the study is to assess the association between rs1801278 and rs2943641 of insulin receptor substrate 1 gene (IRS1) and the susceptibility to type 2 diabetes. A literature search strategy was conducted to identify all references lists of relevant studies. The fixed or random effect model was used to calculate the pooled ORs on the basis of heterogeneity. Further analyses were performed to explore the sources of heterogeneity by sensitivity analysis, meta-regression analysis, and subgroup analysis. There was significant association between rs1801278 and type 2 diabetes risk in recessive model (AA vs. GA+GG, p=0.043) and codominant model (AA vs. GG, p=0.007). Subgroup analysis showed that the association between rs1801278 and type 2 diabetes risk was significant in dominant model (GA+AA vs. GG, p=0.044), codominant model (GA vs. GG, p=0.039), codominant model (AA vs. GG, p=0.044), overdominant model (GG+AA vs. GA, p=0.037) in Asian and codominant model (AA vs. GG, p=0.039) in Caucasian of rs1801278. The association between rs2943641 and type 2 diabetes risk was significant in codominant model (CT vs. CC, p=0.023) in Caucasian. This meta-analysis suggests that rs1801278 may play a role in type 2 diabetes risk, especially in Asian. It also indicates that rs2943641 may be associated with type 2 diabetes risk in Caucasian. Further larger studies should be performed to warrant confirmation. PMID:26582067

  12. Polymorphisms in TRPV1 and TAS2Rs associate with sensations from sampled ethanol

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    Allen, Alissa L.; McGeary, John E.; Hayes, John E.

    2014-01-01

    Background Genetic variation in chemosensory genes can explain variability in individual’s perception of and preference for many foods and beverages. To gain insight into variable preference and intake of alcoholic beverages, we explored individual variability in the responses to sampled ethanol. In humans, ethanol elicits sweet, bitter and burning sensations. Here, we explore the relationship between variation in ethanol sensations and polymorphisms in genes encoding bitter taste receptors (TAS2Rs) and a polymodal nociceptor (TRPV1). Methods Caucasian participants (n=93) were genotyped for 16 SNPs in TRPV1, 3 SNPs in TAS2R38 and 1 SNP in TAS2R13. Participants rated sampled ethanol on a generalized Labeled Magnitude Scale. Two stimuli were presented: a 16% ethanol whole mouth sip-and-spit solution with a single time-point rating of overall intensity, and a cotton swab saturated with 50% ethanol on the circumvallate papillae (CV) with repeated ratings made over 3 minutes. Area under the curve (AUC) was calculated for the time-intensity data. Results The ethanol whole mouth solution had overall intensity ratings near ‘very strong’. Burning/stinging had the highest mean AUC values, followed by bitterness and sweetness. Whole mouth intensity ratings were significantly associated with burning/stinging and bitterness AUC values on the CV. Three TRPV1 SNPs (rs224547, rs4780521, rs161364) were associated with ethanol sensations on the CV, with two (rs224547 and rs4780521) exhibiting strong linkage disequilibrium. Additionally, the TAS2R38 SNPs rs713598, rs1726866, and rs10246939 formed a haplotype, and were associated with bitterness on the CV. Lastly, overall intensity for whole mouth ethanol associated with the TAS2R13 SNP rs1015443. Conclusions These data suggest genetic variations in TRPV1 and TAS2Rs influence sensations from sampled ethanol and may potentially influence how individuals initially respond to alcoholic beverages. PMID:25257701

  13. SMAD7 Variant rs4939827 Is Associated with Colorectal Cancer Risk in Croatian Population

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    Kirac, Iva; Matoevi?, Petar; Augustin, Goran; imunovi?, Iva; Hosti?, Vedran; upan?i?, Sven; Hayward, Caroline; Antoljak, Natasa; Rudan, Igor; Campbell, Harry; Dunlop, Malcolm G.; Velimir Vrdoljak, Danko; Kova?evi?, Dujo; Zgaga, Lina

    2013-01-01

    Background Twenty common genetic variants have been associated with risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC) in genome wide association studies to date. Since large differences between populations exist, generalisability of findings to any specific population needs to be confirmed. Aim The aim of this study was to perform an association study between risk variants: rs10795668, rs16892766, rs3802842 and rs4939827 and CRC risk in Croatian population. Methods An association study was performed on 320 colorectal cancer cases and 594 controls recruited in Croatia. We genotyped four variants previously associated with CRC: rs10795668, rs16892766, rs3802842 and rs4939827. Results SMAD7 variant rs4939827 (18q21.1) was significantly associated with CRC risk in Croatian population. C allele was associated with a decreased risk, odds ratio (OR): 0.70 (95% CI: 0.57-0.85, P=3.5E-04). Compared to TT homozygotes, risk was reduced by 34% in heterozygotes (OR=0.66, 95% CI: 0.47-0.92) and by 52% in CC homozygotes (OR=0.48, 95% CI: 0.33-0.72). Conclusion Our results show association of rs4939827 with colorectal cancer risk in Croatian population. The higher strength of the association in comparison to other studies suggests population-specific environmental or genetic factors may be modifying the association. More studies are needed to further describe role of rs4939827 in CRC. Likely reason for failure of replication for other 3 loci is inadequate study power. PMID:24066093

  14. First Science with the Keck Interferometer Nuller High Spatial Resolution N-Band Observations of the Recurrent Nova RS Ophiuchi

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    Barry, Richard K.; Danchi, W. C.; Traub, W.; Kuchner, M.; Wisniewski, J. P.; Akeson, R.; Colavita, M.; Greenhouse, M, A.; Koresko, C.; Serabyn, E.; Sokoloski, J. L.

    2008-01-01

    We report observations of the nova RS 0phiuchi using the Keck Interferometer Nuller (KIN) taken approximately 3.8 days following the most recent outburst that occurred on 2006 February 12. The KIN operates in N-band from approx. 8 to 12.5 microns in a nulling mode - the sparse aperture equivalent of the conventional coronagraphic technique used in filled aperture te1escopes. In this mode the stellar light is suppressed by a destructive fringe, effectively enhancing the contrast of the circumstellar material located near the star. In a second, constructive-fringe mode, the instrument detects primarily the light from the central, bright source. These are the outer and inner spatial regimes, resprectively. We will describe the capabilities of the KIN, including these unique modes, and outline how they were key in our discovery that dust does not appear to be created in the outburst as in previous models, but instead was created between nova events. We also show how these first results from the KIN are consistent with Spitzer data. The KIN data show evidence of enhanced neutral atomic hydrogen emission and atomic metals including silicon located in the inner spatial regime near the white dwarf (WD) relative to the outer regime. There are also nebular emission lines and evidence of hot silicate dust in the outer spatial region, centered at approximately 17 AU from the WD, that are not found in the inner regime. The KIN and Spitzer data suggest that these emissions were excited by the nova flash in the outer spatial regime before the blast wave reached these regions. We describe the present results in terms of a new model for dust creation in recurrent novae that includes an increase in density in the plane of the orbit of the two stars created by a spiral shock wave caused by the motion of the stars through the cool wind of the red giant star. These data show the power and potential of the nulling technique which has been developed for the detection of Earth-like planets around nearby stars for the Terrestrial Planet Finder and Darwin missions.

  15. Genetic variant in the BCL11A (rs1427407), but not HBS1-MYB (rs6934903) loci associate with fetal hemoglobin levels in Indian sickle cell disease patients.

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    Bhanushali, Aparna A; Patra, P K; Nair, D; Verma, H; Das, B R

    2015-01-01

    India along with Nigeria and DRC contribute to 57% of the world sickle cell anemia population. The annual number of newborns in India with SCA was estimated at 44,000 in 2010. Even with this high prevalence there is minimal information about genetic factors that influence the disease course in Indian patients. The current study was conducted on 240 patients with SCD and 60 with sickle cell trait, to determine the association of genetic variants at the BCL11A (rs1427407) and HBS1-MYB (rs6934903) loci with fetal hemoglobin levels (HbF). Both these loci have been implicated with influencing HbF levels, a powerful modulator of the clinical and hematologic features of SCD. Our results indicate the BCL11A rs1427407 G>T variant to be significantly associated with HbF levels {19.126.61 (GG), 20.276.92 (GT) and 24.832.92 (TT) respectively} contributing to ~23% of the trait variance. Interestingly no association of the HBS1L-MYB rs6934903 with the HbF levels was seen. The present study indicates the BCL11A (rs1427407) but not HMIP (rs6934903) to be associated with elevated HbF levels in Indian patient. Further interrogation of additional variants at both the loci; as also a GWAS which may help uncover new loci controlling HbF levels. PMID:25457385

  16. A radio survey of weak T Tauri stars in Taurus-Auriga

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    O'neal, D.; Feigelson, E.D.; Mathieu, R.D.; Myers, P.C. Wisconsin Univ., Madison Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA )

    1990-11-01

    A multi-epoch 5 GHz survey of candidate or confirmed weak T Tauri stars in the Taurus-Auriga molecular cloud complex was conducted with the Very Large Array. The stars were chosen from those having detectable X-ray or chromospheric emission, and weak-emission-line pre-main-sequence stars found by other means. Snapshots of 99 VLA fields containing 119 candidate stars were obtained with a sensitivity of 0.7 mJy; most fields were observed on two or three dates. Nine radio sources coincident with cataloged stars were found. One may be an RS CVn binary system; the other eight are pre-main-sequence stars. Three of the detected stars - HD 283447, V410 Tau, and FK X-ray 1 - were previously known radio sources. Five new detections are Herbig's Anon 1, Hubble 4, HDE 283572, Elias 12, and HK Tau/c. At least five of the sources are variable, and no linear or circular polarization was found. Several lines of evidence suggest that the radio-detected weak T Tauri stars are quite young, perhaps younger on average than nondetected stars. 54 refs.

  17. The First Stars

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    Yoshida, Naoki

    2010-10-01

    The standard cosmological model predicts that the first cosmological objects are formed when the age of the universe is a few hundred million years. Recent theoretical studies and numerical simulations consistently suggest that the first objects are very massive primordial stars. We introduce the key physics and explain why the first stars are thought to be massive, rather than to be low-mass stars. The state-of-the-art simulations include all the relevant atomic and molecular physics to follow the thermal evolution of a prestellar gas cloud to very high ``stellar'' densities. Evolutionary calculations of the primordial stars suggest the formation of massive blackholes in the early universe. Finally, we show the results from high-resolution simulations of star formation in a low-metallicity gas. Vigorous fragmentation is triggered in a star-forming gas cloud at a metallicity of as low as Z = 10-5Zsolar.

  18. Cooling of dense stars

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    Tsuruta, S.

    1972-01-01

    Cooling rates were calculated for neutron stars of about one solar mass and 10 km radius, with magnetic fields from zero to about 10 to the 14th power gauss, for extreme cases of maximum and zero superfluidity. The results show that most pulsars are so cold that thermal ionization of surface atoms would be negligible. Nucleon superfluidity and crystallization of heavy nuclei were treated quantitatively, and more realistic hadron star models were chosen. Cooling rates were calculated for a stable hyperon star near the maximum mass limit, a medium weight neutron star, and a light neutron star with neutron-rich heavy nuclei near the minimum mass limit. Results show that cooling rates are a sensitive function of density. The Crab and Vela pulsars are considered, as well as cooling of a massive white dwarf star.

  19. Magnetic inhibition of convection and the fundamental properties of low-mass stars. I. Stars with a radiative core

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    Feiden, Gregory A.; Chaboyer, Brian E-mail: brian.chaboyer@dartmouth.edu

    2013-12-20

    Magnetic fields are hypothesized to inflate the radii of low-mass starsdefined as less massive than 0.8 M {sub ?}in detached eclipsing binaries (DEBs). We investigate this hypothesis using the recently introduced magnetic Dartmouth stellar evolution code. In particular, we focus on stars thought to have a radiative core and convective outer envelope by studying in detail three individual DEBs: UV Psc, YY Gem, and CU Cnc. Our results suggest that the stabilization of thermal convection by a magnetic field is a plausible explanation for the observed model-radius discrepancies. However, surface magnetic field strengths required by the models are significantly stronger than those estimated from observed coronal X-ray emission. Agreement between model predicted surface magnetic field strengths and those inferred from X-ray observations can be found by assuming that the magnetic field sources its energy from convection. This approach makes the transport of heat by convection less efficient and is akin to reduced convective mixing length methods used in other studies. Predictions for the metallicity and magnetic field strengths of the aforementioned systems are reported. We also develop an expression relating a reduction in the convective mixing length to a magnetic field strength in units of the equipartition value. Our results are compared with those from previous investigations to incorporate magnetic fields to explain the low-mass DEB radius inflation. Finally, we explore how the effects of magnetic fields might affect mass determinations using asteroseismic data and the implication of magnetic fields on exoplanet studies.

  20. Validation of the Official Slovak Version of the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale (UDysRS)

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    Skorvanek, Matej; Minar, Michal; Grofik, Milan; Kracunova, Katarina; Han, Vladimir; Cibulcik, Frantisek; Necpal, Jan; Gurcik, Ladislav; Valkovic, Peter

    2015-01-01

    After successful clinimetric testing of the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale (UDysRS), a program for translation and validation of non-English versions of the UDysRS was initiated. The aim of this study was to validate and confirm the factor structure of the Slovak translation of the UDysRS. We examined 251 patients with Parkinson's disease and dyskinesia using the Slovak version of the UDysRS. The average age of our sample was 65.2 9.2 years and average disease duration was 10.9 5.0 years. Slovak data were compared using confirmatory factor analysis with the Spanish data. To be designated as the official Slovak UDysRS translation, the comparative fit index (CFI) had to be ?0.90 relative to the Spanish language version. Exploratory factor analysis was performed to explore the underlying factor structure without the constraint of a prespecified factor structure. For all four parts of the Slovak UDysRS, the CFI, in comparison with the Spanish language factor structure, was ?0.98. Isolated differences in the factor structure of the Slovak UDysRS were identified by exploratory factor analysis compared with the Spanish version. The Slovak version of the UDysRS was designated as an official non-English translation and can be downloaded from the website of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. PMID:26229708

  1. Validation of the Official Slovak Version of the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale (UDysRS).

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    Skorvanek, Matej; Minar, Michal; Grofik, Milan; Kracunova, Katarina; Han, Vladimir; Cibulcik, Frantisek; Necpal, Jan; Gurcik, Ladislav; Valkovic, Peter

    2015-01-01

    After successful clinimetric testing of the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale (UDysRS), a program for translation and validation of non-English versions of the UDysRS was initiated. The aim of this study was to validate and confirm the factor structure of the Slovak translation of the UDysRS. We examined 251 patients with Parkinson's disease and dyskinesia using the Slovak version of the UDysRS. The average age of our sample was 65.2 9.2 years and average disease duration was 10.9 5.0 years. Slovak data were compared using confirmatory factor analysis with the Spanish data. To be designated as the official Slovak UDysRS translation, the comparative fit index (CFI) had to be ?0.90 relative to the Spanish language version. Exploratory factor analysis was performed to explore the underlying factor structure without the constraint of a prespecified factor structure. For all four parts of the Slovak UDysRS, the CFI, in comparison with the Spanish language factor structure, was ?0.98. Isolated differences in the factor structure of the Slovak UDysRS were identified by exploratory factor analysis compared with the Spanish version. The Slovak version of the UDysRS was designated as an official non-English translation and can be downloaded from the website of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. PMID:26229708

  2. Association between BDNF-rs6265 and obesity in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study

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    The objective of this study is to examine a functional variant (rs6265) in the BDNF gene interacting with dietary intake modulate obesity traits in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study population. BDNF rs6265 was genotyped in 1147 Puerto Ricans (aged 45-75 years), and examined for association with o...

  3. CLU rs9331888 Polymorphism Contributes to Alzheimer's Disease Susceptibility in Caucasian But Not East Asian Populations.

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    Zhang, Shuyan; Li, Xuling; Ma, Guoda; Jiang, Yongshuai; Liao, Mingzhi; Feng, Rennan; Zhang, Liangcai; Liu, Jiafeng; Wang, Guangyu; Zhao, Bin; Jiang, Qinghua; Li, Keshen; Liu, Guiyou

    2016-04-01

    Large-scale genome-wide association studies (GWAS) identified three single nucleotide polymorphisms rs11136000, rs2279590, and rs9331888 in CLU gene to be significantly associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) in Caucasian ancestry. Both rs11136000 and rs2279590 variants were successfully replicated in Asian population. However, previous studies reported either a weak association or no association between rs9331888 polymorphism and AD in Asian population. Here, we searched the PubMed, AlzGene, and Google Scholar databases. We selected 12 independent studies that evaluated the association between the rs9331888 polymorphism and AD using a case-control design. Using an additive model, we did not identify significant heterogeneity among these 12 studies. We observed significant association between rs9331888 polymorphism and AD in pooled populations (P = 2.26E - 07, odds ratio (OR) = 1.10, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.06-1.14). In subgroup analysis, we did not identify significant heterogeneity in both Asian and Caucasian populations. We identified significant association in Caucasian population (P = 1.67E - 08, OR = 1.13, 95 % CI 1.08-1.18) but not in East Asian population (P = 0.49, OR = 1.02, 95 % CI 0.96-1.10). PMID:25633098

  4. Pre-mRNA splicing in the absence of an SR protein RS domain

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    Zhu, Jun; Krainer, Adrian R.

    2000-01-01

    SR proteins are essential pre-mRNA splicing factors that act at the earliest stages of splice-site recognition and spliceosome assembly, as well as later in the splicing pathway. SR proteins consist of one or two RNA-recognition motifs and a characteristic arginine/serine-rich C-terminal RS domain. The RS domain, which is extensively phosphorylated, mediates the subcellular localization of individual SR proteins and also functions as a splicing activation module, apparently by engaging in proteinprotein interactions. The RS domain of SF2/ASF is dispensable for the concentration-dependent effects of this SR protein on alternative splice-site selection. However, this RS domain is highly conserved phylogenetically, and was shown to be required for constitutive splicing in vitro and for cell viability. Here, we demonstrate that the RS domain of SF2/ASF is, in fact, dispensable for splicing of several substrates, including constitutive and enhancer-dependent pre-mRNAs. The requirement for this RS domain is substrate specific, and correlates with the strength of the splicing signals. When the 3? splice site is weak, both the SF2/ASF RS domain and U2AF35 are required for splicing. These results show the existence of an RS domain-independent function of SR proteins in constitutive and enhancer-dependent splicing, and suggest mechanisms for their role in enhancer function besides U2AF recruitment. PMID:11124808

  5. Nanostructured lipid carrier surface modified with Eudragit RS 100 and its potential ophthalmic functions

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    Zhang, Wenji; Li, Xuedong; Ye, Tiantian; Chen, Fen; Yu, Shihui; Chen, Jianting; Yang, Xinggang; Yang, Na; Zhang, Jinsong; Liu, Jinlu; Pan, Weisan; Kong, Jun

    2014-01-01

    This study was carried out to evaluate the ocular performance of a cationic Eudragit (EDU) RS 100-coated nanostructured lipid carrier (NLC). The genistein encapsulated NLC (GEN-NLC) was produced using the melt-emulsification technique followed by surface absorption of EDU RS 100. The EDU RS 100 increased the surface zeta potential from −7.46 mV to +13.60 mV, by uniformly forming a spherical coating outside the NLC surface, as shown by transmission electron microscopy images. The EDU RS 100 on the NLC surface effectively improved the NLC stability by inhibiting particle size growth. The obtained EDU RS 100-GEN-NLC showed extended precorneal clearance and a 1.22-fold increase in AUC (area under the curve) compared with the bare NLC in a Gamma scintigraphic evaluation. The EDU RS 100 modification also significantly increased corneal penetration producing a 3.3-fold increase in apparent permeability coefficients (Papp) compared with references. Draize and cytotoxicity testing confirmed that the developed EDU RS 100-GEN-NLC was nonirritant to ocular tissues and nontoxic to corneal cells. These results indicate that the NLC surface modified by EDU RS 100 significantly improves the NLC properties and exhibits many advantages for ocular use. PMID:25246787

  6. Variable stars in the open cluster NGC 2141

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    Luo, Yang-Ping

    2015-05-01

    We report the results of a search for variable stars in the open cluster NGC 2141. Ten variable stars are detected, among which nine are new variable stars and they are classified as three short-period W UMa-type eclipsing binaries, two EA-type eclipsing binaries, one EB-type eclipsing binary, one very short-period RS CVn-type eclipsing binary, one d-type RR Lyrae variable star, and one unknown type of variable star. The membership and physical properties are discussed, based on their light curves, positions in the color magnitude diagrams, spatial locations and periods. A known EB-type eclipsing binary is also identified as a blue straggler candidate in the cluster. Furthermore, we find that all eclipsing contact binaries have prominent asymmetric eclipses and display the O'Connell effect, which increases with a decrease in orbital periods. This suggests that the O'Connell effect is probably related to the evolution of the orbital period in short period eclipsing binary systems. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

  7. U Gem Stars

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    Kaitchuck, R.; Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    U Geminorum (U Gem) is the prototype for one subclass of dwarf nova (DN) systems. U Gem stars, like other DNs, brighten by factors of hundreds to thousands, sometimes in just a few hours. The eruptions recur quasi-periodically on intervals of weeks to years, with durations from a few days to a few weeks. U Gem stars, like all cataclysmic variables, are BINARY STAR systems consisting of a low-ma...

  8. Impact of Host IL28B rs12979860, rs8099917 in Interferon Responsiveness and Advanced Liver Disease in Chronic Genotype 3 Hepatitis C Patients

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    Mukherjee, Anirban; Chaudhuri, Sujit; Chandra, Alok; Konar, Asokananda; Sadhukhan, Provash Chandra

    2014-01-01

    Background and Aims Genetic polymorphisms near interleukin 28B gene are associated with spontaneous and treatment induced clearance of hepatitis C virus (HCV). Our objective was to evaluate the impact of interleukin 28B single nucleotide polymorphism (rs12979860, rs8099917) variability in HCV genotype 3 infected populations. Methods 400 hepatitis C seroreactive patients from different population groups in Eastern and North Eastern part of India were assessed for host and viral genotypic analysis. 83 HCV genotype 3 infected patients were administered pegylated interferon- ribavirin therapy. Viral genotyping was performed using nested reverse transcriptase-PCR followed by direct sequencing methods. Host interleukin 28B genotyping was performed using real-time PCR based single nucleotide polymorphism analysis. Results Out of 400 hepatitis C seroreactive individuals, 73.25% were found to be RNA positive. HCV genotype 3 (65.87%) was found to be the major circulating strain in this region followed by genotype 1 (32.08%). rs12979860 CC genotype was significantly associated with sustained virological response in HCV genotype 3 infected population. In patients achieving rapid virological response, favourable CC/TT allele at rs12979860, rs8099917 was found to be predominant at both the alleles at 77%, 73.2% respectively; whereas in case of patients with relapsed HCV infection CT, TG alleles were found to be predominant. Additionally, CC genotypes at rs12979860 were found to be associated with sustained virological response in patients with high viral load (OR = 6.75, 0.05rs12979860 TT, rs8099917 GG alleles were present in 34%, 27.6% patients with relapsed HCV infection respectively. Also unfavourable CT, TG genotypes were found to be predominant in patients with advanced stages of liver disease. Conclusion CC, TT the two favourable markers at SNPs rs12979860 and rs8099917 are strongly associated with sustained virological response in genotype 3 infected populations. This information will aid clinicians to effectively design response based treatment regimen. PMID:24914551

  9. Association of IL-1? rs17561 and IL-1 RN rs315952 polymorphisms with Tourette syndrome: a family-based study

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    He, Fan; Shao, Xiaohui; Yi, Mingji; Wang, Yu; Wang, Chuan-Yue; Liu, Shiguo

    2015-01-01

    Aim: Immune system dysregulation has been implicated to play a key role in pathogenesis of Tourette syndrome (TS). IL-1? and IL-1RN are important inflammatory cytokines that mediate the inflammation. In this study, we investigated the relationship between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of IL-1? and IL-1RN and the susceptibility to TS in Chinese Han population. Methods: A total of 276 children with TS and their parents were recruited in the study. All DNA from our subjects were genotyped for SNPs of IL-1? rs17561 and IL-1RN rs315952 using predesigned TaqMan SNP genotyping assay. The genetic contributions of two polymorphisms were evaluated using transmission disequilibrium test (TDT) and haplotype relative risk (HRR) design. In addition, to increase the efficiency of the test, the haplotype-based HRR (HHRR) was performed. Results: No significant differences were observed in allelic and genotypic frequency of rs17561 in IL-1? and rs315952 in IL-1RN between the transmitted group and non-transmitted group (for IL-1? rs17561: TDT=0.890, df=1, P=0.402; HRR=1.011, X2=3.016, P=0.082, 95% CI=0.999-1.024; for IL-1RN rs315952: TDT=0.095, df=1, P=0.805; HRR=0.984, X2=0.008, P=0.929, 95% CI=0.695-1.394). Similarly, the analysis of HHRR also did not support a significant association (for IL-1? rs17561: HHRR=1.226, X2=0.915, P=0.339, 95% CI=0.807-1.863; for IL-1RN rs315952: HHRR=0.963, X2=0.094, P=0.759, 95% CI=0.758-1.225). Conclusion: Our results suggest that IL-1? rs17561 and IL-1RN rs315952 polymorphisms may not be associated with susceptibility to TS in Chinese Han population. However, the results still need to be replicated in a larger sample size and different populations. PMID:26097611

  10. Preparative enantioseparation of (RS)-baclofen: determination of molecular dissymmetry.

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    Vashistha, Vinod Kumar; Bhushan, Ravi

    2015-04-01

    The present work reports preparative enantioseparation of (RS)-baclofen using thin-layer chromatography (TLC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Diastereomers were synthesized using a new monochloro-s-triazine-based chiral derivatizing reagent (CDR), namely, N-(4-chloro-6-piperidinyl-[1,3,5]-triazine-2-yl)-L-phenylalanine, under microwave irradiation. Acetonitrile-0.1% aq. triflouroacetic acid in gradient elution mode and CH3 OH-CH2 Cl2 (4:5; v/v) were successful as mobile phase in HPLC and TLC, respectively. The two diastereomers were isolated by preparative TLC. Molecular dissymmetry was established by developing the lowest energy optimized structures of the diastereomers based on Density Functional Theory and with the help of (1) H NMR showing anisotropic effect associated with aromatic ring of s-triazine (in the CDR). The configuration of diastereomers was established as [L-Phe-(R)-Bac] and [L-Phe-(S)-Bac], where the first notation refers to the configuration of chiral auxiliary (of the CDR) and the second to that of the analyte Bac. Limits of detection were found to be 0.056 and 0.061?ng?mL(-1), respectively, for the two diastereomers. Determination of absolute configuration of the two diastereomers lent support to the elution order and separation mechanism. PMID:25683386

  11. Serotonin(7) receptors (5-HT(7)Rs) and their ligands.

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    Leopoldo, M

    2004-03-01

    Serotonin (5-HT) is involved in various physiological and pathological processes by interaction with 14 distinct receptor subtypes, grouped in seven classes of receptors (5-HT(1-7)) on the basis of amino acid sequence, pharmacology, and signal transduction pathways. The 5-HT(7)R is a G-protein coupled receptor with seven transmembrane domains. It was found by the application of molecular cloning and has been identified in rat, mouse, human, pig, and guinea pig. Although the biological functions of the 5-HT(7)Rs are poorly understood, preliminary evidence suggests that it may be involved in depression, control of circadian rhythms, and relaxation of vascular smooth muscles. For these reasons, the 5-HT(7)R has become a target for the development of novel drugs. This review will give a brief introduction of the pharmacology of 5-HT(7)R (molecular structure, distribution of 5-HT(7)R mRNA, localization of the 5-HT(7)R protein, functional correlates, and therapeutic potential) and a detailed survey of the 5-HT(7)R ligands, which have appeared in the literature in both papers and patents. Structure-activity relationships (SAR) of these ligands will also be described. PMID:15032609

  12. Rapid Pneumatic Transport of Radioactive Samples - RaPToRS

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    Padalino, S.; Barrios, M.; Sangster, C.

    2005-10-01

    Some ICF neutron activation diagnostics require quick retrieval of the activated sample. Minimizing retrieval times is particularly important when the half-life of the activated material is on the order of the transport time or the degree of radioactivity is close to the background counting level. These restrictions exist in current experiments performed at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, thus motivating the development of the RaPToRS system. The system has been designed to minimize transportation time while requiring no human intervention during transport or counting. These factors will be important if the system is to be used at the NIF where radiological hazards will be present during post activation. The sample carrier is pneumatically transported via a 4 inch ID PVC pipe to a remote location in excess of 100 meters from the activation site at a speed of approximately 7 m/s. It arrives at an end station where it is dismounted robotically from the carrier and removed from its hermetic package. The sample is then placed by the robot in a counting station. This system is currently being developed to measure back-to-back gamma rays produced by positron annihilation which were emitted by activated graphite. Funded in part by the U.S. DOE under sub contract with LLE at the University of Rochester.

  13. Water quality assessment of the Sinos River - RS, Brazil.

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    Steffens, C; Klauck, C R; Benvenuti, T; Silva, L B; Rodrigues, M A S

    2015-12-01

    Worldwide environmental pollution is increasing at the same rate as social and economic development. This growth, however, is disorganized and leads to increased degradation of water resources. Water, which was once considered inexhaustible, has become the focus of environmental concerns because it is essential for life and for many production processes. This article describes monitoring of the water quality at three points along the Sinos River (RS, Brazil), one in each of the upper, middle and lower stretches. The points were sampled in 2013 and again in 2014. The water samples were analyzed to determine the following physical and chemical parameters plus genotoxicity to fish: metals (Cr, Fe, Al), chemical oxygen demand, biochemical oxygen demand, chlorides, conductivity, total suspended solids, total phosphorous, total and fecal coliforms, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, total Kjeldahl nitrogen nitrate and ammoniacal nitrogen. Genotoxicity was tested by exposing individuals of the species Astyanax jacuhiensis to water samples and then comparing them with a control group exposed to water from the public water supply. The results confirmed the presence of substances with genotoxic potential at the sample points located in the middle and lower stretches of the river. The results for samples from the upper stretch, at P1, did not exhibit differences in relation to the control group. The physical and chemical analyses did not detect reductions in water quality in the lower stretch, as had been expected in view of the large volumes of domestic and industrial effluents discharged into this part of the river. PMID:26628228

  14. An investment in the Three Rs can be very profitable.

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    Curren, Rodger

    2009-12-01

    The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique by William Russell and Rex Burch provides exceptional value, both to practitioners of alternative methodologies and to bibliophiles who enjoy the pursuit of an out-of-print book. I was stimulated to find an original edition by my first visits to FRAME and its Chairman, Michael Balls. The search continued for several years, until I was able to find an edition suitable for presentation to him. During this hunt, I was able to learn a great deal about the Three Rs of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement, and the programmes that FRAME initiated to educate scientists and the general public about alternative approaches. Very importantly, I was able to use many of FRAME's successful strategies to build up a similar organisation in the United States, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences. The double value of this book is now revealed - not only are its concepts scientifically and ethically valuable, but the price now being charged by secondhand booksellers means a more than ten-fold increase in the value of my investment! PMID:20105009

  15. Two-Component Signal Transduction System SaeRS Positively Regulates Staphylococcus epidermidis Glucose Metabolism

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    Qi, Yijun; Ma, Yuanfang; Qu, Di

    2014-01-01

    Staphylococcus epidermidis, which is a causative pathogen of nosocomial infection, expresses its virulent traits such as biofilm and autolysis regulated by two-component signal transduction system SaeRS. In this study, we performed a proteomic analysis of differences in expression between the S. epidermidis 1457 wild-type and saeRS mutant to identify candidates regulated by saeRS using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) combined with matrix-assisted laser desorption/lonization mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). Of 55 identified proteins that significantly differed in expression between the two strains, 15 were upregulated and 40 were downregulated. The downregulated proteins included enzymes related to glycolysis and TCA cycle, suggesting that glucose is not properly utilized in S. epidermidis when saeRS was deleted. The study will be helpful for treatment of S. epidermidis infection from the viewpoint of metabolic modulation dependent on two-component signal transduction system SaeRS. PMID:24592198

  16. A lack of association between the CRP rs2794520 polymorphism and coronary artery disease

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    LIAN, JIANGFANG; LI, JUNXING; DAI, DONGJUN; FANG, PEILIANG; ZHOU, JIANQING; DUAN, SHIWEI

    2015-01-01

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is mainly caused by atherosclerosis, which is closely associated with the C-reactive protein (CRP), a systemic inflammatory mediator. The aim of the present study was to examine whether the CRP rs2794520 polymorphism played a role in the risk of CAD. A total of 459 CAD patients and 432 non-CAD controls were recruited in the case-control study. Genotyping was performed on the SEQUENOM Mass-ARRAY iPLEX platform according to the manufacturer's instructions. The results showed that CRP rs2794520 was not associated with CAD. A further breakdown analysis by age or gender also indicated a lack of association between rs2794520 and CAD. In addition, the CRP rs2794520 polymorphism was not associated with the severity of CAD, which was represented by the number of coronary arteries with stenosis. In conclusion, there was no contribution of the CRP rs2794520 polymorphism to the risk of CAD. PMID:25469258

  17. The ARIES-RS power core -- Recent development in Li/V designs

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    Sze, D.K.; Billone, M.C.; Hua, T.Q.

    1997-04-01

    The ARIES-RS fusion power plant design study is based on reversed-shear (RS) physics with a Li/V (lithium breeder and vanadium structure) blanket. The reversed-shear discharge has been documented in many large tokamak experiments. The plasma in the RS mode has a high beta, low current, and low current drive requirements. Therefore, it is an attractive physics regime for a fusion power plant. The blanket system based on a Li/V has high temperature operating capability, good tritium breeding, excellent high heat flux removal capability, long structural life time, low activation, low after heat and good safety characteristics. For these reasons, the ARIES-RS reactor study selected Li/V as the reference blanket. The combination of attractive physics and attractive blanket engineering is expected to result in a superior power plant design. This paper summarizes the power core design of the ARIES-RS power plant study.

  18. Strange Nonchaotic Stars

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    Lindner, John F.; Kohar, Vivek; Kia, Behnam; Hippke, Michael; Learned, John G.; Ditto, William L.

    2015-08-01

    Exploiting the unprecedented capabilities of the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, which stared at 150 000 stars for four years, we discuss recent evidence that certain stars dim and brighten in complex patterns with fractal features. Such stars pulsate at primary and secondary frequencies whose ratios are near the famous golden mean, the most irrational number. A nonlinear system driven by an irrational ratio of frequencies is generically attracted toward a “strange” behavior that is geometrically fractal without displaying the “butterfly effect” of chaos. Strange nonchaotic attractors have been observed in laboratory experiments and have been hypothesized to describe the electrochemical activity of the brain, but a bluish white star 16 000 light years from Earth in the constellation Lyra may manifest, in the scale-free distribution of its minor frequency components, the first strange nonchaotic attractor observed in the wild. The recognition of stellar strange nonchaotic dynamics may improve the classification of these stars and refine the physical modeling of their interiors. We also discuss nonlinear analysis of other RR Lyrae stars in Kepler field of view and discuss some toy models for modeling these stars.References: 1) Hippke, Michael, et al. "Pulsation period variations in the RRc Lyrae star KIC 5520878." The Astrophysical Journal 798.1 (2015): 42.2) Lindner, John F., et al. "Strange nonchaotic stars." Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 054101 (2015)

  19. Massive soliton stars

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    Chiu, Hong-Yee

    1990-01-01

    The structure of nontopological solutions of Einstein field equations as proposed by Friedberg, Lee, and Pang (1987) is examined. This analysis incorporates finite temperature effects and pair creation. Quarks are assumed to be the only species that exist in interior of soliton stars. The possibility of primordial creation of soliton stars in the incomplete decay of the degenerate vacuum in early universe is explored. Because of dominance of pair creation inside soliton stars, the luminosity of soliton stars is not determined by its radiative transfer characteristics, and the surface temperature of soliton stars can be the same as its interior temperature. It is possible that soliton stars are intense X-ray radiators at large distances. Soliton stars are nearly 100 percent efficient energy converters, converting the rest energy of baryons entering the interior into radiation. It is possible that a sizable number of baryons may also be trapped inside soliton stars during early epochs of the universe. In addition, if soliton stars exist they could assume the role played by massive black holes in galactic centers.

  20. CSTAR star catalogue development

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    Uhde-Lacovara, J. A.

    1986-01-01

    The Continuous Stellar Tracking Attitude Reference (CSTAR) system is an in-house project for the Space Station to provide high accuracy, drift free attitude and angular rate information for the GN&C system. Constraints exist on the star catalogue incorporated in the system. These constraints include the following: mass memory allocated for catalogue storage, star tracker imaging sensitivity, the minimum resolvable separation angle between stars, the width of the field of view of the star tracker, and the desired number of stars to be tracked in a field of view. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) catalogue is the basis reference for this study. As it stands, the SAO does not meet the requirements of any of the above constraints. Star selection algorithms have been devised for catalogue optimization. Star distribution statistics have been obtained to aid in the development of these rules. VAX based software has been developed to implement the star selection algorithms. The software is modular and provides a design tool to tailor the catalogue to available star tracker technology. The SAO catalogue has been optimized for the requirements of the present CSTAR system.

  1. Delta Scuti stars: Theory

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    Guzik, J. A.

    1998-01-01

    The purpose of asteroseismology is not only to derive the internal structure of individual stars from their observed oscillation frequencies, but also to test and extend one's understanding of the physics of matter under the extremes of temperature, density, and pressure found in stellar interiors. In this review, the author hopes to point out what one can learn about the Sun by studying (delta) Scuti stars, as well as what one can learn about stars more massive or evolved than the Sun. He discusses some of the difficulties in theoretical approaches to asteroseismology for (delta) Scuti stars, using FG Vir, (delta) Scuti, and CD-24(degree) 7599 as examples.

  2. Introduction to neutron stars

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    Lattimer, James M.

    2015-02-01

    Neutron stars contain the densest form of matter in the present universe. General relativity and causality set important constraints to their compactness. In addition, analytic GR solutions are useful in understanding the relationships that exist among the maximum mass, radii, moments of inertia, and tidal Love numbers of neutron stars, all of which are accessible to observation. Some of these relations are independent of the underlying dense matter equation of state, while others are very sensitive to the equation of state. Recent observations of neutron stars from pulsar timing, quiescent X-ray emission from binaries, and Type I X-ray bursts can set important constraints on the structure of neutron stars and the underlying equation of state. In addition, measurements of thermal radiation from neutron stars has uncovered the possible existence of neutron and proton superfluidity/superconductivity in the core of a neutron star, as well as offering powerful evidence that typical neutron stars have significant crusts. These observations impose constraints on the existence of strange quark matter stars, and limit the possibility that abundant deconfined quark matter or hyperons exist in the cores of neutron stars.

  3. Delta Scuti stars: Theory

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    Guzik, J.A.

    1998-03-01

    The purpose of asteroseismology is not only to derive the internal structure of individual stars from their observed oscillation frequencies, but also to test and extend one`s understanding of the physics of matter under the extremes of temperature, density, and pressure found in stellar interiors. In this review, the author hopes to point out what one can learn about the Sun by studying {delta} Scuti stars, as well as what one can learn about stars more massive or evolved than the Sun. He discusses some of the difficulties in theoretical approaches to asteroseismology for {delta} Scuti stars, using FG Vir, {delta} Scuti, and CD-24{degree} 7599 as examples.

  4. Introduction to neutron stars

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    Lattimer, James M.

    2015-02-24

    Neutron stars contain the densest form of matter in the present universe. General relativity and causality set important constraints to their compactness. In addition, analytic GR solutions are useful in understanding the relationships that exist among the maximum mass, radii, moments of inertia, and tidal Love numbers of neutron stars, all of which are accessible to observation. Some of these relations are independent of the underlying dense matter equation of state, while others are very sensitive to the equation of state. Recent observations of neutron stars from pulsar timing, quiescent X-ray emission from binaries, and Type I X-ray bursts can set important constraints on the structure of neutron stars and the underlying equation of state. In addition, measurements of thermal radiation from neutron stars has uncovered the possible existence of neutron and proton superfluidity/superconductivity in the core of a neutron star, as well as offering powerful evidence that typical neutron stars have significant crusts. These observations impose constraints on the existence of strange quark matter stars, and limit the possibility that abundant deconfined quark matter or hyperons exist in the cores of neutron stars.

  5. Massive soliton stars

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    Chiu, Hong-Yee

    1990-05-01

    The structure of nontopological solutions of Einstein field equations as proposed by Friedberg, Lee, and Pang (1987) is examined. This analysis incorporates finite temperature effects and pair creation. Quarks are assumed to be the only species that exist in interior of soliton stars. The possibility of primordial creation of soliton stars in the incomplete decay of the degenerate vacuum in early universe is explored. Because of dominance of pair creation inside soliton stars, the luminosity of soliton stars is not determined by its radiative transfer characteristics, and the surface temperature of soliton stars can be the same as its interior temperature. It is possible that soliton stars are intense X-ray radiators at large distances. Soliton stars are nearly 100 percent efficient energy converters, converting the rest energy of baryons entering the interior into radiation. It is possible that a sizable number of baryons may also be trapped inside soliton stars during early epochs of the universe. In addition, if soliton stars exist they could assume the role played by massive black holes in galactic centers.

  6. Fast pulsars, strange stars

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    Glendenning, N.K.

    1990-02-01

    The initial motivation for this work was the reported discovery in January 1989 of a 1/2 millisecond pulsar in the remnant of the spectacular supernova, 1987A. The status of this discovery has come into grave doubt as of data taken by the same group in February, 1990. At this time we must consider that the millisecond signal does not belong to the pulsar. The existence of a neutron star in remnant of the supernova is suspected because of recent observations on the light curve of the remnant, and of course by the neutrino burst that announced the supernova. However its frequency is unknown. I can make a strong case that a pulsar rotation period of about 1 ms divides those that can be understood quite comfortably as neutron stars, and those that cannot. What we will soon learn is whether there is an invisible boundary below which pulsar periods do not fall, in which case, all are presumable neutron stars, or whether there exist sub- millisecond pulsars, which almost certainly cannot be neutron stars. Their most plausible structure is that of a self-bound star, a strange-quark-matter star. The existence of such stars would imply that the ground state of the strong interaction is not, as we usually assume, hadronic matter, but rather strange quark matter. Let us look respectively at stars that are bound only by gravity, and hypothetical stars that are self-bound, for which gravity is so to speak, icing on the cake.

  7. Combinations of 148 navigation stars and the star tracker

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    Duncan, R.

    1980-01-01

    The angular separation of all star combinations for 148 nav star on the onboard software for space transportation system-3 flight and following missions is presented as well as the separation of each pair that satisfies the viewing constraints of using both star trackers simultaneously. Tables show (1) shuttle star catalog 1980 star position in M 1950 coordinates; (2) two star combination of 148 nav stars; and (3) summary of two star-combinations of the star tracker 5 deg filter. These 148 stars present 10,875 combinations. For the star tracker filters of plus or minus 5 deg, there are 875 combinations. Formalhaut (nav star 26) has the best number of combinations, which is 33.

  8. Accuracy Assessment and Correction of Vaisala RS92 Radiosonde Water Vapor Measurements

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    Whiteman, David N.; Miloshevich, Larry M.; Vomel, Holger; Leblanc, Thierry

    2008-01-01

    Relative humidity (RH) measurements from Vaisala RS92 radiosondes are widely used in both research and operational applications, although the measurement accuracy is not well characterized as a function of its known dependences on height, RH, and time of day (or solar altitude angle). This study characterizes RS92 mean bias error as a function of its dependences by comparing simultaneous measurements from RS92 radiosondes and from three reference instruments of known accuracy. The cryogenic frostpoint hygrometer (CFH) gives the RS92 accuracy above the 700 mb level; the ARM microwave radiometer gives the RS92 accuracy in the lower troposphere; and the ARM SurTHref system gives the RS92 accuracy at the surface using 6 RH probes with NIST-traceable calibrations. These RS92 assessments are combined using the principle of Consensus Referencing to yield a detailed estimate of RS92 accuracy from the surface to the lowermost stratosphere. An empirical bias correction is derived to remove the mean bias error, yielding corrected RS92 measurements whose mean accuracy is estimated to be +/-3% of the measured RH value for nighttime soundings and +/-4% for daytime soundings, plus an RH offset uncertainty of +/-0.5%RH that is significant for dry conditions. The accuracy of individual RS92 soundings is further characterized by the 1-sigma "production variability," estimated to be +/-1.5% of the measured RH value. The daytime bias correction should not be applied to cloudy daytime soundings, because clouds affect the solar radiation error in a complicated and uncharacterized way.

  9. Identifying Young, Nearby Stars

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    Webb, Rich; Song, Inseok; Zuckerman, Ben; Bessell, Mike

    2001-01-01

    Young stars have certain characteristics, e.g., high atmospheric abundance of lithium and chromospheric activity, fast rotation, distinctive space motion and strong X-ray flux compared to that of older main sequence stars. We have selected a list of candidate young (<100Myr) and nearby (<60pc) stars based on their space motion and/or strong X-ray flux. To determine space motion of a star, one needs to know its coordinates (RA, DEC), proper motion, distance, and radial velocity. The Hipparcos and Tycho catalogues provide all this information except radial velocities. We anticipate eventually searching approx. 1000 nearby stars for signs of extreme youth. Future studies of the young stars so identified will help clarify the formation of planetary systems for times between 10 and 100 million years. Certainly, the final output of this study will be a very useful resource, especially for adaptive optics and space based searches for Jupiter-mass planets and dusty proto-planetary disks. We have begun spectroscopic observations in January, 2001 with the 2.3 m telescope at Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) in New South Wales, Australia. These spectra will be used to determine radial velocities and other youth indicators such as Li 6708A absorption strength and Hydrogen Balmer line intensity. Additional observations of southern hemisphere stars from SSO are scheduled in April and northern hemisphere observations will take place in May and July at the Lick Observatory of the University of California. AT SSO, to date, we have observed about 100 stars with a high resolution spectrometer (echelle) and about 50 stars with a medium spectral resolution spectrometer (the "DBS"). About 20% of these stars turn out to be young stars. Among these, two especially noteworthy stars appear to be the closest T-Tauri stars ever identified. Interestingly, these stars share the same space motions as that of a very famous star with a dusty circumstellar disk--beta Pictoris. This new finding better constrains the age of beta Pictoris to be approx. 10 Myr.

  10. Global Star Formation Revisited

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    Silk, Joseph; Norman, Colin

    2009-07-01

    A general treatment of disk star formation is developed from a dissipative multiphase model, with the dominant dissipation due to cloud collisions. The Schmidt-Kennicutt (SK) law emerges naturally for star-forming disks and starbursts. We predict that there should be an inverse correlation between Tully-Fisher law and SK law residuals. The model is extended to include a multiphase treatment of supernova feedback that leads to a turbulent pressure-regulated generalization of the star formation law and is applicable to gas-rich starbursts. Enhanced pressure, as expected in merger-induced star formation, enhances star formation efficiency. An upper limit is derived for the disk star formation rate in starbursts that depends on the ratio of global ISM to cloud pressures. We extend these considerations to the case where the interstellar gas pressure in the inner galaxy is dominated by outflows from a central active galactic nucleus (AGN). During massive spheroid formation, AGN-driven winds trigger star formation, resulting in enhanced supernova feedback and outflows. The outflows are comparable to the AGN-boosted star formation rate and saturate in the super-Eddington limit. Downsizing of both SMBH and spheroids is a consequence of AGN-driven positive feedback. Bondi accretion feeds the central black hole with a specific accretion rate that is proportional to the black hole mass. AGN-enhanced star formation is mediated by turbulent pressure and relates spheroid star formation rate to black hole accretion rate. The relation between black hole mass and spheroid velocity dispersion has a coefficient (Salpeter time to gas consumption time ratio) that provides an arrow of time. Highly efficient, AGN-boosted star formation can occur at high redshift.

  11. GLOBAL STAR FORMATION REVISITED

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    Silk, Joseph; Norman, Colin E-mail: norman@stsci.edu

    2009-07-20

    A general treatment of disk star formation is developed from a dissipative multiphase model, with the dominant dissipation due to cloud collisions. The Schmidt-Kennicutt (SK) law emerges naturally for star-forming disks and starbursts. We predict that there should be an inverse correlation between Tully-Fisher law and SK law residuals. The model is extended to include a multiphase treatment of supernova feedback that leads to a turbulent pressure-regulated generalization of the star formation law and is applicable to gas-rich starbursts. Enhanced pressure, as expected in merger-induced star formation, enhances star formation efficiency. An upper limit is derived for the disk star formation rate in starbursts that depends on the ratio of global ISM to cloud pressures. We extend these considerations to the case where the interstellar gas pressure in the inner galaxy is dominated by outflows from a central active galactic nucleus (AGN). During massive spheroid formation, AGN-driven winds trigger star formation, resulting in enhanced supernova feedback and outflows. The outflows are comparable to the AGN-boosted star formation rate and saturate in the super-Eddington limit. Downsizing of both SMBH and spheroids is a consequence of AGN-driven positive feedback. Bondi accretion feeds the central black hole with a specific accretion rate that is proportional to the black hole mass. AGN-enhanced star formation is mediated by turbulent pressure and relates spheroid star formation rate to black hole accretion rate. The relation between black hole mass and spheroid velocity dispersion has a coefficient (Salpeter time to gas consumption time ratio) that provides an arrow of time. Highly efficient, AGN-boosted star formation can occur at high redshift.

  12. Stars and Flowers, Flowers and Stars

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    Minti, Hari

    2012-12-01

    The author, a graduated from the Bucharest University (1964), actually living and working in Israel, concerns his book to variable stars and flowers, two domains of his interest. The analogies includes double stars, eclipsing double stars, eclipses, Big Bang. The book contains 34 chapters, each of which concerns various relations between astronomy and other sciences and pseudosciences such as Psychology, Religion, Geology, Computers and Astrology (to which the author is not an adherent). A special part of the book is dedicated to archeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy, as well as to history of astronomy. Between the main points of interest of these parts: ancient sanctuaries in Sarmizegetusa (Dacia), Stone Henge(UK) and other. The last chapter of the book is dedicated to flowers. The book is richly illustrated. It is designed for a wide circle of readers.

  13. Association of ADORA1 rs2228079 and ADORA2A rs5751876 Polymorphisms with Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome in the Polish Population

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    Safranow, Krzysztof; Żekanowski, Cezary

    2015-01-01

    Background Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by motor and vocal tics. Hyperactivity of dopaminergic transmission is considered a prime abnormality in the pathophysiology of tics. There are reciprocal antagonistic interactions between adenosine and dopamine transmission. The aim of the study was to analyze the association of two polymorphisms, rs2228079 in ADORA1 and rs5751876 in ADORA2A, with the risk of GTS and co-morbid disorders. Material and Methods A total of 162 Polish GTS patients and 270 healthy persons were enrolled in the study. Two polymorphisms were selected on the basis of knowledge of SNPs frequencies in ADORA1 and ADORA2A. Chi-square test was used for allelic and genotypic association studies. Association of genotypes with age of tic onset was analyzed with Mann-Whitney test. Multivariate logistic regression was used to find independent predictors of GTS risk. Results We found that the risk of GTS was associated with rs2228079 and rs5751876 polymorphisms. The GG+GT genotypes of rs2228079 in ADORA1 were underrepresented in GTS patients (p = 0.011), whereas T allele of rs5751876 in ADORA2A was overrepresented (p = 0.017). The GG genotype of rs2228079 was associated with earlier age of tic onset (p = 0.046). We found also that the minor allele G of rs2228079 was more frequent in GTS patients with depression as compared to the patients without depression (p = 0.015). Also the genotype GG was significantly more frequent in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder/behavior (OCD/OCB, p = 0.021) and depression (p = 0.032), as compared to the patients without these co-morbidities. The minor allele T frequency of rs5751876 was lower in GTS patients with co-morbid attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (p = 0.022), and TT+TC genotypes were less frequent in the non-OCD anxiety disorder group (p = 0.045). Conclusion ADORA1 and ADORA2A variants are associated with the risk of GTS, co-morbid disorders, and may affect the age of tic onset. PMID:26317759

  14. Equations of State in the Hartle-Thorne Model of Neutron Stars Selecting Acceptable Variants of the Resonant Switch Model of Twin HF QPOs in the Atoll Source 4U 1636-53

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    Stuchlk, Z.; Urbanec, M.; Kotrlov, A.; Trk, G.; Goluchov, K.

    2015-06-01

    The Resonant Switch (RS) model of twin high-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (HF QPOs) observed in neutron star binary systems, based on switch of the twin oscillations at a resonant point, has been applied to the atoll source 4U 1636-53 under assumption that the neutron star exterior can be approximated by the Kerr geometry. Strong restrictions of the neutron star parameters M (mass) and a (spin) arise due to fitting the frequency pairs admitted by the RS model to the observed data in the regions related to the resonant points. The most precise variants of the RS model are those combining the relativistic precession frequency relations with their modifications. Here, the neutron star mass and spin estimates given by the RS model are confronted with a variety of equations of state (EoS) governing structure of neutron stars in the framework of the Hartle-Thorne theory of rotating neutron stars applied for the observationally given rotation frequency frot?580 Hz (or alternatively frot?290 Hz) of the neutron star in 4U 1636-53. It is shown that only two variants of the RS model based on the Kerr approximation are compatible with two EoS applied in the Hartle-Thorne theory for frot?580 Hz, while no variant of the RS model is compatible for frot?290 Hz. The two compatible variants of the RS model are those giving the best fits of the observational data. However, a self-consistency test by fitting the observational data to the RS model with oscillation frequencies governed by the Hartle-Thorne geometry described by three spacetime parameters M,a and (quadrupole moment) q related by the two available EoS puts strong restrictions. The test admits only one variant of the RS model of twin HF QPOs for the Hartle-Thorne theory with the EoS predicting the parameters of the neutron star M?2.10 M?, a?0.208, and q/a2?1.77.

  15. General relativity and neutron stars

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    Yakovlev, D. G.

    2016-01-01

    General Relativity affects all major aspects of neutron star structure and evolution including radiation from the surface, neutron star models, evolution in compact binaries. It is widely used for neutron star mass measurements and for studying properties of superdense matter in neutron stars. Observations of neutron stars help testing General Relativity and planning gravitational wave experiments. No deviations from Einstein Theory of Gravity have been detected so far from observations of neutron stars.

  16. Populations of Carbon Stars

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    Lloyd Evans, T.

    2011-09-01

    Carbon stars in the Galaxy do not constitute a single family, but may be divided over several types with distinctive spectroscopic and photometric properties. A subtype of the N stars, characterised by high velocities and weak CN bands, may have been captured by the Milky Way from a cannibalised dwarf galaxy.

  17. Science through ARts (STAR)

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    Densmore, Marycay; Kolecki, Joseph C.; Miller, Allan; Petersen, Ruth; Terrell, Mike

    2005-01-01

    Science Through ARts (STAR) is a free, international, cross-curricular program thematically aligned with "The Vision for Space Exploration," a framework of goals and objectives published by NASA in February 2004. Through the STAR program, students in grades 5 through 12 are encouraged to apply their knowledge in creative ways as they approach a

  18. Science Through ARts (STAR)

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    Kolecki, Joseph; Petersen, Ruth; Williams, Lawrence

    2002-01-01

    Science Through ARts (STAR) is an educational initiative designed to teach students through a multidisciplinary approach to learning. This presentation describes the STAR pilot project, which will use Mars exploration as the topic to be integrated. Schools from the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, and possibly eastern Europe are expected to participate in the pilot project.

  19. Neutron star models

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    Canuto, V.; Bowers, R. L.

    1981-01-01

    The current state of neutron star structure calculations is reviewed. Uncertainties in the equation of state for matter at and above nuclear density remain. The role of the delta resonance, pion condensates, and quark matter is reviewed. It is found that recent models yield stable neutron star masses which are consistent with observational estimates.

  20. Observing Double Stars

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    Genet, Russell M.; Fulton, B. J.; Bianco, Federica B.; Martinez, John; Baxter, John; Brewer, Mark; Carro, Joseph; Collins, Sarah; Estrada, Chris; Johnson, Jolyon; Salam, Akash; Wallen, Vera; Warren, Naomi; Smith, Thomas C.; Armstrong, James D.; McGaughey, Steve; Pye, John; Mohanan, Kakkala; Church, Rebecca

    2012-05-01

    Double stars have been systematically observed since William Herschel initiated his program in 1779. In 1803 he reported that, to his surprise, many of the systems he had been observing for a quarter century were gravitationally bound binary stars. In 1830 the first binary orbital solution was obtained, leading eventually to the determination of stellar masses. Double star observations have been a prolific field, with observations and discoveries - often made by students and amateurs - routinely published in a number of specialized journals such as the Journal of Double Star Observations. All published double star observations from Herschel's to the present have been incorporated in the Washington Double Star Catalog. In addition to reviewing the history of visual double stars, we discuss four observational technologies and illustrate these with our own observational results from both California and Hawaii on telescopes ranging from small SCTs to the 2-meter Faulkes Telescope North on Haleakala. Two of these technologies are visual observations aimed primarily at published "hands-on" student science education, and CCD observations of both bright and very faint doubles. The other two are recent technologies that have launched a double star renaissance. These are lucky imaging and speckle interferometry, both of which can use electron-multiplying CCD cameras to allow short (30 ms or less) exposures that are read out at high speed with very low noise. Analysis of thousands of high speed exposures allows normal seeing limitations to be overcome so very close doubles can be accurately measured.

  1. Science through ARts (STAR)

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    Densmore, Marycay; Kolecki, Joseph C.; Miller, Allan; Petersen, Ruth; Terrell, Mike

    2005-01-01

    Science Through ARts (STAR) is a free, international, cross-curricular program thematically aligned with "The Vision for Space Exploration," a framework of goals and objectives published by NASA in February 2004. Through the STAR program, students in grades 5 through 12 are encouraged to apply their knowledge in creative ways as they approach a…

  2. Neutron Star Cooling: II

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    Tsuruta, Sachiko

    It was more than 70 years ago when Baade and Zwicky [3] speculated that an exotic star consisting mostly of neutrons, now known as a neutron star, may be formed when a normal star collapses through a supernova explosion. During the subsequent years in the 1930s several theorists, including Oppenheimer and Volkoff [35], discussed the properties of neutron stars. However, it was not until the late 1950s to the early 1960s, when curiosity on such a hypothetical object revived [11,73]. As far as I am aware Cameron [11] is the first author who discussed thermodynamic problems of neutron stars. This article's author chose to explore this problem as one of the projects on neutron stars as her PhD thesis [59]. The research started as a purely theoretical endeavor, but before the calculations were completed we learned of the discovery of the first Galactic X-ray source Sco X-1, which was soon followed by the second such Galactic X-ray source detection, this time in the Crab supernova remnant [15]. It was immediately suggested by several theorists [19, 59, 66] that these strong X-ray sources might be neutron stars, because if these X-rays are blackbody radiation as expected, the radius of the emitting region has to be as small as 10 km (because the temperature is so high), just the correct size predicted for a neutron star.1

  3. Variable stars in the Bochum Galactic Disk Survey

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    Kaderhandt, L.; Barr Domnguez, A.; Chini, R.; Hackstein, M.; Haas, M.; Pozo Nuez, F.; Murphy, M.

    2015-09-01

    We present a first overview of variable stars in the Bochum Galactic Disk Survey (GDS) with emphasis on eclipsing binaries (EBs). This ongoing survey is performed by a robotic twin refractor at the Universittssternwarte Bochum located near Cerro Armazones in Chile. It comprises a mosaic of 268 fields in a stripe of {? b = 3o} along the Galactic plane observed once per month simultaneously in the Sloan r and i filters with a detection limit of {r_s 16} mag and {i_s 15} mag. The data from the first three years until the end of February 2014 yields a total of 41 718 variable stars with variability amplitudes between 0.1-6 mag. A cross-match with SIMBAD identified 11 465 of these variables unambiguously, while 2184 had multiple matches; most of the remaining stars could be matched with 2MASS objects. Among the SIMBAD-listed objects with single matches, only 1982 turned out as known variables while a further 256 are suspected of variability. That leaves a total of 39 480 potentially new variables. The group of known variables comprises 419 stars (21 %) that are classified as EBs while 443 (22 %) are of other types; for the remaining 1120 catalogued variables (57 %) the type is unknown. Investigating variability as a function of spectral type, we find that SIMBAD provides spectral types for 2811 (25 %) of the identified stars. Spectral classes B (26 %), A (20 %), and M (25%) contain the most numerous variables, while all other classes contribute less than 10 % each. More than half of the B (55 %) and A (56 %) stars are designated as EBs, suggesting that hundreds of new B- and A-type EBs may be contained in the GDS archive. In contrast, among the numerous M stars no EBs are known.

  4. Cephalopods in neuroscience: regulations, research and the 3Rs.

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    Fiorito, Graziano; Affuso, Andrea; Anderson, David B; Basil, Jennifer; Bonnaud, Laure; Botta, Giovanni; Cole, Alison; D'Angelo, Livia; De Girolamo, Paolo; Dennison, Ngaire; Dickel, Ludovic; Di Cosmo, Anna; Di Cristo, Carlo; Gestal, Camino; Fonseca, Rute; Grasso, Frank; Kristiansen, Tore; Kuba, Michael; Maffucci, Fulvio; Manciocco, Arianna; Mark, Felix Christopher; Melillo, Daniela; Osorio, Daniel; Palumbo, Anna; Perkins, Kerry; Ponte, Giovanna; Raspa, Marcello; Shashar, Nadav; Smith, Jane; Smith, David; Sykes, Antnio; Villanueva, Roger; Tublitz, Nathan; Zullo, Letizia; Andrews, Paul

    2014-03-01

    Cephalopods have been utilised in neuroscience research for more than 100years particularly because of their phenotypic plasticity, complex and centralised nervous system, tractability for studies of learning and cellular mechanisms of memory (e.g. long-term potentiation) and anatomical features facilitating physiological studies (e.g. squid giant axon and synapse). On 1 January 2013, research using any of the about 700 extant species of "live cephalopods" became regulated within the European Union by Directive 2010/63/EU on the "Protection of Animals used for Scientific Purposes", giving cephalopods the same EU legal protection as previously afforded only to vertebrates. The Directive has a number of implications, particularly for neuroscience research. These include: (1) projects will need justification, authorisation from local competent authorities, and be subject to review including a harm-benefit assessment and adherence to the 3Rs principles (Replacement, Refinement and Reduction). (2) To support project evaluation and compliance with the new EU law, guidelines specific to cephalopods will need to be developed, covering capture, transport, handling, housing, care, maintenance, health monitoring, humane anaesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia. (3) Objective criteria need to be developed to identify signs of pain, suffering, distress and lasting harm particularly in the context of their induction by an experimental procedure. Despite diversity of views existing on some of these topics, this paper reviews the above topics and describes the approaches being taken by the cephalopod research community (represented by the authorship) to produce "guidelines" and the potential contribution of neuroscience research to cephalopod welfare. PMID:24385049

  5. Pioneering Better Science through the 3Rs: An Introduction to the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

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    Burden, Natalie; Chapman, Kathryn; Sewell, Fiona; Robinson, Vicky

    2015-01-01

    The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is an independent scientific organization that is based in the United Kingdom, which was set up by the government to lead the discovery and application of new technologies and approaches that minimize the use of animals in research and improve animal welfare. The NC3Rs uses a range of strategies to improve and advance science through application of the 3Rs. These include funding basic research, open innovation (CRACK IT), and programs run by inhouse scientists. We present several case studies from the NC3Rs portfolio, featuring asthma research, the use of nonhuman primates in monoclonal antibody development, and CRACK IT. Finally, we anticipate the future, as we use our experience to move into new research fields and expand toward international collaboration. Here we highlight how equipping scientists with relevant and emerging 3Rs tools can help overcome the challenges and limitations of the use of animals in research to the benefit of the whole bioscience community. PMID:25836967

  6. Project Jelly-Fish: B.R.N.O. Observations of Semiregular Variable Stars

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    Hajek, P.

    2006-06-01

    Brno Regional Network of Observers (BRNO) is a group which prefers to observe eclipsing binary stars. A team called the Jelly-Fish has been formed within BRNO for the purpose of observing variable stars other than eclipsing binaries. The observations by Jelly-Fish members are predominantly visual; CCD observing has started only recently and such observations are not yet included in our statistics. Jelly-Fish has about twenty members at this moment. This paper presents preliminary results based on Jelly-Fish observations of S Camelopardalis, AU Camelopardalis, WZ Cassiopeiae, RS Cygni, T Persei, RU Persei, and R Ursae Minoris.

  7. Chromospheric activity in evolved stars - The rotation-activity connection and the binary-single dichotomy

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    Young, A.; Ajir, F.; Thurman, G. )

    1989-11-01

    A tabulation of measured values of the Ca II H and K (S) index are transformed to the original Mount Wilson definition of the index. The tabulation includes main-sequence, evolved, single, and tidally coupled (RS CVn) binary stars. The (S) indices are analyzed against Wilson's (1976) I(HK) intensity estimates, showing that Wilson's estimates are only a two-state indicator. Ca II H and K fluxes are computed and calibrated with published values of rotation periods. It is found that the single and binary stars are consistent with a single relationship between rotation and Ca II excess emission flux. 25 refs.

  8. Observing Variable Stars

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    Good, Gerry A.

    Observing variable stars is one of the major contributions amateur astronomers make to science. There are 36,000 variable stars listed in the General Catalogue of Variable Stars, so it is clearly impossible for the limited number of professional observatories to target even the majority of them. That's where amateur astronomers come in - thousands of them turning their telescopes to the sky every night. Variable star observing is the most popular of "real science" activities for amateurs, and Gerry Good's book provides everything needed. The first part of the book provides a highly detailed account of the various classes of variable star, with examples, illustrations and physical descriptions. The second section covers practical aspects of observing, everything from preparation and planning, through observing techniques, to data management and reduction.

  9. The brightest carbon stars

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    Frost, C. A.; Cannon, R. C.; Lattanzio, J. C.; Wood, P. R.; Forestini, M.

    1998-04-01

    It is currently accepted that Hot-Bottom-Burning (HBB) in intermediate-mass asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars prevents the formation of C stars. Nevertheless, we present the results of some detailed evolutionary calculations which show that even with HBB we obtain C stars at the highest luminosities reached on the AGB. This is due to mass-loss reducing the envelope mass so that HBB ceases but dredge-up continues. The high mass-loss rate produces an optically thick wind before the star reaches C/O>1. This is consistent with the recent results of van Loon et al. (1997a,b) who find obscured C stars in the Magellanic Clouds at luminosities up to Mbol =3D -6.8.

  10. Hyper X-ray Flares on Active Stars Detected with MAXI

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    Higa, Masaya; Tsuboi, Yohko; Negoro, Hitoshi; Nakahira, Satoshi; Tomida, Hiroshi; Matsuoka, Masaru; aff002

    2014-08-01

    MAXI started its operation in 2009 August. Owing to its unprecedentedly high sensitivity as an all-sky X-ray monitor and to its capability of real-time data transfer, we have detected 56 strong flares from twenty-one active stars (eleven RS CVn systems, one Algol system, seven dMe stars, one dKe star and one Young Stellar Object). These flares have large X-ray luminosity of 6 1030 -5 1033 ergs s-1 in the 2-20 keV band. The flares can be thought to be high ends among their own categories. During the flare from AT Mic on 2012 April 18th, one of the largest X-ray luminosities was recorded as a dMe star, 6 1032 ergs s-1 in the 2-20 keV band. It is larger than its bolometric luminosity by 4 times. The total energy emitted during the flare is 1036 ergs in the same band. Such total energy can be obtained on large flares from RS CVn system, but not on any other flares from dMe stars. In this proceeding, we report on the present situation in characteristics of hyper X-ray flares on each stellar categories.

  11. A VLA radio-continuum survey of a sample of confirmed and marginal barium stars

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    Drake, Stephen A.; Simon, Theodore; Linsky, Jeffrey L.

    1987-01-01

    Results are reported from a 6-cm VLA survey of five confirmed Ba II stars and eight mild Ba II stars, undertaken to search for evidence of gyrosynchrotron emission or thermal emission from the primary star's wind that is enhanced or photoionized by a white dwarf companion. Of these 13 stars, only Beta UMi was detected as a possible radio source at a flux level of 0.11 mJy (3sigma). The 6-cm radio luminosities (L6) of the other stars are as small as log L6 less than or equal to 14.0 and are an order of magnitude or more lower than the average levels found in RS CVn systems, but are consistent with the L6 upper limits previously found for stars of spectral type similar to the Ba II stars and normal elemental abundances. The upper limit to the radio luminosity for the possible mild Ba II star 56 Peg, when combined with its previously known X-ray luminosity, may provide useful constraints on the various models that have been proposed for this interesting object, once its orbital period is known.

  12. TERT promoter mutations and rs2853669 polymorphism: prognostic impact and interactions with common alterations in glioblastomas.

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    Nencha, Umberto; Rahimian, Amithys; Giry, Marine; Sechi, Andrea; Mokhtari, Karima; Polivka, Marc; Schmitt, Yohann; Di Stefano, Anna-Luisa; Alentorn, Agusti; Labussire, Marianne; Sanson, Marc

    2016-02-01

    TERT promoter (TERTp) mutation is the most common mutation in glioblastomas. It creates a putative binding site for Ets/TCF transcription factors, enhancing telomerase expression and activity, whereas the rs2853669 variant disrupts another Ets/TCF binding. We explore here the interaction between these two alterations, tumor genomic profile and the impact on prognosis. The TERTp and rs2853669 statuses were determined and confronted with the outcome and molecular profile, i.e., loss of chromosome 10q, CDKN2A deletion, IDH mutation, EGFR amplification, MGMT promoter methylation. 651 glioblastomas were selected (sex ratio=1.35, median age 60.4years, median survival 13.5months). The TERTp mutation found in 481 patients (74%) was independent from rs2853669 genotypes. TERTp mutation, but not rs2853669 status, was associated with older age (61.4 vs. 52.8years). rs2853669 status had no impact on overall survival (OS) either in mutated TERTp or wild-type TERTp. Neither rs2736100 (TERT, 5q15.33) nor rs192011116 (TERC, 3q26.2) status had any impact on survival or showed any association with a TERTp mutation. The TERTp mutation was associated with EGFR amplification chromosome 10q loss, CDKN2A deletion and IDH wt. EGFR amplification was associated with a better outcome in TERTp mutated GBM, and a worse outcome in TERTp WT. This study-the largest analyzing the TERTp mutation and the rs2853669 polymorphism-fails to find any prognostic impact of rs2853669. It confirms the dual prognostic impact of EGFR amplification depending on TERTp status. PMID:26608520

  13. Accurate Alpha Abundance and C/O of Low-mass Stars

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    Veyette, Mark; Muirhead, Philip; Mann, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    We investigate methods for measuring elemental abundances in M dwarf stars from high resolution (R>25,000), near-infrared spectra. With synthetic spectra from the BT-Settl model atmosphere library, we identify NIR features sensitive to enhancement of alpha elements (C, O, Mg, Si, S, Ca, and Ti) in M dwarfs. We also describe a method for measuring the amount of oxygen not bound in CO from molecular and atomic features in the NIR Y-band that, when combined with recently published methods of measuring carbon abundance in M dwarfs from K-band spectra, provides the ratio of carbon to oxygen (C/O). The ratio of carbon to oxygen is an important parameter for determining interior structures of exoplanets and processes that drive planet formation as evidenced by recent studies of the super Earth 55 Cnc e. We outline a potential observing program to empirically calibrate these methods via a sample of M dwarfs with widely-separated (5''-1500''), but associated, F, G or K-type binary companions. Once calibrated, we will apply these methods to a survey of nearby M dwarfs, including many stars that will be observed by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

  14. RS-34 (Peacekeeper Post Boost Propulsion System) Orbital Debris Application Concept Study

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    Esther, Elizabeth A.; Burnside, Christopher G.

    2013-01-01

    The Advanced Concepts Office (ACO) at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) lead a study to evaluate the Rocketdyne produced RS-34 propulsion system as it applies to an orbital debris removal design reference mission. The existing RS-34 propulsion system is a remaining asset from the de-commissioned United States Air Force Peacekeeper ICBM program; specifically the pressure-fed storable bi-propellant Stage IV Post Boost Propulsion System. MSFC gained experience with the RS-34 propulsion system on the successful Ares I-X flight test program flown in the Ares I-X Roll control system (RoCS). The heritage hardware proved extremely robust and reliable and sparked interest for further utilization on other potential in-space applications. Subsequently, MSFC is working closely with the USAF to obtain all the remaining RS-34 stages for re-use opportunities. Prior to pursuit of securing the hardware, MSFC commissioned the Advanced Concepts Office to understand the capability and potential applications for the RS-34 Phoenix stage as it benefits NASA, DoD, and commercial industry. Originally designed, the RS-34 Phoenix provided in-space six-degrees-of freedom operational maneuvering to deploy multiple payloads at various orbital locations. The RS-34 Concept Study, preceded by a utilization study to understand how the unique capabilities of the RS-34 Phoenix and its application to six candidate missions, sought to further understand application for an orbital debris design reference mission as the orbital debris removal mission was found to closely mimic the heritage RS-34 mission. The RS-34 Orbital Debris Application Concept Study sought to identify multiple configurations varying the degree of modification to trade for dry mass optimization and propellant load for overall capability and evaluation of several candidate missions. The results of the RS-34 Phoenix Utilization Study show that the system is technically sufficient to successfully support all of the missions analyzed. The results and benefits of the RS-34 Orbital Debris Application Concept Study are presented in this paper.

  15. Three-dimensional view based on RS and GIS: three-dimensional simulation of Mount Taishan

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    Song, Xiaoning; Yang, Fengjie; Zhen, Han; Liu, Qiaoxi; Zhang, Fengli

    2000-10-01

    It has not been satisfied with the need of visualization by 2D RS(remote sensing)image. The 3D simulation overlapped with RS image can reflect land forms more directly. This article is to simulate the Mount Taishan, which is world famous natural and cultural heritage, in 3D on the basis of RS and GIS for adapting to the developing of society. First generating DEM, then the TM image is overlaid DEM data and is shown in 3D with the 3D technique of ER mapper. This study takes guidance action on tour planning of Mount Taishan and tourists visiting the Mount Taishan.

  16. Catch a Star!

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    2006-11-01

    ESO and the European Association for Astronomy Education are launching today the 2007 edition of 'Catch a Star!', their international astronomy competition for school students. Now in its fifth year, the competition offers students the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to ESO's flagship observatory in Chile, as well as many other prizes. Students are invited to 'become astronomers' and embark on a journey to explore the Universe. ESO PR Photo 42/06 The competition includes separate categories - 'Catch a Star Researchers' and 'Catch a Star Adventurers' - to ensure that every student, whatever their level, has the chance to enter and win exciting prizes. For the artistically minded, 'Catch a Star!' also includes an artwork competition, 'Catch a Star Artists'. "'Catch a Star!' offers a unique opportunity for students to learn more about astronomy and about the methods scientists use to discover new things about the Universe", said Douglas Pierce-Price, Education Officer at ESO. In teams, students choose an astronomical topic to study and produce an in-depth report. An important part of the project for 'Catch a Star Researchers' is to think about how ESO's telescopes or a telescope of the future can contribute to their investigations of the subject. As well as the top prize - a trip to one of ESO's observatory sites in Chile - visits to observatories in Germany, Austria and Spain, and many other prizes are also available to be won. 'Catch a Star Researchers' winners will be chosen by an international jury, and 'Catch a Star Adventurers' will be awarded further prizes by lottery. Entries for 'Catch a Star Artists' will be displayed on the web and winners chosen with the help of a public online vote. The first editions of 'Catch a Star!' have attracted several hundred entries from more than 25 countries worldwide. Previous winning entries have included "Star clusters and the structure of the Milky Way" (Budapest, Hungary), "Vega" (Acqui Terme, Italy) and "Venus transit" (Lleida, Spain). Some previous winning entries are visible on the Catch a Star! Web site. Detailed entry information can be found on ESO's website, at http://www.eso.org/catchastar/ The deadline for submitting an entry for the 2007 competition is Friday 2 March 2007, 17:00 Central European Time.

  17. A 4 Earth-mass Planet Transiting a Naked-Eye Star?

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    Gillon, Michael; Demory, Brice-Olivier; Charbonneau, David; Cameron, Andrew; Latham, David; Lovis, Chrisophe; Molinari, Emilio; Motalebi, Fatemeh; Pepe, Francesco; Udry, Stephane

    2015-02-01

    Doppler surveys and the Kepler space mission have revealed "super-Earths", i.e. planets of a few Earth masses, to be very frequent around solar-like stars, while being notably absent from our solar system. Improving our understanding of these ubiquitous planets requires the detection of a significant sample of them in transit in front of very nearby stars, to make possible the detailed exploration of their atmospheric composition. The most efficient method to achieve this goal remains to search for the transits of the low-mass planets detected by Doppler surveys, as exemplified by the cases of 55 Cnc e and HD 97658b which are the only two super-Earths orbiting solar-type stars that are amenable for detailed atmospheric characterization with existing and near-future facilities. In this context, we propose here to use the exquisite photometric precision of Spitzer to search for the transit of a new short-period (~3d) low-mass (~4 Earth masses) super-Earth that we have just detected with the recently commissioned HARPS-N spectrograph. This planet orbits at <0.04 au of an extremely nearby (6.5pc) naked-eye (V=5.6) early K-dwarf, resulting in a transit probability better than 9%. If transiting, the extreme infrared brightness (K=3.25) and the small size (0.78 solar radius) of the host star will make possible the first detailed atmospheric characterization of an exoplanet of a few Earth-masses.

  18. Genome-wide association study-identified SNPs (rs3790844, rs3790843) in the NR5A2 gene and risk of pancreatic cancer in Japanese

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    Ueno, Makoto; Ohkawa, Shinichi; Morimoto, Manabu; Ishii, Hiroshi; Matsuyama, Masato; Kuruma, Sawako; Egawa, Naoto; Nakao, Haruhisa; Mori, Mitsuru; Matsuo, Keitaro; Hosono, Satoyo; Nojima, Masanori; Wakai, Kenji; Nakamura, Kozue; Tamakoshi, Akiko; Takahashi, Mami; Shimada, Kazuaki; Nishiyama, Takeshi; Kikuchi, Shogo; Lin, Yingsong

    2015-01-01

    We genotyped 2 SNPs (rs3790844 T/C and rs3790843 G/A) in the NR5A2 gene that were identified in a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of pancreatic cancer in populations of mainly European ancestry, and we examined their associations with pancreatic cancer risk in a case-control study of 360 patients and 400 control subjects in Japan. Unconditional logistic regression models were used to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). The SNPs were in linkage disequilibrium (r2?=?0.80). For rs3790843, the multivariable-adjusted OR was 0.75 (95% CI: 0.411.36) and 0.60 (95%CI: 0.331.08) for subjects with the AG and AA genotype, respectively, compared to subjects with the GG genotype. The per allele OR was 0.78 (0.620.99) (P?=?0.046). For rs3790844, the multivariable-adjusted OR was 0.65 (95% CI: 0.371.14) and 0.47 (95%CI: 0.270.83) for subjects with the CT and CC genotype, respectively, compared to subjects with the TT genotype. The per allele OR was 0.70 (0.560.89) (P?=?0.003). Our case-control study found that rs3790843 and rs3790844 in the NR5A2 gene are associated with pancreatic cancer risk in Japanese subjects. The direction of association is consistent with the prior findings from GWASs. PMID:26592175

  19. Role of TLR4  rs4986790A>G and rs4986791C>T Polymorphisms in the Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Ao, Ran; Wang, Ying; Zhnag, Dao-Rong; Du, Ya-Qi

    2015-01-01

    Objective. The present meta-analysis investigated the contribution of TLR4 rs4986790A>G and rs4986791C>T genetic polymorphisms in increasing the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Methods. Databases were searched using a combination of keywords related to TLR4 and IBD. Relevant studies were selected based on strict inclusion and exclusion criteria. Meta-analysis of the data extracted from the selected studies was performed using CMA 2.0 statistical analysis software. Results. Out of the 70 studies retrieved by database search, only 13 studies were eligible for inclusion in this meta-analysis and these 13 studies contained a total number of 4409 IBD patients and 5693 healthy controls. The meta-analysis results demonstrated that TLR4 rs4986790A>G polymorphism is associated with an increased risk of IBD (allele model: OR = 1.268, 95% CI = 1.124~1.431, and P < 0.001; dominant model: OR = 1.240, 95% CI = 1.090~1.409, and P = 0.001). Similarly, TLR4 rs4986791C>T polymorphism also conferred an increased risk of IBD (allele model: OR = 1.259, 95% CI = 1.092~1.453, and P = 0.002; dominant model: OR = 1.246, 95% CI = 1.072~1.447, and P = 0.004). Conclusion. Our meta-analysis results demonstrate that TLR4 rs4986790A>G and rs4986791C>T genetic polymorphisms are associated with the etiopathogenesis of IBD. PMID:26089865

  20. Making star teams out of star players.

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    Mankins, Michael; Bird, Alan; Root, James

    2013-01-01

    Top talent is an invaluable asset: In highly specialized or creative work, for instance, "A" players are likely to be six times as productive as "B" players. So when your company has a crucial strategic project, why not multiply all that firepower and have a team of your best performers tackle it? Yet many companies hesitate to do this, believing that all-star teams don't work: Big egos will get in the way. The stars won't be able to work with one another. They'll drive the team Leader crazy. Mankins, Bird, and Root of Bain & Company believe it's time to set aside that thinking. They have seen all-star teams do extraordinary work. But there is a right way and a wrong way to organize them. Before you can even begin to assemble such a team, you need to have the right talent management practices, so you hire and develop the best people and know what they're capable of. You have to give the team appropriate incentives and leaders and support staffers who are stars in their own right. And projects that are ill-defined or small scale are not for all-star teams. Use them only for critical missions, and make sure their objectives are clear. Even with the right setup, things can still go wrong. The wise executive will take steps to manage egos, prune non-team-players, and prevent average coworkers from feeling completely undervalued. She will also invest a lot of time in choosing the right team Leader and will ask members for lots of feedback to monitor how that leader is doing. PMID:23390743

  1. Association Study between Coronary Artery Disease and rs1333049 and rs10757274 Polymorphisms at 9p21 Locus in South-West Iran

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    Foroughmand, Ali Mohammad; Nikkhah, Emad; Galehdari, Hamid; Jadbabaee, Mohammad Hossin

    2015-01-01

    Objective Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a multi-factorial and heterogenic disease with atherosclerosis plaques formation in internal wall of coronary artery. Plaque formation results to limitation of the blood reaching to myocardium leading to appearance of some problems, such as ischemia, sudden thrombosis veins and myocardial infarction (MI). Several environmental and genetic factors are involved in prevalence and incident of CAD as follows: hypertension, high low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C), age, diabetes mellitus, family history of early-onset heart disease and smoking. According to genome wide association studies (GWAS), five polymorphisms in the 9p21 locus seem to be associated with the CAD. We aimed to evaluate the remarkable association of two polymorphisms at 9p21 locus, rs1333049 and rs10757274, with CAD. Materials and Methods This experimental study was conducted in Golestan, Aria Hospitals and Genetics Lab of Shahid Chamran University in the city of Ahvaz, Iran, in 2010- 2011. The collected blood samples belonging to 170 CAD patients (case group) and 100 healthy individuals (control group) were analyzed by tetra-primer amplification refractory mutation system (ARMS)-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique. The results were analyzed using software package used for statistical analysis (SPSS; SPSS Inc., USA) version 16. A value of p<0.05 and an odd ratio (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were considered significant. Results The frequencies of CC, CG and GG genotypes for rs1333049 polymorphism in patients were 18.2, 65.3 and 16.5%, while in controls, the related values were 25, 67 and 8%, respectively. GG genotypes of rs1333049 polymorphism in CAD patients were more than control cases (OR: 0.354, 95%CI: 0.138-0.912, p=0.032). The frequencies of AA, AG and GG genotypes for rs10757274 in CAD patients were 8.2, 58.3 and 33.5%, while in controls, the related values were 35, 63 and 2%, respectively. GG Genotype in rs10757274 polymorphism in CAD patients was found more than control cases (OR: 0.014, 95% CI: 0.003 -0.065, p=0.0001). Conclusion The rs1333049 polymorphism at 9p21 locus shows a weak association with CAD, whereas rs10757274 polymorphism reveals a significant association with CAD. These variants may help the identification of patients with increased risk for coronary artery disease. PMID:25870838

  2. TP53 polymorphisms in gliomas from Indian patients: Study of codon 72 genotype, rs1642785, rs1800370 and 16 base pair insertion in intron-3.

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    Jha, Prerana; Jha, Pankaj; Pathak, Pankaj; Chosdol, Kunzang; Suri, Vaishali; Sharma, Mehar Chand; Kumar, Guresh; Singh, Manmohan; Mahapatra, Ashok Kumar; Sarkar, Chitra

    2011-04-01

    Several single nucleotide polymorphisms of the TP53 gene have been reported, amongst which polymorphism in codon 72 (rs1042522) has received significant attention and shown to be associated with disease susceptibility in different cancer types. However, there are variable reports on this polymorphism in gliomas from worldwide with inconsistent results. In addition, the implications of other polymorphic loci are not much explored in gliomas. Hence, in the present study the TP53 sequence was analyzed for all polymorphism and mutations in a total of 84 gliomas of different types and grades from patients of Indian origin. The complete sequence of all coding exons (2 to 11) and introns 2, 3, 5 and 8 of TP53 gene were studied while for introns 1, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10, only exon flanking regions could be studied. The polymorphic loci were compared with control population. In addition to the well known codon 72 polymorphism (rs1042522), three other polymorphisms rs1642785, rs1800370 and a 16 base pair insertion in intron-3 were found. At codon 72, our study showed higher Arg/Arg genotype in gliomas compared to normal population (38% versus 13%). The Arg allele frequency in glioma patients was comparatively higher than controls (0.55 versus 0.45; P=0.037). The Arg allele frequency was also high in adult glioblastomas compared to paediatric counterparts (0.55 versus 0.36). However, there was no significant association of TP53 mutations with any genotype of codon 72. At rs1642785, the G allele frequency was significantly higher in gliomas than in control population (0.55 versus 0.36, P=0.005). The genotype at a 16 base pair insertion in intron-3 was almost similar in case and control. However, the polymorphism at rs1800370 was exclusive to gliomas. This is the first report of TP53 gene polymorphism in glioma patients from India. Our study also delineates the frequency of four polymorphisms in gliomas for the first time. The codon 72 variant (rs1042522) and rs1642785 polymorphisms possibly poses risk to glioma development in Indian population. However, the functional significance of these polymorphism needs further elucidation. PMID:21115003

  3. Measuring stars with Gaia

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    Thévenin, F.

    2013-12-01

    Beyond the extraordinary three dimensional map that Gaia will create for a billion of stars, it will reveal the origin and history of the Milky Way as the major goal. This does not weakness the fantastic impact of Gaia on the stellar physic. It will put constraints on the modeling of stars to an extreme that consequently new input physics will be mandatory to understand a Gaia HR diagram. Stars are formed in populations and evolve as collection of objects revealing important clues on how they formed, what kind of mass function is active during the star formation, how frequent is the star formation, all of this is imprinted in the intrinsic properties of stars that large surveys combined together like Gaia, Kepler, PLATO will revealed. The characterization of stars hosting planets is also a goal of such combination of large surveys and in particular of the measure of distances in the Galaxy. The launch of Gaia is for November of 2013 and the output catalogue is expected for 2020. Then will start the beginning of a new Astrophysics touching so many topics that a new age of astrophysics is then foreseen.

  4. Pseudosynchronization of Heartbeat Stars

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    Zimmerman, Mara; Thompson, Susan E.; Hambleton, Kelly; Fuller, Jim; Shporer, Avi; Isaacson, Howard T.; Howard, Andrew; Kurtz, Donald

    2016-01-01

    A type of eccentric binary star that undergoes extreme dynamic tidal forces, known as Heartbeat stars, were discovered by the Kepler Mission. As the two stars pass through periastron, the tidal distortion causes unique brightness variations. Short period, eccentric binary stars, like these, are theorized to pseudosynchronize, or reach a rotational frequency that matches the weighted average orbital angular velocity of the system. This pseudosynchronous rate, as predicted by Hut (1981), depends on the binary's orbital period and eccentricity. We tested whether sixteen heartbeat stars have pseudosynchronized. We measure the rotation rate from obvious spot signatures in the light curve. We measure the eccentricity by fitting the light curve using PHOEBE and are actively carrying out a radial velocity monitoring program with Keck/HIRES in order to improve these orbital parameters. Our initial results show that while most heartbeat stars appear to have pseudosynchronized we find stars with rotation frequencies both longer and shorter than this rate. We thank the SETI Institute REU program, the NSF, and the Kepler Guest Observer Program for making this work possible.

  5. Superradiance in stars

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    Cardoso, Vitor; Brito, Richard; Rosa, Joo L.

    2015-06-01

    It has long been known that dissipation is a crucial ingredient in the superradiant amplification of wave packets off rotating objects. We show that, once appropriate dissipation mechanisms are included, stars are also prone to superradiance and superradiant instabilities. In particular, ultralight dark matter with small interaction cross section with the star material or self-annihilation can trigger a superradiant instability. On long time scales, the instability strips the star of most of its angular momentum. Whether or not new stationary configurations surrounded by scalar condensates exist remains to be seen.

  6. Mariner 9 star photography.

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    Thorpe, T. E.

    1973-01-01

    Mariner 9 achieved successful photography of the stars, the purpose of the experiment being to measure camera parameters associated with point source photometry, and to examine the feasibility of using stars as invariant calibration sources and a reference for optical navigation. The Mariner 9 camera-B photography demonstrated photometric response consistency over a limited sample of data to better than 15%. Camera performance verified the ability to model vidicon response characteristics as well as demonstrated an imaging capability sufficient to permit the use of stars for photometric calibration.

  7. Duplicity amongst HIPPARCOS stars

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    Brosche, P.; Odenkirchen, M.; Tucholke, H.-J.

    Stars observed by the astrometry satellite Hipparcos may be unknown double stars. A subsample of those are dangerous for the extragalactic link of Hipparcos proper motions by long-term photographic proper motions, if the time base of Hipparcos is too short to detect the orbital motion. The probability of these cases and the typical size of the photocentric orbital motion are estimated by Monte Carlo simulations for the sample of 33 stars used in the Bonn extragalactic link. Both are found to be considerable: about 16% and 9 mas/yr respectively.

  8. Hyperons in neutron stars

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    Katayama, Tetsuya; Saito, Koichi

    2015-07-01

    Using the Dirac-Brueckner-Hartree-Fock approach, the properties of neutron-star matter including hyperons are investigated. In the calculation, we consider both time and space components of the vector self-energies of baryons as well as the scalar ones. Furthermore, the effect of negative-energy states of baryons is partly taken into account. We obtain the maximum neutron-star mass of 2.08M?, which is consistent with the recently observed, massive neutron stars. We discuss a universal, repulsive three-body force for hyperons in matter.

  9. Polychromatic Laser Guide Star

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    Foy, Renaud

    2001-05-01

    We briefly recall the aim and the principle of ELP-OA, the polychromatic laser guide star programme, which aims at mesuring the wavefront tilt from a laser guide star. We describe the results of the feasibility study of this concept, addressing in particular the budget link, the measurement of telescope vibrations, the accuracy of the tilt measurements and the the return flux from the mesosphere as measured from sky experiments. We conclude with the perspectives of the polychromatic laser guide star with respect to forthcoming developments of adaptive optics at large telescopes.

  10. Strange nonchaotic stars.

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    Lindner, John F; Kohar, Vivek; Kia, Behnam; Hippke, Michael; Learned, John G; Ditto, William L

    2015-02-01

    The unprecedented light curves of the Kepler space telescope document how the brightness of some stars pulsates at primary and secondary frequencies whose ratios are near the golden mean, the most irrational number. A nonlinear dynamical system driven by an irrational ratio of frequencies generically exhibits a strange but nonchaotic attractor. For Kepler's "golden" stars, we present evidence of the first observation of strange nonchaotic dynamics in nature outside the laboratory. This discovery could aid the classification and detailed modeling of variable stars. PMID:25699444

  11. REPEATED SEQUENCES INCLUDING RS1100 FROM PSEUDOMONAS CEPACIA AC100 FUNCTION AS IS ELEMENTS

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    Several lines of evidence were obtained that the previously identified, repeated sequence RS1100 of Pseudomonas cepacia strain AC1100 undergoes transposition events. NA sequences flanking the chlorohydroxy hydroquinone (CHQ) degradative genes of this organism were examined from s...

  12. Consideration and checkboxes: incorporating ethics and science into the 3Rs.

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    Landi, Margaret S; Shriver, Adam J; Mueller, Anne

    2015-03-01

    Members of the research community aim to both produce high-quality research and ensure that harm is minimized in animals. The primary means of ensuring these goals are both met is the 3Rs framework of replacement, reduction, and refinement. However, some approaches to the 3Rs may result in a 'check box mentality' in which IACUC members, researchers, administrators, and caretakers check off a list of tasks to evaluate a protocol. We provide reasons for thinking that the 3Rs approach could be enhanced with more explicit discussion of the ethical assumptions used to arrive at an approved research protocol during IACUC review. Here we suggest that the notion of moral considerability, and all of the related issues it gives rise to, should be incorporated into IACUC discussions of 3Rs deliberations during protocol review to ensure that animal wellbeing is enhanced within the constraints of scientific investigation. PMID:25836970

  13. Consideration and Checkboxes: Incorporating Ethics and Science into the 3Rs

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    Landi, Margaret S; Shriver, Adam J; Mueller, Anne

    2015-01-01

    Members of the research community aim to both produce high-quality research and ensure that harm is minimized in animals. The primary means of ensuring these goals are both met is the 3Rs framework of replacement, reduction, and refinement. However, some approaches to the 3Rs may result in a ‘check box mentality’ in which IACUC members, researchers, administrators, and caretakers check off a list of tasks to evaluate a protocol. We provide reasons for thinking that the 3Rs approach could be enhanced with more explicit discussion of the ethical assumptions used to arrive at an approved research protocol during IACUC review. Here we suggest that the notion of moral considerability, and all of the related issues it gives rise to, should be incorporated into IACUC discussions of 3Rs deliberations during protocol review to ensure that animal wellbeing is enhanced within the constraints of scientific investigation. PMID:25836970

  14. Preparation and characterization of ketoprofen loaded eudragit RS polymeric nanoparticles for controlled release

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    Anh, Nguyen Tuan; Chi, Nguyen T.; Khai Tran, T.; Tuyen Dao, T. P.; Nhan Le, N. T.; Mau Chien, Dang; Hoai, Nguyen To

    2012-12-01

    Nanospheres containing ketoprofen (Keto) and polymer eudragit RS were prepared using an emulsion solvent evaporation method. The ultrasonic probe (VCX500, vibracell) was used as a tool to disperse oil phase into aqueous phase leading to water/oil emulsion. Nanoparticles were successfully prepared and their morphologies and diameters were confirmed by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS), respectively. The result showed that particles were spherical with submicron size. The particle size was dependent on the RS concentration, emulsification tools and the types of organic solvents. For the encapsulation ability, Keto-loaded RS nanoparticle showed 9.8% of Keto in nanoparticle, which was evaluated by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Moreover, the drug release behavior of Keto-loaded eudragit RS nanoparticle was also investigated in vitro at pH 7.4 and compared to referential profenid.

  15. On the conversion of neutron stars into quark stars

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    Pagliara, Giuseppe

    2014-03-01

    The possible existence of two families of compact stars, neutron stars and quark stars, naturally leads to a scenario in which a conversion process between the two stellar objects occurs with a consequent release of energy of the order of 1053 erg. We discuss recent hydrodynamical simulations of the burning process and neutrino diffusion simulations of cooling of a newly formed strange star. We also briefly discuss this scenario in connection with recent measurements of masses and radii of compact stars.

  16. Evidence for Low-dimensional Chaos in Semiregular Variable Stars

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    Buchler, J. Robert; Kollth, Zoltn; Cadmus, Robert R., Jr.

    2004-09-01

    We present an analysis of the photometric observations of the light curves of the five large-amplitude, irregularly pulsating stars R UMi, RS Cyg, V CVn, UX Dra, and SX Her. First, multiperiodicity is eliminated for these pulsations; i.e., they are not caused by the excitation of a small number of pulsation modes with constant amplitudes. Next, on the basis of energetics we also eliminate stochasticity as a cause, leaving low-dimensional chaos as the only alternative. We then use a global flow reconstruction technique in an attempt to extract quantitative information from the light curves and to uncover common physical features in this class of irregular variable stars that straddle the RV Tau to the Mira variables. Evidence is presented that the pulsational behavior of R UMi, RS Cyg, V CVn, and UX Dra takes place in a four-dimensional dynamical phase space, suggesting that two vibrational modes are involved in the pulsation. A linear stability analysis of the fixed points of the maps further indicates the existence of a two-mode resonance, similar to the one we had uncovered earlier in R Sct. The irregular pulsations are the result of a continual energy exchange between two strongly nonadiabatic modes, a lower frequency pulsation mode and an overtone that are in a close 2:1 resonance. The evidence is particularly convincing for R UMi, RS Cyg, and V CVn, but much weaker for UX Dra. In contrast, the pulsations of SX Her appear to be more complex and may require a six-dimensional space.

  17. [Identification of the 1RS-7DS.7DL wheat-rye small segment translocation lines].

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    Jun, Li; Xinguo, Zhu; Hongshen, Wan; Qin, Wang; Zongxiang, Tang; Shulan, Fu; Zujun, Yang; Manyu, Yang; Wuyun, Yang

    2015-06-01

    Rye (Secale cereale L., RR) is a valuable genetic resource for the improvement of common wheat (Triticum aestivum L., AABBDD). Transferring alien rye genes into wheat by distant hybridization and automatic chromosome doubling is an important and efficient method to boost agronomic traits, disease resistance and widening the gene pool in wheat. In this study, an octoploid triticale CD-13 (AABBDDRR) was obtained via automatic chromosome doubling by crossing landrace Penganbaimaizi (T. aestivum L., AABBDD) and rye "Qinling rye" (S. cereale cv. Qinling, RR). GISH and FISH analyses indicated that CD-13 contained a 1RS-7DS.7DL wheat-rye small segment translocation chromosome. In order to transfer the 1RS-7DS small segment translocation into hexaploid wheat, 58 lines of the F5 inbred population from the cross CD-13 x Chuanmai 42 were screened for rye chromosome segments by GISH and FISH analyses. The results showed that 13 lines contained the 1RS-7DS.7DL small segment translocation chromosome by reciprocal translocation between 1RS and 7DS. These translocation lines carrying 1RS small rye alien segment were tested for the translocation breakpoints and the presence of a storage protein locus Sec-1. The Sec-1 locus was absent in the line 811, a stable 1RS-7DS.7DL small segment translocation line. The translocation breakpoint of 1RS-7DS.7DL of this line was located in the interval of IB267-IAG95 around the telomere of 1RS chromosome. Thousand-kernel weight of the line 811 was much higher than the parent CD-13, but not significantly different from Chuanmai 42. This indicated that 1RS-7DS.7DL small segment translocation had no negative effect on thousand-kernel weight in the genetic background of Chuanmai 42. The line with 1RS-7DS.7DL translocation chromosomes can be used as a new genetic material for further studies of valuable genes and their genetic effect on 1RS small segment. PMID:26351056

  18. ADIPOQ polymorphism rs182052 is associated with clear cell renal cell carcinoma

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    Zhang, Guiming; Gu, Chengyuan; Zhu, Yao; Luo, Lei; Dong, Dahai; Wan, Fangning; Zhang, Hailiang; Shi, Guohai; Sun, Lijiang; Ye, Dingwei

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies have indicated that low circulating adiponectin concentrations are associated with a higher risk of several cancers, including renal cell carcinoma. In this casecontrol study, we examined the frequency of single nucleotide polymorphisms (rs182052G>A, rs266729C>G, and rs3774262G>A) in the adiponectin gene (ADIPOQ) in 1004 patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) compared with a group of healthy subjects (n=1108). Fasting serum adiponectin concentrations were also examined. Logistic regression models were used to estimate odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). The association of serum adiponectin concentration with genetic variants was calculated using a multivariate linear regression model. A significantly higher ccRCC risk was associated with the rs182052 variant A allele (adjusted OR, 1.36 and 95% CI, 1.071.74 for AA vs GG, P=0.013; adjusted OR, 1.27 and 95% CI, 1.041.56 for AA vs GG+AG, P=0.019), and this positive association was more evident in overweight subjects. Fasting serum adiponectin was lower in subjects carrying A alleles of rs182052 in both ccRCC patients (?=?0.399, P=0.018) and healthy controls (?=?0.371, P=0.024). These results suggest that ADIPOQ rs182052 is significantly associated with ccRCC risk. In this casecontrol study, we examined the frequency of single nucleotide polymorphisms (rs182052G>A, rs266729C>G, and rs3774262G>A) in the adiponectin gene (ADIPOQ) in 1004 patients with clear cell RCC (ccRCC) compared with a group of healthy subjects (n=1108). Fasting serum adiponectin concentrations were also examined. Fasting serum adiponectin was lower in subjects carrying minor alleles of rs182052 in both ccRCC patients (?=?0.399, P=0.018) and healthy controls (?=?0.371, P=0.024). These results suggest that ADIPOQ rs182052 is significantly associated with ccRCC risk. PMID:25827778

  19. Photometry of Variable Stars from the THU-NAOC Transient Survey. I. The First Two Years

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    Yao, Xinyu; Wang, Lingzhi; Wang, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Tianmeng; Chen, Juncheng; Yuan, Wenlong; Mo, Jun; Li, Wenxiong; Jin, Zhiping; Wu, Xuefeng; Nie, JunDan; Zhou, Xu

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we report the detections of stellar variabilities from the first two years of observations of a sky area of about 1300 square degrees from the Tsinghua University-NAOC Transient Survey. A total of 1237 variable stars (including 299 new ones) were detected with a brightness <18.0 mag and a magnitude variation ?0.1 mag on a timescale from a few hours to a few hundred days. Among such detections, we tentatively identified 661 RR Lyrae stars, 431 binaries, 72 semi-regular pulsators, 29 Mira stars, 11 slow irregular variables, 11 RS Canum Venaticorum stars, 7 Gamma Doradus stars, 5 long-period variables, 3 W Virginis stars, 3 Delta Scuti stars, 2 Anomalous Cepheids, 1 Cepheid, and 1 nova-like star based on their time-series variability index Js and their phased diagrams. Moreover, we found that 14 RR Lyrae stars show the Blazhko effect and 67 contact eclipsing binaries exhibit the OConnell effect. Since the period and amplitude of light variations of RR Lyrae variables depend on their chemical compositions, their photometric observations can be used to investigate the distribution of metallicity along the direction perpendicular to the Galactic disk. We find that the metallicity of RR Lyrae stars shows large scatter at regions closer to the Galactic plane (e.g., -3.0 < [Fe/H] < 0) but tends to converge at [Fe/H] -1.7 at larger Galactic latitudes. This variation may be related to the fact that the RRAB Lyrae stars in the Galactic halo come from globular clusters with different metallicities and vertical distances, i.e., OoI and OoII populations, favoring the dual-halo model.

  20. Mass loss of massive stars

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    Martins, F.

    2015-12-01

    In this contribution we review the properties of the winds of massive stars. We focus on OB stars, red supergiants, Luminous Blue Variables (LBVs) and Wolf-Rayet stars. For each type of star, we summarize the main wind properties and we give a brief description of the physical mechanism(s) responsible for mass loss.

  1. Can Boltzmann Soliton Star Exist?

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    Su, Rukeng; Chen, Xuelei; Pan, Rongshi

    1992-12-01

    The fermion soliton stars suggested by Lee and Pang are extended to finite temperature. The degeneracy temperature TD above which the fermion soliton star will become a Boltzmann soliton star is given. We prove that the Boltzmann soliton star cannot exist, because it is unstable.

  2. A suite of RS/1 procedures for chemical laboratory statistical quality control and Shewhart control charting

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    Shanahan, K.L.

    1990-09-01

    A suite of RS/1 procedures for Shewhart control charting in chemical laboratories is described. The suite uses the RS series product QCA (Quality Control Analysis) for chart construction and analysis. The suite prompts users for data in a user friendly fashion and adds the data to or creates the control charts. All activities are time stamped. Facilities for generating monthly or contiguous time segment summary charts are included. The suite is currently in use at Westinghouse Savannah River Company.

  3. Association between MC4R rs17782313 Polymorphism and Overeating Behaviours

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    Yilmaz, Zeynep; Davis, Caroline; Loxton, Natalie J.; Kaplan, Allan S.; Levitan, Robert D.; Carter, Jacqueline C.; Kennedy, James L.

    2014-01-01

    Background/Objectives Melanocortins play a crucial role in appetite and weight regulation. Although the melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) gene has been repeatedly linked to obesity and antipsychotic-induced weight gain, the mechanism behind how it leads to this effect in still undetermined. The goal of this study was to conduct an in-depth and sophisticated analysis of MC4R polymorphisms, body mass index (BMI), eating behaviour, and depressed mood. Subjects/Methods We genotyped 328 individuals of European ancestry on the following MC4R markers based on the relevant literature on obesity and antipsychotic-induced weight gain: rs571312, rs17782313, rs489693, rs11872992, and rs8087522. Height and weight were measured, and information on depressed mood and overeating behaviours was obtained during the in-person assessment. Results BMI was associated with rs17782313 C allele; however this finding did not survive correction for multiple testing (p=0.018). Although rs17782313 was significantly associated with depressed mood and overeating behaviours, tests of indirect effects indicated that emotional eating and food cravings, rather than depressed mood, uniquely accounted for the effect of this marker and BMI (n=152). Conclusions To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate the link between MC4R rs17782313, mood and overeating behaviour, as well as to demonstrate possible mechanisms behind MC4R’s influence on body weight. If replicated in a larger sample, these results may have important clinical implications, including potential for the use of MC4R agonists in the treatment of obesity and disordered eating. PMID:24827639

  4. Survey of Canadian animal-based researchers' views on the Three Rs: replacement, reduction and refinement.

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    Fenwick, Nicole; Danielson, Peter; Griffin, Gilly

    2011-01-01

    The 'Three Rs' tenet (replacement, reduction, refinement) is a widely accepted cornerstone of Canadian and international policies on animal-based science. The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) initiated this web-based survey to obtain greater understanding of 'principal investigators' and 'other researchers' (i.e. graduate students, post-doctoral researchers etc.) views on the Three Rs, and to identify obstacles and opportunities for continued implementation of the Three Rs in Canada. Responses from 414 participants indicate that researchers currently do not view the goal of replacement as achievable. Researchers prefer to use enough animals to ensure quality data is obtained rather than using the minimum and potentially waste those animals if a problem occurs during the study. Many feel that they already reduce animal numbers as much as possible and have concerns that further reduction may compromise research. Most participants were ambivalent about re-use, but expressed concern that the practice could compromise experimental outcomes. In considering refinement, many researchers feel there are situations where animals should not receive pain relieving drugs because it may compromise scientific outcomes, although there was strong support for the Three Rs strategy of conducting animal welfare-related pilot studies, which were viewed as useful for both animal welfare and experimental design. Participants were not opposed to being offered "assistance" to implement the Three Rs, so long as the input is provided in a collegial manner, and from individuals who are perceived as experts. It may be useful for animal use policymakers to consider what steps are needed to make replacement a more feasible goal. In addition, initiatives that offer researchers greater practical and logistical support with Three Rs implementation may be useful. Encouragement and financial support for Three Rs initiatives may result in valuable contributions to Three Rs knowledge and improve welfare for animals used in science. PMID:21857928

  5. Time-series photometric spot modeling. 2: Fifteen years of photometry of the bright RS CVn binary HR 7275

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    Strassmeier, K. G.; Hall, D. S.; Henry, G. W.

    1994-01-01

    We present a time-dependent spot modeling analysis of 15 consecutive years of V-band photometry of the long-period (P(sub orb) = 28.6 days) RS CVn binary HR 7275. This baseline in time is one of the longest, uninterrupted intervals a spotted star has been observed. The spot modeling analysis yields a total of 20 different spots throughout the time span of our observations. The distribution of the observed spot migration rates is consistent with solar-type differential rotation and suggests a lower limit of the differential-rotation coefficient of 0.022 +/-0.004. The observed, maximum lifetime of a single spot (or spot group) is 4.5 years, the minimum lifetime is approximately one year, but an average spot lives for 2.2 years. If we assume that the mechanical shear by differential rotation sets the upper limit to the spot lifetime, the observed maximum lifetime in turn sets an upper limit to the differential-rotation coefficient, namely 0.04 +/- 0.01. This would be differential rotation just 5 to 8 times less than the solar value and one of the strongest among active binaries. We found no conclusive evidence for the existence of a periodic phenomenon that could be attributed to a stellar magnetic cycle.

  6. An X-ray survey for pre-main-sequence stars in the Taurus-Auriga and Perseus molecular cloud complexes

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    Feigelson, E. D.; Jackson, J. M.; Mathieu, R. D.; Myers, P. C.; Walter, F. M.

    1987-01-01

    Seventy-five fields from the Einstein X-Ray Observatory IPC detector between 3h and 5h right ascension and 15 deg and 35 deg declination are examined to search for X-ray-emitting low-mass pre-main-sequence (PMS) stars. Six such stars were previously found; they appear to be similar to T Tauri stars but without dense circumstellar envelopes or winds. Finding charts are presented for 59 X-ray sources that may be PMS stars. While some are likely to be spurious X-ray sources, chance coincidences with unrelated stars, or non-PMS stellar sources such as RS CVn type binaries, approximately half are probably X-ray-selected PMS stars.

  7. Cooling of neutron stars

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    Pethick, C. J.

    1992-01-01

    It is at present impossible to predict the interior constitution of neutron stars based on theory and results from laboratory studies. It has been proposed that it is possible to obtain information on neutron star interiors by studying thermal radiation from their surfaces, because neutrino emission rates, and hence the temperature of the central part of a neutron star, depend on the properties of dense matter. The theory predicts that neutron stars cool relatively slowly if their cores are made up of nucleons, and cool faster if the matter is in an exotic state, such as a pion condensate, a kaon condensate, or quark matter. This view has recently been questioned by the discovery of a number of other processes that could lead to copious neutrino emission and rapid cooling.

  8. Strange-matter stars

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    Weber, F. |; Kettner, C.; Weigel, M.K.; Glendenning, N.K.

    1994-12-05

    This paper gives an overview of the properties of all possible equilibrium sequences of compact strange-matter stars with nuclear crusts, which range from strange stars to strange dwarfs. In contrast to their non-strange counterparts--neutron stars and white dwarfs--their properties are determined by two (rather than one) parameters, the central star density and the density at the base of the nuclear crust. This leads to stellar strange-matter configurations whose properties are much more complex than those of the conventional sequence. As an example, two generically different categories of stable strange dwarfs are found, which could be the observed white dwarfs. Furthermore the authors find very-low-mass strange stellar objects, with masses as small as those of Jupiter or even lighter planets. Such objects, if abundant enough, should be seen by the presently performed gravitational microlensing searches.

  9. Cosmology with hypervelocity stars

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    Loeb, Abraham

    2011-04-01

    In the standard cosmological model, the merger remnant of the Milky Way and Andromeda (Milkomeda) will be the only galaxy remaining within our event horizon once the Universe has aged by another factor of ten, ∼ 10{sup 11} years after the Big Bang. After that time, the only extragalactic sources of light in the observable cosmic volume will be hypervelocity stars being ejected continuously from Milkomeda. Spectroscopic detection of the velocity-distance relation or the evolution in the Doppler shifts of these stars will allow a precise measurement of the vacuum mass density as well as the local matter distribution. Already in the near future, the next generation of large telescopes will allow photometric detection of individual stars out to the edge of the Local Group, and may target the ∼ 10{sup 5±1} hypervelocity stars that originated in it as cosmological tracers.

  10. Women and the Stars.

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    Spradley, Joseph L.

    1990-01-01

    Described are the contributions of 15 women astronomers to the modern understanding of the stars. Discussed are early women pioneers, early spectrographic studies, and recent women astronomers. A list of 29 references is included. (CW)

  11. Miniature star tracker

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    Cassidy, Lawrence W.

    1993-09-01

    Hughes Danbury Optical Systems, Inc. (HDOS) is developing a new generation of star trackers that combine low-weight and power consumption with high performance, high reliability, and survivability. Our Miniature Star Tracker (MST), Model HD-1003, represents our next step in the evolution of our advanced star tracker (ASTRA) family of CCD-based star trackers and stresses compact packaging to minimize the impact on the spacecraft design. Small size lowers tracker procurement, integration and launch costs, and provides the user with a high degree of flexibility in selecting the optimum attitude sensor suite, especially for small-sats. Weighing less than 6 lbs, our MST incorporates the latest detector, processor, and application- specific integrated circuit (ASIC) electronics technology to provide exceptional accuracy and survivability in the natural, proton-rich space environment.

  12. Planets Around Neutron Stars

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    Wolszczan, Alexander; Kulkarni, Shrinivas R; Anderson, Stuart B.

    2003-01-01

    The objective of this proposal was to continue investigations of neutron star planetary systems in an effort to describe and understand their origin, orbital dynamics, basic physical properties and their relationship to planets around normal stars. This research represents an important element of the process of constraining the physics of planet formation around various types of stars. The research goals of this project included long-term timing measurements of the planets pulsar, PSR B1257+12, to search for more planets around it and to study the dynamics of the whole system, and sensitive searches for millisecond pulsars to detect further examples of old, rapidly spinning neutron stars with planetary systems. The instrumentation used in our project included the 305-m Arecibo antenna with the Penn State Pulsar Machine (PSPM), the 100-m Green Bank Telescope with the Berkeley- Caltech Pulsar Machine (BCPM), and the 100-m Effelsberg and 64-m Parkes telescopes equipped with the observatory supplied backend hardware.

  13. Orbiting radiation stars

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    Foster, Dean P.; Langford, John; Perez-Giz, Gabe

    2016-03-01

    We study a spherically symmetric solution to the Einstein equations in which the source, which we call an orbiting radiation star (OR-star), is a compact object consisting of freely falling null particles. The solution avoids quantum scale regimes and hence neither relies upon nor ignores the interaction of quantum mechanics and gravitation. The OR-star spacetime exhibits a deep gravitational well yet remains singularity free. In fact, it is geometrically flat in the vicinity of the origin, with the flat region being of any desirable scale. The solution is observationally distinct from a black hole because a photon from infinity aimed at an OR-star escapes to infinity with a time delay.

  14. Discovery of variable stars

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    Kurochkin, N. Y.

    1973-01-01

    Instrumented methods of discovering variable stars are reviewed, specifically the blink comparator, color contrast method, positive-negative method, and television method. Among the empirical methods discussed, the Van Gent method is the most important.

  15. New Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains that possess high copy numbers of the repeated sequence RS alpha.

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    Minamisawa, K; Isawa, T; Nakatsuka, Y; Ichikawa, N

    1998-05-01

    In a survey of DNA fingerprints of indigenous Bradyrhizobium japonicum with the species-specific repeated sequences RS alpha and RS beta, 21 isolates from three field sites showed numerous RS-specific hybridization bands. The isolates were designated highly reiterated sequence-possessing (HRS) isolates, and their DNA hybridization profiles were easily distinguished from the normal patterns. Some HRS isolates from two field sites possessed extremely high numbers of RS alpha copies, ranging from 86 to 175 (average, 128), and showed shifts and duplications of nif- and hup-specific hybridization bands. The HRS isolates exhibited slower growth than normal isolates, although no difference in symbiotic properties was detected between the HRS and normal isolates. Nucleotide sequence analysis of 16S rRNA genes showed that HRS isolates were strains of B. japonicum. There was no difference in the spectra of serological and hydrogenase groupings of normal and HRS isolates. Some HRS isolates possessed a tandem repeat RS alpha dimer that is similar to the structure of (IS30)2, which was shown to cause a burst of transpositional rearrangements in Escherichia coli. The results suggest that HRS isolates are derived from normal isolates in individual fields by genome rearrangements that may be mediated by insertion sequences such as RS alpha. PMID:9572961

  16. New Bradyrhizobium japonicum Strains That Possess High Copy Numbers of the Repeated Sequence RS?

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    Minamisawa, Kiwamu; Isawa, Tsuyoshi; Nakatsuka, Yoko; Ichikawa, Norikazu

    1998-01-01

    In a survey of DNA fingerprints of indigenous Bradyrhizobium japonicum with the species-specific repeated sequences RS? and RS?, 21 isolates from three field sites showed numerous RS-specific hybridization bands. The isolates were designated highly reiterated sequence-possessing (HRS) isolates, and their DNA hybridization profiles were easily distinguished from the normal patterns. Some HRS isolates from two field sites possessed extremely high numbers of RS? copies, ranging from 86 to 175 (average, 128), and showed shifts and duplications of nif- and hup-specific hybridization bands. The HRS isolates exhibited slower growth than normal isolates, although no difference in symbiotic properties was detected between the HRS and normal isolates. Nucleotide sequence analysis of 16S rRNA genes showed that HRS isolates were strains of B. japonicum. There was no difference in the spectra of serological and hydrogenase groupings of normal and HRS isolates. Some HRS isolates possessed a tandem repeat RS? dimer that is similar to the structure of (IS30)2, which was shown to cause a burst of transpositional rearrangements in Escherichia coli. The results suggest that HRS isolates are derived from normal isolates in individual fields by genome rearrangements that may be mediated by insertion sequences such as RS?. PMID:9572961

  17. Association Between MIF-AS rs755622 and Nephrolithiasis Risk in a Chinese Population

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    Ma, Gaoxiang; Yuan, Qinbo; Wang, Qiangdong; Du, Mulong; Chu, Haiyan; Dong, Zhenjia; Xiao, Xu; Wang, Meilin; Qin, Chao; Yin, Changjun; Zhang, Zhengdong; Zhang, Wei

    2016-01-01

    Background Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located at lncRNA may affect the stability and splicing processes of mRNA formation, which result in the alteration of its interacting partners. The SNP rs755622 within exon of antisense lncRNA MIF- AS and promoter of MIF was implicated in renal disease risk. Material/Methods In this case-control study, we genotyped the SNP rs755622 in 230 patients diagnosed with nephrolithiasis and 250 controls in a Chinese population. Results We found that the rs755622 CG and CC genotypes had a significantly increased nephrolithiasis risk (adjusted OR=1.52, 95% CI=1.03–2.25; OR=2.63, 95% CI=1.21–5.72, P=0.015), compared with GG genotype in the additive model. The rs755622 C carriers (GC/CC) had an adjusted OR (95% CI) of 1.65 (1.14–2.39, P=0.016), compared with the GG genotype in the dominant model. This hazardous effect was more pronounced in subgroup age >46, BMI >24, hypertension, ever smoking, and ever drinking subjects. Moreover, we found that rs755622 could modulate the function of MIF-AS by influencing its folding. Conclusions These results indicate that the MIF-AS rs755622 polymorphism may have a crucial role in the development of nephrolithiasis. PMID:26895959

  18. ADIPOQ polymorphism rs182052 is associated with clear cell renal cell carcinoma.

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    Zhang, Guiming; Gu, Chengyuan; Zhu, Yao; Luo, Lei; Dong, Dahai; Wan, Fangning; Zhang, Hailiang; Shi, Guohai; Sun, Lijiang; Ye, Dingwei

    2015-06-01

    Recent studies have indicated that low circulating adiponectin concentrations are associated with a higher risk of several cancers, including renal cell carcinoma. In this case-control study, we examined the frequency of single nucleotide polymorphisms (rs182052G>A, rs266729C>G, and rs3774262G>A) in the adiponectin gene (ADIPOQ) in 1004 patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) compared with a group of healthy subjects (n = 1108). Fasting serum adiponectin concentrations were also examined. Logistic regression models were used to estimate odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). The association of serum adiponectin concentration with genetic variants was calculated using a multivariate linear regression model. A significantly higher ccRCC risk was associated with the rs182052 variant A allele (adjusted OR, 1.36 and 95% CI, 1.07-1.74 for AA vs GG, P = 0.013; adjusted OR, 1.27 and 95% CI, 1.04-1.56 for AA vs GG+AG, P = 0.019), and this positive association was more evident in overweight subjects. Fasting serum adiponectin was lower in subjects carrying A alleles of rs182052 in both ccRCC patients (? = -0.399, P = 0.018) and healthy controls (? = -0.371, P = 0.024). These results suggest that ADIPOQ rs182052 is significantly associated with ccRCC risk. PMID:25827778

  19. DNA methyltransferase 3a rs1550117 genetic polymorphism predicts poor survival in gastric cancer patients

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    Wang, Chuan; Jia, Zhifang; Ma, Hongxi; Cao, Donghui; Wu, Xing; Wen, Simin; You, Lili; Cao, Xueyuan; Jiang, Jing

    2015-01-01

    DNA methyltransferase 3a (DNMT3a) have been suggested to play a crucial role in human cancer prognosis. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in DNMT3a genes may have an impact on the prognosis of cancers. This study aimed to investigate the association between SNPs of DNMT3a gene and prognosis of gastric cancer (GC). Two sites of DNMT3a SNPs, rs1550117 and rs13420827 were selected and genotyped using TaqMan assay in 447 GC patients who received gastrectomy. Effects of genotypes on clinical outcomes of GC were calculated by Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and Cox regression model. We found that the AG or AA genotype of rs1550117 was associated with significantly poorer survival and increased death risk of GC compared with GG genotype (dominant model: HR=1.35, 95% CI=1.01-1.80, P=0.043). Further multivariate Cox regression analysis revealed that in addition to the known factors including male, larger tumor sizes and high clinical stage, rs1550117 variant was an independently predictive factor for survival in GC patients. No significant association was found between rs13420827 genetic variants and GC prognosis. Our findings first demonstrated that DNMT3a rs1550117 polymorphism may be a potential biomarker in predicting overall survival of GC patients. PMID:26823816

  20. The Use of Systematic Reviews and Reporting Guidelines to Advance the Implementation of the 3Rs

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    Avey, Marc T; Fenwick, Nicole; Griffin, Gilly

    2015-01-01

    In 1959, Russell and Burch published The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique, which included concrete advice on factors that they considered would govern progress in the implementation of these principles (enunciated as the 3Rs [Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement in animal-based studies]). One challenge to the implementation of the 3Rs was identified as information retrieval. Here, we further explore this challenge—the need for ‘research on research’—and the role that systematic reviews and reporting guidelines can play in implementation of the 3Rs. First, we examine the 2-fold nature of the challenge of information retrieval: 1) the identification of relevant publications spread throughout a large population of nonrelevant publications and 2) the incomplete reporting of relevant details within those publications. Second, we evaluate how systematic reviews and reporting guidelines can be used generally to address this challenge. Third, we assess the explicit reporting of the 3Rs in a cohort of preclinical animal systematic reviews. Our results show that Reduction methods are the most commonly reported by authors of systematic reviews but that, in general, reporting on how findings relate to the 3Rs is limited at best. Although systematic reviews are excellent tools for resolving the challenge of information retrieval, their utility for making progress in implementation of the 3Rs may be limited unless authors improve their reporting of these principles. PMID:25836961